The cultural and political heart of Yogyakarta is the Sultan’s palace, the Kraton. Its construction commenced in the 18th century; in 1812, though, the palace grounds were ravaged and looted by British troops, and again severely damaged by an earthquake in 1867. The present buildings and courtyards and their arrangements thus not only reflect 250 years of Javanese history, but are an architectural showcase of the many facets of Javanese social order, philosophy and mysticism.
The kraton still is the residence of the Sultan of Yogyakarta and his family, so only its public areas are open to visitors (and even some of these might be closed on the occasion of stately ceremony or receptions). Many of the publicly accessible buildings have been turned into museums, now housing a wide range of exhibits around the history of the palace, the royal family, and Javanese culture and art. Throughout forenoon, gamelan, wayang and dance performances are given in the entrance court, inviting visitors to halt in for a while to listen or watch.
The whole compound is on ground level. Main barriers are the thresholds to the buildings, and a sandy centre court. We provide portable ramps to bridge the steps, and assist with the sandy stretch (on request a wheelchair with thicker tires is available, which may be handy also for other destinations with unpaved roads).
For detailed information with photos about accessibility at the Kraton contact us.