Keraton Yogyakarta (Sultan Palace) is a palace of the Yogyakarta Sultanate which is still occupied by the Sultan families who now serves. Although in 1950 the Sultanate of Yogyakarta officially became part of Indonesia, the palace buildings still functioned as the residence of the Sultan and his family in order to maintain the tradition of the empire.
Besides functioned as cultural preservation, the palace is also being a top tourist destination in the city of Yogyakarta. The reason is because there are many historic collections that are stored in the palace building, such as various gifts from the kings of Europe, a replica of the palace heritage (as Keris), and the musical instrument-Gamelan. From the shape of the building, people trust that the palace is one of the best Javanese palace architecture.
The most brilliant thing about the location of the palace is located at the downtown of the province of Special Region of Yogyakarta (DIY). Then if taken straight line between Mount Merapi and the South Sea (Laut Kidul), the palace will become the center of both.
Every day in the palace area will be held entertainment or regular programs featuring the arts of Java, usually takes place when the stage at 9 am. In addition to dance, also presented stage or puppet shadow play, gamelan music and poetry readings (Javanese Poem). All types of staging is done in the palace pavilion.
The palace also served in a variety of beautiful Javanese culture such as Batik, which is a Javanese cultural heritage that has been recognized internationally. Some paintings, Keris, kings of Java photos, Java King genealogy, and a variety of Javanese culture results. There is a special room that looks more modern than the other, in the form of a special room built to commemorate and honor to the sultan of the most glorious in the history, he is Sultan Hamengku Bowono IX.
If you want to see the proof of the beauties culture of Java, it means you are required to visit Keraton Yogyakarta. Each visitor will be accompanied by a guide who will explain all functions and history in this palace.