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  Classical Dance, Kraton Yogya
by bpacker

If you intend to visit the royal palaces in this region, do the one in Yogya and skip the one in Solo. Besides being more well-kept, it's a social centre for the locals and there's a hive of activity here on Sundays. Despite the hustle and bustle, there's a strange archaic air to this place. I found servants still dressed in their traditional garb with the deadly kris strapped to their backs though their main role these days is just to show the tourists around! You can also explore the whole place youself - there are shady courtyards, ornate reception halls and a curious gallery displaying the royal family tree,photographs of the 8th sultan on his circumcision day and the cooking utensils of the 9th sultan. The best time to go to the kraton is on a Sunday morning, that's when the classical court dances are performed for free.

Beneath the modern and conjested outerlayer of Yogyakarta lies an ancient and traditional heart in the walled city of the Kraton. The traditional court dances are still performed here, ancient and spell-binding, passed from one generation to the next.

Kraton Yogyakarta, at Bangsal Sri Manganti

Every sunday at 11.00 am

How much moolah
It is free for Kraton visitors but you'll need to pay an admission fee when you enter the Kraton. Pay extra if you admit that you have a camera.

Interesting tip
The old servants here can still speak in Dutch, thanks to their old colonial past.

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  • Updated Jun 8, 2006
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