This study focuses on alun-alun, which is a traditional open space located in the center of the cities in Java island, Indonesia. In this study, the alun-alun image that people recognize was investigated through a Landscape Image Sketching Technique (LIST) complemented by keywords sampling and text analysis. By this method, it identified the relationship between the space configuration and alun-alun image. The subject of the study were 202 students of Gadja Mada University of Yogyakarta city. This study revealed the following facts, that students were able to categorize five types of space configuration by their image sketch; 1) Two types of Ficus Benjamina tree, 2) Empty space, 3) Facilities, 4) One type of Ficus Benjamina tree, and 5) Others. In all type, people associated the space with play area, the bazaar, and as a gathering spot. And in 1) it explained that alun-alun has relationship with image of kingdom as one of sightseeing place. However, people also have some negative emotion like hot, dry, and dust. And in 3) it identified that people thought the space is beautiful and comfortable place. As a result, there is a close relationship between space configuration and people recognition with its characteristics.