Kota Gede, which is often called Sargede is located
about five kilometers southeast of Yogyakarta, Kotagede is a neat
little town, which was once the seat of the mighty Mataram Empire.
Since the 1930s, Kotagede has become famous for being the center
of the Yogya silverwork industry. There are a number of workshops
where visitors are welcome to watch silver being transformed into
beautiful works of art known as "Yogya Silver". Kotagede
is easily reached by "andong", the four-wheeled horse-drawn
cart, by taxi, bus, or car.
In that cemetery complex one can still visit the
cemetery of the Mataram kings like Sutowijoyo or Ngabei Loring Pasar,
the founder of Mataram Kingdom, who was then called Panembahan Senopati.
There is also the unique tomb of Ki Ageng Mangir. He was Panembahan
Senopati son in law and also Panembahan Senopati enemy. His dead
body was buried half inside of the special area for kings and Panembahan
Senopati families, and a half of his body was buried outside of
the complex. There is a stone called " Watu Gilang ",
a stone on which Panembahan Senopati smashed the Ki Ageng Mangir
head to dead.
Those who want to go inside the cemetery have to
wear traditional clothes that one can hire at the place. Kota Gede
Royal cemetery is open on Monday at. 10.00 am - 12.00 am, and Friday
at 01.30 pm. - 04.00 pm. In addition to the cemetery, there are
also graceful gates, a pond full of Clarius Melanodermas and a yellow
turtle. This turtle is hundred years of age and people believe it
as a sacred miraculous turtle.
Since the 1930s, however, Kotagede has become famous
for being the centre of the Yogya silverwork industry. Kotagede
is easily reached by "among", the four wheeled horse drawn
cart, by taxi, bus, or car. There are a number of workshops where
visitors are welcome to watch silver being transformed into beautiful
works of art known as "Yogya Silver".