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Tucked away in the panoramic mountain region of Kaliurang on the slopes of Mount Merapi is a one-of-a-kind museum that houses the history of the modern Mataram Dynasty, comprising the royal houses of the Sunan of Solo , Prince Mangkunegaran, and the Sultan of Yogya and the Prince of Paku Alam.
Located at Jalan Boyong in Kaliurang, a small distance from the city of Yogyakarta, the Ullen Sentalu Museum lies in the Kaswargan Park, covering an area of 11,990 square meters.
Officially opened on 1 March 1997 it took five years to prepare since 1994. The Museum, which also houses intangible heritage that covers expressions, knowledge, representations and skills, is the initiative of Haryono and comes under the auspices of the Ulating Blencong Institute.
Blending perfectly with its natural surroundings, its walls and floors are made of stones that were spewed by the Merapi volcano, now found abundantly in the surrounding rivers.
It is best to come with a friend, since to be accompanied by a guide you must pay for two persons. If you visit the Museum during weekends or holiday season do make sure to come early, since guides are limited.
Taking photographs in the museum is prohibited.
The Museum is open: Tuesdays - Sundays and public holidays, from 09.0 hrs – 15.30 hrs.
Entry tickets cost Rp. 25,000 for Indonesians and international students, and US$ 5 for international tourists.
Take a Transjogya bus from Malioboro Street towards Kentungan and stop at the Kentungan bus stop (at Ring Road Utara) then continue by Elf transport to Kaliurang. Alight at the intersection near the Vogels Hostel. From here Ullen Sentalu Museum is only a short walking distance away.
You can also take a minibus from Yogyakarta to Kaliurang at the Giwangan terminal. Easiest would , ofcourse, be taking a taxi or hired car