This is something like being a travel guide to my sister. Before I went back for good, we decided to have a short trip in Java. Yogyakarta (Pronounce Jogjakarta), Jakarta and Bogor. It was indeed very short trip. We stayed for about 3 days only. Eventhough Jogja, the special region in Indo is quite small and reachable, but 3 days are not enough. My third time, after first was in 2008 and second was in 2011. Prior to time constriction, the last 2 visits I only managed to have a glimpse in Candi Borobudur. There's a lot to explore in Jogja!
Let's start with Surabaya to Jogja. I booked a train ticket for two, a week earlier. It costs around 110-160K IDR depends on promo or regular price and took around 4-5 hours journey. You may enjoy the scenery of paddy fields, villages, trees and even sheeps.
|Upon arrival, Jogja train station. (Tugu)|
This is Sancaka Pagi train, depart from Surabaya at 8.00 am (and they are precisely on time) arrived in Jogja at 12 noon. They played Karate Kid and Tooth Fairy along the way. Good for us. Good for the Mat Salleh group next to us.
Checked in to Poncowinatan Hotel, the hotel I stayed 2 years ago for MOHE activity. Very affordable. It is a walking distance from the train station actually. Tapi tak kan lah usung luggage from train station kan? (Yes,I hardly travel light) We took beca instead. I (and most Malaysians in Indo) am immune with trishaw. My sister in other side, kesian with pacik beca as they are physically small and thin. As for me and my sister are.. ehemm..
|Paparazzi-ed by sister.|
|This list provided by the hotel. Rate from hotel to their interesting places.|
|View from beca. In front is the famous Tugu.|
|Passed by Jl Malioboro. Unique kereta kuda. |
Taman Sari Water Castle (according to Google) is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta and had multiple functions. Resting area, workshop, meditation, defense area and hiding place.The building of Taman Sari commenced during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono I (1755–1792), the first sultan of the Yogyakarta Sultanate, and was completed by the time of Sultan Hamengkubuwono II. Longgg longgggggggg time ago kan! Amazing how they maintain this place. By the way, after you step in the entrance door, a staff will assist you from A to Z. From the history to taking pictures.
|That is the kolam, or they call it as bathe area where the Sultan's concubines (which i were told almost 40 of them) taking bathe. You see the window above? It was told that the Sultan will stand there and throw petals to choose one of his concubines. (There was another kolam behind the window building)|
|The 2nd kolam is for Sultan's daughter.|
|This is the flower (which I forgot it's name) that Sultan throw to the lucky concubines. Macam bunga di kubur. But the uncle said it's different.|
Next is the underwater mosque, which connected via tunnel. It was told that the Dutch are against Islam, hence explains the underwater mosque. You can read more about Taman Sari here. It was quite a journey to reach this mosque. I wonder how the Sultan came here.
|Kiblat. Imam will solat in this specific place, and makmum follow behind Imam. This unique mosque is round in shape. It is quite unique to perform prayer in a 'saf' which the mosque is not in square.|
|Which path to take lah konon. The elevated platform inside Sumur Gumuling where the four staircases meet in the center. On the ground level of this platform is a small pool that was used for wudu'.|
|Motif editted: I love the angle!|
|"make sure I look falling from above" me: "T___T"|
|I know I'm a bad photographer. You can tell.|
The end of Jogja day 1. Phew!