Taman Makam Pahlawan Giripeni in Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta


It is a known fact that any government would build a special cemetery to appreciate local heroes in the past. In this case, Kulon Progo Regency is not an exception. There is Taman Makam Pahlawan Giripeni in Wates City. As the name suggests, this garden tomb of heroes is located in Giripeni Village. For the information, the locals keep visiting the site over time for the pilgrimage. As for tourists, they can take advantage of the site to learn the history of those heroes as well as to conduct pilgrimage. Somehow, it becomes an interesting place to conduct a religious tourism as well.

The Nuance
Once arriving at Taman Makam Pahlawan Giripeni, tourists may feel the serene nuance and see a clean environment right away. It is because the keeper has taken a good care of the site over time. Well, it is true everyone can enter the cemetery freely but they must fill the guestbook beforehand. Also, it is recommended to come with a local guide who is able to tell thorough information regarding who was buried there and give tips on how to explore the site properly. The most important consideration is that they must not cause hassles and spoil environment while exploring the site.

Exploring Taman Makam Pahlawan Giripeni
Well, Taman Makam Pahlawan Giripeni perhaps is not popular among outsiders or those who never visit Kulon Progo Regency. On the other hand, for the locals, it has become one of the most recommended places to visit during holidays. Most visitors come to the cemetery in order to conduct pilgrimage, actually. Also, they want to visit the famous tomb of Raden Mas Sadewo (Ki Sadewo). This person gave a significant contribution in battles against the Dutch back then. No wonder, the locals gave a big respect to him.

Aside from pilgrimage, people have other purposes in visiting Taman Makam Pahlawan Giripeni. For example, they want to learn the history. In terms of name, “Giri” means a mountain while “Peni” means beautiful. The cemetery got the name from the village itself, actually. Thanks to the presence of mountains that surround the village. After exploring the cemetery, later, tourists can also enjoy the nuance of the settlement itself!

Even though everyone is allowed to enter Taman Makam Pahlawan Giripeni freely, they must pay attention to several things. The most important one is related to the attire. All visitors must wear clean and neat clothes when entering the cemetery. Not to mention they are not allowed to carry foods or drinks inside. It is also recommended to leave the mobile phone behind during the pilgrimage.

Nearby Attractions

  • Cangkring Stadium
  • Nagung Park
  • Karnong Fishing Pond

How to Get There
A trip to Taman Makam Pahlawan Giripeni may take approximately 55 minutes as the distance is 38.4 km. The first thing to do is to reach Wates City. Once arriving at the capital of Kulon Progo Regency, tourists only need to visit Giripeni Village where the cemetery resides. For a faster trip, it is recommended to take Yogyakarta – Wates Street actually.

Where to Stay

  • Kusuma Hotel
  • King’s Hotel


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