Pondok Tingal, a Home for Javanese Culture

By: Sahrudin – @SahrudinSaja

I REFER to Pondok Tingal as a-very-Java hotel. For me, it is a truly “culture hotel”.

I wouldn’t recommend Pondok Tingal to luxury enthusiasts, partygoers, and the like. I would suggest this hotel to anyone looking for something different – simplicity.

Located just hundreds of meters east of Borobudur temple, Javanese traditional nuance will deeply felt as soon as you set foot in the Pondok Tingal’s yard.

Limasan, a Javanese style architecture, gains ascendancy over entire buildings of the hotel.

Rare fruit trees, woven bamboo wall, teak wood furniture, clay roof tiles, become the dominant view during your stay.

Will there be anything else? Of course yes, but additionally, let the pictures do the talking…

 

Pondok Tingal Magelang Borobudur

Welcome to Pondok Tingal! It is located on Jalan Balaputradewa 32, Borobudur, Magelang Regency, Central Java. Pondok Tingal has been a valuable legacy that was left by the late Haji Boediardjo. He was 1968-1973 Indonesia’s Minister of Information. He also served as the Indonesian Ambassador to several countries during his lifetime. The hotel construction began in 1988 and was inaugurated in 1991. Haji Boediardjo died at the age of 75, in March 15, 1997.

 

A woven-bamboo-walled space provided to pray for Muslims.

A woven-bamboo-walled space provided to pray for Muslims.

 

Pondok Tingal employees washing instruments of the Javanese gamelan orchestra.

Pondok Tingal employees washing instruments of the Javanese gamelan orchestra.

 

The gamelan music instruments are being prepared for monthly shadow puppet show, or wayang kulit, as it is called in local tongue.

The gamelan music instruments were prepared for monthly shadow puppet show, or “wayang kulit”, as it is called in local tongue.

 

Time for dinner! So simple, down to earth with lengthy menu: kerupuk, sayur tempe, sambal terasi, ikan asin. No need to explain the meaning of the dishes. All you have to do is try, try, try!

Time for dinner! So simple, down to earth with lengthy menu: kerupuk, sayur tempe, sambal terasi, ikan asin. No need to explain the meaning of the dishes. All you have to do is try, try, try!

 

Kunti, a small restaurant in Pondok Tingal's front building.

Kunti, a small restaurant in Pondok Tingal’s front building.

 

Other, bigger restaurant, also often used for meetings in the middle building of the hotel.

A semi open concept restaurant, also often used for meetings in the middle building of the hotel.

 

They are preparing meals for your dinner.

They are preparing meals for your dinner.

 

Look, the greenery is very soothing to eyes!

Look, the greenery is very soothing to eyes! A hotel with such quiet and serene surroundings.

 

Stelechocarpus burahol or locally known as "kepel". Some people also call them kepel apples. Sweet, but rare fruit.

Stelechocarpus burahol or locally known as “kepel”. Some people also call them kepel apples. Sweet, but rare fruit. Pick one when you come to Pondok Tingal someday…

 

Last year's photography exhibition in Pondok Tingal held by artists and journalists in Magelang Regency.

Last year’s photography exhibition in Pondok Tingal held as a tribute to the late Haji Boediardjo by artists and journalists in Magelang Regency.

 

Pondok Tingal's "Sasana Gunarasa" Wayang (puppet) Museum houses a collection of more than 1,500 of puppets in different kinds. It is also known for almost 700 puppets books, includes a collection of varying wayang stories recorded in 83 audio tapes and 59 video tapes.

Pondok Tingal’s “Sasana Gunarasa” Wayang (puppet) Museum houses a collection of more than 1,500 of puppets in different kinds. It is also known for almost 700 puppets books, includes a collection of varying wayang stories recorded in 83 audio tapes and 59 video tapes.

 

Pondok Tingal, literally "lodge to view". In fact, from a corner of the hotel's yard, you can look at Borobudur temple with foreground of tobacco plantations and Menoreh Hill background.

Pondok Tingal, literally “lodge to view”. In fact, from a corner of the hotel’s yard, you can look at Borobudur temple with foreground of tobacco plantations and Menoreh Hill background.

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