Taman Sari Yogyakarta : a cultural perspective in landscape design

  • Indra Tjahjani

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    This thesis is a critical review of Taman Sari, Yogyakarta in particular how the Old City Planning including the Pleasure Garden which has multi functions was established in Indonesia during the ancient time ( in the past ),the development during the Dutch era, and current conditions and how the future generation should take care of the place. The discussions, analysis, synthesis and assumption were done based on the literature study, the ICOMOS Burra Charter, the China Principles for the Conservation of Heritage Sites, and the Indonesia Law in Cultural Heritage. In the research it has been found that Taman Sari which is located in Yogyakarta was built for several reasons and functions, such as resting area, recreation area, practicing area, traditional activities and workshops, meditation area and also defense area. One line of this research is that the use of plants which had been planted in Taman Sari area was related with the tradition, symbolism and the daily needs. As assumption in this research some plants possibly are classified as a Javanese traditional plant. A series of photographs which have been taken from different time support the analysis of this research report. At the end of the report there is a recommendation to the Indonesia Government for maintaining the cultural heritage asset value, because this could be a national valuable asset which could be handed to the future generation. Based on the Guidelines to the Burra Charter define we Cultural Significance as : .....a concept which helps in estimating the value of places. The places that are likely to be of significance are those which help an understanding of the past or enrich the present, and which will be of value to the future generations.
    Date of Award2005
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorKen Taylor (Supervisor), Donald Dunbar (Supervisor) & Dianne Firth (Supervisor)

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