The Kraton Complex comprises the majestic grounds of the palace for the sultan of Yogyakarta. A museum, gardens and a mosque are among the intriguing and scenic facets of the vast grounds. Take a guided tour of this walled compound for a deeper understanding of the city’s royal history.
Wander through the Main Court to reach the palace, which dates back to the 18th century. Enjoy the typical Javanese design of the palace architecture, with its ornate halls, large courtyards and pavilions. Visit the Golden Pavilion to appreciate its marble floor, Dutch stained-glass windows and Baroque roof.
Among the highlights of the complex is the museum, which chronicles part of the history of the city’s sultans. See gifts from European monarchs, sacred heirlooms and traditional instruments among the treasures on display. Enjoy the collection of photographs and personal belongings in the tribute to the popular Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX.
The site hosts many cultural events. Bring your kids to attend the Golek Menak puppet performance on Wednesday mornings. Watch a dance show on Thursdays or listen to traditional Javanese music known as Gamelan on Mondays and Tuesdays. Other dance and music performances take place the rest of the week.
Relax in the northern and southern squares, which each contain banyan trees. Young locals frequently attempt to walk between the trees blindfolded, a feat that is said to bring good luck. Gaze up at the impressive Gilig Golong Monument, a white obelisk with golden streaks.
Purchase entrance tickets and pay extra for the right to use your camera. Guides may expect tips. Visit the site daily from morning until afternoon, except when it closes for national holidays and special ceremonies.
The Kraton Complex is in the heart of downtown Yogyakarta. Make sure to visit other sights in this fascinating zone, such as the Museum Sonobudoyo, the Taman Budaya and the Cagar Budaya Gereja Santo Yusuf.