If you happen to be interested in Yogyakarta’s amazing cultural aspects like its traditional handcrafts or keraton (monarchy), you might be curious about the Javanese culture which is a dominant influence there. One great place for you to learn more about it would be at Sonobudoyo Museum. It is the second largest art and cultural museum in Indonesia right after the National Museum at Jakarta.
What to see:
- Collection of Javanese cultural heritage
Sonobudoyo museum is the house of thousands of relics that describe the story of the Javanese cultural development from earlier times. The relics dated back from the prehistory era until the arrival of Moslem influence at Javanese kingdoms. These relics vary from daily life tools used at those periods of time to cultural heritage like keris (Javanese sword), wayang (Javanese puppets), and batik (clothes with hand drawn pattern). One of the highlighted displays at the museum is Puspa Sarira golden mask which is believed to be the manifestation of Gayatri (one of the Javanese spiritual’s icons).
- Old manuscripts
Sonobudoyo museum also has a library that houses various magazines, newspapers, books, and even old Javanese manuscripts like Babad Tanah Jawa and Babad Diponegoro. Some of these old manuscripts are even written on palm leaves which are used as paper during the ancient Javanese kingdoms’ era. The old manuscripts have all been digitalized and thus visitors can easily find information from the library’s computers. Due to the library’s limited accessibility, visitors must register themselves at the security booth before they are allowed to go inside.
- Wayang show
Sonobudoyo museum also hosts the shortened version of wayang show for visitors. The show is held on Monday-Saturday at 08.00 pm – 10.00 pm.
The museum is consisted of two buildings in different location known as unit 1 and unit 2.
Unit 1: Jalan Trikora No. 6 (located at the northern side of the keraton’s palace.
Unit 2: Ndalem Condrokiranan Wijilan Yogyakarta (located at the eastern side of keraton’s northern square)
Tues-Thurs & Sat-Sun (08.00 am – 03.30 pm); Fri (08.00 am – 02.00 pm)
Closed on Mondays and national holidays