[Travel] Yogyakarta | The Last Resting Place for The Mataram Sultans at Kotagede

After the morning market at Pasar Legi, I continue to Pasarean Mataram, the royal cemetery for the Sultans of Mataram. It’s located on the west of the Mataram Great Mosque. I walk here since it’s behind Pasar Legi, but visitors can come using the bus, TransJogja, and stop at Departemen Kehutanan (Foresty Department) bus stop.

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The Mataram Great Mosque (Masjid Gedhe Mataram)

Pasarean Mataram’s official name is Pasareyan Hasta Kitha Ageng, the last resting place for Ki Ageng Pemanahan and Panembahan Senopati (founder of Mataram Sultanate), Penembahan Hanyakrawati and their descendants; Sultan Hamengkubuwono II (of the Yogyakarta Sultanate) and Pakualam I (of the Surakarta Sultanate). You can read what the splitits into two sultanates, the successors of the Mataram Sultanate in my previous post.

The gates followed Hindu architecture with thick wooden carved in stylized nature elements.

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Unfortunately, I came in on Wednesday (since I’m after the market day “Legi” to visit Pasar Legi). It’s the wrong time (or it’s not the time) for me to visit the cemetery.

Visitors can visit this place from 08:00 to 16:00 on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday. Entrance is free, but you can donate. To enter the inner cemetery to see the Sultans’ graves, you need to dress appropriately in Javanese clothing (provided by the Abdi Dalam/palace guards for guests) to show respect.

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Entrance to the Sultan’s cemetery

Fortunately, I can visit the royal bath called Sendhang Selirang. Sendhang Selirang is divided for the women’s bath, Wadhon on the south and Lanang, for the men on the west side.

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Woman’s Bath, Sendhang Seliran Wadhon
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Man’s bath, Sendhang Seliran Lanang

First time I see a bath with large fishes swimming inside. Visitors can change in the back cabin and use traditional cloth or kemben for cover and take a bath here.

The source of the water for the women’s bath comes from the banyan tree planted by Sunan Kalijaga, in front of the main gate. The water for the man’s bath comes from the cemetery complex.

As I walk out, one of the Abdi dalem told me that I can see the remains of the walls protecting the old Kingdom and the stone throne used by the Sultan of Mataram. Curious and not planned (since I have no idea the throne exist), I took his advice walk south to the historical site named Batu Gilang.

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