Attraction Jalan Masjid Mataram Kotagede Kab. Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55172 Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016
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Why Kotagede Mosque is special ?
Kotagede Mosque, or The Great Mosque of Kotagede, was built during Mataram Kingdom at 1640. Sultan Agung built the mosque together with local communities who are predominantly at Hindu and Buddhist. The mosque was built in traditional Javanese architecture. It consists of a pair of buildings: the main prayer hall and a front hall commonly called serambi. The prayer hall is a building of thick plain walls, while the serambi is a porch-like semi-attached building. Surrounding the porch is a moat to enable one to dip his or her feet before reaching the serambi, symbolically purifying anything that enters the mosque. Kotagede mosque that is older than Kauman Great Mosque has a unique, beautifully carved speaker's platform, a hundred-years drum, and sugar palm juice-cemented wall.
What to explore at Kotagede Mosque?
It's very interesting when you entering the quiet atmosphere of this place. From the courtyard outside the mosque to the middle inside, you can witness a lot of historic things about Javanese. It's easy to find a ''old banyan'' named ''Wringin Sepuh'' which considered as a bearer of blessings. You can also find ditch that surrounds the mosque. In the past, a ditch was used as a place where ablution (Muslim ritual wash before praying). Walking around the courtyard of the mosque you will see a difference in the wall surrounding the mosque building. There are stones like marble whose surface at one side and you can see the java script. This mosque still looks alive until today. Locals still use it as a place to conduct religious activities. At the prayer will be seen residents who pilgrimage to this place.
How to get to Kotagede Mosque?
You can take Transjogja bus either line 3A or 3B to get to Kotagede. From there, you can hire a horse carriage (andong) or trishaw (becak) to reach the place. If there is a large group of you, taking taxi is better. Kotagede is approx 10km southeast of Yogyakarta.
- A very historical heritage
- The oldest mosque in Jogja
- Truly a cultural mosque
- Beautiful wooden carvings inside
- Religious and enlightening
Jalan Masjid Mataram Kotagede Kab. Bantul, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55172 Indonesia
Tips for you
If you are easily awed by ruins, a history buff like me, then just add this to your itinerary in Kota Gede. It won't take too much of your time to see this mosque.The entrance of the mosque was like an entrance to a candi or Hindu temple. Imagine what it had witnessed over hundreds of years. The walls in the mosque's courtyard still has carvings of hinduism, which makes it unique.Do read up on it before visiting as there aren't much info on it. Go to yogyes.com to find out more.
The mosque proper is mostly of Javanese architecture, limasan type wooden framework and grounds encircled by old moss covered brickwalls reminiscent of a hindu structure.Its hidden inside a bigger segregated walled complex enclosing the royal mataram tombs and baths where tourists will inevitably visit collectively.An unassuming appearance in a quiet old neighbourhood.
As a muslim, we were looking forward to see the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta. However, it was a total let down. The mosque though clean and quiet, doesnt have much information of its background. Although it still maintained the earliest structural facade and beautiful wooden carvings, other than that, it does not surface has any tourist attraction. You will find many villagers loitering around, smoking and watching cock fighting.The entrace fee is abt 10000 rp per vehicle. But i thing that it is something that u can miss going if you are non muslim.
If you are easily awed by ruins, a history buff like me, then just add this to your itinerary in Kota Gede. It won't take too much of your time to see this mosque. The entrance of the mosque was like an entrance to a candi or Hindu temple. Imagine what it had witnessed over hundreds of years. The walls in the mosque's courtyard still has carvings of hinduism, which makes it unique.Do read up on it before visiting as there aren't much info on it. Go to yogyes.com to find out more.