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Many historical buildings and sites in Indonesia are older than the country itself, dating back to the era when the wonderful land was governed by separate ancient kingdoms. The historical and cultural heritage of those kingdoms are still cherished today — visited and studied, telling stories through generations. Discover the most beautiful ancient palaces in Indonesia.
During the 1700s, this water castle served as both a fortress and recreational site for the royal family of the Yogyakarta Sultanate. The beautiful palace complex with refreshing large pools also has rooms to meditate, study, and rest. The huge compound comprises of four areas, including the iconic bathing complex, an artificial lake, and gardens. Now, the palace is preserved as a tourist attraction, and visitors can explore parts of the delicate palace from outside and inside.
Located in Riau Province in Sumatra, this palace belonged to the Sultanate of Siak Sri Indrapura that reigned from 1723 until Indonesia’s independence in 1945. The palace was designed by a German architect after the Sultan made a journey through Europe, so the architecture embraces both European and Malay influence, filled with ornaments and furniture from Europe. Today, the palace is a popular tourist attraction, offering a glimpse of the royals’ life during the era. Tourists can observe various weapons, utensils, and musical instruments used by the royals.