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Water Castle

Water Castle is one of heritage cultural of Yogyakarta. The Water Castle lies in the south part of Yogyakarta Sultan Palace. Water Castle became tourist attraction visited by many traveler of foreign and domestic. Water Castle or Tamansari consists of 2 words, namely Taman and Sari. Water Castle complex is a beautiful garden park belongs to Sultan Palace. To enter the Water Castle can be through back road and it was built during the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwana I and completed by Sultan Hamengkubuwono II. The architect of building is Portuguese style, so the art building has very strong European architecture. But the symbolic meaning of Java was maintained and more dominating.

The Water Castle is complex consisting of swimming baths, water canals, privates rooms and large pond. Historically, this place used to bath by reigning monarch, Sultan of Yogyakarta and their families. The venue is also used for worship, because Water Castle building is also equipped with mosque, precisely in building of Gumuling well. There is Passage in the neighbour hood of Water Castle. According to the story, there is a hallway connecting the ends of Parangtritis beach. It said, king of Yogyakarta was always associated with South Sea Queen or Nyi Roro Kidul. The hallway was path used to have a meeting with the Queen. But now the hall has been closed due to very old age.

Besides being used for vacation home and resting place, Water Castle was also used as a fortress. The wall that surrounds the Water Castle even looks old but still sturdy. This is evident when the earthquake in Yogyakarta and surrounding areas in the year of 2006, the wall is still to stand firmly.