Taman Sari Water Castle, also known as Taman Sari (means: beautiful garden with flowers), is the site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Built in the mid-18th century, the Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place.
Since 1995, the Yogyakarta Palace Complex including Taman Sari has been listed as a tentative World Heritage Site.
Architecture & Art
Taman Sari consisted of four distinct areas: a large artificial lake with islands and pavilions located in the west, a bathing complex in the centre, a complex of pavilions and pools in the south, and a smaller lake in the east. Today only the central bathing complex is well preserved, while the other areas have been largely occupied by the Kampung Taman (artistic village around the palace and castle) settlement.
Be prepared that the Water Castle is no longer in use, and all of its former "beauty" is gone. Parts are destroyed by earthquake. But it gives a nice impression of what it has been: from the bed of the Sultan I got a pretty good "image" of the usage of those pools:-)
Since it is so close to the Kraton, a combined visit is a good idea.