Sultan Palace “Kraton” is A Traditional Palace of Yogyakarta’s King

Sultan Palace “Kraton” is A Traditional Palace of Yogyakarta’s King


Sultan Palace is a traditional palace of Yogyakarta’s King and become the most popular Yogyakarta Places of Interest. It is situated in the center of Yogyakarta City as well as easy to access from any directions.

This Sultan’s palace is also well known as Kraton Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat is the center of Javanese culture living museum especially for Yogykarta region, (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta).

Moreover, the king and his family are also living in this palace. The palace is also a main direction of cultural development of Java as well as the flame guard of the culture. It is opened daily for tourists who want to see the palace as well as the Javanese cultures are living and be preserved.

Opening Time

This palace is opened daily with the following schedule:

  • Sunday to Saturday: 08.00 am until 14.00 pm (except Friday)
  • Friday: 08.00 am – 12.00 pm


Sultan Palace or also well known as Yogyakarta Palace was built by Pangeran Mangkubumi (Prince Mangkubumi ) in 1755, several months after the signing of the Perjanjian Giyanti (the Agreement Giyanti).

The Banyan forest (Hutan Beringin) was chosen as the place to build the palace because the land was strategically located between two rivers that were considered good and protected from possible flooding.

Despite, the age of palace reach hundreds of years old and has damaged by the massive earthquake in 1867, Yogyakarta Palace buildings still stand firmly.

This palace is also as a silent historical witness against the process of colonialism and Indonesian Independence. This is already evident that the palace as the center of government for Yogyakarta region since ever.

Location and Discovery

Firstly, Sultan Palace is located on Jl. Rotowijayan 1, Yogyakarta 55133. Meanwhile, there are many things to see at this palace, ranging from the activity of servants in the palace who are doing the job or to see properties collections.

Most of the collections are kept in glass boxes that are spread various rooms ranging from ceramics and glassware, weapons, photographs, miniatures as well as replicas. It is also collecting several of batiks and its diorama of the making process.

Performances Daily Schedule

During your visit to Yogyakarta Palace, you will discover the ancient buildings and culture traditions. Moreover, you can discover the following entertainments/performances held in this palace as follows:

  • During Monday until Tuesday: Gamelan music (starting at 10:00 am)
  • Wednesday: Golek Menak puppet (starting at 10:00 am)
  • Thursday: Dance Perfomance (starting at 10:00 am)
  • Friday: Macapat (starting at 09:00 am)
  • Saturday: Leather puppet (starting at 09:30 am)
  • Sunday, Wayang Orang (man puppet) as well as dance performance (starting at 09:30 am)
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