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After a couple of days in unpleasant Jakarta in August 1976 I took a train to Yogyakarta near the south coast of central Java. I remember it as a much nicer city, so searching my slides I was surprised to find relatively few photos.

Here are two of those few, taken inside the older part of the 18th century Sultan's Palace, the 'Kraton'. The palace that tourists visit today was built in the 1920's and -30's to replace buildings that were damaged by earthquakes.

I didn't even bother to see the modern palace, but someone showed me the way into the remains of the old palace, where some buildings were still ruined after the earthquakes. I think most of the buildings were used as the servants' quarter, while distant relatives of the Sultan family lived in some of them. Note the laundry in the lower corner.

The traditional Sultanate of Yogyakarta has survived since Indonesia's independence as a republic in 1945. Since 2012 the Sultan is recognized by the government as the hereditary Governor of the Special Province of Yogyakarta.

Today's two photos show the same view but from different angles. Both photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

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