Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

NUMPLAK WAJIK (2 June 2019) – A Sultan Palace Traditional Ceremony

NUMPLAK WAJIK

– All Details to Know About Numplak Wajik –

WHY BACKPACKER SHOULD VISIT NUMPLAK WAJIK 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 soldier & servant wear unique and exotic uniform.
You also will see so many fruit & vegetables arranged become big cones.

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

THE ROYAL SERVANTS MAKING THE ‘GUNUNGAN’

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Photo source: http://jateng.metrotvnews.com/read/2016/07/04/551931/keraton-yogyakarta-gelar-prosesi-tumplak-wajik

WHAT IS NUMPLAK WAJIK?

DESCRIPTION:

Numplak Wajik is  a traditional ceremony before celebrate the Grebeg ceremony. Usually it will be held two or three days before the Grebeg day. Numplak Wajik is a heritage ceremony to build ‘Gunungan’. Gunungan is an agricultural products that formed to be like a volcano form or cones. This ‘Gunungan’ symbolize of the highest appreciation and grateful to the God. But, sometime also means as Fertility symbol. The ‘Gunungan’ made from sticky rice with brown sugar, vegetables and fruits. On the Grebeg ceremony this ‘Gunungan’ will be struggled by local people who believed those things will blessing their life.

Numplak Wajik ceremony is a unique process to make ‘Gunungan’ that accompanied by a percussion song. This song produced by some unusual percussion instrument such as old school wooden manual rice grinder (Lesung Kayu), a slit drum (Kentungan) and some wooden percussion instruments. This heritage ceremony is authorized and coordinated by the Queen and some daughters of the King (Sultan).

Numplak Wajik ceremony started by flipping the ‘Wajik’. Wajik is the sticky rice that mixed with brown sugar. The flipping process accompanied by a percussion song. After ‘Wajik’ flipped then the royal servants will put the bamboo structure as support of the ‘Gunungan’. This process symbolize of unified of man and woman or ‘fertility’ symbol.

The first ‘Gunungan’ always made to be ‘female gunungan’. It symbolized that the beginning of life starting in the mom’s uterus. But, when the ‘Gunungan’ parade begin, the ‘male gunungan’ is in the front. It symbolized that the man is a leader of the family. This ceremony will produce seven ‘Gunungan’. One ‘Gunungan’ will be given to Pakualaman palace, one ‘Gunungan’ will be given to Governor/Sultan office and the five ‘Gunungan’ will be given to Yogyakarta people. The local people believed those things will blessing their life.

THE SULTAN’S DAUGHTER LEAD AND MANAGE THE CEREMONY

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Photo source: https://photo.sindonews.com/view/1670/tumplak-wajik

WHEN?

HELD ON:
2 June 2019.

OPEN HOURS:
3.00 P.M – 4.30 P.M.

AGENDA:
Queen entering the area
Praying
Flipping the ‘Wajik’
Bamboo structure making
Finishing the ‘Female Gunungan’
Covering the ‘Female Gunungan’ with the scarf
The ‘Male Gunungan’ making process
The ‘Five Fruits & Vegetables Gunungan’ making process

THE ROYAL SERVANT FLIPPING THE ‘WAJIK’

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Photo source: https://gudeg.net/read/9504/tumplak-wajik-awali-pembuatan-gunungan-grebeg-maulud.html

WHERE IS IT?

LOCATION:
Panti Pareden, Magangan, Kraton, Yogyakarta.

MAP:

HOW TO GET TO 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 Panti Pareden, Magangan, Kraton. 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 Panti Pareden, Magangan, Kraton
From Tugu Railway Station :
please take Route 1A or 2A – Stop in Beteng Vredeburg Shelter
Then, take a walk to Panti Pareden, Magangan, Kraton
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 Panti Pareden, Magangan, Kraton
From Jombor Bus Station :
please take Route 2A – Stop in Beteng Vredeburg Shelter
Then, take a walk to Panti Pareden, Magangan, Kraton

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

**) If your stay far away from Trans Jogja bus stop, you can order 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.

THE ROYAL SERVANT MAKING THE BAMBOO STRUCTURE

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Photo source: https://www.gudeg.net/read/9216/selesainya-upacara-tumplak-wajik-dimulainya-prosesi-garebeg-besar.html

OTHER INFORMATION:

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

CAFE:
There are some nice cafe near the site.

*) The recommended cafe & restaurant nearby: Bale Raos Kraton, Pendopo Ndalem restaurant, Gadri resto. The price quiet expensive for backpacker. But, they offering the menus which is favorite of Sultan’s meals.

TICKET:
FREE

DRESS CODE:
Polite dress.

*) Covered dress which is covering your legs and upside part. It’s a wise way to respect their ceremony by wearing the ‘polite’ dress. This ‘polite’ defined by local culture, not your culture.

THE ‘GUNUNGAN’:

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Photo source: http://www.kratonpedia.com/article-detail/2012/2/5/237/Grebeg.dan.Gunungan.Kraton.Yogyakarta.html

WATCH ‘NUMPLAK WAJIK’ CEREMONY VIDEO:

*) If you have six sense or indigo better you avoid this cultural festival because it might bothering you.

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