Perched atop a hill not far from Yogyakarta, Imogiri Kings Cemetery is the official burial place of the royal descendents from Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Built in the mid-17th century, this grand cemetery consists of three main courtyards: Prabayasa, Kemandungan, and Srimanganti.
The graveyard is a peaceful spot with some beautiful views. The main tomb houses many of the kings of the Mataram Kingdom, from Sultan Hamengku Buwono I to Hamengku Buwono IX. Some of the rulers’ immediate family members are also buried here, and the smaller courtyards are where the princes were laid to rest.In order to reach the tomb where the kings reside, visitors must climb hundreds of steps and, once inside, must adopt the traditional Javanese dress, which can be hired for a modest fee.
To reach Imogiri Kings Cemetery from downtown Yogyakarta, catch the Trans Jogja to Giwangan bus station, then change for a bus to Imogiri. The main king’s tomb can only be visited on Monday mornings and Friday afternoons. The cemetery is closed during Ramadan.