Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

LEATHER PUPPET SHADOW SHOW (Wayang Kulit)

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WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS SHOW?

CLASSIC JAVANESE ART PERFORMANCE
You are going to visit the classic javanese art & culture show. The most authentic and favorite entertainment with javanese music orchestra as backsound.

UNIQUE PUPPET SHOW
This puppet show is different than others puppet show.
We watch the shadow of the puppet not the puppet directly.

CHEAP
The entry ticket is very cheap, only Rp20,000 for 2 hours show.

CLOSE TO BACKPACKER STREET
This place is close to backpacker street such as PRAWIROTAMAN street, SOSROWIJAYAN street, DAGEN street, PASAR KEMBANG street, MALIOBORO street etc.

Puppet (Wayang):

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WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
SONOBUDOYO Museum. Address: Jalan Trikora/Pangurakan No. 6, Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 4,000. First, you must go to halte bus/bus stop of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Main Post office halte (halte Kantor Pos Besar) or Vredeburg Shelter (SO 1 Maret halte) , and then take a walk to museum. Ask to the operator if you still confused.
Operator will glad to give information. :-)

From Adi Sutjipto Airport :
please take Route 1A – Stop in Beteng Vredeburg Shelter (SO 1 Maret halte)
Then, please take a walk to the Sonobudoyo museum
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 1A or 2A – Stop in Beteng Vredeburg Shelter (SO 1 Maret halte)
Then, please take a walk to the Sonobudoyo museum
From Giwangan Bus Station :
please take Route 3B – Stop in Pojok Beteng Wetan Shelter,
then please take Route 2B – Stop in Kantor Pos Besar Shelter
Then, please take a walk to the Sonobudoyo museum
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Beteng Vredeburg Shelter (SO 1 Maret halte)
Then, please take a walk to the Sonobudoyo museum
From Beteng Vredeburg Shelter (SO 1 Maret halte):
please take a walk to the Sonobudoyo museum

*) Trans Jogja operates from 5:30 AM until 9:30 PM

WHAT TIME TO VISIT?

OPEN HOURS:
8.00 P.M – 10.00 P.M (Monday – Saturday)

DESCRIPTION:

The term ‘wayang‘ is the Javanese word for shadow, or bayang in basic Indonesian. In modern-day daily Javanese and also Indonesian vocabulary, wayang is usually associated with the puppet itself or the whole puppet theatre performance. The puppet made from leather (kulit) and also created.

Performances of shadow puppet theater are come with by a gamelan band in Java and also by gender wayang in Bali. UNESCO designated wayang kulit, a shadow puppet theatre and the best understood of the Indonesian wayang, as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity on 7 Nov 2003. In return for the recommendation, UNESCO needed Indonesians to preserve their heritage.

Leather puppet program is done by the puppeteer who is additionally the storyteller who is perhaps considered the best performer worldwide. All the night, he plays all the personalities of the leather creatures developing human personalities made from buffalo skin enhanced with concept as the product of leather creating. He needs to change the voice character, switch the intonation, create humor as well as sing. In order to make the atmosphere vibrant, the storyteller is helped by artists which play gamelan – the standard Javanese music instruments – as well as the female singers called sinden which sing Javanese tracks.

Puppeter (Dalang):

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The complete characters in leather puppet reveal number in the hundreds. The creatures that are not played are embeded banana stem that is put near to the storyteller. While being played, the creatures will certainly look as shadow from back sight of the white display before the storyteller. The shadow is created by the light from the oil lamp put at the upper back of the storyteller that is cut off by the puppets being played on the display.

Each puppet performance provides various story or act. The act variations are split into four classifications particularly lakon pakem, lakon carangan, lakon gubahan, and also lakon karangan. Lakon pakem is the standard tale that entirely stems from leather puppet literary works while lakon carangan is just the primary story that also describes the leather puppet literary works. Lakon gubahan does not origin from the leather puppet stories but it makes use of the locations according to leather puppet literature; lakon karangan is totally a cost-free story.

Java music orchestra (Gamelan):

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PUPPET SHADOW STORY:
The tales in the leather puppet originated from some aged publications such as Ramayana, Mahabharata, Pustaka Raja Purwa and also Purwakanda. Currently, there are some books having lakon gubahan as well as karangan that have been hundreds years to be liked by the culture such as Abimanyu Kerem, Doraweca, Suryatmaja Maling and so forth. Among the old e-books, Purwakanda publication is frequently utilized by the puppeteers from Yogyakarta Kingdom.

TICKET:
IDR 20,000

HELD ON:
Monday – Saturday.

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*) Even i’m not update their schedule. Don’t worry, they always held the show every monday till saturday. No show on sunday and indonesian holidays.

OPEN HOURS:
8.00 P.M – 10.00 P.M (Monday – Saturday)

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
There are strong signal for your cell phone.

CAFE:
There are some simple cafe near the site.

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet. Better bring your own tissue.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:

Source: http://www.sonobudoyo.com/id

Singer (Sinden):

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*) Before go to inside of building, you will found the craftman who make leather puppet. He carved buffalo leather very carefully. It take so many work hour to make one puppet. Amazing!

**) You also can buy bookmark from leather in here with nice n local design.

WATCH THE PUPPET SHADOW LOOKS LIKE FROM THE VIDEO:

*) You will watch the show only for two hours. Truly java leather puppet shadow show usually for all night. From 10 pm – 4 am. It became popular entertainment in long time ago in Java. But, after television and internet comes, javanese young people no longer love leather puppet shadow show. Only the oldman still interest to the show.

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