Explore Java: Yogyakarta


Lying in the shadow of the aptly name “Fire Mountain”, (2914 meter-high active volcano, Mt. Merapi), is the seat of the once might Javanese Empire Mataram, Ngayogyakarto Hadiningrat. Yogykarta (Yogya) come into being in 1755, when a land dispute split the power of Mataram into the Sultanates of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo). Prince Mangkubumi built Kraton of Yogyakarta and created one of the most powerful Javanese States ever. The Kraton is still the hub of Yogyakarta’s traditional life and despite the advances of the 20th century, its still radiates the spirit of refinement which has been the hallmark of its art and people centures.

Yogyakarta is o ne of the supreme cultural center of Java. Full Gamelan orchestras keep alive the rhythms the past, classical Javanese dance entrance with vision of beauty and poise, shadows comet to life in the stories of the Wayang Kulit and a myriad of traditional visual art forms keep local and visitor alike spellbound. Yogya has extraordinary life force and charm which seldom fails to captivate.
Contemporary art has also grown in the fertile soil of Yogyakarta’s sophisticated cultural society. ISI, the academy of Fine Arts, is the center of arts in the region and Yogyakarta has given its name to an important school of modern paint in Indonesia, best illustrated by the renewed impressionist, the late Affandi.

The province is one of the most densely populated areas of Indonesia. It stretches from the slopes of mighty Mt. Merapi in the north to the wave-swept beaches of the powerful Indian Ocean of the south.

Yogyakarta Culture Performance Yogyakarta Event Schadule (June 2017)
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Palce of Interest:

1. Ngayoyakarta Hadiningrat Palace

The Kraton (Palace) court with its grand and elegant Javanese architecture lies in the center of the city between Winongo and Code Rivers. The palace ground, courtyard and buildings stretch from the north to the south, in line with Mt. Merapi.

2. Taman Sari (Water Caslte)

Just wes of the Kraton, are the ruins, pools, arches and underground passages of the former pleasure garden the Taman Sari (Water Castle). Literally “Fragrant Garden” built in 1758 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, the Sultan and his harem would relax here and from the tower overlooking the female bathing pools. It is located in the old part of the city within walking distance from the Kraton. This pace opens from 08.00 AM – 14.00 PM.

3. Kota Gedhe

A picturesque town about five kilometers southeast of Yogyakarta was once the seat of the mighty Mataram Empire. Since 1930s Kotagede has become famous as the center of the Yogyakarta silverwork industry.

4. Imogiri

The official cemetery of the royal descendants from Yogyakarta and Surakarta is about 17 kms southeast of Yogyakarta and easily accessible by buses or cars. The tomb lie within three main courtyards perched on the hilltop. Only visitor wearing traditional Javanese dress allow to entry into the smaller courtyards housing the tombs of the princes. Open on Monday 09.00 AM to 12.00 OM and Friday 13.00 PM to 16.00 PM. The cemetery closed during the Moslem month of Ramadhan.

5. Beringharjo

Traditional market, the traditional market selling may thing from batiks to traditional cuisine in the north of the Kraton

6. Malioboro Street

Food stalls replace souvenirs stand on Malioboro Street and server Yogyakarta’s specific menus “Gudeg” rice with young jackfruits cooked in coconut milk. Enjoy the food in “Lesehan” (seat on woven mats) food stall along the pavement.

7. Museum Sonobudoyo

This Musum founded in November 1935 and designed by the Dutch architect Kersten, in the traditional Javanese style architecture. On exhibit are weapons, leather puppet, mask, original eight century statues and bronze articles form the temple in Central Cava, Ceramic from Neolithic age, textiles, curious and old Javanese gamelan instruments. The museum is situated on the northern side of the city’s Alun-Alun Lor (North Square) in front of the Sultan’s Palace.


Pasty is Bird Market, all kinds of of birds and other animals are sold in this “Javanese Style”. Market open every day, this pleasure place to visit

9. Affandi Museum

Set in a lus garden off the main road between the airport and the city stand the Affandi Museum on the bank of the Gajah Wong River. Affandi was Indonesia’s foremost impressionist painter who built a private museum for his own painting.

10. Kalasan Temple

This unique Buddhist temple is located some 16 km eastern side of the main road between Yogyakarta and Solo. It was built in honor to the marriage between King Pancapana of the Sanjaya Dynasty and a Princess of the Syailendra Dynasty, Dyah Pramudya Warhdani. It is elaborately ornate with finely carved relief preserved with “Vajralepa”, from the sap of a local tree.

11. Prambanan Temple

This magnificent Hindu temple, its name derives from the village where it is located, seventeen kilometers east of Yogyakarta. Locally known as the Roro Jongrang Temple, or the Temple of the Slender Virgin, it is the most magnificent and beautiful Hindu temple in Indonesia.

12. Parangkusumo Sand Dunes

They are a world heritage site, a lump of sand that is 20meters above sea level.

13. Taru Martani

Taru Martani cigar was founded in 1918, created to satisfy the cigar lovers. Until now the company produces 14 types of cigar which are well known worldwide.


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