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Jakarta Post

Gusti Moeng: The worries of a rebel princess

  • Ganug Nugroho Adi


Surakarta   /   Thu, December 8 2011   /  10:41 am

JP/Ganug Nugroho AdiThe princess was leaning against a pillar in the hall in front of Panti Rukmi, an old and pallid structure in the Keputren complex, a building for the king’s consorts and daughters at the palace of the Surakarta Sultanate.

I feel like crying every time I see the buildings here. Nearly all of them are grubby, damaged and uncared for. Weeds and bushes are everywhere. It’s ironic as the ‘Spirit of Java’ is Solo’s slogan,” she said.

She is Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Wandansari, usually called Gusti Moeng, one of the daughters of Surakarta Sultan Sampeyandalem Ingkang Sinuhun Kanjeng Susuhunan Paku Buwono XII (1944-2004). Moeng is derived from her childhood name, Gusti Raden Ayu Koes Moertiyah.

“The palace cannot afford to renovate the buildings. Some of them are indeed still well preserved, but many more are only awaiting collapse,” she said.<...