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Another trip at Jogja : Museum Ullen Sentalu – Javanese Culture and Art Museum

What would I put in a museum? Probably a museum! That’s an amusing relic of our past. ~ John Hodgman


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Hello, as my promise to tell you more about Jogja.. So here I am with my new post , telling you about one of the must-visited museum in Jogja..  So the trip began to some museum… I went 45 minutes to the north from the central city by car .. My mom and my nieces came along with me, also my brother as a driver that day hehe .. I used GPS since nobody go there yet before, include my nieces who have been live at Jogja but haven’t go to this museum either.. (what a weird!!) ..Well, the trip was quite smooth.. Even though we didn’t go earlier (anyway it was almost 12 pm),  we was be grateful because we didn’t face any heavy traffic jam.. So we could arrive quickly..


Yeaah welcome to Ullen Sentalu Museum .. Ullen Sentalu Museum initiated in 1994 and inaugurated on March 1, 1997, which is a historic date for the city of Yogyakarta. The inauguration of the museum conducted by KGPAA Paku Alam VIII, the Governor of Yogyakarta at the time. Well,you can read more about the history of this museum at its official website : ullen sentalu  .. Now, I will show you my trip in this museum.. 🙂


At first time, you have to buy the ticket .. The locket is on the left of the entrance door to collection room of museum.. Well, as you see the place is quite old in the front: stone walls, mossy path and stairs really interesting.. The weather is also chill because this place is dominated by natural forest and mountainous atmosphere (no wonder because this place is actually located on the slope of Mount Merapi)..

Anyway, I already bought 5 adult tickets and one student ticket cost 165k rupiahs ($16,5) ..

Here I share the admission fee (start effective August,1 2013) :

♥ Domestic tourist ♥

Adult Rp.30.000 // $3

Student (5-16 years old) Rp.15.000 // $1,5

♥ Foreign tourist ♥

Adult Rp.50.000 // $5

Student (5-16 years old) Rp.30.000 // $3

Your tickets include free educator tour for 50 minutes, free parking and herb tea in the last tour.. Besides, there are some rules you must obey to enter this museum.. You are not allowed to : First,  Take pictures and video during the tour.. Second, touch the collection.. Third, bring large backpack.. Last, smoke, eat and drink.. By the way, this museum is open daily on Tuesday through Sunday at 8.30 am – 4 pm.. Monday closed


Since the rules didn’t allow me to take some photos, I couldn’t show you what was inside .. You have to go there by yourself then, hehe.. Okay don’t be sad, I will describe a little, let’s goooo..

First room, we would see some paintings.. Each painting had its story, about who he/she is, what happened to them and what is the relationship with the Javanese history .. There was a chart too which show us a history about sultanate disunity which lead to separation of sultanate into three (cmiiw).. The room itself was very interesting, it felt like we were on a small cave with all those painting right and left.. And the guide led me to one painting to another painting, continually told us the history behind .. (Hmm I got it.. why we were not allow to take a photo there?!! because if we were busy with our camera we probably missed the guide’s story about the history then 🙂 )

 Moreover, there were a lot of statues, some were genuine, which was granted by sultanate (cmiiw) and the rest were replica.. Batik history was also describe by the guide, start from showing the differences between batik from Jogja and Solo (city near Jogja), batik’s patterns and many more..There were lots room too which I can’t tell you just to make you curious, hehe..

Well, the 50 minutes tour almost done.. Drink a cup of herb tea closed the tour and we are allow to take a photo in the outside of museum..

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After drink a cup of herb tea, we are escorted to the Ullen Sentalu Museum souvenir shop .. Beforehand, you can take a photo in the side of a little pond which located exactly in the front of souvenir shop.. In there, you can take a seat and have a snack too, hehe..

Entering the shop, you will find tons of souvenirs.. Batik clothes, bags, jewelries, purses, postcards and other trinkets .. The range price quite expensive.. No wonder, because this shop also a part of funding source for this museum.. But, price talks !! The collections are as good as the price, hehe..




* my mother and my brother were busy looking around hehe

Anyway I bought a batik blouse from this souvenir shop, it cost 240k rupiahs ($24) .. I had a first crush as first I saw it.. The materials, cotton mix with batik fabric, were so comfortable.. And its details, just speechless.. Yes, uhm.. well the batik fabric was being attached neatly-one by one- to the blouse and voila it shape a leaf and flowers pattern… Cute right? I paired it with khakis pants and loafers, it must be so chic :p .. Haha, okay enough with those shopping thingy..


yeah, this was my first time to go to such beautiful museum.. How difficult to find a good and crowded museum in Indonesia, but for shopping malls? There’s a lot..Sophisticated and very wery crowded!!  Hehe,  I don’t know, maybe we are (as Indonesian) too boring to go to the museum or maybe there’s only a few museum here or because of shopping mall now become our destination for having fun (nod nod).. Honestly, I haven’t find such well-maintained museum.. Some museums are damaged here and there, sparsely attended just make those more spooky .. But good job for Ullen Sentalu Museum, I hope more museums will established soon.. Because museum is one of  the window for us to see what happened in the past, right? 🙂



It was already 3 pm.. Time to go home, then.. Thanks Ullen Sentalu Museum for let me know more about Javanese culture and art.. Yes, I agree that this museum is success run its vision as the window of civilization of Javanese culture and art by collecting , communicating and preserving the artistic and cultural heritage of Java in order to grow our pride as a national identity.. 🙂 Congratulation !!


History is representational, while time is abstract; both of these artifices may be found in museums, where they span everybody’s own vacancy. ~ Robert Smithson



some contents credit to official website : ullen sentalu



I do recycling, sewing, crafting – those are my passions that being destructed by office hours.. I’m ordinary but most time being distinguish and minority.. I don’t mind for being and looking ugly.. Because everybody’s ugly, they just pretend not to look ugly.. I watch people, their shoes and bags, sometimes I judge inwardly.. I’m little bit straight forward and I am not sorry for being straight forward.. I hear a lot.. I write words, my handwriting is adored by some friends.. I love taking pictures.. I prefer shoot than being shot, anyway.. Travelling sometimes, “mountains better than beaches” lately.. Be very fond of with smell of genuine leather, some vintage, rustic and traditional things..

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