Keraton Yogyakarta, also known as the Yogyakarta Palace, is a royal palace located in the heart of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is the official residence of the Sultan of Yogyakarta and is considered the cultural and political center of the Yogyakarta Sultanate.
The palace was first built in 1755 and has since undergone several renovations and additions. It is known for its distinctive Javanese architecture, which combines elements of traditional Javanese design with Islamic and European influences. The palace complex is divided into four main areas: the Pagelaran, the Siti Hinggil, the Bangsal Kencono, and the Kedhaton.
The Pagelaran is the main courtyard of the palace and is used for royal ceremonies and performances. The Siti Hinggil is a raised platform where the Sultan receives guests and conducts official business. The Bangsal Kencono is a hall decorated with gold and mirrors, where the Sultan holds important meetings and ceremonies. The Kedhaton is the private residence of the Sultan and is not open to the public.
Today, Keraton Yogyakarta is a popular tourist attraction and cultural site, with visitors coming from all over the world to learn about Javanese culture and history. The palace also plays an important role in the local community, hosting traditional Javanese ceremonies and events throughout the year.