Saturday, July 9, 2011

Tugu Yogyakarta

Tugu Yogyakarta
Tugu Jogja harbored the philosophical meaning of the spirit of resistance against the occupation and now a landmark that is very closely with the city of Yogyakarta. There is also a tradition of embracing or kissing when graduating from college this monument.

Tugu Jogja is a landmark of the most famous city of Yogyakarta. This monument is located right in the middle of the intersection Mangkubumi Princes Street, Road General Sudirman, Jalan PM Sangaji and Jalan Diponegoro. Tugu Jogja aged nearly three centuries have meaning in the historical record and store some of the city of Yogyakarta.

Tugu Jogja established approximately a year after the sultan's palace stood. At its inception, the building is explicitly describe Manunggaling Gusti servant, the spirit of unity of the people and rulers to fight the occupation. The spirit of unity, or so-called golong gilig was clearly illustrated in monument buildings, poles gilig shaped (cylindrical) and the peak shape golong (round), so-called Tugu golong-gilig.

The Tugu Jogja
In detail, the building was built at the beginning of Tugu Jogja cylindrical conical-shaped pole upward. The bottom is a circular fence that while the top round. Height of building the monument was originally reached 25 meters.

Everything changed on June 10, 1867. The earthquake that rocked Yogyakarta when it makes the building collapsed pillar. That said, when the monument is a transition state collapse, before the meaning of unity is really not reflected in the monument building.

The situation completely changed in 1889, when the Dutch government to renovate the building the monument. The monument is made with a square shape with each side decorated with a kind of inscription that shows anyone who is involved in the renovation. The top of the monument is no longer round, but the pointy cone-shaped. The height of buildings also be lower, just as high as 15 meters or 10 meters lower than the original building. Since then, the monument is also known as De Witt White Pal Paal or monument.

Overhaul of the building was actually a tactic to erode the unity between the Dutch people and the king. However, seeing the struggle of the people and the king in Yogyakarta held afterwards, we know that the efforts were unsuccessful.

If you want to look at Tugu Jogja as much as he recalled his philosophical meaning, available bench overlooking the monument at the corner of Jl. Prince Mangkubumi. At 05:00 to 06:00 the morning is a good time, when the air is still fresh and has not been a lot of passing motor vehicles. Occasionally you may be greeted with a friendly smile that delivering newspapers daily circulation going to the office of People's Sovereignty.

Afternoon until midnight, there is a seller gudeg (Yogyakarta typical cuisine) at the corner of Jl. Diponegoro. Gudeg here the famous delicious and the price is reasonable. You can eat while enjoying the scenery Lesbian towards Tugu Jogja was bathed in light.

Tugu Jogja is so identical with the city of Yogyakarta, making many students nomads expressed his excitement after being graduated from college with a hug or kiss Tugu Jogja. Perhaps it also as an expression of affection to the city of Yogyakarta which will soon be left behind, as well as a pledge that one day he would visit this lovely city again.

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