Ambarrukmo Wonders

Interesting Yogyakarta places and artwork

As the former Royal Palace Residence, Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta is a living museum showcasing an extraordinary collection of authentic Javanese architectural masterpieces and artworks, both at the hotel and just moments away. 

Pendopo Agung Kedaton Ambarrukmo

The Kedaton Ambarrukmo (Royal Palace Residence) was built between 1857 and 1859 and named Pesanggrahan Arjapurna by King Hamengkubuwono VI. It functioned as a meeting venue for The Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies as well as a resort for the Royal Family.

From 1895 to 1897, the palace was renovated and functioned as a meeting venue for King Hamengkubuwono VII with kings from Surakarta Palace. Later, the palace became a family home for King Hamengkubuwono VII.

Today, the palace is registered as a National Heritage Site, which will soon be revitalized as a museum featuring its extensive art collection.

Bronze Sculptures

Placed at most of the swimming pool & Royal Garden area, all of the bronze sculptures were made in 1:1 size of the models in 1960's by the famous sculpture maker who created the 'Patung Selamat Datang' and some other masterpieces in Indonesia - commissioned directly by the first president Republic of Indonesia, President Ir. Soekarno.

Bale Kambang

Once a bathing pool that was used as a recreational and meditating facility for the king and his Royal Family, it’s now a special venue for events with certain conditions.

Relief at The Lobby

“Untung Rugi Merapi” (The Life in The Merapi Slope), located in the lobby, was made between 1964 and 1965 of cast stone and cement. Its 700 by 1500 centimetre size was the work of Harijadi S and his team from Studio Sela Binangun.

Furthermore, it presents the dynamic life in the slopes of Mount Merapi in Yogyakarta with all of its advantages and disadvantages. In those years, it was the late President Sukarno who initiated as well as encouraged the development of monumental artworks by Indonesian artists. He also approved the relief theme.

It shows the towering majesty of Mount Merapi. At the bottom is a depiction of the people activities in the fields and at home. Some artists show their talents at works: blacksmiths, sculpture and batik. A number of women and children are included while bathing and playing in the river. The other corner illustrates some revolutionary army guards at their posts.

Gadri

Gadri was considered the dining room for the king and his family. Located between Ndalem Ageng & Bale Kambang, this sacred area is now accessible for guests who want to experience private dining with a regal touch.

Mozaik at The 8th Floor

This Mozaik artwork can be found at the 8th floor, next to Pemandengan meeting rooms & one level with The Karaton Ballroom. As a 300 by 1,000 centimetre mosaic made between 1965 and 1966, it represents people's lives in Yogyakarta. J. Soedhiono and his team consisting of Suparno Gunarsa, Batara Lubis, Mudjita, Harsono, M. Sondakh and few other junior artists created this historical piece.

The mosaic “Kehidupan Masyarakat Jawa Tengah” at the first floor and “Kehidupan Masyarakat Yogyakarta” at the eight floor, depicts the peaceful life of the Central Java & Yogyakarta people in the middle of the last century. Made of thousands of ceramic tile shards that were specially imported from Japan and Jakarta, this art is distinctive and stunning at the same time. All in all, it adopts more than 15 ceramic colours.

This mosaic was made between 1965 and 1966 by J. Soedhiono and a team comprising Suparno Gunarsa, Batara Lubis, Mudjita, Harsono, M. Sondakh and others. Society life in Yogyakarta and Central Java is shown as unique, beautiful and joyful, which are synonymous with these regions. The theme represents the existence of the Ambarrukmo Palace that houses the two provinces. Visually, it fits the general overview of the mission and reality of the people in these two past provinces as well as the exotic and exquisite beauty of nature.

Mozaik at The Lobby

This Mozaik artwork can be found near the Royal Restaurant right next to the Lobby Lounge & Bar. As a 300 by 1,000 centimetre mosaic made between 1965 and 1966, it represents people's lives in Central Java. J. Soedhiono and his team consisting of Suparno Gunarsa, Batara Lubis, Mudjita, Harsono, M. Sondakh and few other junior artists created this historical piece.

The mosaic “Kehidupan Masyarakat Jawa Tengah” at the first floor and “Kehidupan Masyarakat Yogyakarta” at the eight floor, depicts the peaceful life of the Central Java & Yogyakarta people in the middle of the last century. Made of thousands of ceramic tile shards that were specially imported from Japan and Jakarta, this art is distinctive and stunning at the same time. All in all, it adopts more than 15 ceramic colours.

This mosaic was made between 1965 and 1966 by J. Soedhiono and a team comprising Suparno Gunarsa, Batara Lubis, Mudjita, Harsono, M. Sondakh and others. Society life in Yogyakarta and Central Java is shown as unique, beautiful and joyful, which are synonymous with these regions. The theme represents the existence of the Ambarrukmo Palace that houses the two provinces. Visually, it fits the general overview of the mission and reality of the people in these two past provinces as well as the exotic and exquisite beauty of nature.

Museum Ambarrukmo

The heritage site of Kedaton Ambarrukmo has now been revitalised as an integrated tourism destination, comprising of a world-class hotel (Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta), a heritage museum (Museum Ambarrukmo) and an up-market shopping mall (Plaza Ambarrukmo) in Yogyakarta. From this year onward, the heritage site is rebranded as THE AMBARRUKMO.

Located between the shopping mall and the hotel, Museum Ambarrukmo occupies the main building of Royal Residence, right behind the majestic Pendopo. It was inaugurated on 28 May 2013 by Sri Sultan HamengkuBuwono X, the Governor as well as the King of Yogyakarta Kingdom. In the early part of the 19th century, it served as the official residence of the Late Sri Sultan HamengkuBuwono VII, soon after he abdicated his crown.

As the Royal Residence, it has several big rooms that are utilized as exhibition spaces to showcase some of the Indonesian Cultural Legacy. In addition, it has been proclaimed and inscribed as a Masterpiece of Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO: Keris, Batik and Wayang.

Gandhok Tengen

Was once a house for the high profile female guests & princesses of the Royal Palace, Gandhok Tengen is now conserved as one of the best Spa in the world, Nurkadhatyan The Ritual Spa.

Hotel Royal Ambarrukomo, Indonesia