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424 Route 28. WATER CASTLE Bandoeng to
Those who want to visit the palace must obtain the permission of the Resident and be introduced by an official guide, who expects a certain modest tip as a reward. Men visitors are required to wear frock coats.
Water Casti-e, Djokjakarta.
The Water CaaUe or Taman Sari : Taman Sari means ' Garden of Flowers', an appropriate name for the palace where the Sultan drank and slept, surrounded by court ladies, who hovered about him like butterflies in the tropical garden. This palacejs situated to the W. of the residential palace of the Sultan, reached from the hotel in about half an hour by carriage (Jl. 3). As the carriage stops in front of the gate, Malay guides come offering their services (from 25 to 50 cents). The palace itself is now in a sad state of ruin, showing nothing but the ghostly traces of its once brilliant and luxurious life. It was built in 1758, in the time of Sultan Hamangkoe Boe-wono, by a Portuguese architect, but was reduced by the great earthquake of 1867 to its present state. It was built no doubt of stone, brick, and white plaster, and surrounded by a moat ; but, whatever it may have been, at present it shows merely the dA(c)bris of these materials. Of its wall only fragments remain, standing disjointed here and there. What was once a moat is now converted into a little cultivated field. At the centre, however, stands a solid hall with thick grey walls. It appears now like a dungeon; but the visitor will be told that this was indeed a great hall of luxury and abandon. From its side a broken stairway leads up to a tower that commands a wide view of its surroundings, and where the drunken Sultan once moved with uncertain steps to breathe the fresh, cool air that comes blowing across the palm-leaves of the garden. There was his bed-