|In the wide triangle of
Yogyakarta, Solo and Semarang (JOGLOSEMAR) you will find many places that are worth
The ruins mysterious castle of Ratu Boko are situated on a hill opposite the
Prambanan temple complex. Get off the main road across the street from Prambanan and take
the road behind the bus station. This will lead you uphill to the Keraton Ratu
A few years ago people were still living between the ruins. Now the complex has been
protected. Much is still unknown about the Sultan Ratu Boko and there are wild stories
about man-eating ceremonies. Although most of the keraton has been destroyed, one can
easily see this Sultan's court must have been of equal splendour than those of Yogyakarta
From this hill you get a magnificent view of Merapi and Merbabu mountains and the Loro
Jonggrang down in the valley. Not to be missed !
Keraton Ratu Boko
If you are interested in the Hindu culture of the 8th to 10th century, you might have
visited the Dieng Plateau. Of equal beauty and situated in Bandungan at 1.100 m you
certainly should consider a trip to Gedung Songgo.
On the road from Salatiga to Semarang get off in Ambarawa and drive to Bandungan. From
this mountain resort it's another 5 km uphill to the Gedong Songgo temples. Nine temples
are scattered around the slopes, connected with a good stone path. Beautiful views of
Merbabu and Lake Rawapening. Nice place for a picnic !
Getting tired with all these Mosques, Hindu and Buddhist temples ? Consider a
trip to Sedang Sono, situated in the mountains behind Borobudur. In May
catholics from all over Indonesia come together to pray for the statue of the Holy Virgin
Mary at Sedang Sono. Even if your not catholic, the beautiful surroundings and nice cool
mountain air make worth a visit...if you can find it....
When the sultan Hamengku Buwono I of Yogyakarta wanted to get away from his many wives
and servants, he took an underground tunnel to emerge 16 km further in Parangtritis
where he would pray to Ratu Kidul 'Queen of the Southsea'.
Parangtritis is a place of myths, mystique and meditation. The palace of Ratu Kidul was
believed to be situated under the sea. According to a legend, Panambahan Senopati stayed
in the underwater palace for 3 days and nights. The irresistable godess became his wife
and gave supernatural powers to the rulers of Yogya and Solo. In Parangkusumo the Senopati
appeared from the sea again. Until now, the sultan of Yogyakarta will bring ceremonial
offerings to Ratu Kidul.
Be aware of the strong undercurrent in these waters, so keep close to the beach. Even
better is not to swim here at all. Many have been 'taken' away to Ratu Kiduls palace and
Parangtritis beach and mountains