So i just got back from my 'vay-kay' at Yogyakarta. so much fun :)
i went to Yogyakarta Palace, Rumah Pintar, Vredeburg Bastille, and Tamansari. i will post about those places on different posts, so stay tuned!
now, i wanted to talk about Tamansari first. Tamansari is a place where Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono (The King of Yogyakarta Palace) bath with his concubines. it was abandoned for years but then it has been restored for tourism use. the architecture was amazing. the guide told me that it was designed by a Portuguese (or Netherlander? sorry i forgot)
That bath was divided into several places, like the king's bath, concubines bath, sauna, changing room and even a place where the king take a peek into the concubines bath.pervert.
so, without more blabbering..
I always love seeing and walking on a road like this picture up there. narrow street between high walls, where you can feel the "palace atmosphere" like you're traveling back to the past.
and if you got a tour guide with you, you will be able to see other place in this area which is the water castle where there's a hidden mosque. the hidden mosque located underground and surrounded by water and has secret gates which used by Sultan to do a prayer without the Netherlanders knowing it. yes, it was built during the colonialism era.
|One of the gate|
|Main area (Prayer area)|
|Stairs to 2nd floor|
So it is basically a 2 floored underground mosque. I admit that this building shows that people back then are smart, i mean they can build this kind of building at that age. This mosque is really unique because the main area for the prayer is in a round shape, like a dome. so the 1st floor is for the women area and the 2nd floor (which i don't have any picture of it) is for the men. what i think is weird is both men and women has their own 'imam'. so both floors has their own 'imam' area.the most unique architecture in this place was the 5 stairs which represents the 5 pillars of Islam.
So that's it for the Tamansari review edition. stay tuned for other reviews ;)