Taman Sari is in the west of the Kraton. Once Taman Sari with several pools, palaces and waterways was used from the sultan and his entourage for activities in the freetime and was built between 1758 and 1765. The place was damaged by Diponegoro´s Java War and an earthquake in 1865. Some old parts are used today for small houses and batik galleries but the main part is already restored. So its possible to see the pools with the tower in which the sultan sat to wath his wives swimming in the water and the floors in the underground. The legends tells the story about floors in the underground which the sultan used to go until the coast in the south on the Indian Ocean to meet the Quenn of the South who is living in the sea and married with every sultan of Yogyakarta.
In the heart of the city at the end of Jl. Malioboro is the huge palace of Yogya´s sultan. The Kraton is surrounded by walls with a length of 1km and presents itself like a small city within a city. In this small city of the Kraton are living 25000 people who have their own market, shops and batik factories. The main buildings, in which the Sultan still lives with his family, where built between 1755 and 1792 and get a touch of European style in the 1920s. The buildings are a one of the finest examples of Javanese architectures of palaces, luxurious halls, courtyards and pavilions. Large parts of the Kraton are used as a museum in which the visitors can see old furniture, weapons, arts, instruments and gifts from European monarchs. The royal family tree represents one of the most interesting rooms in which are still old pictures of the former sultans. The Kraton is opened every morning for visitors who can see sometimes some of the interesting traditional dances.