Kotagede that is located approximately 8 kilometers southeast of Yogyakarta city is known as the center of silver production. Silver does have a big hand in raising Kotagede name in the field of tourism. However, Kotagede still has a variety of potential interest to visit. One is the site of the old town heritage of Islamic Mataram kingdom adjacent to the unique architecture buildings belong to the ancient conglomerates, known as the Kalang.
Entering the southern Kotagede, feels as enclosed in a magical atmosphere. Thick fortress walls, old banyan trees and hundreds of years old “Joglo” buildings make us feel in the different world. The sacred atmosphere feels so thick in this area. Perhaps it is because of spatial and the past atmospheric, that survived for hundreds of years without much change. In this place, there are the remnants of the Islamic Mataram kingdom, including the tomb of Panembahan Senopati and families. Panembahan Senopati is the founder of the Sultanate of Mataram who who reigned in 1587-1601. Here there is also a mosque Mataram, the old mosque was built in the reign of Panembahan Senopati.
Shifted to the north there is a market Kotagede. This traditional market has existed since the time of the kingdom of Mataram was built as a center of economic activities. In the west of the market, there is a village of Jagalan and Tegalgendu. Here you can find the narrow alleys, which shows the wealth of the merchants of silver at the time. There are many large and luxury houses called Omah Kalang. The houses were once owned by the Kalang, which reputedly bequeathed to the trade skills and silversmiths in Kotagede. Basically Omah Kalang is the unique building which blend of Javanese culture and European architecture.
In the north of Kotagede market, there is Kemasan Street. Along this road lined with shops silver and copper. Unlike in Tegal Gendu where occupied by the upper classes silver businessmen, in Kemasan Street in average is small and medium sized businesses. But do not worry, because the craftsmen still provide excellent quality work.
**This article was published in www.kratonpedia.com in bahasa Indonesia.