Indonesia has indeed been independent for a long time. However, the kingdoms in this country still stand and present an interesting story. These stories can be used as an interesting tourism object to visit with the heroic stories of the past.
The Yogyakarta Palace is one of them. Where, there are so many heritage and history of the palace in seizing the independence of the Republic of Indonesia. In addition, there are also many remains that can be listened to to be researched and also studied. Such as the Kencana Railway Museum which is located in the Yogyakarta palace complex.
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Types of Golden Trains
The royal carriage collection owned by the palace is indeed very large. Therefore, a museum was established besides being a storage area, it was also used as a tourist area with a variety of interesting photo spots.
Moreover, these trains are historic trains with a very long year of manufacture.
The museum, which was pioneered during the time of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono VII, is actually still used for traditional ceremonies performed by the King of the Palace. This golden train is indeed an honor as a descendant of the king. Because, not everyone could ride this golden carriage in the past.
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For Native friends who want to come to this museum, don’t be surprised if, in this museum, strange smells will arise such as incense and incense that are present on every train and in every corner. The belief in ancient times that these trains still have occult elements like someone inhabiting them.
Native friends will be warmly welcomed by the palace courtiers who are quite old.
The following are collections of golden carriages belonging to the Yogyakarta Palace that Native Friends can watch and enjoy.
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1. Kyai Kanjeng Nyai Jimat
This golden train was made in the Netherlands around 1740 to 1750. It was quite a long time for such a magnificent vehicle. This train was once used by the Governor General of the VOC. Jacob Mussel in 1750 – 1761. In Europe this type of carriage was used for aristocrats.
After Giyanti’s agreement. Keraton Solo also made a golden carriage, which has almost the same concept as the Kyia Kanjeng Nyai Jimat. The Kencana Train was named Kiai Gurdo Kencana Train. These two golden chariots were used by the respective kings after the signing of the Giyanti examination.
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This train was used during the time of Sultan Hameng Kubuwono I to Sultan Hameng Kubuwono III. After that, this train was retired from the later king’s vehicle, stored in the royal carriage museum. However, every kliwon tuesday and kliwon friday in the month of suro this train will be cleaned by holding a jamasan ceremony.
Usually during today’s events, local residents will come and hope to get a splash of jamasan water. Because, it is believed to be able to bring blessings and cure various diseases for anyone who can take it.
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2. Kiai Garuda Yeksa
This train was pulled with 8 horses which was a gift from Queen Wilhelmina which was made in Amsterdam, Netherlands in around 1861. This train model was also used by the Dutch kingdom. In front of the train door there is a logo from the Dutch kingdom along with the logo from the kingdom of Yogyakarta.
This train is quite magnificent and tomorrow because it is said that it was made of real gold. So, the king who rode on this golden carriage would look manly and dignified. Until now, these ornaments are still very authentic. So, Native Friends can see how great this train is.
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3. Premile Train
This train was used during the VIII era of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono to accompany the dancers of the Yogyakarta Sultanate.
4. Force Dragon Liman
This train was built in 1608. It is the oldest train owned by the Yogyakarta palace. This train began to retire in 1930. It was used for court state events. This train was used partly by the king of Sultan Kanoman.
In addition to statehood, this train was also used to deliver the corpses of kings to their resting graves. There are certain rituals that are commonly used on this train.
5. Singa Barong
Apart from trains from the Yogyakarta palace, this train museum also provides trains originating from the Cirebon palace. The train was named Singa Barong. Created in 1549. Where Sunan Gunung Jati is still alive and spread Islamic teachings to the people of Cirebon and the land of Java. This train is driven by white buffalo or buffalo which is very rare.
6. Garuda Putra
This golden train is a heirloom train from the Surakarta kasunanan. Is one of the legacies of Paku Buwono XI. This train is used for palace ceremonies and important events that require the King of Surakarta to travel far. After Pakubuwono XI died. This train began to be retired and taken to the golden carriage museum.
Not only the carriage. In this museum, there are some soldiers’ clothes, traditional clothes, and palace clothes. These collections are indeed very interesting to watch because, you can feel how handsome these trains are passing among the residents.
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Routes, Locations, and Entrance Ticket Prices
This train museum is still inside the Yogyakarta palace complex. It is highly recommended to just walk from Malioboro. So, Native Friends, who are from out of town, can get off at Tugu station. Then, walk along the Malioboro street. Native friends can enjoy the beauty of Malioboro.
If, don’t want to get tired of walking. Native friends can use a rickshaw or also a wagon to take Native friends to this museum. Well, with this wagon. Native friends can enjoy the exciting experience of riding a carriage pulled by a horse.
However, Native Friends must be smart to bid. Because, the price that will be offered must be soaring or the cool term is “Ngepruk”. So, you have to dare to bid at a fair price.
For those who want to use private vehicles. The point is Malioboro. Because, after being from Malioboro, you have to direct the vehicle towards the Keraton which just keeps going straight. This museum is on the right of the road 300 meters after passing a small gate.
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The museum is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. However, for Friday only until 1pm. Native friends can also see traditional performances such as dances that can be seen in the Sri Manganti ward.
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For the price of the entrance ticket, you can spend around 2 thousand rupiah. If you bring a DSLR camera, add 1 thousand rupiah. The price is quite cheap for a golden carriage that is hundreds of years old.
The Yogyakarta Kencana Railway Museum offers a history of the palace carriage which is indeed very interesting to observe. Native friends can learn and capture pictures in this area. So, when will you visit the museum which is still in the Yogyakarta Palace area.