On the second day of my Korean friend, Sungwook Yoo, visit to Cirebon on January 17, 2013, we entitled this tour as “Meditating, Shopping, and Monkey Feeding” trail. After we went to some palaces (Keraton) and Muludan Festival (Night Market) in Cirebon on the day before, we visited Taman Sari Gua Sunyaragi for meditation, Batik Trusmi for shopping, and Kalijaga Monkey Forest for monkey feeding. All done in Cirebon, my very own hometown!
Our first stop is to Gua Sunyaragi, a place for meditation and military training of Kasepuhan Palace in ancient time. Just pay Rp 5k (50 cents USD) for admission fee and Rp 25k (2,5 USD) for English tour guide, you will be brought into every corner of the cave to experience the peace, solemness, as well as the greatness witnessed by corals and stone that composed the walls. One of the most interesting place is the chamber in where royal family members and warriors in that time used to pray and then teleport to Mecca (Saudi Arabia) or Shanghai (China). It is related to Cirebonese belief to religious superstition. I can’t believe for all places we have visited, Sung enjoyed this place the most 😀 We spent quite some time just sitting on the bench, enjoying the breeze, and talking about our future.
After we had lunch in Solaria Restaurant at Cirebon Super Block (Sung had fried rice and meatballs, and a quick nap), we traveled to Batik Trusmi, Cirebonese souvenirs center. Trusmi Village is the center of Batik production, distribution, as well as direct-selling of Cirebonese home-made Batik. “Mega Mendung” or “Rain Cloud” is one of the most favorite, iconic pattern originated in Cirebon; the one I was wearing on my blouse (picture above). This pattern also depicts Chinese influence in Cirebon’s civilization. At Batik Trusmi, we had fun fitting in some Batik shirts for Sung amongst the cheering shoppers and millions of Batik variations: night gown, scarf, skirt, shirt, pants, children dress, coat, and also small souvenirs. At last, Sung grabbed three Batik comfy-trousers and pencil cases for family back home.
Finally, on a rainy evening, we took Becak to Kalijaga Monyet, a sacred monkey forest administered by Keraton Kasepuhan. We bought some peanuts (5 cents) for monkey feeding and shared some laughter when Sung was surrounded by hungry monkeys 😀 Well, in Kalijaga Monyet is practically in cycling-distance from my house, so we decided to pay my house a visit. Sung had an honor to consider my family as his host family! After that, we had a family dinner with Sung’s-new-acquired-host-family in Nasi Lengko Pagongan.
What a nice day! Let’s have a visit to Cirebon and share your story!Tags: Batik Trusmi, Cirebon, Gua Sunyaragi, Indah Gilang Pusparani, Kalijaga Monyet, Sungwook Yoo