Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

WATER CASTLE (Tamansari) + Underground Mosque (Sumur Gumuling)

Watercastle

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS PLACE?

LUXURY LIFESTYLE
Tamansari is a luxury ‘Water castle’ of Sultan lifestyle in the past time.
He can bathing or swimming with beautiful chosen girls from all district of Java.

UNIQUE MOSQUE
Underground mosque is a unique architecture mosque.
Using a good acoustic system, the sound wave transmitted to all over the room.
So, the leader of prayer didn’t need amplifier.

RARE FRUIT
You will found the Kepel fruit when you go inside to the water castle.
This very rare fruit can make your urine has a good smell like perfume.
This is  the secret of queen to make the King still love in her, even the King had so many wife.

CHEAP
The entry ticket is very cheap, only Rp12500.

CLOSE TO OTHER TOURISM SITE
This place is close to other site. Such as SULTAN PALACE, SONOBUDOYO MUSEUM, VREDEBURG FORTRESS, BERINGHARJO MARKET and MALIOBORO STREET.
You can combine to visit these place.
Kepel_fruit

Watercastle_Gate_1

*) Don’t surprise if you found no water in the pond on summer.

Underground_way

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Kraton of Yogyakarta is a palace complex located in the downtown city of Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia. You just need take a walk from Sultan palace to the site.

MAP:
HOW TO GET THE SITE?

Just take a walk from Sultan palace. 🙂

ENTRY TICKET:
IDR 12,500

*) Update entrance fee: IDR 15K per person (31/8/2016).

OPENING HOURS:
8 A.M – 2 P.M
8 A.M – 12 A.M (Friday)

Underground_mosque

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
Strong signal for your cell phone.

CAFE/RESTAURANT:
There are some simple cafe outside of water castle.

*) For foreigner i recommend: Don’t drink with ice cube in any restaurant or street food in Indonesia, because indonesian ice cube made from not boiled water. It contain bacteria (E. Coli) that can makes stomach problem or diarrhea. Indonesian intestine become immune (adapted) to this bacteria, but not for foreigner (american and european especially).

RESTROOM/TOILET:
Some restroom and toilet around water castle.
*) Better bring your own tissue.

Graffiti_Tamansari

*) You can also buy cold yogurt with tropical fruit taste at mbak Endah house (local citizen). Contact: +62817 167 027 (Whatssapp).

**) In the end of Tamansari (Water castle) you will found craftman making “Leather puppet” and local “Batik” textile. You will amaze how local craftman very detail and spend many working hour to make 1 pieces of things.

SOME  ATTRACTIONS NEAR WATER CASTLE:

You can combine to visit these places when you visiting Water castle:

1. Sultan palace.
2. Luwak coffee cafe.
3. Sonobudoyo museum.
4. Vredeburg (fortress & museum).
5. Beringharjo market.
6. Malioboro street.

3 thoughts on “WATER CASTLE (Tamansari) + Underground Mosque (Sumur Gumuling)

  1. Doris

    Despite using the Google Map, the place of Taman Sari was really hard to find – not only for me 😉 Several people kept on asking around and the locals show you the way voluntarily. In the “Lonely Planet” it says, that these guys actually are guides or want to get money for their services – I don´t know. What do you think?

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Yes, that’s correct.
      Even me as local i had the same experience when bringing traveler to the Yogyakarta Water castle.
      A lady come to us, talk to us and give some info, till accompany us to the sights.
      In the end she ask me a voluntary money for her service that we didn’t ask.
      Yes, it’s annoying actually. But, in the local view. It is ok than she makes money by crime action.
      Since in our country has a little vacancy, it’s understandable.

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