Taman Sari Water Castle, Yogyakarta

Taman Sari Water Castle, also known as Taman Sari, is the site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Built in the mid-18th century, the Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place.

Taman Sari consisted of four distinct areas: a large artificial lake with islands and pavilions located in the west, a bathing complex in the centre, a complex of pavilions and pools in the south, and a smaller lake in the east. Today only the central bathing complex is well preserved, while the other areas have been largely occupied by the Kampung Taman settlement.

Formerly Taman Sari was a recreation garden or a resting house for the Sultan and family. The other function is it was used as hiding place for the royal family to defend against the enemy assault. Taman Sari is located about 2 km south of Yogyakarta Palace and built by a Portuguese architect in European aquatic construction adorned with Javanese symbols and ornaments. Taman Sari was built in the Sultan Hamengku Buwono I period in the end of XVII Century. Taman Sari comprises a compound of bathing pools, canals, rooms and an extremely large swimming pool.

Since 1995, the Yogyakarta Palace Complex including Taman Sari has been listed as a tentative World Heritage Site.


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