Kota gede Yogyakarta is one of the Special Region of Yogyakarta tourism asset that complements a variety of other interesting destinations, such as Parangtritis, Baron beach, Malioboro, Pindul cave, Kaliurang, and so on.
It has become a common knowledge that Yogyakarta is a city that is full with interesting tourism object in Indonesia, even become one of favorite tourism destination in the list of foreign tourists traveling in various parts of the world.
The unique character of the local culture, the thickness of customs, high taste culinary variety, as well as interesting handcrafts from local residents in the town are some of the hallmark of tourism in Yogyakarta which is so familiar among the audience of the trip.
Kotagede Yogyakarta can be regarded as a cultural tourism destination and it is so thick with historical elements. If you like or want to know many things about the history, the tourist destinations of Yogyakarta Kotagede is the right choice.
One corner in the town of Yogyakarta
Kotagede is often named as the Old Town has many old buildings that becomes witness to history. If you visit Kotagede, you seemed to be in a time machine that brings back to the 1700s. There are approximately 170 ancient buildings which are built in a span of hundreds of years, the year 1700 until the 1930s. Architectural of buildings are different, you can browse one by one historical story behind the founding of the building.
Kotagede address: Kotagede, Yogyakarta
GPS Coordinates: -7.828262,110.39986
Heritage Kotagede Yogyakarta
In ancient times, Kotagede Yogyakarta is a royal capital of Islam that controls most of place of Java island, which is the kingdom of Mataram. In the reign of Sultan Agung Hanyokrokusumo, the development of the kingdom of Mataram is very fast. However, ultimately the prosperous kingdom is experiencing internal problems which then leads to a split.
The gate of the Great Mosque Kotagede
In the process, though it was no longer a royal capital, Kotagede still bustling with a growing population. In this modern time, relics of past history kingdom still remains intact, some of which such as Kotagede Mosque, Traditional Houses with specific Javanese architecture, Tomb Complex of Founder of the Kingdom, ruins of Fortress, until toponym village which still uses elements of urban design like the old days ,
Interesting spot Kotagede Yogyakarta Tourism
Here are some interesting spots and objects in the tourist area of Kotagede that you should know.
1. Traditional Market Kotagede
This is the oldest traditional market in Yogyakarta. Kotagede Yogyakarta traditional market has existed since the days of empire and still remains active until now. Each Legi (day in Javanese calendar), trading activity is so rampant in this traditional market.
The seller and buyer as well as the diversity of merchandise always meet the need Kotagede’s market. Indeed building of this market has undergone several renovations, but the architectural style and its position has not changed at all.
Traditional Market Kotagede Yogyakarta
If you want to explore the historic town of Kotagede, the traditional market is a very good start. From here, you can then go to the south by foot towards the founder of the royal tombs, ruins within Fortress in, or to the location of the Banyan Brackets.
2. Kings of Mataram Tomb Complex
About 100 meters to the south of Yogyakarta Kotagede traditional market, you will see a solid wall that houses the tomb of the towering figures of the king and the founder of the kingdom of Mataram. When entering the tomb complex, saw the gate to the characteristics of Hindu architecture.
Entering the Tomb Kings of Mataram in Kotagede
In each of the gate is sturdy and thick doors are made of wood-carving size decorated beautifully. The guard of complex is called Abdi Dalem and dressed in traditional Javanese, in charge of guarding the tomb complex for 24 hours straight. The kings or leaders who are buried in the cemetery are Sultan Hadiwijaya, Ki Gede Pemanahan, as well as family of Panembahan Senopati.
3. Great Mosque Kotagede
Tracing the historical facts in the town of Yogyakarta feels less if we do not stopped by the Great Mosque Kotagede which is the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta. Great Mosque Kotagede layout is still located in the same area with the Tomb of the Founder of Mataram Kingdom.
4. Traditional House
Not far from the Tomb Complex Founder of the Kingdom, or more precisely accross the street in front of the tomb complex, you can see the original Javanese traditional house. And if you walk about 50 meters further to the south, there is a low archway and hollow wall complete with a plaque that is written with a writing “Heritage”.
Traditional home past Kotagede Yogyakarta
If you are going through the gate of the wall, you will be amazed by traditional houses of Kotagede which are still well maintained. Amazingly, these houses still has function as a residence.
5. Ruins of Fortress
The ruins of the castle is one of the spots that must be visited when traveling to Kotagede Yogyakarta. These ruins have a size of 400 x 400 meters complete with moat that when in the first days of empire, was used as a fortress palace. The fortress wall has thickness of 4 feet that is made of large-sized boulders.
The remains of the fortress that protects the kingdom of Mataram in Kotagede
Hotels in Kotagede Yogyakarta
You can find very easily a variety of inns or hotels near Kotagede Yogyakarta. Some of the hotels in Kotagede that are popular as well as other lodging among travellers are Dusun Jogja Village Inn, Pan Family Hotel, and Ros Inn.
Route to travel to Kotagede Yogyakarta
Access to Kotagede Yogyakarta is fairly easy. From Adi Sucipto Airport Jogjakarta, you can take a direction toward the next intersection Janti which later go towards the Ring Road. After entering Ring Road, you will find an intersection, then take the direction to the right and then out of the Ring Road.
Furthermore, continue to follow the road, you will pass through JEC (Jogja Electronic Centre), and will meet again crossroad. If you are in the right direction, you will arrive at Gembira Loka Zoo. But toward Kotagede, you stay straight from the intersection.