5 Private VIP Rooms & 3 Dining venues for dining and functions
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The story of Lara Djonggrang
After more than a thousand years, the timeless, mystical legend of Lara Djonggrang is now documented into a most uniquely romantic restaurant in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia, a city known among connoisseurs for the heat and chicness of its evening life.
A legend of such charisma, that reproduces itself in dreams of the owner and creator of Tugu Hotels & Restaurants Group. Following his earlier inspirations that have resulted in the indigenous exquisite Hotel Tugu Bali , Hotel Tugu Malang (East Java) , Hotel Tugu Blitar (East Java), and Dapur Babah Élite, the creator dreams of living in the ninth century-Java, surrounded by the magical beauty of the Candi Prambanan (the Prambanan Temple). A surrounding where the legend Lara Djonggrang was born….
Once upon a time during the times of the Hinduism in Java, there lived Lara Djonggrang, a princess renowned for her stunning beauty. In during kingdom of Prambanan, Lara Djonggrang’s father was killed by a powerful man Bandung Bondowoso, the son of king Prabu Baka. Blinded by her beauty, Bandung Bondowoso madly fell in love with the princess and was determined to marry Lara Djonggrang, whatever is required to do.
Lara Djonggrang vowed not to ever marry the man who had murdered her own father, therefore, she demanded Bandung Bondowoso to construct a thousand temples for her overnight. Unable to complete this task all by himself, Bandung Bondowoso sought the help of hundreds of demons to help him. So when dusk came, they set up to work.
As dawn approached, the demons had completed a large number of the temples at a startling speed. Worried that one thousand temples would be finished by sunrise, Lara Djonggrang aroused her palace maids to begin pounding rice in the barns and to scatter fragrant flowers all over the kingdom. The sound of the pounding woke the rooster who then began to crow. When the demons heard the noises and smelled the flowers, they mistakenly understood that daytime had come and flown away for their lives. At last, they only constructed 999 temples one short of the requirement.
Enraged beyond imaginations, Bandung Bondowoso turned Lara Djonggrang into a stone statue so that she would never be able to love others forever. The story of Lara Djonggrang lives through time, symbolizing a daughter’s undying love for her father, finally sacrificing her life for him. The Gods heard the prayers sent by the maidens of the kingdom. Touched by the story, they sent for Lara Djonggrang to be taken to the heavens, riding on a Javanese mythological lion, where she finally found eternal peace.
The stone visualization of Lara Djonggrang on her way to heavens is one of the masterpieces in this beautiful restaurant, as well as a statue portraying her refusal to Bandung Bondowoso’s plea to marry him. The artworks presented in this restaurant bring back to life the luxurious romance and ancient atmosphere of Prambanan.
The legend of Lara Djonggrang, although still could be heard deep in the lands of Java, remains only as one of the most enchanting, well-kept secrets that has been told only from parents to children through more than a thousand of years, it show each younger generation of the unconditional love and respect a child is to give to his or her parents. In line with its mission to keep alive the forgotten, romantic history of Indonesia, Tugu Hotels & Restaurants Group dedicate the Lara Djonggrang restaurant to become, in itself, a part of Indonesia’s beautiful history.
China Blue Room
All the furniture and arts at China Blue Room belonged to one of who lived in the last 18th century in Semarang – central of java, His name is Oei Tiong Ham. He was a very rich man and have a lot of sugar plantations and sugar factory. In Java and Sumatra. The main dining area boasts massive floor to ceiling stone reliefs of a pair of Chinese god believed to be the guards of the gates to the afterlife. One of the walls is dominated by a large black and white photograph of one of the sugar king Oei Tiong Ham’s concubines. Indulge in an exquisite imperial cuisine escapade and choose from several uniquely themed private dining VIP Rooms.
The China Blue Room has a seating capacity of 20 persons.
La Bihzad Bar & Lounge
Siam is an exonym that was formerly used as the name of Thailand, especially Central, Eastern, Western and Southern Thailand. Design for Siam Room is taken from the Siam Kingdom. The interior in this room originally comes from Siam. In this room, we can see big Budha’s head, that our founder found it in an old temple between Burma and Thailand. This statue was made from an old whole tree. And also we can see two horse statues from Afganistan it called Orix, it’s almost like Unicorn. Orix is an imaginary animal from Afghanistan.
The Siam Room has a seating capacity of 30 persons.
Lara Djonggrang Private Room
An impressive five-metre-tall statue of Princess Lara Djonggrang stands tall and proud in the Lara Djonggrang Room, marking the highlight of the restaurant. Hers is a tragic story of love, honour and integrity, depicted in her turned out palms, signifying her refusal to marry Bandung Bondowoso, the man who killed her father. Read more on the legend of Lara Djonggrang…
The Lara Djonggrang Private Room has a seating capacity of 26 persons.
Soekarno Private Room
This private room is representative of our hotel in Blitar – East of Java. Blitar is a small city in East Java, but it’s quite famous because our first President Soekarno was born and buried in Blitar. In Soekarno Room, we can see some of Soekarno’s old photos and newspaper clippings courtesy of his daughter Megawati Soekarnoputri and there are chairs was belongs to the Bali’s King. It was made from jati wood. We can also see some painting that Megawati (daughter of Soekarno) gave it to our owner Anhar Setjadibrata.
The Soekarno Private Room has a seating capacity of 12 persons.
Malang Private Room
This private room representative from our hotel in Malang – East Java. In Tugu Malang we have one of the residence “Apsara Residence”, this masterpiece suite is dedicated to Honor King Jayavarman II, who build Angkor Temple in Cambodia at the beginning of the 12th century. There are 2 big statues of Mahakala in this private room, dominated by red color and also black and white painting of bride parade.
The Malang Private Room has a seating capacity of 20 persons.
Bali Private Room
This private room is representative from our hotel in Canggu, Bali. In this private room you can see some collection one of the painter from Belgium “Le Mayeur” Adrien – Jean Le Mayeur de Merpres, whose love for Ni Pollok, a Balinese Legong dancer, brought him to Bali. In this private room, there is an antique hexagonal table from Mario Blanco, this room luxuriates in Balinese art and culture.
The Bali Private Room has a seating capacity of 8 persons.
Marylin Monroe Private Room
This private room representative of Holywood stars, there are memorabilia of Marylin Monroe, Rock Hudson, Diana Dors, Magali Noel, Liz Taylor, Li Shin, Belinda Lee, James Dean, Marlon Brando, etc.
The Marlyn Monroe Private Room has a seating capacity of 4 persons.