Sarkem as prostitution in Yogyakarta has been around since about 125 years ago. Therefore it is of course the location has a historical value that also enrich the history in the city of Yogyakarta. According to the history that circulated among the people of Yogyakarta, Sarkem been there since the year 1818, it means that prostitution has been around since the Dutch era. Of course, since this area is deliberately designed for the location "pocket" of the workers. When the ongoing construction of the railway project that would connect Yogyakarta with other cities. Dutch government in the hope that the project workers spend their salaries in order to get back into the Dutch government income, the flower market in the wake as a means of prostitution in order to pay workers can spend there.
Along the development, the site is mapped as a prostitution area in Yogyakarta. Actually, after the time of independence, the Indonesian government has been working to provide illumination to the "workers" in the flower market in order to stop its activities. But consciously or not, the existence of markets, which has affected the economic development of the surrounding community livelihood systems, so that the closure is an attempt to be difficult to realize. How could I not, with the flower market area is also used by residents about to open a hotel, restaurants, cafes as their life support. This is reinforced proximity to the city center, especially in the area of Malioboro Yogyakarta is a tourist attraction in Yogyakarta.
Even so famous Flower Market as an area of prostitution in the city of Yogyakarta, but the current city government in this case the Sultan did not expect fireworks when the market site was named the tourist area of prostitution. He preferred to be appointed this region as a tourist area that offers souvenirs and arts and culture of Yogyakarta. It is of course very reasonable because did not want to raise the image of the city of Yogyakarta to be bad. Yogyakarta travelers sometimes it is recommended to visit this location, but it is expected with the visit of the tourists can get in terms of historical experience not in terms of prostitution.