Tamansari Water Castle
Taman Sari Yogyakarta is also known as Taman Sari Water Castle, a beautiful water park and formerly a royal garden of Yogyakarta sultanate. It is built in the middle of 18th century and situated in the center of Yogyakarta City or just a step from Sultan Palace. Furthermore, this area has multiple functions such as for resting, workshop, meditation, defense as well as a hiding place. Meanwhile, Taman Sari is consisted of four distinct areas such as a large artificial lake with islands and pavilions located in the west, a bathing complex in the center, a complex of pavilions and pools in the south, and a smaller lake in the east. However, the only the central bathing complex is well preserved today. Meanwhile, the other areas have been largely occupied by the Kampung Taman settlement. Moreover, the local government has appointed this site as a tourist destination.
Taman Sari is located on Jl. Nogosari No.6, Patehan, Kraton, Yogyakarta City. The location is very strategic in the hearth of Yogyakarta City as well as just a step from Sultan Palace. Meanwhile, you can reach easily this place from Kraton by walking distance 15 minutes. In addition, there are many rickshaws that can take you to Taman Sari with small fees. However, you are recommended to hire the guide or join with our Yogyakarta Tours, and then our tour guide will be very pleased to escort you to the proper place. Moreover, we will provide the comfortable vehicles to transfer you with no doubt to spoil your vacation time in Yogyakarta.
This water castle is commenced during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, the first sultan of Yogyakarta. However, this building is completed by Sultan Hamengkubuwono II. Meanwhile, this place is well known as a bathing place called Pachetokan Spring since Sunan Amengkurat IV’s reign 1719 – 1726. Furthermore, according to Mamana Holy Book mentioning that the project leader of this building is Tumenggung Mangundipura. He had learned the European architecture in Batavia (Now Jakarta) during traveling to this city twice. Therefore, the form of Taman Sari’s building is adopting the European style. The construction had started since 1758 AD and had destroyed cause of the British invasion 1872.