Sunday, July 10, 2011

Parangtritis Beach

Parangtritis is the best tourist spots to enjoy the sunset while having fun conquering sand dunes with ATVs (All-terrain Vechile) or along the beach with a gig in a romantic twilight.

Parangtritis located 27 km south of Yogyakarta and easily accessible by public transport to operate up at 17:00, as well as private vehicles. Afternoon before sunset is the best time to visit the most popular beach in Yogyakarta. But if you arrive more quickly, it could not hurt to go up to Cliff Gembirawati behind this beach. From there we could see the whole area Parangtritis, south sea, to the boundary horizon.

Pssst, I will tell you a secret. Not many people know that on the east cliff is hidden a ruined temple. Unlike the other temples are located in mountainous areas, Temple Gembirawati only a few hundred meters from the lip Parangtritis. To reach this temple, we can get past the ramp near Hotel Queen of the South and into the path to the west about 100 meters. The faint roar of the ferocious waves of the southern ocean could be heard from this temple.

Parangtritis very closely with the legend of Ratu Kidul. Many Javanese believe that Parangtritis is a magical kingdom of Queen of South gate that controls the southern ocean. Hotel Queen of the South is a luxurious resort that is named according to this legend. Unfortunately, this resort is rarely open when used to have a view that could make us breathless.
Romantic sunset in Parangtritis

When the sun is inclined to the west and the sunny weather, it's time for fun. Although visitors are prohibited from swimming, Parangtritis not lack the means to having fun. On the beach there are rentals of ATV (All-terrain Vechile), the tariff is about Rp. 50000-100000 per half hour. Enter his gear and then release the clutch while pulling gas. Brrrrooom, four-wheeled all-terrain bike would take off takes you across the sand dune beaches.

Well, ATVs may only be suitable for those who are adventurous. Another option is the gig. A smooth surface along the raked sand waves with two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage is no less enjoyable. Hansom will take us to the east end Parangtritis place so beautiful cluster of coral spot is often used as a pre-wedding photo shoot. Twilight dim golden sun and shadow on the water surface generate a romantic atmosphere.

Parangtritis also offer excitement for those who travel with family. Kite-flying with your baby is equally enjoyable. Strong sea breeze which is very helpful to make a kite flying high, even if you have never played a kite though.

Still reluctant to go home even though the sun had set? Soon some roasted corn sellers will hold a mat on the beach, we can hang in there until late at night. Still did not want to go home? Do not worry, Parangtritis available in dozens of flights and accommodation at an affordable price.

Wedi Ombo Beach

Fishing from the cliff to get a big fish is certainly not a regular tourist. That experience can be obtained on the Beach Wediombo, along with the experience of tasting fish Ngalangi Panjo and witnessed the ceremony.

An imagination of the vast white sand that allows currency to freely telescoped into a variety of angles may appear to hear the beach named Wediombo (wedi = sand, Ombo = width). However, the actual beach Wediombo not have the vast expanse of sand. The west and east coast flanked by cliffs, sandy beaches make this area not Parangtritis, Glagah, or maybe Kuta.

The locals did reveal that the name of this beach is supplied by the ancestors did not correspond to the situation. There are express, this beach is more worthy of the name of the Gulf Ombo, because it resembles the gulf coast state wide. There are rocks that flank, the seawater protrudes into the mainland, but the area is relatively wider than usual bay.

But, beyond that is not quite right about the name, it still presents Wediombo superb coastal scenery. The water is still blue sea, unlike other tourist beaches have been contaminated until the water is green. White sand is still very well preserved, decorated with shells of abandoned kerangnya. The atmosphere is also very quiet beach, far from the noisy tourists sunbathing or passing vehicles. Place to remove saturated.

Wediombo Jepitu located in the Village, District Girisubo, Gunung Kidul. This beach is very easy to reach when previously have come to Siung. Simply return to the fork in Tepus before heading to Siung, then turn right follow the road until he found the sign turn right to go Wediombo.

The location of this beach is far more down than the surrounding land. Several dozen children had to descend the stairs before you can reach the beach and enjoy the beauty panorama. As he fell, on either side can be seen by some local residents fields, homes and mangrove vegetation that remains. Passing the population that carries the grass or taking care of cattle in the enclosure can also be found.

In addition to the marvelous panorama of the beach, Wediombo also offers a unique travel experience, even extreme, that is fishing in the height of the cliff. When this type of tourism that began fishing habits of the local population is being favored by hobbyists from the city of Yogyakarta and Wonogiri.

It is not easy to lure in the cliff, because they are too distant from the shore. The cliff was only accessible after walking eastwards along the shore, up and down the reef at the shoreline is steep, slippery and sometimes slammed big waves, then rises again until the top of the cliff face to face with the open sea. For those who have been accustomed to it, the way to the cliff could take an hour.

However, remarkable results can be harvested after it beat all odds. Local residents said the large-sized fish are often obtained by the local tourists. At a minimum, anglers will get a swordfish, or fish panjo in local terms. Fish whose length is equivalent to an adult human arm is a second type, which gilig shaped (cylindrical) were encountered during the dry season, while the flattened (flat) encountered during the rainy season.

For fishing, only capital in the form of fish bait that can even be found at seashore. Just use fishing line or a small net stretched, then the bait can be obtained. Cheap and easy, right?

For those who do not have enough guts to get to the cliff, buy fish bait may be quite satisfactory. Some fishermen sell their catch of fish panjo just for USD 3000.00 per head, or sometimes sold per bundle containing 5-6 fish for Rp 20,000. Some people offer to cook the fish if you want to taste it immediately. If not, the fish can be taken home outright, but certainly quite a hassle.

Package panjo fried fish dishes are also available. Rice, a fish that has been sliced ​​fried panjo little raw sauce and sold very cheap, only $ 7000.00. Rice served in small baskets, while the sauces in a mortar. This share is quite a lot, even for 2 people. I try these dishes at the stall which is located a few feet above the parking lot. There is also a sea urchin that tastes like fried chicken.

At certain moments, you can see Ngalangi ceremony that was held by locals. The ceremony is held once a year, similar ceremonies of the harbor, the goal is to express gratitude to God for the gift given and requested more fortune for the future. Grace is primarily the result of a number of decent catches of fish, until he could make ends meet.

The procession of the ceremony is unique, starting with events stretching gawar or nets made from tree wawar. This type of netting is reputedly used to catch fish before the nets of string that is used now. Gawar Kedongkowok stretched from hill to the tidal beach. Stretching done at high tide, the goal is to trap the fish that the waves carried away that he could not return to the ocean.

After the water receded, the fish taken. Residents then busy cleaning and cooking fish catches. Some small fish back into the ocean dilabuh with rice and offerings. Most other families are divided according to the number of local residents and delivered to homes. The event drove the fish into people's houses are often called kendurian large, the form of local wisdom that all fish are the fortune together.

Except Ngalangi ceremony, the whole charm of the beach can be enjoyed every day. Retribution enter the beach only $ 5000.00 for two people plus car parking. If you want to stay or hold a ceremony attended by a small group of people, there is a hut that is located not far from the stalls that lined the shore. Very exciting and able to make up for feeling tired when go to this beach.

Yogyakarta Presidential Palace

Yogyakarta presidential palace was originally home to the official residence of the resident-18 in Yogyakarta (1823-1825). He was a Dutchman named Anthonie Hendriks Smissaert, which is also the originator or initiator of the construction of this Great House. This building was founded in May 1824 in the Dutch colonial period. It originated from the desire of a "palace" is authoritative for the resident-resident Dutch. Architect named A. Payen; he was appointed by the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies at that time. Follow the style of European architecture of the building to suit the tropical climate.

Diponogero War (1825-1830), whom the Dutch called the Java War, resulting in the construction of the building was delayed. Disaster / earthquake struck twice on the same day, causing the official residence of the Dutch resident collapsed. But the new buildings erected and completed in 1869. The building is at the Main Building Complex of the Presidential Palace of Yogyakarta, which is now called the State House.

History also records that on December 19, 1927, administrative status as the region of Yogyakarta province increased to residency. Supreme ruler of the Netherlands is no longer resident, but the governor. Thus, the main building which was completed in 1869 it became the residence of the governor of the Dutch in Yogyakarta and the entry of Japanese occupation. Some of the Dutch Governor who inhabit the building was Jasper JE (1926-1927), PRW van Gesseler Verschuur (1929-1932), HM de Kock (1932-1935), J. Bijlevel (1935-1940), and L Adam (1940-1942). During the Japanese occupation, the palace became the official residence of the Japanese authorities in Yogyakarta, namely Koochi Zimmukyoku Tyookan.

History of the Great House is a very important and very meaningful when the government of the Republic of Indonesia moved from Jakarta to Yogyakarta. On January 6, 1946, which dubbed the city of Yogyakarta Gudeg it officially became the new capital of the Republic of Indonesia that is still young, and the palace was turned into the Presidential Palace as the residence of President Soekarno, the President of the Republic of Indonesia I, along with his family. While Vice President Mohammad Hatta and family when it lived in the building now occupied by Korem 072 / Pamungkas, not far from the palace complex.

Since then, the history of the palace (mainly the function and role) changed. Inaugural General Sudirman as the Commander in Chief of TNI (on June 3, 1947), followed by the inauguration of the tips of the Republic of Indonesia Armed Forces High Command (on July 3, 1947), and five Cabinet Rebulik young it was formed and inaugurated in the Palace as well.

On Sunday 19 December 1948, Yogyakarta, battered by the Dutch troops under the leadership of Gen. Spoor. Event known as the Military Aggression II led to the President, Vice President, Prime Minister, along with several other princes were exiled to the outer island of Java, specifically to Brastagi and Bangka, and just returned to Yogyakarta on July 6, 1949. Starting that date, the court again serve as the official residence of the President. However, since December 28, 1949, namely the migration of the President to Jakarta, the palace is no longer a residence of the President.

A historical event that can not be ignored is the function of the Great House was originally the founding of the Republic of Indonesia (June 3, 1947). At that time the Great House serves as a place of inauguration of General Sudirman, as the Commander of the Indonesian National Army (TNI). In addition, for three years (1946-1949), this building serves as the official residence of the President of the Republic of Indonesia I.

After the independence of Indonesia, precisely at the offices of President II RI, since April 17, 1988, the Presidential Palace in Yogyakarta / Great House is also used for the implementation of Ceremony-cadets Midshipman Air New Akabri, and at the same event Farewell The New Young Officers Passed by the Governor and the Special Region of Yogyakarta. In fact, since August 17, 1991, officially the Presidential Palace in Yogyakarta / Great House is used as a place to commemorate Moments Proclamation for the Special Region of Yogyakarta.

In line with its function is now, more than 65 heads of state and head of government and state guests, has been visiting or staying at the Great House. Customers first state visit to the building is the President of India Rajendra Prasad (1958). In the sixties, King Bhumibol of Thailand Adulyajed (1960) and President Ayub Khan of Pakistan (1960) to visit and spend the night in this building. A year later (1961), it is a state guest of Prime Minister Abbas Ferhart from Algeria. In the seventies, the visit is President D. Macapagal of the Philippines (1971), Queen Elizabeth II of England (1974), as well as Prime Minister Srimavo Bandaranaike of Sri Lanka (1976).

Then, in the eighties, the country's guest was the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Kuan Yeuw (1980), Yang Pertuan Sultan Bolkiah of Brunei Darussalam (1984). Other important guests who never rest in the Great House, among others, Princess Sirindhom of Muanghthai (1984), Ny. Marlin Quayle, wife of Vice President of the United States (1984), President F. Mitterand of France (1988), Prince Charles with Princess Diana of England (1989), and the head of the Catholic Church Pope John Paul II (1989).

In the nineties, the great guests who visited the Great House was the Sultan Azlan Shah Pertuan Agung of Malaysia (1990), Japan's Emperor Akihito (1991), and Princess Basma of Jordan (1996).

Sambisari Temple

Once buried for hundreds of years, the first slab was discovered in 1966. It takes 21 years to excavate and assemble hundreds of pieces "puzzle" of the stone before Sambisari successfully reconstructed temple.

Nothing strange feeling that descend Karyowinangun on a morning in 1966. But a rare occurrence at that time experienced in the field, while swinging the spade into the ground. Hoe who swung to the ground hitting a boulder after having seen sculptured on its surface. Karyowinangun and local people were surprised by the presence of chunks of rock.

Department aware of any archaeological findings come too soon and the next set of rice acreage Karyowinangun as ancient sanctuary. Carved stone found was supposed to be part of the temple that may be buried under the rice acreage. Excavations carried out to finally find hundreds of other boulders and ancient statues. And indeed, the stones were indeed a component of a temple.

Hose 21 years later, finally able to enjoy the beauty of the temple. Sambisari named the temple stood majestically on Sambisari Hamlet, Village Purwomartani, Kalasan District, Sleman, 10 kilometers from the city center. You can reach by driving through road traffic Yogya-Solo to find a signboard to this temple. Next, you just turn left follow the road.

I surprised when it arrived in the temple area. When the direct view to the middle area of ​​the temple, only the roof stone structure that looks as if only plays a few feet above the ground. I wondering, is it true that only such a small temple Sambisari? After the close, then we got the answer. Apparently, Sambisari temple is 6.5 meters lower than the surrounding region.

Sambisari temple is built between the years 812-838 AD, probably during the reign of Rakai Garung. The temple complex consists of a main temple and 3 pieces of fruit accompanying temple. There are two fences that surrounded the temple complex, a fence has been restored completely, while one other fence only displayed little to the east of the temple. Still as a barrier, there are 8 pole phallus scattered in every direction of the wind.

The main temple building is unique because it does not have a base like other temples in Java. Foot of the temple also functions as a base so that parallel to the ground. The foot of the temple left plain, without reliefs or decorations. Various decorations are generally in the form of new simbar found on the body until the top of the temple exterior. Ornaments that look like batik motifs.

Climb the ladder entrance of the temple, you will see an ornament of a lion in the mouth of makara (magical animal in Hindu mythology) are dropped. The figure of makara in Sambisari and an evolution of the makara form in India that could be a combination of an elephant with a fish or a crocodile with a curved tail.

1 meter wide corridor will be found after passing through the last rung of the main temple entrance. Surrounds it, you will find three niches each containing a statue. On the north side, there is a statue of Goddess Durga (the wife of Lord Shiva) with eight hands each holding a weapon. While on the east side there is a statue of Ganesha (the son of Goddess Durga). On the south side, there is a statue of Agastya with aksamala (prayer beads) are worn around the neck.

Entering the main temple chamber, can be seen phallus and yoni is large enough, approximately 1.5 meters. Its existence shows that this temple was built as a shrine of Lord Shiva. Phallus and yoni in the chambers of the main temple is also used to make holy water. Typically, the water poured on the phallus and allowed to flow through a small ditch on the yoni, and then accommodated in a container.

Exit from the main temple and headed west, you can see the three ancillary temples (companion) facing the opposite direction. There are allegations that the ancillary temples are deliberately built without a roof for when the excavation was found rocks the roof. The temples ancillary center has a square plinth decorated with dragons and Padmasana (lotus) shaped convex on it. Chances are, Padmasana and pedestal is used as a place statues or offerings.

If you have been enjoying the beauty of the temple, you can go to the information space. Some of the photos depicting the environmental field Karyowinangun excavated and the initial conditions before the temple was found to be met. There are also photographs of the excavation and reconstruction of temples that run for decades, including pictures of other objects found during excavation, in the form of bronze statues which are now stored at the Archaeological Heritage Preservation Hall.

The beauty Sambisari temple that is now we can enjoy is the result of the hard work of archaeologists for 21 years. The temple which was originally like a giant jigsaw puzzle, piece by piece was reconstructed by lestarinya another great cultural heritage of the past.

The "Kaki Lima Shops"

Yogyakarta is known as a paradise after the Bali handicraft. In Jogja, you can not only buy a wide assortment of crafts, but also can see the manufacturing process.

Jogja probably been transformed as a shopping destination city in central Java. Every weekend or holiday thousands of domestic tourists thronged the city of Yogyakarta to shop after visiting the attractions there.

The main shopping area in Yogyakarta there along Malioboro street. Various kinds of goods sold here, from low quality to quality goods. Hundreds of shops lined along this road, some of these shops still retain their original architecture. Unique and interesting! On this road there are also Malioboro Mall, major shopping center in Jogja

Throughout the day on a sidewalk along the sidewalk traders tireless offer their wares to passersby. Starting from clothes, shoes, handicrafts, and others. Expertise required to bargain with them, so as not to get a price that is too expensive.

The second shopping center in Jogja is along Jalan Solo. The atmosphere in this way hanpir similar to Malioboro, shops lined on either side of the road with sidewalk vendors crammed into the pavement. A stand at the west end of Mall Road Solo the Galeria mall.

Horse Cart "The Andong"

Horse cart or a buggy is one of the city of Yogyakarta typical means of transportation that is often encountered in the area Kotagede. Andong has another designation, namely the gig, gig, or sado. According to an anthropologist who has examined the carriage, the one thing that makes horse cart horse cart in Yogyakarta unlike in some other areas, such as in Surakarta and Cirebon, is in the form of smaller, even though the same four-wheeled. Judging from history, the buggy is a buggy which may only be used by the nobles, especially the king and his relatives. In the early nineteenth century until the early twentieth century, this buggy to be one marker of social status of the gentry (relatives) palace. It started when Mataram led by Sultan Hamengkubuwono VII (about the early 19th century). At that time, commoners are not allowed to use a horse cart. People generally only use a bullock cart or horse-drawn carriage (gig) as a two-wheeled transportation. In the next reign, Sultan Hamengkubuwono VIII, carriage gradually began to be used by the general public. Although still limited to the businessmen and traders only. Detailed descriptions of how buggy switching function, the royal palace of the vehicle to be a means of public transportation and tourism, can be found in the Railway Museum located in the west of Yogyakarta Palace. Now, a horse cart around town with interesting experiences that tourists will not find elsewhere. To enjoy this experience, tourists can choose carriage of interest. There are two types of Andong, Yogyakarta, although the same shape. First, the carriage can be said to be regular or non-travel carriage. And, second, wisata.Wisatawan carriage can easily identify the horse cart horse cart tours because it generally looks more clean, maintained, and relatively new. At the front, it is assigned to travel buggy carriage numbers are written for Java. In addition, tourists can observe the coachman carriage complete with clothing Java, namely blangkon, sorjan striated, and a pair of three-fourths the length of the foot are commonly encountered in front of colored hitam.Andong Kotagede market, because the place was often hung horse cart. Carriage tours can only be found in the city of Yogyakarta, because only amounted to 100 units. carriage rental for the price of non-dependent far-nearby tourist destination passengers.

Siung Beach

Siung coast is rich in coral-reef giant. Coral cliff has 250 climbing routes, is also the perfect place to enjoy the beach panorama. There is also a coral-like cloves that became the basis of naming Vanara beach.

Siung Beach is located in a remote area in Gunung Kidul regency, the south district Tepus precisely. The distance is about 70 km from the city center, or about 2 hours drive. Reaching the beach is a motorcycle or a car of choice of many people, because it's hard to find public transportation. Colt or bus from the city Wonosari usually only up to the region Tepus, and even then had to wait for hours.

Stamina and good vehicle performance is the main capital to reach this beach. Understandably, many challenges that must be conquered, from the slopes, sharp turns are sometimes accompanied by derivatives up to the heat that hit the skin when the road is surrounded by limestone hills and fields of crops. Everything is blocked since the Pathuk (first in the Gunung Kidul district encountered) to the beach.

As if there was no option to run from the challenge. Path Yogyakarta - Wonosari continued into the Gaza Wonosari - Baron - Tepus is the most accessible path, the path has been paved smooth and perfect. Another pathway through Yogyakarta - Imogiri - Gunung Kidul has a formidable challenge because many roads are hollow, while the path Wonogiri - Gunung Kidul if taken too far from the city of Yogyakarta.

Like the saying, "no pain to have fun then," as would a trip to Siung. Pleasure, relief and peace after you get to the beach. Blue ocean and white, clean sands will cure a number of sports that lelah.Tersedia wooden houses on the beach, a place to lean back and chat with friends while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

A charm that stands out from the rock reefs Siung. Coral reefs are huge in the west and east coast have an important role, not to add the beauty and the border with other beach. Coral is also the basis of naming the beach, witness the triumph of the coastal areas in the past and the charm that makes this beach is increasingly recognized, at least in Asia.

Rock on which the naming of the beach is located slightly overhanging the sea. The name is taken from the form of beach rock by Wastoyo, a local elder, ape-like teeth or Siung Vanara. Until now, this rock can enjoy the beauty, combined with huge waves that washed over occasionally, until the cracks laced by seawater that flows slowly, presenting a dramatic scene.

Tartar ape which is still resistant to scour the ocean waves is also to witness the triumph of Siung region in the past. According to the story Wastoyo, Siung region during the trustees to be one of the trade center in the area of ​​Gunung Kidul. Not far from the beach, in Winangun area, there is a traditional market. In this place also, dwelt Nyai Us and Nyai Podi, wives servants in the palace of Yogyakarta and Surakarta.

Most residents Siung then living as peasants salt. They rely on sea water and the wealth of its salts as a source of livelihood. The salt produced by this Siung citizen who was a main commodity in the market Winangun. Though rich in various kinds of fish, not many people dare to go to sea at that time. Generally, they are just looking for fish in shallow waters.

The situation gradually deserted when Winangun market, according to the narrative Wastoyo, brought to Yogyakarta. The market moved from Winangun is said in Yogyakarta named Jowinangun, stands outside the Jobo Winangun Winganun region. Local people are losing their livelihood and not many more people who come to this area. No telling what local people did to survive.

Amid the quiet that the beauty of the rock Siung back into play. Around 1989, a group of nature lovers from Japan utilized the coral cliffs of the west coast as an arena rock climbing. Then, in the decade of the 90s, a competition of Asian Climbing Gathering utilizing Beach cliffs Siung. Since then, the popularity Siung began to recover again.

Now, there are as many as 250 climbing routes in Siung, facilitating sport rock climbing enthusiasts. Pathway is likely to still be added, to the rule can be that the existing route with the consent from the maker of the previous path. Many groups have made use of the climbing routes on this beach, as a group of students from the State University of Yogyakarta that was about to climb when I visit this beach.

Other facilities also support the activities of rock climbing is a camping ground on the east coast. At the camping ground, the tents can be erected and the fire can be set to spend the night. Terms of use only one, do not damage the environment and disturbing the turtle habitat as the sign board warning contained in the camping ground which can also be used for those who just want to spend the night.

Not far from the camping ground, a wooden house on stilts that can be used as a base camp, a choice but to set up a tent. The size of the base camp is quite large, enough for 10-15 people. The stage-house to make eye keeksotikan more freely enjoy the beach. Simply by talking to local residents, perhaps with some amount of base camp has been able to be used for overnight.

At night or when there are visitors, long-tailed monkeys will fall from the cliff to the beach. Long-tailed macaques are now increasingly rare there's also at this beach. The existence of long-tailed macaques may also be one reason why the rock on which the naming of its shape paired with the teeth of apes, not the other animal species.

Wastoyo revealed, according to the narrative of the winasih (people who can read the future), Siung will rejomulyo or glory back in time soon. Increasing number of visitors and its popularity as an arena rock climbing became one of this beach to its triumph. Tourist visits, including you, will surely accelerate the coming to the triumph.