The Keraton, Sultan residence and heart of Javanese arts and culture
Built in 1756 by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, today the Keraton is the residence of Sultan Hamengku Buwono X and his family as well as a center of Javanese traditional arts and culture. All the buildings, courts, carvings and trees and even their locations within the 14,000 sq. m. Keraton have deep philosophical meanings and are symbolic of human life. The palace, the Tugu Monument and Mount Merapi are positioned in one line, forming a sacred axis. In the old times, the Sultan concentrated his mind along this axis before leading meetings, making decisions or giving orders to his people.
Visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of the Keraton as it was centuries ago. Daily activities open to the public include gamelan music, Javanese poetry readings, court dances, and puppet shows designed to preserve the ancient arts. Many sets of gamelan instruments, antiques, batiks and heirlooms make the Sultan’s Palace one of the most interesting tourist sites in Jogjakarta.
8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am – 11:00 am.
HB IX Museum & Keraton Batik Museum
(inside the palace)
Open daily: 10:30 am – noon.
Museum Kereta (Royal Carriages Museum)
Jl. Rotowijayan, west of the Keraton: Open daily: 10:30 am – noon. Entrance fees charged.
Daily Activities at the Keraton
All performances are held at Sri Manganti Pendopo, inside the Keraton.
Monday: Javanese Gamelan Music – 10:00 am – noon
Tuesday: Javanese Gamelan Music – 10:00 am – noon
Wednesday: Golek Menak (Wooden) Puppetry (abbreviated performance) – 10:00 am – noon
Thursday: Javanese Court Dance – 10:00 am – noon
Friday : Javanese Poetry Recital – 9:00 – 11 am
Saturday: Wayang Kulit (Leather) Puppetry (abbreviated performance) 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Sunday: Wayang Orang (Human performers) – 9:30 am – noon