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Back to Grandma’s Age, Around the Village Riding a Cow Cart in Bantul

Bantul

Traveling around the village while enjoying the expanse of rice fields by riding a oxcart? It can really be done in Bantul, Yogyakarta Special Region (DIY). The sensation is like going back to the past, aka old school!

The tour package is served by the oxcart association throughout Bantul Regency.

Bantul oxcart tourism manager Tri Iswanto said that at first he and his fellow oxcart drivers, known as bajingans, often gathered once every 35 days on Pon Sunday (Javanese calendar) at the Jodog Hamlet, Gilangharjo Village, Kapanewon Pandak, Bantul. Tri said the purpose of gathering the rogues was to preserve the existence of the oxcarts.

“The wagon is a traditional means of transportation, it was once used to transport goods and people. Currently, every Sunday Pon there is a meeting of the oxcart association at Jodog field,” Tri said when met at the Jodog Hamlet, Wednesday (23/2/2022).

Traveling around the village while enjoying the expanse of rice fields by riding a cart is in Bantul, Yogyakarta. The sensation is like going back to the past, aka old school! Photo: Pradito Rida Pertana

Over time, the association attracted the attention of people who wanted to try riding a oxcart.

“During the meeting, it turned out that many visitors came and wanted to go up, starting in January. That’s why we created a tour manager and it turned out that the enthusiasm of the community was quite high,” he said.

After the tour manager appeared, his party began to open a mobile service using a oxcart. Tri said this activity started in January so this is the second time his party has provided this service.

“For the time being, we will hold regular oxcart tours every Sunday. The number of carts is usually 30 to 40 in Bantul, but what is clear is that there are 20 carts every Sunday,” he explained.

Tourists are invited to tour the countryside by starting from the Jodog field and going around the local village.

“The route starts from the Jodog field, later we will tour around Jodog and Karangasem enjoying the hamlet and rice fields with an estimated travel time of 25 minutes. Why is the route in the countryside? Because on Sunday, the traffic is heavy, so we are looking for a safe route,” he said.

“The tariff on Sunday Pon is Rp. 70,000 per cart and can be ridden for 5 adults or 7 children,” Tri continued.

Traveling around the village while enjoying the expanse of rice fields by riding a cart is in Bantul, Yogyakarta.  The sensation is like going back to the past, aka old school!Traveling around the village while enjoying the expanse of rice fields by riding a cart is in Bantul, Yogyakarta. The sensation is like going back to the past, aka old school! Photo: Pradito Rida Pertana

If there are tourists who want to get around by riding an oxcart other than Sunday Pon, Tri admits that they can provide it. Likewise for every Sunday Pound, visitors can place an order on Saturday.

“Actually, you can do it at any time, but at least order a week in advance by placing an order at 085292734404. For Sunday Pon, you can also go directly to the location or order Saturday at that number,” he said.

According to Tri, by ordering in advance, usually visitors or tourists can determine their own route. But again, the rates for special routes are different from the rates for the usual routes.

“You can choose the desired route, because we have several destinations and the rates are adjusted to the destination. Such as ornamental fish culture, blacksmithing, in the south there is Mount Cilik and Gilanglipuro petilasan,” he said.

Meanwhile, Jodog Karangasem Wisata (Jodogkarta) tourism activist Eko Sutrisno Aji revealed that most members of the oxcart association in Bantul only share their hobbies. However, because many people are enthusiastic, they have participated in providing mobile services using the oxcart.

“Many of these activities are hobbies, then we also have carts, one of which is for Sunday Pon tours, there are also activities outside Pon Sundays, but order first,” he said.

“In the future, we will also provide traveling around using oxcarts for ngabuburit. In addition, there is also a cow plow, then there is also a oxcart making or workshop,” added Eko.

This article was published in detikJateng.

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