Cirebon might be an unfamiliar word to some people, especially, ones who do not live in or know about Indonesia. In fact, it is one of cities to be found on the north coast of Java Island which is situated in the border area between Jawa Barat and Jawa Tengah Provinces. Due to its location, this city has a unique culture and customs as a result of the blending and mixing culture and customs from the two regions mentioned earlier.
A number of ethnics living within the area such as Javanese, Sundanese, Chinese, Arabic and that bring influence to the art, customs and culture had created some unique buildings as well as a historical relic from the formerly well known Cirebon sultanate. These buildings are among the many places of interests offered by Cirebon for every traveler.
It is built by Pangeran Cakrabuana in 1452. The interior as well as architecture of this palace is a mixing style of Dutch, Javanese, Sundanese, Chinese and Islamic architecture. The main front yard is surrounded by red bricks bases of which functions is to conserve a pendopo or some sort of pavilion or porch inside. A small museum filled with ancient treasures such as ancient clothes for the royal family, keris or a traditional asymmetrical dagger, wayang or shadow puppet as well as the royal paintings collections is laid within the Keraton ready to explore.
This palace was built in 1678 by Sultan Anom I who is more famous under the name of Pangeran Kertajaya. Being the remnants of an Islamic kingdom, Keraton Kanoman still preserves its ancients traditions and traditional ceremonies under the Islamic influence such as Grebeg Syawal which is held 7 days after the Eid al-Fitr. This palace is located in a 6 hectare land where the 12th Sultan, named Raja Muhammad Emiruddin and his family lives. Two ancient gilded coach called Jempana and Paksi Naga Liman are still well preserved in its museum. Antique Chinese porcelain plates are a common wall decoration in nearly all Cirebon palaces, including this particular Keraton Kanoman.
This palace was built in 1800 of which architecture is rich in European influences due to the Ducth colonialism in the region within that time. The palace is well preserved along with all the ancients treasures kept in it including ancient armaments, keris (traditional Javanese dagger with an asymmetrical shape), gamelan or Javanese traditional musical instruments, shadow puppets and more. All the traditions and ceremonies such as Upacara Pajang Jimat are also well conserved and held at the prearranged time. Should you want to explore and experience one of those ceremonies and traditions, you just need to plan your trip to come and visit this particular city.
Taman Sari Gua Sunyaragi
It is a Cirebon cultural heritage laid in a 15 hectare land which is a part of Keraton Kasepuhan. It is initially built as a retreat and meditation haven for Sultan and his families. The complex is divided into 2 main part: the cave and the rest house complete with a porch, a bathroom, a bedroom, a worship space for Sultan and families which are surrounded by garden and pools. Although there is a stage to show Cirebon cultural traditional dances and traditions, unfortunately, some part of this location is not well-maintained.
Let’s Explore Cirebon’s Sultanate Remnants
You will not be able to get to know more on the above 4 places of interests if you do not soon plan to visit them yourself. So, make your plan to explore Cirebon along with its ancient buildings and unique dances, customs and traditions.
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