Taman Sari Water castle and underground Mosque

21/06/2018

 

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 - Water Castle (1)-min

Taman Sari - Water Castle (3)-min

Taman Sari - Water Castle (4)-min

Taman Sari - Water Castle (2)-min

Taman Sari - Water Castle (5)-min

 

Taman Sari underground Mosque

Underground Mosque (1)-min
Central stairs over an old basin for bathing rituals
Underground Mosque (2)-min
Unfortunately the place is so crowded at this time of the year…
Vue sur la Mosquée
Viewpoint over the Mosque (building in the centre) from above

 

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