Yogyakarta home of sultan

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The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta rests on central Java, between the cool breezes of the Indian Ocean and the steamy breath of volcanoes. The Yogyakarta Palace is a large complex that was carefully designed to reflect Javanese cosmology. The palace was built by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I in stages, then completed in 1790.

The palace was built facing directly to the north – Mount Merapi. While in the South it is bordered by the Indian Ocean.

Then, the Yogyakarta Palace complex pavilions were built according to ancient beliefs and each of the complex features such as courtyards to trees has a special symbolic meaning related to the noble Javanese philosophy. The Yogyakarta Palace has a number of unique rules that tourists must obey. There are at least seven rules that must be followed.

First, taking a photo with your back to the palace is considered impolite. This cannot be separated from the palace, which is considered a symbol of the king. Second, you cannot take pictures with your back to the courtiers. Third, it is advisable not to wear a hat in the palace. Fourth, tourists cannot sit anywhere. Fifth, you cannot touch museum collections or other tools in the palace without permission.

Sixth, tourists are not allowed to bring baby strollers, suitcases or anything on wheels. Seventh, you must have permission if you bring a camera, including a cell phone.

Opening hours and show schedule

Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat is located on Jalan Rotowijayan Blok No. 1, Panembahan, Kraton District, Yogyakarta City.

This place is open for tours from 8.30am to 3pm every day except Monday. Starting January 13, 2020, every Monday is closed for tourist visits.