Gunongan, The Indonesian Taj Mahal

Did you know Taj Mahal? of course you know, even though you have not visited it in India, but you should have seen the picture or hear the story of it. The marble mausoleum that located in Acra, India, was built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife, mumtaz mahal.

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But, did you know that there is a mountain like building built by a king as a lovely gift to his wife? Gunongan, that what the building is locally called, located not in India and has nothing to do with Shah Jahan. Gunongan was built by the king Sultan Iskandar Muda when he ruled the kingdom of Aceh in 1607 to 1636. As one of a great kingdom in south east Asian during that time, he was able to conquer the kingdom of Pahang in Malaysia and took one of the princes back to his kingdom Banda Aceh. Later she took her as his wife, but she missed the mountain scenery quite often in her hometown. The king then built a mountain like building as a present to his lovely wife, so that she could play there.

Gunongan is located in “Taman Ghairah”,  which was a large kingdom’s garden.

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Pernah dengar Taj Mahal? iya, bangunan megah itu terletak di Agra India merupakan persembahan raja Shah Jahan untuk mengenang istrinya Mumtaz Mahal, tapi tahukah anda di Indonesia juga punya kisah cinta sedemikian rupa, dimana seorang raja mendirikan sebuah bangunan sebagain hadiah untuk istrinya tercinta? Di Indonesia kita juga punya hal serupa dan bangunan tersebut adalah gunongan.

Meski tidak seterkenal, sebebesar atau semegah Taj Mahal, bangunan yang terletak di komplek taman ghirah atau taman kerajaan aceh masa lalu ini layak disebut sebagai Taj Mahalnya Indonesia. Selain kisah cinta yang melatar belakangi proses pembangunannya, keberadaannya di tengah tengah kota yang berbeda dengan bangunan lain umumnya juga sangat menarik perhatian, meski belum banyak orang yang mengetahui keberadaan dan kisahnya.

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Jika anda berkesempatan berkunjung ke Aceh, maka bangunan ini juga wajib di kunjungi, selain mudah diakses, lokasinya juga sangat dekat dengan objek wisata lain yang ada di Banda Aceh seperti museum Tsunami, kerkoff, Mesjid Raya baiturrahman, dan sebagainya.

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