Sepedamotor Tour Yogya, 2nd of May 2012

H1 Guide of the Tour

Mr.Pamuji, guide of the tour, originated from Wates. He lives with his family in Kotagede, and is a frequent visitor of Jogja Library Center.
He works for an NGO that raises the education level of underprivilleged childern.


Fig.1 Librarian Hendrikus and our Guide Sukma Aji

On a guided tour you will see ten times more than you would see on your own. Bp. Sukma Aji showed me the Karta Pustaka, in Kotagede a family mosque, a renovated traditional house, Pasar Kotagede, a chocolate factory, the grave of Sultan Senopati (first Sultan of Mataram), a storage bunker for wild animals for the sake of sultan's big game hunting, we visited an artist painter, we saw pasir divers in the river. In Bantul we passed premises of the University of Arts, and we ate at a traditional warung makan.

H2 Karta Pustaka Yogya

Indonesian - Dutch Cultural Center
Pusat Kebudayaan Indonesia - Belanda
Indonesisch - Nederlands Cultureel Centrum
Jl. Bintaran Tengah 16, Yogyakarta 55151, Indonesia
Telp. xx62 274 383792, e-mail:

Voor Nederlands sprekenden kan men op de site van het Erasmushuis meer te weten komen over deze "Bibliotheek in ontwikkeling" (de betekenis van Karta Pustaka)
Yayasan Karta Pustaka

In Semarang is er een soorgelijke stichting: Yayasan Widya Mitra
en in Surabaya : Yayasan Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Indonesia-Belanda


Fig.2 Manager Mrs. Salome Sunarni

Mrs. Salome explained the purpose of this cultural center. She handed me a folder that gives a concise overview of the services the center can provide.

Most touching for me was her patience, her listening ear to the plea of a ex-citizen of Hindia Belanda, Dutch East Indies.

She could understand, that for the sake of conserving the heritage of Hindia Belanda, its frontiers should be respected: "From Sabang to Merauke!"

These frontiers were outlined after the second Napoleontic War at the Peace of Munich 1813. And further defined at the Treaty of London 13th of August 1814. So the frontiers are nearly 200 years old. That day should be celebrated!

The most outspoken conservator-protector of the geographic integrity of Hindia Belanda was without any doubt late President Soekarno.


Fig.3 Teacher of the Dutch Language Mrs. Vini and a student

Mrs Vini speaks perfect Dutch. I forgot to asked her if she had ever payed a visit to the Netherlands.


Fig.4 Sr. Fortunata detailed picture

In the study hall I met the Reverend Sister Fortunata. She has recently visited the Netherlands for a period of three months. At that time she lived in a convent of The Sisters of Our Lady of Amersfoort.

She explained the consequences of the policy of the Archbishop of Utrecht Cardinal Eijk. And I was impressed by the wisdom of such a fragile person born in Klitren. She speaks Dutch!


Fig.5 Back yard in patio style.

Maybe there are living quarters of the housekeeping staff.


Fig.6 View on a class room

Classroom courses can he scheduled.


Fig.7 Right side yard.

To the right of the main building is a parking lot.


Fig.8 Pendopo for happenings with many people.

In case of realy large happenings, Mrs. Salome could use of facilities of three well known universities: Atma Jaya, Sanata Dharma, and Immanuel.


Fig.9 Garden is always spic and span.

It could be that the gardner also stays on the premises.

A point of concern is that this pleasant and shady site in the historic environment of Bintaran have to be abandonned, because of the burden of too high a rent.

H3 Langgar Dhuwur (Family Mosque)

It is good to realize that Muslims have several kinds of places of worship. One of which is a family mosque.


Fig.10 Description of a Langgar Dhuwur

The family praying room is located in the attic of the house.


Fig.11 The holy praying location is on the first floor.

This praying house is hundred years old.

H4 Rumah Adat (Traditional House)

Wikipedia May 2006 Java Earthquake

Good to realize that DIY (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta) has suffered two great disasters: Earthquake May 2006 and 2010 Eruptions of Mount Merapi.


Fig.12 This ancient house was severely damaged.

During the earthquakes of May 2006 this house was dramatically damaged.


Fig.13 The inner yard.


Fig.14 List of benefactors.

Quite a large number of helping organisations were involved in the reconstruction of this traditional house.


Fig.15 Place where service providers take office.

Many kind of services are provided to the village community.


Fig.16 Pendopo

The roof construction of a pendopo is clever. How to span a large area with wooden beams of restricted length?


Fig.17 Water well and toilets

A public building should have its sanitary facilities.


Fig.18 Mahkota Dewa

Mahkota Dewa tree delivers herbal medicines.


Fig.19 House of the care taker and his family

A rumah adat should be guarded and looked after properly.

H5 Cokelat Monggo

A small chocolate factory, runned by a Belgian and his Indonesian wife.


Fig.20 Entrance of the factory

The guarded parking lot in front of the factory may support the impression that many people use to visit this place.


Fig.21 Production of chocolate sweets

The public may have a look at the production proces from behind a glass window.


Fig.22 Show room of the products

Products are shown very clean and professional.


Fig.23 Samples may be tasted by visitors

It is polite to give potential buyers the opportunity to taste before they purchase.


Fig.24 Factory's name is showed in ...the showroom

H6 Makam Penambahan Senopati

Wikipedia: Mataram Sultanate


Fig.25 Waringin

A waringin tree may not be missing in important locations.


Fig.26 Entrance to the palace's grounds

Entrance is build in Hindu style: there were two Mataram kingdoms, the first Hindu and the last Islam.


Fig.27 The oldest Mosque of Java











H7 Sand Divers

Wikipedia: 2010 eruptions of Mount Merapi

The 2010 eruptions of Mount Merapi began in late October 2010. A violent series of eruptions lava and ash continued into November.

The rain took the ash into the rivers where its sandy component fills the riverbed, and becomes ideal building material.


Fig.33 Sand diver and his profit, a heap of riversand.

River sand will be sold to small contractors. The sand diver earns a little money for a long day's work.


Fig.34 Sand diver detailed picture

Mind the outfit a the sand diver. He is fully dressed and uses handgloves.


Fig.35 Looking upstream.

There are many sand divers. Each one scrapes about 50 meters of the river length. They keep the riverbed on depth.


Fig.36 A dam in the river

At both sides of the dam is a lock-gate by means of which a ditch can be watered and fields can be irrigated.

H8 Bunker for big game annimals

The sultans of Mataram loved big game hunting. Wild animals were tend in this bunker, and set free in the hunting grounds of the radja.


Fig.37 View inside the bunker.

Hardly imaginable how the animals were tend: no fenced compartments to see.


Fig.38 The bunker from the outside

H9 Rumah Makan

After traversing the terrain of the University of Arts, we arrived at a traditional rumah makan.


Fig.39 Stock of firewood

Cooking is done on terra kotta wood stoves.


Fig.40 One of three old women who prepare the meals.

If cooking is done the place is swept clean with a sapu lidi.


Fig.41 Some like it hot.

Guest may feel free to have a look what is in the pans and pots.


Fig.42 Variety is the spice of live.

Customers have to compose their meals at will.


Fig.43 The basket with the dish-cloth on top contains the rice.

Composition of the meal starts by taking a dish and spoon and filling the dish with rice.


Fig.44 Water well where pots pans and dishes are washuped.

H10 Museum of Art

Sadly the Musium of Art was renovated and could not be seen.


Fig.45 Left side yard, parking lot.