27 April 2014
The Central Java Pavilion presents eight traditional buildings: ‘the Pendopo Agung’ (open veranda serves as an audience hall) is the main building, ‘pringgitan’ (open structure behind the pendopo for showing puppets play), ‘tajuk Mangkurat’ (Mangkurat’s crown), ‘Sasono Suko’, ‘Joglo pengrawit apitan’, ‘dara gepak’ (the fluttering doves), Kudus traditional house and ‘Ojo Dumeh’ open stage. Moreover, the Pavilion also presents the ‘Borobudur’, ‘Prambanan’, and ‘Mendut’ Temples in miniature.
The ‘Pendopo Agung’ is a building without walls with a ‘joglo’ roof, an imitation of the ‘pendhapa’ of the ‘Mangkunegaraan Palace’ in Surakarta. It is supported by four ‘saka guru’ (pillars) decorated with carvings with two broken fragments of the roofs; the ‘penanggap’ is supported by 12 (twelve) ‘saka goco’ and the ‘penitih’ supported by 12 (twelve) ‘saka rawa’. According to its function, the ‘pendopo’ is used for official meetings and to present traditional art and ritual ceremonies. The ‘pringgitan’ is connected at the back of the ‘pendopo’, with a ‘limas’ (pyramid) roof and is used to display a collection of traditional costumes.
The multipurpose hall ‘joglo pengrawit apitan’ is a building with four pillars (saka guru) and used as the place for the ‘gamelan’ when there is a performance at the open stage, the dressing room for the dancers or artists before performing at the open stage, to store equipments and tools and to demonstrate the making of a ‘wayang kulit’ (puppet made of leather), ‘batik’ and to display tourism objects in Central Java.
On the right front side of the ‘Pendopo Agung’ is the ‘tajuk Mangkurat’ building with four ‘saka guru’. This building’s model is called ‘tajuk Mangkurat’ because the ‘saka guru’ use the ‘lambang sari’ (symbol of life) design-referring to the intimate and harmonious relationship between husband and wife as the firm base for a sound family life. People say that it was ‘Sultan Agung’ who designed the form and style of the building. The building is used to carry out administrative work, as a library and a place to store a collection of antique articles and handicraft products.
On the right side, behind of the ‘Pendopo Agung’ stands a building, a rural house called ‘dara gepak’ (the fluttering doves), resembling a piegon’s stall. it has eight ‘saka guru’, surrounded by a ‘penanggap’; roof with 16 (sixteen) ‘saka penanggah’; and function as a restaurant and cafetraia serving typical Central Java dishes and drinks.
An open stage facing north with the ‘kala makara’ as the background and the ‘ojo dumeh’ inscription (do not be arrogant) on it, is used to present art performances in the evening with a capacity of 500 seats.
Every Sundays and holidays, the Pavilion exhibits and sells various handicrafts and typical dishes from each regency/municipality and performs traditional arts.