Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Java Jamboree Pulo Kenongo

Legends of secret underground tunnels abound in the Water Castle. The Yogyakarta's Sultan was said to have a supernatural wife,- a fairy, I suppose, called Nyai Roro Kidul and a secret tunnel was said to lead to her palace in the Indian Ocean. My friends and I did not get to see this tunnel of course, but the one which we took led us to Pulo Kenongo which was in the middle of Segaran Taman Sari or Taman Sari artificial lake. This area is supposed to be connected by water canal to the other artificial lake in the palace. Over here too, it was said that there were living rooms, bedrooms, rooms to make Batik, a hall to perform classical sacred dance of Bedoyo and Srimpi, gates and sentry-boxes guarded strongly by the palace soldiers. About the only sentry-box I saw though was one guarded by a man who collected money...

Pulo Kenongo...











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