Address : Umbulharjo, Kecamatan Cangkringan, Kabupaten Sleman, Provinsi DI Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Tired with urban routines, crowded environment, and polluted air, once in a while one should go for a relaxation to a village. Offering such refreshment, tourism villages are good to visit. Among such villages in Yogyakarta, there is Pentingsari Traditional Village. The village’s traditional life can give you an extraordinary experience.
Green field, exuberant trees as well as cacao, coffee, and clove plantations welcome tourists as they enter Pentingsari Tourism Village. Apart from that, tourists can also see diverse fruit plants such as salak (thorny palm fruits), durian, mangosteen, banana, and papaya.
Pentingsari Village sits at Umbulharjo Sub-District, Cangkringan District, Sleman Regency, D.I. Yogyakarta. It is quite close to Mount Merapi and so the atmosphere there is cool and refreshing all the time.
The 103 Ha village is a highland with a landscape resembling a peninsula. On its west, there is a river with a steep bank called Kuning River. On its south, there is a valley called Gua Ledok or also known as Ponteng. And on the north of Pentingsari Village is Umbulharjo Sub-district which leads to the platform of Mount Merapi.
There are many things tourists can do in Pentingsari Tourism Village. One of the activities offered is village trekking. Visitors can have a walking tour around Pentingsari Village, passing salak plantation, vast rice fields, and going by the valleys of Kuning and Pawon Rivers. If necessary, visitors can ask the village caretakers for a guide for the trekking. And it is not only rice fields and plantations, if visitors are willing to walk further, they can also witness many spots with different interesting myths related to the village’s history.
Sendang Fountain is a spring jetting on the side of Kuning River steep bank. The rate of flow is quite high, coming out swiftly, and mixed with sand. However, to get to the fountain, visitors must walk through the steep and winding passageways.
There are interesting myths about the origin of Sendang Fountain. They say, there was a prince from Madura who came to find a cure for his daughter who suffered from eyesight disease. One day the prince walked around Mount Merapi. At the slope west of the mountain, the prince got exhausted and fell asleep. In his dream, he was told to thrust his kris into the steep river bank. When he woke up without hesitance he did what he was told in his dream. And suddenly water came out of the bank. The prince took in the water and gave it to his daughter. At last she recovered from her illness. Given the story, it is understandable that the local people believe that the water can cure man and animals.
Ponteng is a cave located south of the village, precisely at the meeting point of Pawon River and Kuning River. According to people’s belief, in past times the cave was used as a place of meditation by some people and also Indonesian soldiers’ hideaway from the Dutch. They say any Dutchman pursuing Indonesian soldiers up to the cave would be lost and never be found again.
Dakon Stones are solid and perforated stones. “Dakon” is given after the name of children’s traditional game—in other areas known as congklak. Dakon Stones are located at the south of Pentingsari Village. They say during the Dutch colonialism, the stones were used to tell one’s fortune. If visitors want to know their fortunes or if their dreams to come true, they can try to foretell the future by using Dakon Stones considering the good or bad weton (Javanese, one’s birthday determined by combining the five-day week and the seven-day week).
The name is taken from the Javanese word “pawon”, meaning “kitchen”. The river lies 300 m from Pentingsari Village. People say, the river was where the soldiers of Pangeran Diponegoro (Indonesian national hero) cooked their meals. And the soldiers did not only cook at the river bank, they also lived there during their guerilla against the Dutch army.
There is solid sandstone at the bank of Pawon River. People believe the stone was used by the soldiers of Pangeran Diponegoro for cooking. It explains why the stone is named Luweng, Javanese word for hearth. Until today people still believe that Luweng Stone is a sacred remain of Pangeran Diponegoro. The locals say that some odd and supernatural occurrences such as sounds of people cooking are often heard at night near the stone. Sometime, there is a pleasant smell of food out from Luweng Stone, but when people come in to make sure of it, they find nothing.
In the farthest south of Pentingsari Village, there is a meeting point of Pawon River and Kuning River. By local people, the meeting point is called Tempuran. In the past, Tempuran was used as a place for meditation and self-purification. Today it has become a place for water recreation.
Batu Persembahan is one of the sites in Pentingsari Village that has a very interesting story. The stone is quite huge. It sits on a dike of a rice field owned by a local farmer. According to the people, once a year precisely on Syura Month (Javanese for Muharram), there will be three monkeys coming in from Mount Merapi standing upon it. They will stand on the stone until one of them disappears. The people believe that the lost monkey is eaten by Baroklinting snake, the guardian of Pentingsari Village.
Pentingsari Village sits on Umbulharjo Subdistrict, Cangkringan District, Sleman Regency, D.I. Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Visitors do not need to spend a lot of money to enjoy the village. The tariff is comparably cheaper than other tourism villages. Each visitor is charged Rp 55.000,00 per day. It includes lodging and meals (three times).
Besides, visitors can also ask for additional services and facilities at tariffs as follows:
For the time being, there is no public transportation vehicle to take visitors to the village. Therefore visitors had better rent a car. In Yogyakarta, a rental car is available for about Rp 250.000,00 to Rp 400.000,00, depending on the type of the car. For tourists from outside Yogyakarta, the caretakers of Pentingsari Tourism Village can provide a pickup service in Adi Sucipto Airport.
F. Accommodations and Facilities
In Pentingsari Vilage, visitors are provided with lodgings in the local’s houses. Staying there, tourists can experience the daily lives of the villagers. Moreover, Pentingsari Village provides various other facilities, either places or services, to give tourists real comfort.
Text by Des Christy
Translation by Reza Daffi