Welcome to Yogyakarta – Centre of Javanese culture
Yogyakarta is the most popular tourist destination on Java. The city is the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java, located in the southern part of the Central Java province. Yogyakarta is known to be one of the main cultural centres of Indonesia and is renowned as a centre of education and Javanese fine art. Until today, the city is recognized for its philosophers,thinkers, master painters and master craftsmen. Rich tradition and history, Yogyakarta,city of purity and wisdom will open the eyes of your soul.
Yogyakarta offers a lot to see. Known for its various temple, Borobudur temple is an inevitable place. World's largest Buddhist temple, the Borobudur temple decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues may reveals its secrets. You can visit the Keraton the Sultan’s Palace and home of 25,000 people (with around 1000 of its residents employed by the sultan). The palace has its own market, shops, batik and silver cottage industries, schools and mosques. The ruins of the Taman Sari complex, which once was a splendid pleasure park of palaces, pools and waterways for the sultan and his entourage, is a special place to visit, the tunnels and underground mosque are unique places. For the lovers of the Indonesia’s most celebrated artists, the Affani museum displays collection of his paintings, selfportraits and personal items. If you would like to see belongings and exhibits of the Royal family, the Kareta Kraton museum and the Sasana Wiratama museum will satisfy your expectations. If you want to connect with nature you can go for a walk in Wediombo and Timang beaches or let you be amazed by the breathtaking beauty of the Merapi Volcano.
Yogyakarta is known for it’s authentic mild and sweet Indonesian cuisine. There is a lot of restaurants in the city where to spend colourful nights. If you wish to dine like a king, the private home of the Sultan’s brother, Hadinegoro, is open for groups of 30 people and for special occasions. Here you will be served authentic royal food served only to the Sultans. The Kesuma Restaurant is one of the best restaurant in Yogyakarta – if you are looking for special, colourful and authentic dishes, this is the place to be. Restaurants all along Malioboro road serve refreshing shaved ice tropical fruits drinks and a variety of Indonesian, Chinese and Western dishes. If you want to entertain yourself, the famous Wayang Kulit shadow puppet theatre performances and the Ramayana Ballet will amaze and captivate you for 2 hours of show. There are a lot of lounges and nightclubs in the city – you can go sipping some wine in the Blatz Lounge or jump the dance floor with your horse in the Junction or Papillon nightclubs. The Sheraton Mustika Resort and Spa Complex is a resort home to several different bars and nightclubs where you can spend some time.
Shopping in Yogyakarta leads to the atypical Jl Kemasan street – you can find many silver workshops selling beautiful handbeaten bowls, boxes, fine filigree and modern jewellery made by the local craftsmen. Pasar Beringharjo is the main market, a colourful wide range of batik offers to you. For the foodies, you will find in Pasar Beringharjo a huge variety of fruit, vegetables and spices. The city also has the huge shopping centres Jogja City Mall, Malioboro Mall, Ambarrukmo Plaza and Galeria Mall and is full of little shops. If you are looking for the trendiest Indian style, Jalan Malioboro and Mirota Batik shops are inevitable.
Most months of the year have a significant rainfall. The average annual temperature in Yogyakarta is 26.4 °C.
To move throughout Jogyakarta, try a becak a traditional three wheeled pedal powered cart. You can negotiate the price before you start on your journey. You can also try the traditional 4wheeled horsedrawn carts. There are regular services throughout the island – the main bus station is Giwangan. Buses are the major form of public transportation however their hours of operation can be limited. Be beware of pickpockets in buses. You can also use a Taxi, they can be arranged through your hotel. There is also a regular train service between Jogyakarta and other major cities, the main station is Tugu Station. You can also find several car and motorbike rental agencies just outside Tugu Station near Jalan Pasar Kembang to move throughout the city.