Attraction Jalan Boyong Kaliurang, Yogyakarta 55581, Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016
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Why Ullen Sentalu is special ?
Ullen Sentalu museum is a Javanese museum which located far from the town. The museum is privately owned by Haryono family under the Ulating Blencong Foundation. Located in the Kaliurang area, the museum is near to Mount Merapi. The choosing of the location has something to do with the Javanese belief who considers Mount Merapi as sacred place. The museum is located in the historical district near the Ngeksigondo rest house owned by the Palace. The name Ullen Sentalu is an acronym of “Ulating Blencong Sejatine Tataning Lumaku” which contains meaning as the light of the life journey. The museum is built among the green trees which made it called Kaswargan Park (Kaswargan: Paradise). The museum began to be built in 1994 and finally inaugurated in March 1st, 1997.
What to explore at Ullen Sentalu?
After visiting Ullen Sentalu, tourists will surely talk about various uniqueness of the museum which looks like an old European castle from the outside. The museum’s distinctive features are reflected by the architecture, exhibition rooms, collection with its miscellaneous items, and the guide’s unique way of narrating the stories behind every item.
The architecture of the museum is so special that it models European castles from the middle Ages that are close to Gothic style. The museum takes form of a castle made of piles of dark mountain stones, decorated with many kinds of creepers. Such appearance gives the museum unique and distinctive characteristic compared to other museums in Yogyakarta, or even in Indonesia.
Besides its architecture, the museum’s displays are also amazing since they were designed by professional curators. This is apparent in the arrangement of items in the showrooms, display windows, shelves, tables, and also photos and painting in the wall. The arrangement is also beautified by excellent spot-light sets that the displays look impressive with a certain kind of atmosphere.
How to get to Ullen Sentalu?
To reach the museum, tourists could rent a minibus that is usually provided by the hotel you are staying in. Besides, there are also public transportation vehicles available such as minibus of Yogya - Kaliurang route. They can be easily found at Kaliurang Street or also Giwangan Bus Station and rate about IDR 5.000 – 10.000. If you want to have a more comfortable trip, taxi are always available but of course, will cost more.
- A great place to know history of Java and batik
- Magical Place, a peek to Javanese rich culture
- Unique museum in the middle of nowhere
- One of the best museum in Indonesia
- Great place to spend your weekend
Jalan Boyong Kaliurang, Yogyakarta 55581, Indonesia
Tips for you
you'll get a cup of traditional drink, try it !
Brilliant museum on the Javanese culture! Highly recommended. Museum and exhibits are well-taken care. Out tour guide (Ambar) was lively. She refused to be tipped (due to museum policy)
Local visitor Rp. 25.000,-, International visitor Rp. 50.000,-
Ullen Sentalu Museum is a private museum that was initiated by Haryono family and now is managed by Ulating Blencong Foundation. It was established in 1994 and officially inaugurated on March 1, 1997
don't forget to bring your student ID! and get some discount. nb : if you are still a student!
We rent a car and self-drive from city (we then continued our journey to Borobudur). To my surprise GPS was reliable! I suggest you can try renting a car and drive if you want some adventure :) Overseas tourist, you can buy local simcard (from '3') with 2GB data (cost ard 20-30K rupiah) and use GPS from your smartphone.Entrance ticket comes with a guided tour as well which makes it very informative. I have to admit that items that are being displayed are not many, but the good side is it won't be overwhelming. For me, it was enough to make me fall in love with the strong Javanese culture in Jogja and Solo. The architecture of the place was great.Western food resto is available. They have good quality stuff in the shop. For ladies, you may consider shopping for batik dress here (price ard 600-800K rupiah). Much more worth it than those in Malioboro.
This is a must to visit if you've never been here or first time to Yogyakarta. A history of Sultan's families and some lesson on batik is just some of the highlights.
visiting Ulen Sentanu in Jogjakarta is a good experience, but the content of the museum is just average, and the story told about the past Mataram kingdom is just average.anyway it adds value to my history knowledge.
When we visited this private museum, it was raining, so the mystical environment became so pronounced. The paintings, photos collections are entrancing. The garden and setting among each room are well placed. The staff is friendly. Good place to learn about Kraton Solo descendants and part history. Recommended to go while visiting Yogya
Beautiful and well kept museum. It\'s filled with heritage especially on Jogja and Solo royales. Love the princesses letter room the most!