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A visit to won't be complete until you come to Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or most well known as Keraton Yogyakarta. The Keraton, or 'Palace' in English is a residence of Sultans since Sultan Hamengkubuwono the first. The moment you entered the palace, you will be awestrucked by it's Javanese 'Joglo' architectures, the pillars are adorned with intricate carvings and ornaments. Wait until the gamelan comes to play that add more mystical vibes about the palace that is said to be built under Javanese's philosophy.
Located few kilometres away from Malioboro, Fort Vredeburg Museum is one of museum showcasing various old photographs, replicas, and dioramas depicting long struggles of Indonesian people to gain their independence. Centuries ago, the building was known as 'Fort Vredeburg' a fortress built by Dutch governors on a plot given by Sultan Hamengkubowo I. Fort Vredeburg or 'Peace Fort' is a symbol of harmony between Dutch colonials and Sultanage.
While it's not exactly located inside Yogyakarta City since it's located in the border between and Surakarta, Candi Prambanan is undoubtly become one of the most iconic attraction of . Famously known for its local Bandung Bondowoso and Loro Jonggrang folklore, the 9th century Hindu temple compound was built to worship Trimurti, or three Gods in Hindu belief. It is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and crowned as one of the biggest Hindu temples in South-East Asia.
Located on a breezy slope of Mount Merapi, Ullen Sentalu is a perfect place to go to escape from 's heat and enjoy some lush greens and fresh air. Here's also a place where you can learn so much more about Javanese Culture, also admire unique artefacts such as enchanting Javanese masks, sculptures, and batik, and also some of the finest Javanese artworks.
and Malioboro Street are inseparable two sides of a same coin. The hustling street is a major shopping shopping street where you can shop unique souvenirs and handicrafts. Vast options of food restaurants can also be found here, from traditional open-air restaurants serving gudeg to international-chain restaurants such as KFC and grand malls. Hit the street at night to make your shopping time much more enjoyable.
Just like Candi Prambanan, Candi Borobudur isn't registrated in Yogyakarta City (since its actual location is in Magelang). However this grand 9th Century Buddhist temple have become an iconic attraction of and associated more with the city. Candi Borobudur was built during the reign of Sailendra Dynasty, it is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world.
Travelers who have been to Yogyakarta will agree that the city is one of the best city in Indonesia. Contrary to the hustling Jakarta which also famous for its soaring skycrapers, is much calmer and peaceful with historical and cultural buildings dominating the city. is a place where Javanese cultural traditions flourish and attract hundreds of art and cultural lovers will come and learn more about Javanese classical arts, such as batik, ballet, drama, puppet show (wayang), and Javanese philosophy. Unlike any other cities in Indonesia that bows under Indonesia's presedential constitution, is ruled by Matarame Sultanate that has been reigning the city since 1700 far before British and Dutch's occupation took place. Hence, gained its title as 'Special Region' along with Aceh where Islamic Sharia Law is applied. is a mysterious enchanting city with tons of attractions. Here are 6 top attractions you should visit.
How to Get Tickets?
You can obtain entrance tickets to each attraction by purchasing it from ticket lobby on the spot, or by online booking if you prefer a much more convenient and time-saving way. Though you don't really have to worry about the lineups since most of the time it only takes approximately 1-hour maximum.
How To Get Around?
Yogyakarta have its own Metro bus called TransYogyakarta. We highly recommend you to buy TransYogyakarta Pass if you travel using the public bus quite often during your visit. Some attractions are located near each others, such as Vredeburg Fort Museum and Malioboro Street that is reachable on foot. You can also take bicycle rickshaws for a fun ride around the city, though you'll have to be really good at haggling.
What Should I Wear?
Yogyakarta's weather is mostly hot and humid, so it's wiser to opt for light-weight clothes such as cotton T-Shirt or tank top paired with denim pants. Be aware that Javanese community is a conservative one, so it is better to avoid skimpy and skin-tight clothes especially if you're visiting sacred places such as the Kraton and the temples. Don't forget to wear the most comfortable walking shoes, especially if you're planning to explore from one attraction to another on foot.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit is in Dry season that falls between April and October. The weather will be relatively warm and not humid. It's quite pleasant weather to explore the city, but just don't forget to apply sunblocks and hydrate often.
Will I Need a Guide?
A guide is not necessary as any key informations you need can be found in this website. However, you are free to hire one if you want to especially if you're visiting historical or cultural museums.
How To Get There?
If you go to form any major cities in Indonesia, the cultural city can be easily reached by any sorts of public transportations, such as buses, trains, you can even take domestic flights if you only have short visiting time. International flights are also available and your plane will lands in Adisucipto International Airport.
Huge alcoholic drinks fans might fan difficulty in finding bars that serve their favorite alcoholic drinks. Unlike in Bali, is much more reserved as the majority of population are muslims. You still can enjoy fresh chill beers from your hotel.