Thursday, June 10, 2021

Ancient Unique Museum in Yogyakarta

Who doesn't know Yogyakarta? This city in Central Java is always crowded with tourists during holidays. Yogyakarta or Yogyakarta is the main tourist destination for many Indonesians after Bali. As the name suggests; Special Region of Yogyakarta, this city is very special because it is one of the cities in Indonesia that still has a royal family.

Besides temples, Yogyakarta also has many other tourist destinations, both natural and cultural tourism, shopping tourism and culinary tourism. One of the most famous museums there. What comes to your mind when you hear the word museum? An old building with a dusty collection of antiques maybe? Or a place to lean on unused items from the past?

The impression of the museum is not far from that. But maybe that view will change when you visit Ullen Sentalu. A museum of Javanese art and culture hidden in the green nature of Jogja, precisely in the Kaliurang area, on the slopes of Mount Merapi.

Ullen Sentalu Museum was established as a bridge of historical memory from the past to modernity today. The name Ullen Sentalu itself is an acronym for the Javanese language, namely "Ulating Blencong Sejatining Tataraning Lumaku" which means "light is a guide to the way of life". The museum which was inaugurated on March 1, 1997 has long been a medium of cultural dialogue from the past, present and for the future. will come.

Initially, this museum was a museum with a private collection managed by the family of a batik maker named Haryono. He and his family have a royal lineage. Because of his love for Javanese history, Haryono and his family also collect relics of the existing Javanese cultural heritage. Along with its development, currently the collection is not only from the Haryono family but also obtained from the Ulating Blencong Foundation and relatives from the Mataram royal family.

Ullen Sentalu Museum is located at Jalan Boyong Km 25 West Kaliurang, Sleman, Yogyakarta. This Sleman tourist spot was built on an area of ​​1.2 hectares with ambient air temperatures ranging from 15-20 degrees Celsius. The architecture of this museum is very unique, the entrance to the museum itself consists of steps, turns and labyrinths that lead to one of the exhibition halls which are underground. The name of this unique-sounding museum turns out to be an abbreviation of a Javanese sentence "Ulating blencong true tataraning lumaku".

Visitors can see many paintings and photos of nobles from that era, collections of batik from Solo and Yogyakarta which have their own meaning, ancient gamelan, statues of Hindu and Buddhist cultures, and other relics. Entering this museum, you can see many building pillars made of natural stone like a tropical house. After passing through several rooms, you will find a white building with a pointed facade, a kind of European castle.

The Ullen Sentalu Museum has nine rooms, each of which has a different use. Some of these rooms include:

  • Welcome Room, a room that is a welcoming area for guests or museum visitors.
  • Dance and Gamelan Art Room, here you will find a set of gamelan which is a gift from a prince of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta.
  • The Guwa Sela Giri Room, a basement room that exhibits paintings documenting figures from the Mataram dynasty.
  • The Syair Room (Balai Sekar Kedaton), a place where poems written by relatives and friends of GRAj Koes Sapariyam in 1939-1947 are displayed. GRAj Koes Sapariyam is said to have been better known as Tineke, whose love story was not approved by his parents. And many of his relatives and friends sent letters of encouragement to him. But in the end, Princess Tineke gave up her aristocratic status to pursue love.
  • Royal Room Ratu Mas, a special room dedicated to the empress Sunan Paku Buwana X.
  • Vorstendlanden Batik Room, this room has many batik collections.
  • The Coastal Batik Room is almost the same as the Vorstendlanden Batik Room which also stores a batik collection.
  • Putri Dambaan Room, which displays a collection of personal photos of Mangkunegara VII's only daughter, Gusti Nurul from childhood to marriage. During her lifetime, Gusti Nurul was known as a Javanese noblewoman who was anti-polygamy, smart and good at dancing. He even danced in the Netherlands in 1937 at the wedding of daughter Juliana. Gusti Nurul once wanted to be married by four famous figures, namely Soekarno, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, Sutan Sjahrir and Colonel GPH Djatikusumo. But all four were rejected, and he chose to marry a soldier.
  • Sasana Sekar Bawana, which contains several paintings of the king of Mataram.
Don't forget to visit this museum when you are in Yogyakarta.


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