Indonesia is a country with a deep culture and history, spread from Aceh in the west to Papua in the east. Yogyakarta is one of the city in Indonesia which has a unique culture and a strong history. This city is also well known as the place where everything is cheap. Cheap traveling in Yogyakarta will be a good choice for you to spend your holiday. If you are interested, you can visit one of the historical building in Yogyakarta, Tamansari Water Castle which is located near the Yogyakarta Royal Palace (Keraton Yogyakarta). Taman Sari is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta which had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place. The main object in Taman Sari is the pond which is surrounded by 6 meter high walls as it was used as the bathing pond for the Sultan’s wives. This historical building is constructed with European architectural art with some Javanese symbols in it.
Taman Sari is located in Jl. Ngasem, Yogyakarta. It is only 0,5 km south of Yogyakarta Royal Palace, which make this place very easy to access. Yogyakarta has Adisucipto International Airport, which is well served by both local and international airways. You can reach Yogyakarta from Singapore or Malaysia. You can also reach it by flying from most of major cities in Indonesia, such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Makassar and many other cities. From the airport, you have to reach Royal Palace first, either by getting a public transport or renting a car. From the Royal Palace, you can reach Taman Sari by foot in approximately 15 minutes. If you go by car, it will only take around 5 minutes to reach the area. The entrance fee is very cheap, IDR 5,000 for domestic tourists or IDR 8,000 for international tourists.
If you want to explore Taman Sari in pleasure, you may want to hire a guide at the gate of this site. The fee is varied from IDR 25,000 to 50,000, depending on the agreement. Here in Taman Sari, you can relax and enjoy the pleasure of sitting while looking at the ponds on the north and south side of the tower of Taman Sari. At the tower, you can feel the breeze of wind slipping through the authentic wooden bars windows which have never been renovated since the first construction. From here, you can enjoy the view of the surrounding residence around Taman Sari, which is believed to be once a fruit garden. After you are satisfied with the tower, you can proceed with the tour to a compartment where you can find an old-styled kitchen and a unique underground mosque. Here, you will find an elegant and artistic small pond in the middle of the mosque compartment. You can then go to another passageways that leads to a quite high building. From the top of the building, you can enjoy the surrounding beauty of the site.
Taman Sari in Yogyakarta is a beautiful historical site which is perfect for your cheap traveling in Yogyakarta. Here, you can enjoy the beautiful ponds, the view at the tower, a unique underground mosque, to the beautiful view of the site from the top of the buildings. Visiting Taman Sari in Yogyakarta will get you to experience the luxury of being a Sultan of Yogyakarta.