Located in Java Island, Yogyakarta Special Region (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, DIY) is officially one of Indonesia's 33 provinces. Yogyakarta is one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. This region is located at the foot of the active Merapi volcano, Yogyakarta was in the 16th and 17th centuries the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataram from which present day Yogyakarta has the best inherited of traditions.
The city came into being in 1755, after the Mataram division into the Sultanates of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo). It’s a Cultural Sites where’s Gamelan, classical and contemporary Javanese dances, wayang kulit (leather puppet), theater and other expressions of traditional art will keep the visitor spellbound. Local craftsmen excel in arts such batiks, silver and leather works. Next to the traditional, contemporary art has found fertile soil in Yogya’s culture oriented society.
Find the Famous Buddhist temple of Borobudur, huge Hindu temple Complex of Prambanan and many smaller temples that was built around 8 to 9th century ago, watch the Ramayana Ballet Performance with full moon with the background of Prambanan Temple, walk around Malioboro Street, and a coffe in the evening at sides bars café along Prawirotaman and sosrowijayan street. Find it yourself and you will always want to come back.
Things to See & Do in Yogyakarta
Borobudur Temple:the most magnificent Buddhist monument and the largest stupa complex in the world that is recognized by UNESCO. Borobudur Temple as a whole becomes a masterpiece gallery of stone carvers.
Prambanan Temple: The masterpiece of Hindu culture of the tenth century. The slim building soaring up to 47 meters makes its beautiful architecture incomparable.
Kaliadem Mount Merapi : Situated within a straight line which also connects the Palace of Yogyakarta and the Indian Ocean, holds an important role in Javanese society, the three places are believed to be a cosmologic trinity; all of them are closely connected to each others. Merapi is believed to symbolize fire, Indian Ocean to symbolize water, while the Palace is the balance between the two.
Ramayana Ballet: It is a marvelous visualization of legendary epos in Javanese culture, Ramayana. Performed in an open stage, Ramayana ballet invites you to enjoy the story in a set of typical Javanese dance accompanied by gamelan music.
Taman Sari Water Castle; the sound of splash water, the beauty of its ancient architecture,
and its wonderful view make Taman Sari becomes very enchanting. Its alleys and
buildings make Taman Sari has many secrets to reveal.
Sultan palace is a home of king and family. The cultural and political heart of this fascinating city is the huge palace of the sultans of Yogyakarta.
Becici Pine Forest, a beautiful pine forest that has so many beautiful photo spot, where many people come for taking selfie. Besides, you can also have team building, or even enjoy the hammock while breathing the fresh air.
Malioboro street; shopping centre; coming from the Sanskrit language which means bouquet of flowers, Malioboro becomes flower that its charm is able to attract tourists. Not only full of stories and memories, Malioboro also becomes souvenir paradise in the heart of Jogja.
Tebing Breksi; Mining not always purely just leaves environmental damage. This Tebing Breksi or Breksi cliff is a residual mining that creates new spot of attraction to take selfie with beautiful relief on cliff and landscape of Jogja.
Kalibiru; Find many photo spot on the tree that you have to step up the ladder to reach. Take photo with background of Menoreh hills and Sermo reservoir.
Parangtritis Beach ; The best tourist place for enjoying the sunset while having fun conquering sand dune with ATV (All-terrain Vehicle) or walking along the beach with a carriage in the romantic evening.
Alun – Alun Kidul; Odong – odong or lighting bicycle car is the most wanted for visitors to experience here. Located in the south of Yogyakarta Palace, enjoy local Javanese atmosphere with cheap street foods or play mystical games in the yard.
Karst Tubing; The name of Karst comes from the river which has karst rock around the area. Ride tube and go with the smooth current river flow inside the village with view of local plantation and karst lines.
Kotagede is a silent witness of the rise of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom that ruled almost the entire Java. The cemetery of Islamic Mataram Kingdom forefathers, the fort's ruins, and the other historical remains can be found in Kotagede.
Tirtodipuran Batik Complex; A complex of Batik making as a traditional clothe from Indonesia based on UNESCO. Not only see shop and display the batik, but you can also watch and learn how to make it.
Manding Village; Villages where you can find local product of leather craft with high quality. Get wallet, shoes, bag, and souvenirs with export quality but cheap price.
Pasar Salak ( Salak Market ); Salak or snake is a local food from jogja. Its skin like a snake makes it looks unique and the taste also sweet.
Sonobudoyo Museum; Located in north of Sultan Palace. It has collection of Javanese culture covering weapons, artifacts, statues. You can also enjoy the Leather puppet show at night.
Mendut Temple; Mendut is a ninth-century Buddhist temple, located in Mendut village, Mungkid sub-district, Magelang Regency, Central Java, Indonesia. The temple is located about three kilometres east from Borobudur.
Vredeburg Fort; Fort Vredeburg Museum, was a former colonial fortress located in the city of Yogyakarta. The military complex has been converted into an Independence Struggle Museum which was opened in 1992.
Pindul Cave; Feel the sensation of an adventure in the river inside a cave using a lifebelt. While going through the dark valley in the cave with stalactite and stalagmite, you will also have a story about the journey of Joko Singlulung looking for his father.