When you visit some historical places in your own country, do you care so much about the life in the past long before your grandparents, great grandparents were born? like when you see a big clock which sounds is indeed loud, what do you have in mind?
I think it’s amazing how people now are able to do the quantum leap and learn the life in the past through artifacts, books, documents, and oral testimony without any difficulties. Museums are everywhere. They give you the access to the past without having to ask you to “leap out” so forget about the TV series.
When I visit a new place, I usually put museums on my list to visit. I am not saying that visiting museum is my favorite activity when coming to a new place, but skipping this activity seems strange for me. Like I said Museums are the access to the past. Their only password is my ability to process all the info I gain from what I see in the museum. Then after the process, I am hoped to get new or better understanding about something I am so ignorant about that in the end, I finally manage to tell myself ( like note to self) or perhaps people who happen to ask me about the life in the past . And if I fail there is only one meaning to it:
My password is denied- schade
Alert Alert – something wrong with my brain for not being able to process the info.
As a result : I am being “kicked out” of the museum successfully, and friendlily. I left the museum with no info in my brain at all.
If I am so ignorant , it’s probably a big NO-NO to go back there again. If otherwise, I must go back there again, and learn more how to process info in my brain.
Well, some museums are just too boring to visit. And some are worth the second visit.
Is the one I visited with my friends in Jogja worth the second visit?
The non-so-eye-catching museum is located inside the Kerataon Palace Jogjakarta where Sri Sultan and his family live. Inside this small museum, which only uses the small house to display some of the souvenirs the previous Jogjakarta Sultans got from their best friends from far-off lands.
During my “time travel” there, I was welcomed by a friendly guide who works for the Sultan. He is thecurator of the palace who is usually called as “Abdi Dalem” – Private Servants of the Sultans. The souvenirs may not look so extravagant that you will find nothing special about them-it’s all up to you and your brain how you think of these souvenirs.
The guide told me that the Jogjakarta Sultans have had good relationships with far-off lands since a long time ago- around 18oos. Some souvenirs were also from the United Kingdom, and some other countries. How lovely to know that we have had a good connection with you hundred years ago. Perhaps the life in the past is not much different than now. The only different is probably lies on the technology we are using now.
List of Sultans of Yogyakarta (1755-present)
|No.||Name||Reign start||Reign end||Notes|
|1.||Hamengkubuwono I||February 13, 1755||March 24, 1792|
|2.||Hamengkubuwono II||April 2, 1792||June 20, 1812|
|3.||Hamengkubuwono III||June 28, 1812||November 3, 1814|
|4.||Hamengkubuwono IV||November 9, 1814||December 6, 1823||first reign|
|5.||Hamengkubuwono V||December 19, 1823||August 17, 1826||first reign|
|4.||Hamengkubuwono IV||August 17, 1826||January 2, 1828||second reign|
|5.||Hamengkubuwono V||January 17, 1828||June 5, 1855||second reign|
|6.||Hamengkubuwono VI||July 5, 1855||July 20, 1877|
|7.||Hamengkubuwono VII||December 22, 1877||January 29, 1921|
|8.||Hamengkubuwono VIII||February 8, 1921||October 22, 1939|
|9.||Hamengkubuwono IX||March 18, 1940||October 2, 1988|
|10.||Hamengkubuwono X||March 7, 1989||incumbent|
Now back to the question whether it’s worth the second visit. I’d say yes! as the palace covers a wide area in which I only visited not even a half of it.
Are you into museums?