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Yogyakarta is the capital city of Special Region of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, on the island of Java. As the only Indonesian royal city still ruled by a monarchy, Yogyakarta is regarded as an important centre for classical Javanese fine arts and culture such as ballet, batik textiles, drama, literature, music, poetry, silversmithing, visual arts, and wayang puppetry.


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1 - Yogyakarta City

Yogyakarta is the capital city of Special Region of Yogyakarta in Indonesia, on the island of Java. As the only Indonesian royal city still ruled by a monarchy, Yogyakarta is regarded as an important centre for classical Javanese fine arts and culture such as ballet, batik textiles, drama, literature, music, poetry, silversmithing, visual arts, and wayang puppetry.

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2 - Taman Sari

Taman Sari Water Castle, also known as Taman Sari, is the site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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3 - Trekking | Yogyakarta

Explore the most popular and beautiful gems of Java Island including Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater on this 3-day tour from Yogyakarta.

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4 - Taman Sari Tourist Village

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5 - Malioboro Yogyakarta

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6 - Imogiri

   13 km away

Imogiri is a royal graveyard complex in Yogyakarta, in south-central Java, Indonesia, as well as a subdistrict under the administration of Bantul Regency.

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7 - Prambanan Temple

   15 km away

Prambanan Temple Compounds is the World Heritage designation of a group of Hindu and Buddhist temple compounds that lie on the border between Yogyakarta and Central Java, Indonesia.

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8 - Candi Bubrah

   15 km away

Bubrah is a 9th-century Buddhist temple located within the complex of the Prambanan Temple Archaeological Park, in Central Java, Indonesia. Experts believe that the temple was designed as a part of the greater Sewu temple compound.

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9 - Gunung Ireng Srumbung

   16 km away
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10 - Pantai Parangtritis

   24 km away

Parangtritis Beach is a tourist beach on the southern coast of Java in the Bantul Regency within the province of the Yogyakarta Special Region. There is a road to the area which is about 30 km south of the city of Yogyakarta. This beach is located south of Parangkusumo Beach, which is also a mainstay of tourism in Bantul Regency. This beach is often visited by local and foreign tourists.

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11 - Merak

   25 km away

Merak temple, or locally known as Candi Merak, is a 10th-century Javanese Shivaist Hindu temple complex located in Karangnongko village, in Klaten Regency, northwest from Klaten town, Central Java, on southeastern slopes of Mount Merapi.

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12 - Depok

   26 km away

Cinere is a district of the city of Depok, West Java, Indonesia. It has a population of 113,716. Cinere borders with he northern part borders the Pangkalan Jati sub-district, the western part borders the Pondok Cabe Tangsel City Banten Province, the southern part borders the Limo Sub-district and the eastern side borders the Gandul Sub-district.

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13 - Waduk Sermo

   27 km away
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14 - Borobudur Temple

   28 km away

Borobudur Temple Compounds is the World Heritage designation of the area of three Buddhist temples in Central Java, Indonesia. It comprises Borobudur, Mendut, and Pawon.

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15 - Mount Merapi

   30 km away

Mount Merapi, Gunung Merapi, is an active stratovolcano located on the border between Central Java and Special Region of Yogyakarta provinces, Indonesia. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548.

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Why should you visit Yogyakarta ?


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How to visit Yogyakarta ?

To get to Yogyakarta, you can fly into Adisucipto International Airport (JOG) from major Indonesian cities like Jakarta and Bali or take a scenic train journey through the Indonesian countryside. There are also bus services available, but the train is recommended for comfort and convenience.

Before your trip, it's essential to book tickets for the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Borobudur and Prambanan temples. You can purchase a combined ticket for both sites, and it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. As Yogyakarta is a popular destination for local and international tourists, booking accommodations in advance is also recommended.

The costs in Yogyakarta are relatively low compared to other tourist destinations in Indonesia. Entrance fees for attractions like Borobudur and Prambanan cost around IDR 450,000 ($30) for foreigners. Accommodations, meals, and transportation are generally affordable, making it an ideal destination for budget travelers.

Some of the best things to do in Yogyakarta include visiting the awe-inspiring Borobudur and Prambanan temples, exploring the lively Malioboro Street for shopping and street food, and witnessing the traditional Ramayana Ballet performance. Nature lovers can also visit the nearby Merapi Volcano or take a day trip to the beautiful beaches along the southern coast of Java.

For dining options, try Gudeg Yu Djum for a taste of the traditional Yogyakarta dish, Gudeg (young jackfruit stew), or visit House of Raminten for a variety of delicious Javanese cuisine. For a unique dining experience, try Jejamuran, a restaurant specializing in mushroom-based dishes.

When it comes to accommodations, Yogyakarta offers a wide range of options catering to different budgets. For a luxurious stay, consider booking a room at the Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta, a beautiful heritage hotel with a touch of Javanese elegance. For budget travelers, Adhisthana Hotel Yogyakarta and EDU Hostel offer comfortable rooms and dormitories at affordable prices.

Off the beaten path:

For a unique travel experience in Yogyakarta, visit the mystical Timang Beach, where you can ride a hand-operated gondola to a small island with stunning views of the Indian Ocean. This hidden gem is located around 2-3 hours from the city center and offers an unforgettable adventure for those seeking something out of the ordinary.

Another off-the-beaten-path experience is exploring the beautiful Goa Jomblang cave, where you'll descend into a sinkhole and traverse through an ancient forest before reaching the mesmerizing Grubug cave with its enchanting rays of light. This thrilling adventure requires a bit of physical effort but is well worth it for the incredible natural beauty that awaits.




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Yogyakarta is a famous city on the island of Java




Yogyakarta is a real stopover city to visit the temples around
(Borobodur, Prambanan ) but also an ideal starting point for climbing Mount Bromo and Kawah Ijen. 

Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, the official name of Yogyakarta in Javanese. Along with Bali, it is the "highlight" of the trip for most visitors. Everything is refined: the majesty of the volcanoes, the nobility of the characters, the delicacy of gestures and postures. The nonchalance or the apparent insouciance of the inhabitants contrasts with the melancholy or the Sundanese affliction.

Yogyakarta, or "Yogya", is the capital of Central Java. Much less stifling than Jakarta, this city welcomes many students and represents a huge cultural center.
If you spend a few days in this city, you will be able to visit several artists' workshops, puppet theaters, as well as the Kraton Yogyakarta, the former palace of the sultans.
There are also schools of ballet, poetry, and music. 
Access also has a half-day excursion to Borobudur, one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Hindu temple Prambanan.

Beringharjo Market



The Beringharjo market is a huge covered market in Yogyakarta where you can find everything: a huge choice of batik (printed clothes and fabrics), spices, fruits and vegetables, wicker baskets, trinkets...It is open in the morning only (from 8 am), and you can see many locals who come to shop (from buying chili to wedding dresses)

Sultan's Palace (Kraton)



A sultan still resides in Yogyakarta. He is the governor of Central Java and has a large palace in the city center, which is open to visitors every morning. It is a beautiful place, but you should not expect anything lavish, the whole thing remains rather simple. Inside, objects and photos are exposed, generally without much explanation.

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WHAT TO DO IN YOGYAKARTA?


Most people stop in Yogyakarta to visit two UNESCO-listed temples, Prambanan and Borobudur.

And while it's true that these are two must-sees, there's more to Yogyakarta than that! The city itself, with its ancient palaces and its lively downtown area, is worth spending at least a day there.

  • WATCH THE SUNRISE OR SUNSET AT THE BOROBUDUR TEMPLE

The Borobudur temple, built in the 8th and 9th centuries and currently classified by UNESCO, is the largest Buddhist temple in the world! Its impressive structure is covered with beautiful bas-reliefs and statues. It is really one of the unmissable visits in Java













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