Kaswargan Park in Pakem Sub-District, Yogyakarta - Indonesia
Perhaps lots of people have already heard about the famous museum called Ullen Sentalu, which resides in Pakem Sub-District. Well, it is part of Kaswargan Park, after all. Both of them become tourists’ recommended vacation spot for sightseeing and lessening as well. The location is in the west part of Kaliurang Park and it resides near to other attractions which tourists can visit later. In the terms of name, “Kaswargan” means the heaven or paradise. It is because the park represents the serenity and beauty of such place.
It is, without a doubt, Kaswargan Park features beautiful things like lush trees, various plants, grasses, and several traditional statues. As mentioned before, Ullen Sentalu Museum is part of this part along with other interesting places like Beukenhof restaurant, Muse souvenir store, boutique, and Haryono Family’s house. In terms of nuance, the park shares the majestic aura of Merapi Mountain and classical culture. According to the locals, in fact, this park was the home of gods (based on Javanese Philosophy). Other people say the park is the home of a powerful person named Sapu Jagat who has the ability to wipe out the entire universe!
Exploring Kaswargan Park
Like the name implies, Kaswargan Park is indeed beautiful. The location is on 878 meters above the sea, so it offers a soothing atmosphere and green environment. Sometimes, in fact, the fog covers the site and creates a more interesting nuance. Not to mention visitors would feel the Javanese culture when spending time there. All these features of the park combine into one and provide a comfy ambiance to the guests. No wonder, the first thing tourists can do is to relax and find peace.
The next recommended thing to do in Kaswargan Park is to learn the history of the site. It is said the park has been there for decades and passes through gradual development since 1985. At the first time, only Selagiri Cave and Kambang Village became the main features of this park. Later, Ullen Sentalu Museum and other attractions completed this site. Even tourists can find a dance training gallery there! Other attractions include “Ruang Budaya” (culture gallery) and Selasar Retja Landa (the place to display numerous historical figurines.
However, due to the eruption of Merapi Mountain, some of those features no longer reside on the site. This is not a bad thing, though. Today, travelers can enjoy many things in the park including the natural beauty, culture, history, and the traces of the wrath of Merapi’s eruption.
- Bening Village
- Tanen Village
- Turgo Cave
- Lava Tour Site
- Kaligriya Kaliurang
How to Get There
As mentioned earlier, Kaswargan Park belongs to Pakem Sub-District. The distance is 28.8 km from Adisucipto International Airport, so the trip is likely to take around 55 minutes to get there. Also, this can be done through Pakem – Kalasan Street. To be exact, the park resides in Hargobinangun Village, which is in the west part of Kaliurang.
Where to Stay
- Kana Hotel
- Sewu Padi Hotel
- Anugrah Wisata Hotel