Seat of the Sultans
Keraton, as it is widely known to tourists and visitors to Indonesia, is the royal palace complex of the Sultan. Once the sole rulers of Yogyakarta, now resigned to governorship on Java, the royal family has a rich history of power, beauty and cultural significance. Their home and the buildings that surround the private residence seem plain at first - all whitewashed walls and open air; yet as one proceeds through the complex, ornate details begin to multiply and cover unexpected surfaces. Don't forget to look up, ceilings in the palace are highlights not to be overlooked. Quiet corners are flooded with light, illuminating furniture and mementos that reveal the Dutch colonialism which also shaped this island in Indonesia. Palace docents are still dressed in ceremonial batik sarongs and men wear the blankon hat with a sword at their side. It's a place to while away many hours, steeped in history and beauty.
By Kirsten Alana, AFAR Local Expert
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Notoprajan, Ngampilan, Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta 55262, Indonesia