From Limestone Mine to the Best Place to Unwind
Updated on 16 September 2019
Admission Ticket for Taman Tebing Breksi (2018)
Operational Hour of Taman Tebing Breksi
Daily, 10.00 am-6.00 pm
The cliff was born out of ashes. Tons of ashes were spewed from Nglanggeran Volcano in an eruption tens of thousands years ago. After that, time and weather did their work, sedimenting ashes into mud that eventually hardened into rocks. That is the rough explanation of how the gigantic limestone stone of Sambirejo Village, Prambanan, was formed.
For years, the stone had been sustaining the economy of the villagers performing karst stones extraction. The bit by bit scraping the ancient stone is their primary source of income. In 2014, when only about one-tenth of the original volume of the stone was left, a group of joint research groups from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and Universitas Pembangunan Nasional (UPN) came to have a closer look on the stone. The result? A rare type of tuff rock was found in Tebing Breksi. The cliff was then designated as one of Yogyakarta's Geoheritage and further mining activities were banned.
"People can no longer perform any mining activities for the purpose of future academic activities," said Kholid Widianto, head manager of the site.
However, Tebing Breksi's history as the locals' source of income did not stop there. After the locals stopped mining it, some people came to enjoy sunset and uploaded their photos to social media, just for fun. After that, tourists started to come one after another.
Now, the cliff really shines after receiving a 'akeover'. Standing at around 30 meters high, the multi-layered giant limestones were carved into reliefs and statues depicting stories from the shadow puppet universe: a carving depicting Arjuna (a character from Mahabharata, an ancient Indian epic) killing Buto Cakil (an evil giant character with a protruding lower jaw); a carving depicting a dragon and its crown; and the statue of Semar (a character from Javanese mythology depicted as a seemingly ordinary old man who turns out to be a divine being). All of the carvings seen here are carved by a local youth, Anto. The amazing details found in all of his works really shows the quality of a meticulous and patient artist.
Tebing Breksi provides several facilities for its visitors. A stone stairs on the eastern side exists to give easy access to the top. Aside from that, visitors can have a good time in Tlatar Seneng, an amphitheater frequently used for gatherings and national events with limestone rocks of various gradations as the background. Tlatar Seneng, a structure made from stone with its circular shape, will remind you of ancient greek theater where many dramas used to be performed.
Tebing Breksi also offers typical selfie-worth objects. In addition to the friendly owls you can find at the entrance stairs, there are at least twelve selfie objects placed on the shoulder of the main cliff, with grass, flowers and trees found in between them. Just like Bukit Bintang and Ijo Temple, here you can have the same chance to see Yogyakarta from high above. From the top of Tebing Breksi, the tips of the three main temples of Prambanan, airplanes flying to and fro Adisucipto International Airport, as well as Yogyakarta's street lights will give you an amazing spectacle-a very tempting offer for any tourists. The view offered by Tebing Breksi gets better during sunset: when the clouds are hiding; the sun is returning to its slumber; and the city, with all of its grandeur, fades away slowly.
Together with a green fish pond housing colorful carps, the white larst pathway, and umbrella tables erected above the grass, Tebing Breksi's food stalls are clustered in the eastern side and offers you various delicious cuisines. There's tongseng, rica-rica, and soto; just name it. Among all of those food stalls, the spotlight goes to ayam ingkung Bu Asih (ayam ingkung is the Indonesian term for a whole chicken meat). Even though located far away from Bantul, which is famous for its ingkung cuisines, many government officials frequently visit it to eat the chicken while enjoying the atmosphere of Tebing Breksi.
Until now, Tebing Breksi still undergoes an ongoing development stage. At the time when this article was written, the carving depicting the name "Tebing Breksi" made by Anto had just been added into the site. Meanwhile, limestone blocks are still being added to the entrance to prevent minibuses from sinking into the ground during the rainy season. Furthermore, a fruit garden and a lodging facility are currently under construction in the northern part of the site-all to make Tebing Breksi more convenient.
Tebing Breksi is a tourist attraction with a proud achievement. After being officially inaugurated on 30 May 2015 through the signing of a plaque by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, Tebing Breksi receives an award naming it as the Most Popular New Tourist Attraction of 2017. The award is well-deserved considering that, during holiday seasons, Tebing Breksi is visited by thousands of visitors.
Text Muhammad Dirgantara Esa Valentino AM
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How to get to Tebing Breksi:
Jalan Panembahan Senopati - Jalan Gajahmada - Jalan Bausasran - Jalan Letkol Subadri - Jalan Dr. Wahidin Sudirohusodo - Jalan Kusbini - Jalan Langensari - Jalan Munggur - Jalan Laksa Adisucipto - Jalan Raya Solo Yogyakarta - Jalan Opak Raya - Jalan Opak VIII - Jalan Prambanan - Take a Left (an unnamed street) - Take a Right (also an unnamed street) - Jalan Candi Ijo