Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java.

Yogyakarta is a beautiful place in Indonesia, is a great foodie destination, there are tons of different types of street food, some that can only be found in this region. The people are friendly, you may watching silversmiths produce amazing jewelry at Kotagede, and the countryside is absolutely scenic and gorgeous. Yogyakarta is one of the foremost cultural centers of Indonesia; very close to Borobudur, this famous UNESCO World Heritage Site is also known as Jogja.
It is a sprawling town in Java. There are many places to visit in this relatively small yet bustling city.

Jalan Maliobor, Yogyakarta

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Step from the main station into the bustling flow of Jalan Malioboro, and you could be in just about any Javanese city. This is where Jogja, as the city is known, comes to wander, shop, and snack, …but refinement, is just a becak ride away.

The Kraton, Yogyakarta

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Cruise down Jalan Malioboro to the very soul of the city, the Kraton.
Since 1785 this city within a city has been the home of sultans,
and the keeping place of Yogyakarta’s incredible cultural,
intellectual and spiritual traditions. While the inner palace serves as the royal family’s private home, the ceremonial courtyards, …pavilions…and museums are open to all.

Taman Sari, Yogyakarta

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Nearby, visit Taman Sari, the water palace where sultans of old – and their chosen few could escape the demands of duty, and the Javanese sun.
Yogyakarta’s courtly center sets the tone of Javanese culture, and from here the island’s arts flow forth in all their purest forms.
In the gamelan’s percussive magic, which drifts across the Kraton’s walls to far-off kampongs, inspiring the maestros of tomorrow.
In the ageless shadows of the Wayang Kulit puppets, who pass thousand-year-old stories of good and evil across the ages.
In the fine strands of silver, which have been woven into delicate artworks for centuries.
In a cuisine that leans toward sweetness rather than fire, …and in the molten beeswax making its rhythmic marks across the finest batiks.
While Jogja is a place of tradition,
it’s also a place of ever-evolving culture.

Kampong Cyber

Just a few steps from the Kraton, walk the lanes of Kampong Cyber,
where the community has combined street art with online expression
to forge new creative possibilities.

Affandi Museum

A short becak ride away is the Affandi Museum,the former home, gallery and resting place of the maverick artist who loosened the binds of tradition, and created a seismic shift in Indonesian painting.

Fort Vredeburg, Yogyakarta

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Jogja has long been at the epicenter of political and ideological shifts as well.
Just across from the presidential palace, pass through the gates of Fort Vredeburg to hear the stories of resistance and sacrifice that led to the creation of the Indonesian Republic.

Prambanan, Yogyakarta

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Just 10 miles to the north-east of Jogja, venture back to the eighth and ninth centuries, to a time when Buddhism and Hinduism vied for the kingdom’s hearts and minds.
Prambanan is the heart of a Hindu temple network that stretches for miles. Follow the bas-relief panels in a clock-wise direction to see epic Hindu tales unfold from within the stone.

Ratu Boko, Yogyakarta

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Just a half hour stroll from the main complex is Ratu Boko, where palatial remains frame the same views to Mount Merapi once enjoyed by the visiting princes who rested here after long days of devotion.
Yogyakarta sits at the doorstep of incredible Buddhist monasteries and temples too.


Borobudur Yogyakarta

While many stand shoulder to shoulder with the Hindu temples of the Prambanan Plain, the greatest of them all, Borobudur, lies 20 miles to the northwest.
Borobudur is the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and one of the most visited sights on all of Indonesia’s 13,000 islands.
Come early for a sunrise you’ll never forget, as hundreds of stone Buddhas bless the new day’s light, just as they have for over a millennia.
Yogyakarta is more than just a city; it’s a kingdom.

Mount Merapi

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Climb aboard a dokar and ride though the immaculate farmlands
and kampongs of the rural heartlands, where life’s necessities and pleasures are still handmade, and made with heart.
Meet the people who live calmly and creatively within the shadow of Mount Merapi, an active volcano whose moods have been known to topple temples and bury villages with ash.
In our unsteady, rapidly changing world, deep cultural roots anchor us to all that is important.
Culture teaches us to embrace and appreciate the meaning in all life’s moments, from the richest to the ordinary.
If that’s the kind of journey you’re looking for, take a ride through Yogyakarta,
a cultural kingdom that steadies the spirit, and inspires the soul.