Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

KUNDUR GANGSA (20 November 2018) – A Ceremony for Closing The Sekaten Event

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT THIS EVENT?

ONCE A YEAR EVENT
This event was attended by thousands of visitors  from all over Java.

AWESOME CULTURAL EVENT
You gonna see awesome cultural event, rich in elements of the process and appreciation

UNIQUE PARADE
You gonna see of  Sultan’s servant wear unique and exotic uniform.
You also will see the heritage javanese music instrument parade.

EVENT THAT ONLY HELD BY TWO KINGDOM
This event only held by two kingdom in Java.
Sultanate of Yogyakarta and Kasunanan Surakarta.

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*) Photo source: www.kratonjogja.id/peristiwa/38/rangkaian-acara-sekaten-dan-garebeg-tahun-dal-1951

DESCRIPTION:

Kundur Gangsa is a sign of the end of Sekaten event. The heritage music instrument, Kanjeng Kiai Gunturmadu and Kanjeng Kiai Nagawilaga gamelan were brought back from the Gedhe Mosque Pagongan to the Sultan palace.

The procession begins with the presence (miyos) of the Sultan in the Gedhe Mosque at 8:00 p.m. to spread the ‘udhik-udhik’. Udhik-udhik which contains rice, flowers and coins is spread in Pagongan Kidul (south) first, only then in Pagongan Lor (north). After the distribution of the udhik-udhik, the Sultan would sit on the porch of the Gedhe Mosque to listen to the history of the Prophet Muhammad.

THE SULTAN PRESENCE (MIYOS)

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*) Photo source: Edzan Raharjo/detikcom

WHEN?

HELD ON:
20 November 2018.

OPEN HOURS:
7.00 P.M – 11.00 P.M.

AGENDA:
Sultan Presence (Miyos)
Udhik-udhik distribution
Listening the Mohammed Prophet history
Heritage Music Instrument Parade

THE RETURN OF HERITAGE MUSIC INSTRUMENT

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*) Photo source: Johan Aiman R./PROFESI

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Masjid Gede Kauman, Kraton, Yogyakarta & Alun-alun Utara.

MAP:
HOW TO GET TO THE LOCATION?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
There is a cheap public transport to get there. Trans Jogja Bus. Ticket only IDR 3,600. First, you must go to halte bus/bus stop/shelter of Trans Jogja. Then, you must reach to Beteng Vredeburg or Kantor Pos Besar halte (halte Kantor Pos Besar), and then take a walk to ALUN-ALUN UTARA. 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
Then, take a walk to Alun-alun Utara or Gede Kauman mosque
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 1A or 2A – Stop in Beteng Vredeburg Shelter
Then, take a walk to Alun-alun Utara or Gede Kauman mosque
Or you can just walk to the south from the Tugu railway station
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, take a walk to Alun-alun Utara or Gede Kauman mosque
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Beteng Vredeburg Shelter
Then, take a walk to Alun-alun Utara or Gede Kauman mosque

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

**) If your stay far away from Trans Jogja bus stop, you can hire taxi motor online like Go-Jek or Grab. But, you have to install the apps first. The driver can not speak english and you may call him as crazy driver because you don’t get used with our ‘crazy’ traffic.

SULTAN SPREADING THE UDHIK-UDHIK

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*) Photo source: https://kratonjogja.id/hajad-dalem/12/syiar-islam-melalui-sekaten

OTHER INFORMATION:

MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL:
There are strong signal for your smartphone.

CAFE:
There are some simple cafe near the site.

TICKET:
FREE

A LOCAL GOT A COIN

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*) Photo source: Edzan Raharjo/detikcom

**) Some Yogyakarta/Javanese people believed that if they took rice, flower & coins from Udhik-udhik distribution, they will got blessing or peaceful feeling.

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