Next to the Southern Alun-Alun, there lies Yogyakarta‘s enormous Kraton, which is the heart of this fascinating city. The Kraton, a walled city in the center of Yogyakarta, is a complex of pavilions and residences which is home to around 25,000 people and encompasses a current market, shops, cottage industries, schools, and mosques. Around one thousand of the people work at the sultan that was resident. Even though it is technically part of the Kraton, there is another entry for the Pagelaran Pavilion, overlooking the north alun. The Kraton includes a series of luxury halls, spacious courtyards, and pavilions built between 1755 and 1756, with European thrives, like Dutch influenced glass, added in the 1920s.
There were different entrances into the Kraton for both women and men, marked by male and female dragons. Even though this segregation is no longer practiced, an appreciation of history runs deep, and the palace is attended by dignified retainers, who wear traditional Javanese costumes. The innermost complex is prohibited for visitors as the present sultan still resides here, but visitors can input some of the surrounding courtyards. Alas, the treasures of the palace are displayed, but it’s still a fascinating place to wander. In the center of the Kraton is your reception hallway, the Bangsal Kencana. With a marble flooring, intricately decorated roof, tainted glass windows, and columns of teak, it can make a suitably imposing announcement for the reception of international dignitaries.
The presents from many of those illustrious visitors, including the European monarchy, are housed in two small museums at the exact same courtyard complex. Impressive displays here include copies of the sacred pusaka and gamelan instruments, the royal family tree, old photos of mass weddings and pictures of the former sultan of Yogya. A contemporary memorial building devoted to the beloved Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, with photographs and some of his personal effects, occupies a few side rooms. Away from the Kraton, at the center of the northern sq, there are two waringin. In the days of Java, that is, white-robed petitioners would patiently sit, hoping to capture the eye of the king. In the alun kidul, two comparable banyan trees are said to bring great luck to people who could walk between them without mishap, on Fridays and Saturday nights the youth of Yogya try this feat to a chorus of laughter from friends. Daily performances from the Kraton’s central pavilion is included in the price of the entry ticket. Currently, there is gamelan on Monday and Tuesday, Wayang Golek on Wednesday, classical dance on Thursday poetry readings on Friday, leather puppetry on Saturday and Javanese dance on Sunday.