Learning language means learning its culture too. Both are closely related that they cannot be considered separately. Therefore, BIPA program (Indonesian Language and Culture Course for Foreigners) arranges an integrated language-culture learning through excursion program. Such excursion was held on Friday (09/10/15) to Imogiri Royal Cemetery.
Imogiri Royal Cemetary is a traditional resting place for the royalty of central Java, including many rulers of the Sultanate of Mataram and of the current houses of Surakarta and Yogyakarta Sultanate. In this occassion, the students of BIPA program is getting acquainted with the family tree of Mataram Sultanate.
Before entering the cemetery, the students had to climb hundreds of stairs. “I knew about the stairs and the cemetery because I had read it on the internet before going here,” said Antonela, a Venezuelan student of BIPA.
They also wore traditional Javanese outfit as the requirement to enter the cemetery. “This is the first time I wear this Javanese outfit. I feel so excited,” she added.
Before going back to YSU, the students visited HS Silver in Kotagede. They saw silver making process and bought several silver handicrafts and jewelries. (Yuhda)