The Uniqueness of A Hundred Year Old Tree Grows Towering From Inside The Cave

A towering tree inside Rancang Kencana cave in Bleberan Village, Playen District, Gunungkidul Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region. The tree is hundreds of years old. In 2003, a team of archaeologists from Gajah Mada University (UGM) conducted research on this tree. The results of his research, the tree is estimated to be about 300 years old. The big tree in the cave is called Klempit or Tlumpi. The Klempit tree bears fruit every rainy season. According to the local resident, the fruit of the tree can be eaten.

The shape of the fruit is like juwet or melinjo. The fruit tastes good. The cave that has also existed for hundreds of years. The phenomenon of the tree in the cave is an extraordinary destination. Almost every day there are people who come to the cave just to see and take pictures under the tree. The location of the trees in the cave is an interesting object for people who come to visit. Not only from the people around Gunung Kidul, but also foreign tourists.

Because people have started to visit it, in recent years the Rancang Kencana Cave has become a tourist destination. The manager of the tourist spot is a local villager. Before becoming a destination, Rancang Kencana Cave is said to have been a place for meditate or be imprisoned. Local residents said there were three rooms in two.

The cave with 50 meters length in the first room is 20 meters long named the hall. The second room called the offering. In the second room there is incense and perfumed oil as offerings. And the third called as the meditation room. This third room was used as a meditation by the residents. Because this cave has become a tourist attraction and many visitors, people who want to meditate are limited. They were only allowed to meditate at night.

After becoming a tourist destination, the cave room, known as the hall, even became a meeting place for residents who were conducting outbound activities. In fact, the cave hall is often used as a venue for events. To enter the cave is not difficult. Local residents have installed stairs so that it is easy to enter the cave.


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