Museum Ullen Sentalu

Several years ago I visited Ullen Sentalu Museum in Kaliurang, Yogyakarta, a Javanese art and culture museum. Taking picture was not  allowed inside the museum. Unfortunately,  it was rainy and fog cluttered the location, so I could not take any photos  outside.

Last July me  and my family  came back  to the city of Yogyakarta.  I made a plan to visit the Ullen Sentalu museum once again. Arrived at the museum, my daughters refused to enter for the second time.  They prefered to wait outside.  Finally I decided to just enjoying the exterior of the building  from a Dutch style restaurant, Beukenhof, in the museum area. I just peek toward the museum backyard from behind the tall trees and snap some photos.

This museum  was one of the best museum in Indonesia.  It was well maintained. It was privately owned by Haryono family.  The museum was dedicated  to the feminine figures in the Javanese kingdoms, and also kings. Its collection were very rare. Besides, its arrangements and location on the slope of mount Merapi gained  value to the museum.

The name Ullen Sentalu stands for “Ulating Blencong Sejatine Tataning Lumaku” means the light of the life journey. Built among the green trees it called Kaswargan Park (paradise).

At the backside of the ticket it said : “The Museum provides multifaceted venues in inspiring a romantic nuance and discovering the hidden treasures inside an encyclopedia of ancient virtues.  Immerse yourself in the exploration inside the Javanes myths and legends at the Historical district of Kaliurang”.

Visitors attended by a very capable tour guide. Inside the museum visitors could see a lot of old photographs, paintings, fabrics, old love letters of a princess and statues that showed the richness of the Javanese culture.  They also served Jamu to the visitors.  The Ratu Mas Jamu was a concoction made from several herbs. The  recipe of the herbal drink  promised youth and beauty made by the empress to Sultan Pakubuwono X.

The tour ended at the European style garden.    From the outside amid the misty air you can see the architecture of  the museum . It has mixed elements of European gothic architecture and Javanese style. The facade was covered with vines.

 

Museum Ullen Sentalu

There was also a big andesite stone wall.  The sculpture  symbolize the museum’s owner disappointment that many young adults ignore the history and culture of their nation. Therefore someday all these richness would be vanished.

These  pictures are my entry to Photo Challenge : Peek.

Keistimewaan Museum Ullen Sentalu

Pandangan pertama pada Museum Ullen Sentalu  bertahun lalu itu masih meninggalkan kesan yang dalam. Meski sudah berhasil masuk ke sana pada kunjungan kedua, aku masih ingin kembali lagi.

Jadilah Juli lalu datang kembali ke museum bernama akronim dalam bahasa Jawa itu. ULating bLENcong SEjatiNe TAtaraning LUmaku  yang artinya adalah “Nyala lampu blencong  (lampu minyak untuk pertunjukan wayang kulit) merupakan petunjuk manusia dalam melangkah dan meniti kehidupan”.

Museum dengan konsep menyimpan kekayaan tak benda dikhawatirkan hilang karena derasnya arus  modernisasi. Benda-benda yang disimpan adalah hasil dari kebudayaan itu sendiri.  Tak ada  deskripsi pada setiap koleksi tetapi mengandalkan sepenuhnya pada kemampuan pemandu.

Museum ini masih jadi yang tercantik di mataku. Hal itu selain karena koleksinya ditata apik dengan penataan ala galeri internasional tetapi isi di dalamnya itu tak banyak diketahui umum sebelumnya. Kesannya eksotis dan magis. Kedatangan pertama dahulu itu kurasa masih banyak yang tak terserap di kepala, jadilah ingin mendalaminya lagi.

Tiba di museum ternyata anak-anak tak mau masuk ke sana lagi. Mereka akan menungguku masuk sendiri. Kesannya kok egois ya mamanya ini he.. he.. Akhirnya kuputuskan tak akan masuk lagi, mungkin lain kali.  Sebagai gantinya kami hanya duduk menikmati suasana halaman museum yang terkesan misterius karena bangunan tersembunyi di antara pohon-pohon tinggi ditambah kabut yang hampir selalu menyelimuti wilayah Kaliurang. Tak lupa foto-foto pastinya.

Kisah raun ini kusangka tak akan pernah diceritakan di blog ini, eh ndilalah ada tema “peek” dari photo challenge. Jadi ingat kalimat seorang teman apa pun dan kapan pun selalu siap buat satu dua bidikan, suatu saat pasti bisa dipajang di blog. So, bagaimana pengalaman teman, adakah suatu tempat yang selalu ingin dikunjungi lagi seperti Museum Ullen Sentalu ini?

Ullen Sentalu Museum
Jalan Boyong KM 25, Kaliurang Barat, Sleman, Yogyakarta
Phone number: +62 274 895161