Kereta Kuda Monument in Wonogiri Regency, Central Java Province
What do people know about Wonogiri Regency? Perhaps most of them may think about a famous place like Waduk Gajah Mungkur. Still, the region offers more than that. Here is an example. Tourists can find a unique landmark in Singodutan Village at Selogiri Sub-District. The name is Kereta Kuda Monument and it represents the chariot of the ruler of the South Sea (Nyi Roro Kidul). Well, the location is near to Perjuangan Monument, so tourists can visit two famous monuments at once during the visit later. As for tourist activities, visitors can simply conduct sightseeing and photography once they arrive at the site.
For the information, Kereta Kuda Monument resides both on the roadside and riverbank. As people may expect, the monument features the statue of Nyi Roro Kidul who rides her chariot pulled by several horses. The unique thing is the chariot runs over the sea instead of the land. In terms of appearance, the monument indeed looks beautiful and unique. No wonder, visitors are likely to take photos during the visit. Also, the site is surrounded by several trees and small buildings. Even Perjuangan Monument can be seen clearly in that area!
Exploring Kereta Kuda Monument
The first reason to come to Kereta Kuda Monument is definitely to hear a story regarding Nyi Roro Kidul. There must be a reason why the locals decided to build that unique monument, no? It is none other than to respect the ruler of the south sea and to show that Wonogiri Regency is the part of the location where that mystical creature often appears. If tourists want to hear further information regarding the legend, they should talk to villagers though.
What is next? Well, many people visit Kereta Kuda Monument in order to appreciate the design. It is because the monument is quite unique and beautiful. In fact, they won’t find it in other regions! Aside from appreciating the shape of it, visitors may also take some photos and selfies in front of it. There is even an urban story related to the monument. The inspiration came from some people who witnessed a mystical chariot passing by Wonogiri Regency. They believed it as the Nyi Roro Kidul’s chariot!
The next reason why many people often come to Kereta Kuda Monument is definitely the location. As mentioned earlier, it resides near to Perjuangan Monument (which is also considered a significant tourist spot in Wonogiri). Thus, visitors can explore two famous places at once during the visit later.
- Perjuangan Monument
- Sendang Siwani
- Alas Kethu
How to Get There
The first destination is definitely Wonogiri Regency. From Semarang City, it takes around 3 hours and 40 minutes to get to the destination as the distance is 176 km. It is recommended to take Semarang – Surakarta Street for a faster trip, though. Once tourists arrive at Wonogiri, their next destination is Singodutan Village at Selogiri Sub-District where the monument resides. This time, they may spend about 48 minutes as the distance is 24.8 km. As for the best route, it is none other than Wonogiri – Ngadirojo Street.
Where to Stay
- Diafan Hotel
- Ken Dedes 3 Hotel