Andong is one of the traditional means of transportation in Yogyakarta and its surroundings, such as Solo and Klaten.
(Don’t think badly about their horses still care for their care)👌The existence of andong as one of the Javanese cultural heritages gives its own distinctive cultural characteristics that are still being preserved. Andong has other names, such as dokar, delman, bendi or sado. The difference is, Andong has four wheels.
The history of Andong began with the establishment of the Yogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace, where the Kings of Mataram or Yogyakarta used this transportation as a vehicle. Andong is a four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage that can only be used by nobles, especially kings and their relatives. In the early 19th century to the early 20th century, this horse cart became one of the markers of the priyayi keraton social status, which began when Mataram was led by Sultan HB VII. At that time ordinary people were not allowed to use horse cart. People can only use ox carts or gig (two-wheeled horse carriages). But when the Sultan HB VIII era, andong began to be used by the general public, even though it was still limited to traders.
Because the shape is very unique and has a high architectural value and looks dignified, the people of Mataram or Yogyakarta in the past created Andong as a means of transportation. For the kings in Yogyakarta or Jogjakarta it is called Kencana Train, while for the people as Andong.
Although there are many motorized vehicles that are faster and cheaper, but the Andong users in Yogyakarta are still quite a lot. This Andong-andong can be easily found along Malioboro, Ngasem, and Kotagede markets.
Andong has the features that modern transportation does not have today, besides being environmentally friendly, this transportation is pulled by a horse 🐴💖
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