Old direction: Kori Kamandungan is the hall of the Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta, the sultanate palace of Surakarta.The elongated building is on the verge of collapse, with leaning pillars, damaged roofs and peeling walls revealing cracked bricks. The terrace has two bamboo poles about 3 meters high supporting the bulging roof.
“It’s called Panti Rukmi. It used to be my favorite place to indulge in my fancies. Now it looks like a cowshed,” said Gusti Kanjeng Ratu Koes Murtiyah, usually called Gusti Moeng. The building is within the Keputren, part of the Surakarta Palace in Central Java reserved for the wives, concubines and daughters of the king as well as female servants.
Almost no activity can be observed within the building, except a royal servant laying flowers in the corner of a room as an offering and then departing.
Panti Rukmi, which decades ago was the ...