Yogyakarta (also called Jogja) is a special region because it has a unique unification history during the early foundation of Republic of Indonesia. Today, it remains the only monarch to rule as an exception in the middle of the adopted democracy system. Sultan is not only a living cultural symbol, but also legitimately govern in the province level.
Given this interesting fact, some parts of Sultan’s Palace (Kraton Yogyakarta) is open for public to visit. There are local guides who are ready with their service to explain many historical facts regarding each exhibited collection.
In the same neighbourhood, administratively called “Kecamatan Kraton”, we can find many other interesting sites, like Sonobudoyo Museum, where we can learn various pre-historical to post independence facts regarding Indonesia; moving to Alun-Alun Utara (North City Square), where periodically a fair called Sekaten is held; through Wijilan, the center of Gudeg (one of Jogja’s must-try traditional food), to Alun-Alun Kidul (South City Square) which is most interesting during evenings; as well as Taman Sari (water palace), where the Sultan’s family used to enjoy their leisure time. If we decide to take a walk around this area, we will be able to see that the streets are named after the profession of the initial residents: e.g. Jalan Gamelan (Gamelan Street) is the area where Kraton’s traditional musicians used to live.
(Tigalima & La casa Jogja Team)