Yogyakarta Palace
Yogyakarta Palace
3.5
Historic SitesArchitectural Buildings
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
About
The Palace complex was built in 1755–1756, led the chief architect was Sultan Hamengkubuwono I (The King I) who founded the Yogyakarta Sultanate. His architectural expertise was appreciated by the Dutch scientist Theodoor Gautier Thomas Pigeaud and Lucien Adam, who considered him a worthy successor of Pakubuwono II (founder of the Surakarta Sunanate). The palace layout, which followed the basic design of the old city of Yogyakarta, was completed in 1755-1756; another building was added by the next Sultan of Yogyakarta. Sultan's Palace is located inside the Sultan's area where also has other sites within; The Water Castle, The Royal Horse Carriage Museum, The Grand Palace Mosque, etc. You may explore and visit all great sites in one day to get experience and see the cultural heritages.
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  • Susan E
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania1,066 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely architecture
    We had a guide take us around this property. As others have mentioned most of the signage is not in English so it’s helpful to have a guide. There are several buildings but not a lot beyond that. There was an interesting exhibit to inform international visitors of the variety of agricultural products which Java grows. There are many vendors trying to get your attention as you enter.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 October 2023
  • Komator
    Barcelona, Spain889 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just a palace
    The Kraton (Palace) of Yogyakarta is one of the highlights of the city. It's the residence of the sultan, and part of the complex is off-limits to the public. It's an interesting visit, but it didn't strike me as particularly remarkable. You can stroll through the gardens, enter some rooms, and see exhibitions dedicated to the sultan's family, but that's about it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,676 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Royal palace featuring numerous exhibits
    Visited the Royal palace as part of a larger tour of the kraton area. It was 25000IR per foreign adult to enter. There was a different fee structure for locals. Soon after entry a guide attached themselves to us. I got the impression this wasn’t optional but the guide did stand point blank at the end and insist we ‘pay her’ which was a bit confusing as there was no real price agreed upon and it kind of felt like it was part of the ticket price (I did intend to tip regardless). I did find the guide to be somewhat helpful as they did allow a lot of context to some of the exhibits. A lot of the royal palace was closed or off limits to visitors as I believe the current sultan still resides here. In addition during the period of Ramadan there were no daily performances so keep that in mind if you’re planning a visit between now and April 10 2024. There were a few decent exhibits featuring various treasures and trinkets of the royal family. There were information boards in English as well. I think the whole tour took about an hour. It was alright although I wouldn’t say this is a ‘must do’ when visiting Indonesia.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2024
  • Jean-François R
    Marseille, France240 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dive into actual tradition and history of Yogyakarta
    Very interesting place to visit with a guide from Kraton. Once you’ve paid the entrance ticket, let you meet by one of the many inside visiting guide and let you lead through history and actual life and tradition of the Sultan’s family palace and special territory of Yogyakarta. During time 30-45 minutes, depends on the questions you ask to the kindly guide. Don’t forget, the guides are volunteer, so tip is appreciated.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 March 2024
  • Jonathan W
    Singapore, Singapore149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting historic site
    This is a museum, religious site and civic centre rolled into one. It makes for a relaxing visit, where you can wander around the sites at leisure. We visited during Ramadan, during which the gamelan was silent. Watch out for the hawkers around the site. They are aggressive and persistent.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 April 2024
  • PoipuJim
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A taste of royal living .....
    This sultan's palace was built between 1756 and 1790. It was conceived as both the royal residence and the focal point of the entire kingdom. The complex is a center of Javanese culture and contains a museum displaying royal artifacts. The palace hosts gamelan (music), Javanese dance, macapat (poetry), and wayang (shadow puppetry) performances. The day I visited they had an impressive dance performance.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 June 2024
  • Lakjay333
    Menlo Park, California47 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The performances in the morning are interesting.
    If you have limited time in Jogja, you can probably skip the Sultan's Palace / Yogyakarta Palace. There isn't a whole lot to see / do here. The cultural performances in the morning, usually before 12 noon, are interesting to watch, but the architecture isn't as engaging as I expected. There are some temporary exhibitions right now (July 2024), which are interesting as well if you want to learn about the culture.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 July 2024
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Jean-François R
Marseille, France240 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Very interesting place to visit with a guide from Kraton. Once you’ve paid the entrance ticket, let you meet by one of the many inside visiting guide and let you lead through history and actual life and tradition of the Sultan’s family palace and special territory of Yogyakarta.
During time 30-45 minutes, depends on the questions you ask to the kindly guide. Don’t forget, the guides are volunteer, so tip is appreciated.
Written 27 March 2024
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Visited the Royal palace as part of a larger tour of the kraton area.

It was 25000IR per foreign adult to enter. There was a different fee structure for locals. Soon after entry a guide attached themselves to us. I got the impression this wasn’t optional but the guide did stand point blank at the end and insist we ‘pay her’ which was a bit confusing as there was no real price agreed upon and it kind of felt like it was part of the ticket price (I did intend to tip regardless). I did find the guide to be somewhat helpful as they did allow a lot of context to some of the exhibits.

A lot of the royal palace was closed or off limits to visitors as I believe the current sultan still resides here. In addition during the period of Ramadan there were no daily performances so keep that in mind if you’re planning a visit between now and April 10 2024.

There were a few decent exhibits featuring various treasures and trinkets of the royal family. There were information boards in English as well.

I think the whole tour took about an hour.

It was alright although I wouldn’t say this is a ‘must do’ when visiting Indonesia.
Written 25 March 2024
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eileent3821
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2,026 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The Kraton or the Palace of Yogyakarta, is a grand complex that was meticulously planned to reflect the Javanese cosmos. It s a piece of living history and tradition. It continues to be used, both as a home of the Sultan as well as for other important ceremonial and cultural functions of the Yogyakarta court. We had a delightful lady take us around this complex. There are officially licensed guides available and it was helpful to have one. Her English was perfect and she made sure we were comfortable all the time. There are small museum like buildings showcasing clothes, utensils used by the sultan. But most things are written in Indonesian with no English translations hence without a guide you may not understand much. Not worth the time to make a special trip for it unless you have time to spare.
Written 14 February 2023
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Lakjay333
Menlo Park, CA47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2024 • Solo
If you have limited time in Jogja, you can probably skip the Sultan's Palace / Yogyakarta Palace. There isn't a whole lot to see / do here. The cultural performances in the morning, usually before 12 noon, are interesting to watch, but the architecture isn't as engaging as I expected. There are some temporary exhibitions right now (July 2024), which are interesting as well if you want to learn about the culture.
Written 14 July 2024
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain889 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
The Kraton (Palace) of Yogyakarta is one of the highlights of the city. It's the residence of the sultan, and part of the complex is off-limits to the public. It's an interesting visit, but it didn't strike me as particularly remarkable. You can stroll through the gardens, enter some rooms, and see exhibitions dedicated to the sultan's family, but that's about it.
Written 3 November 2023
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CMAI
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Palace is not a Palace as one would expect, at least what you are allowed to see. There is a large covered area with replicas, few tecas with historical costumes, few painting (?)/prints and/or pics of the rulers. A couple of American cars, two roosters in cage. The guide was friendly and nice but he also did not suggest we visit the attached museum, in short...not worth a visit. The nearby Water Palace is nothing extra ordinary but way better.
Written 27 January 2020
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tomtom
Perth, Australia4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Confusing and disappointing is best way to describe this experience. Exactly as it was many years ago last time I did the kraton visit. There's 2 entrances, each entrance has gaggle of batik sales touts, becak drivers and other sundry ne'er do wells trying to divert you elsewhere. Abandoned one entrance after being convinced the palace was closed for ceremony ( what a fool ) and arrived at other (south ? ) entrance. Fobbed off the pests and found the ticket office, cheap entry but really not very impressive. Taman Sari pleasure similarly underwhelming although the guide did offer some cultural and historic insights. Much has changed in yogya over the last 10 years or so, and most of it for the better but the palace could easily offer so much more. Perhaps some government intervention ??? Seems the royal families and local kampung are living off an increasingly faded and stained reputation.
Written 19 October 2023
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PoipuJim
78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
This sultan's palace was built between 1756 and 1790. It was conceived as both the royal residence and the focal point of the entire kingdom. The complex is a center of Javanese culture and contains a museum displaying royal artifacts. The palace hosts gamelan (music), Javanese dance, macapat (poetry), and wayang (shadow puppetry) performances. The day I visited they had an impressive dance performance.
Written 26 June 2024
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diego.n
Godean, Indonesia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This place is called the Sultan Palace where the king of Yogyakarta live. The place is sacred and full of old javanese symbolism. When you come here you can easily look for a guide to assist you to explore the whole palace. Most of them are very good story teller so it can bring you back to the time when the first time the palace was built.
Written 26 October 2020
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Amir Al Maruzy
Makassar, Indonesia82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The place is comfortably supported by excellent service that makes us feel at home or linger here, one more view of this place I feel the best, I suggest that excellent service can be maintained or even improved. I hope the people here will always be successful. Let's pray for each other for the good and benefit together, best regard, see u next time
Written 25 May 2020
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