As Javanese culture has a large metaphor to point major wisdom for the living, Golong Gilig is the philosophical pillar delivered by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, the first King of Yogyakarta Sultanate, to buttress the foundation of Yogyakarta city symbolizing the spirit of unity with the people, in which the original design signifies the unity of King with his people and the unity of human with the God, Sangkan Paraning Dumadi and Manunggaling Kawula Gusti. Apropos of that manifestation, the monument of Golong Gilig was built in 1755 to comply with Prince Mangkubumi when he was enthroned as the first Sultan of Yogyakarta.


Located in the northern of Yogyakarta Palace, the existing monument that hitherto being the most popular landmark of the city called Tugu Yogyakarta was actually built by the Dutch in 1889 to replace the original one that had been collapsed due to a giant earthquake in 1867. Historically, the Yogyakarta city was planned based on Javanese cosmology regarding the nature of human destiny as manifested in its imaginary straight line from the Merapi Volcano to the South Sea or Indian Ocean, the royal palace as the symbol of city center situated between Code river and Winongo river in which the north and south borders were marked respectively by Tugu Yogyakarta (originally known as Golong Gilig) and Panggung Krapyak.


In line with the spirit of Golong Gilig preached by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, the symbol of Golong Gilig monument was deliberately adopted to be the logo of the institution of Javanese Diaspora Studies in favor of embracing the spirit of unity and solidarity, gotong royong, among Javanese descendants from all over the world. Referring to the logo, the blue stripe represent the sky and the double orange stripes represent the land where Javanese people either living in the ancestral land of Java or outside the Java Island including those living within the archipelago of Indonesia or overseas called Javanese diaspora.