Due to National Holiday in Indonesia, the Silence Day for Hindu people, I use that chance to go to Jogjakarta. Jogjakarta is a beautiful city. Unique and peaceful. Why does it unique? Because it is the only one place in Indonesia that still has “King” to rule the city. They called it Sultan. Now, the “King” who rules Jogjakarta is Sultan Hamengkubuwono X. It doesn’t mean that they don’t abide our President, but the Sultan’s system already since ancient time, and people in Jogjakarta somehow listening to their Sultan more than anyone else. So it’s really important for the President to keep everything in balance and still get the heart of Jogjakarta’s people. Indeed until now, all things work together in harmony. Sultan leads the people there and Sultan gives report to Mr. President.
Typical style of traditional people in Jogjakarta
Our trip started by train Senja Utama, a business class train, non-Air Con, but have good seats. We paid for Rp. 250.000,- for an one way trip Jakarta – Jogjakarta. Departed at 7.30 pm and arrived in Tugu Station, Jogjakarta on 5 am. It’s a very long journey. I am lucky because my partner gave me his seat and he sleeps on the floor, so I can conveniently sleep on the chair. It’s very common for those travel with the train to sleep on the floor. Usually, they already brought Newspaper/Carpet for their sleeping pad on the floor.
The Crew of Train checked passenger’s tickets while some already slept on the floor
It was surprising me when I saw there is also a restaurant inside the train. I think it’s the one and only official restaurant from the Train Company. The menu is not so many, but the taste for the beef steak is delicious, and for the fried rices are so-so. I love it when they wrote their waiter/waitress as steward and stewardess. I feel like going with the airplane, not a train, hahahaa. But I still think it’s better to bring your own food or eat before you departed. They don’t have chilli sauce for us. Eating without chilli or sambal for Asian is kinda torturing 😀
The restaurant on the train. The food is cheap, and the beef steak is so delicious.
Later on, after I finish my meals, I try to sleep but actually it’s quite hard. The business train is more luxury and nice comparing to Economy class. But it’s quite annoying when in some stations, the seller started to make a noisy sound to offer their stuff, such as water, banana, cakes, peanuts, tissues, anything. Worse than that in another stations, they came inside the train and try to sell their food to us. OMG. I try to close my eyes while they approach me, sorry to say, but if they caught your eyes open, immediately they will offer you so many things to buy. Even I got the whole chair, still, sleep on the train is not so properly feel. We arrived at 5 am in the station and we got a taxi. Actually it’s not an official taxi with the sign on it. It’s a private car which for 5-6 person and they charge us for Rp. 50.000,- to the place of my friend which not so far.
Then we went to Taman Sari (Water Castle) by Becak (Rickshaws). Becak is an authentic local transportation in Jogjakarta. It’s manually ride by human, such as bicycle. Because it’s riding by human, it’s quite expensive comparing to go with the taxi or bus. My impression of Jogjakarta is the city of Becak. You can’t easily find other public transportation here. Even taxi, there’s not so many. But Becak, it’s a lot. If you are going around here, better you rent a bike or motor, so you can easily go everywhere.
Me and Anna going around Jogjakarta with the Becak (Rickshaws)
But riding on a Becak it’s give you a special feeling. You will love the strains of Becak. You also can see the view of the city easily, enjoying it, and take pictures. Becak in Jogjakarta has an unique offering system. Usually, they will offer you to take you to every places you want in the city, and they will wait for you, and return you to the very first you depart. Why? Because they don’t want to go back with empty seats. They usually ask you Rp. 30.000 – 40.000 for returns cost and able to wait for you finish your activities around 2-3 hours.
The Tour Guide in Taman Sari (Water Castle) explains about the historical of the building
We met with a guide that is very nice. Unfortunately, I forget his name. He was guiding us through the Taman Sari. It’s a beautiful day, bright and rich of sun. Taman Sari itself is a beautiful old building. Was a shower place for Sultan and his wife. The Sultan I, I heard, had 11 wifes. So wow, huh! 😀 Basically, it’s all a place with pool inside the building. But the water is so blue and very nice color. Previously, just plain transparent water, because of the chlorophyll, it became blue and being the attraction for the tourist. The ticket to enter this building per-person is Rp. 4.000,- Very cheap.
Outside and Inside of Taman Sari (The Water Castle) in Jogjakarta City
Pool for Sultan and his wife to got shower
It was before the bedroom for Sultan and the stairs inside the building
A man is making the puppet from the skin of cow. For one puppet, he need a month to finish. It’s a traditional and old skill that needs to be taught to young generation for not make it disappear.
A woman is making the handmade Batik
Because of the earthquake, the building previously was so huge, now separated as two. And some area become local people’s house. So we need to walk crossing people houses to go to the Second Building of Water Castle. I love the alley in here, because there are so many paintings on the wall. Jogjakarta is famous with creative people who love art so dearly.
We’re going to another side of Water Castle and need to across people’s house, because of the earthquake, Water Castle broken into two parts. We can see how creative Jogjakarta’s people.
This is how the information being spread out to the people in Jogjakarta
The information about Water Castle in the second building
Outside of the Second Building, ruined because of the earthquake
In the second building, there is a beautiful stairs that actually purpose as place to worship and prayer to God. As Moslem people knew as “Sholat.” The Prayer Leader will stand in the middle of the up stairs, and everyone below will follow his moves.
The stairs for Moslem’s daily prayer. Place that I stand it is a place meant for the Prayer Leader, so everyone below can follow his moves
Some parts in the Second Building
The tunnel inside of the Second Building
We paid the guide for Rp. 50.000,- actually we think it’s not so expensive, since we are in total 4 people, so we share the cost. He is also a good guide, excellent English and accompany us for almost 2 hours around. Even he didn’t define any price he wants for the guide cost. A little bit confusing I know, but we were so happy and satisfy with the tour. It’s a hot and very sunny day, but also good for us to make pictures. Don’t forget to take a visit to this place once you are in Jogjakarta. Some couples even use this area for making their pre-wedding pictures.