Water Castle (Tamansari)
Water Castle (Tamansari)
3.5
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Water Castle "Taman Sari" is another great spot to visit in Sultan's Palace Yogyakarta area. You may combine with Sultan's Palace visit and other interesting places nearby. An archaeological museum, the Palace Grand Mosque, Royal Horse Cart Museum are recommended places to visit. Tamansari means a fragrant Garden. It was a garden of pleasure for Royal King and family, also an escape place from an enemy's attack. It has secret and trapped tunnels around Tamansari. Let's explore and reveal the stories and history of the area.
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  • Komator
    Barcelona, Spain883 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice palace
    Tamansari (Water Palace) is a palace in Yogyakarta. It is now a popular tourist attraction. When we visited, it was the dry season, and there was no water in the various pools. However, I found it to be a beautiful place with lush vegetation and intriguing architectural structures.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Judy M
    Sydney, Australia604 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An interesting historic site
    This was well worth visiting. Having read many half-hearted reviews of it I was hesitant but am glad I went. It only takes an hour or so to see it thoroughly but it's pretty and well-maintained. It's also worth paying one of the guides who'll (politely) approach you after you've purchased your entry ticket. It only costs a few dollars for about 30 minutes. I noticed that my guide showed me into many areas that didn't have signs and were therefore completely empty of visitors. He also took me into the laneways that surround the water castle where local houses have been built in parts of the old castle. I learned a lot about how the sultans and the people around them lived, and also the uses for many of the buildings and pools. Beyond the pools, there are the old sections of the castle that used to be a library, kitchens, rest areas, the WC...
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 March 2024
  • Rowan H
    Cairns, Australia1,676 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting as part of a larger tour of the kraton area
    My wife and I visited the Taman Sari as part of a larger tour of the Kraton area. This partially ruined complex was built as a pool and pleasure garden by the first sultan in 1765. It unfortunately suffered some significant damage in the Java wars and an earthquake in 1865 but has had some restorative measures undertaken. It was 25000K for a foreign adult to enter. There was a different price structure for locals. It took only about 30-45 minutes to get through, most of the time we spent by the pools which had a photogenic quality. There were guides available and more than one tried to attach themselves to us without our consent which was a bit annoying. I think they would be helpful potentially to have but I would advise you to make sure the terms of the arrangement are agreed upon early to avoid conflict at the end of the tour. Couple of exhibits to view with English translations. Towards the back of the complex is the original entrance which if analysed properly will get you into a back street where you can freely visit a network of escape tunnels that were installed by the original sultan to allow escape in the event of an attack. If you have a guide they should show you this. Despite its negative reviews my wife and I actually enjoyed this more than the kraton. I think it’s worth including as part of larger tour of this area. On its own it probably doesn’t hold enough weight to justify the trip.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 March 2024
  • Jonathan W
    Singapore, Singapore149 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Low-key, but relaxing visit
    These are beautiful baths, in which you can enjoy the atmosphere of the royal hygiene routine. There isn't a great deal here, to be honest, so, if you aren't careful, you'll find yourself in the exit after only 10 minutes. So take your time. Watch out for the aggressive hawkers outside the site.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 April 2024
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Jonathan W
Singapore, Singapore149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
These are beautiful baths, in which you can enjoy the atmosphere of the royal hygiene routine. There isn't a great deal here, to be honest, so, if you aren't careful, you'll find yourself in the exit after only 10 minutes. So take your time.

Watch out for the aggressive hawkers outside the site.
Written 8 April 2024
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Rowan H
Cairns, Australia1,676 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My wife and I visited the Taman Sari as part of a larger tour of the Kraton area.

This partially ruined complex was built as a pool and pleasure garden by the first sultan in 1765. It unfortunately suffered some significant damage in the Java wars and an earthquake in 1865 but has had some restorative measures undertaken.

It was 25000K for a foreign adult to enter. There was a different price structure for locals. It took only about 30-45 minutes to get through, most of the time we spent by the pools which had a photogenic quality. There were guides available and more than one tried to attach themselves to us without our consent which was a bit annoying. I think they would be helpful potentially to have but I would advise you to make sure the terms of the arrangement are agreed upon early to avoid conflict at the end of the tour. Couple of exhibits to view with English translations.

Towards the back of the complex is the original entrance which if analysed properly will get you into a back street where you can freely visit a network of escape tunnels that were installed by the original sultan to allow escape in the event of an attack. If you have a guide they should show you this.

Despite its negative reviews my wife and I actually enjoyed this more than the kraton. I think it’s worth including as part of larger tour of this area. On its own it probably doesn’t hold enough weight to justify the trip.
Written 25 March 2024
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Judy M
Sydney, Australia604 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This was well worth visiting. Having read many half-hearted reviews of it I was hesitant but am glad I went. It only takes an hour or so to see it thoroughly but it's pretty and well-maintained. It's also worth paying one of the guides who'll (politely) approach you after you've purchased your entry ticket. It only costs a few dollars for about 30 minutes. I noticed that my guide showed me into many areas that didn't have signs and were therefore completely empty of visitors. He also took me into the laneways that surround the water castle where local houses have been built in parts of the old castle. I learned a lot about how the sultans and the people around them lived, and also the uses for many of the buildings and pools. Beyond the pools, there are the old sections of the castle that used to be a library, kitchens, rest areas, the WC...
Written 24 March 2024
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Hitchoua
Canada10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
There is not much to see and no guides were present at the time I went. The "castle" is not well maintained and I am not sure if it worth the visit.
Written 28 January 2024
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JinjjaDaebakk
Singapore, Singapore183 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Tamansari closes at 3pm and we reached around 1pm on a Thursday, luckily it wasn't too crowded. The castle is well maintained and pretty but personally it wasn't breathtaking. Still worth to visit though.
Written 17 December 2023
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Komator
Barcelona, Spain883 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Tamansari (Water Palace) is a palace in Yogyakarta. It is now a popular tourist attraction. When we visited, it was the dry season, and there was no water in the various pools. However, I found it to be a beautiful place with lush vegetation and intriguing architectural structures.
Written 3 November 2023
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Lisa H
Melbourne, Australia39 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I visited in the middle of the day, thinking it would be cool and that I could have lunch in the cafe or sit in the cool of the gardens.
Sadly, I was mistaken.
There was no resto or cafe, but drink stands and a rustic Kopi house.
The entry garden soon disappeared and men were smoking in the shade shelters.
Local guides were on offer, but I think they would have been more appealing earlier in the day.
Taking yourself on a tour lacked information and charm, instead leading to concrete and earth and private houses, beyond the main building.
Note: the circuit is one way with a separate exit.
Little or no signage.
Written 10 October 2023
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Anita S
Auckland Central, New Zealand67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Knowing that the building has been trough lots of history, natural disasters and age…. This is a beautiful view, if you are like story of the ruins, get a local guide who works for the palace as devotee. They know lots of stories and will tell you what and why. I was born in Surabaya and had travelled abroad since I’m young. I found that it’s wonderful to hear the history with a guide rather than walking in myself unguided.

As for the place, it is well looked after for 200yrs old buildings, they do try to fix the broken ones

Prices for tickets are very low, but ok Rp65k for 2 international tourists and 1 local tourist.

Be careful when visiting during rainy season, the paths are slippery from algae

Please note your head, some door ways are really low, I’ve knocked my head few times there

Was enjoying this trip. Next time would swim there if I got the chance.
Written 2 March 2023
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eileent3821
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2,026 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Taman Sari Complex is nicknamed as the Water Palace. It is located southwest of the Yogyakarta Palace. Historically, the Taman Sari was built as a garden and a bathing place for the royal family and also functioning as a stronghold for the kingdom. Other than the pools there was really nothing much to look at so unless you have some spare time, there is no need to visit
Written 14 February 2023
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Iris T
Lier, Belgium16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Great place to visit. You pay an entrance fee of 15k per person. When you enter through the gate there are free tourguides to show you around, the tour took us around 30-45min.
Watch out because outside the gate there are a lot of 'fake' tourguides/tourist stands that want to show you around. But they ask way too much money.
Written 7 February 2023
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