Taman Sari Water Castle was originally as a garden by the Yogyakarta Sultan. More info over here and on Wikipedia here. You can visit the place from 9AM to 3PM everyday, together with an underground Mosque. Together, entrance fees are 15.000 IDR/pp (~1€).
A long time ago, there were four distinct areas:
- Wide man-made lake with islands and pavillons in the West
- Bathing complex in the Centre
- Pavillons and swimming pools complex in the South
- Small man-made lake in the East
Most parts of the Castle do not exist anymore and very few ruins remain but the bathing complex. The surroundings have totally dried up nowadays and Kampung Taman communities have settled down in it, mostly consisting of local artists.
Among all the islands built within the castle, only one is still standing. That place is called « Sumur Gumuling, or Gumuling Well and was used as an underground Mosque. You can access it through an old underwater tunnel, which is now just a tunnel. there are several alcoves to pray (mihrabs) and stairs towards the centre, over what was before a water reservoir to the bathing rituals.
Taman Sari Bathing complex
Taman Sari underground Mosque