(Scenes from Ngasem Bird Market)
(Animals for sale at Ngasem Bird Market)
(The concubine's tunnel to Water Castle)
(Water Castle Main Entrance Interior)
(Concubine's pool at Water Castle)
(Sultan's private pools at Water Castle)
After the shopping detour, we proceeded again through the narrow and winding paths that went through the surrounding village. I got separated again with the rest of the group who walked ahead while I was talking to our guide but thanks to expensive roaming charges on my mobile, I was able to find out where they were and proceeded to their location. On the way, I chanced on a group of children in front of a non descript house. Curious about it, I asked the guide who was with me and found out that they were there to learn the art of making batik. I asked if I could pop in and see the class in progress which the teacher who were teaching the class graciously allowed. I even got to sit in among the students to see them learn the patterns that they would use in their batik pieces which they were very happy to show me. I wished that I had a longer time to spend with them as it was definitely a unique experience for me but I had to catch up with the rest of the group.
(Narrow pathway through village at Taman Sari - Jogja)
(Batik art class in session at Taman Sari - Jogja)
(Underground Mosque stairs and interior, Taman Sari - Jogja)
Some gambles do apparently pay off handsomely in way we would never foresee.