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Visit Yogyakarta

Discover ancient temples, traditional batik, wayang shadow puppetry and gamelan music in the city that holds the key to Java’s cultural heritage. 

The city of Yogyakarta is the perfect place to explore Java’s rich culture and traditions. Known for its protection of local heritage and customs, Yogyakarta is a hub for fine Javanese art, craft, music, poetry, ballet and puppetry. Explore the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, and gain an insight into Buddhist, Hindu and Javanese culture.

Yogyakarta is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia. A short stroll around the historic district will bring you past the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton Ngayogyakarta) and its stately main court, mosque and museum. Admire the Central Post Office (Kantor Pos Besar) and the Tugu Monument. Grab a snack from a street vendor and watch the locals playing street chess near the Kraton complex.

To learn about Javanese culture and history, head to the Museum Sonobudoyo, the Museum Batik or Fort Vrederburg. Browse historical artefacts and traditional handicrafts such as batik, wayang puppets, masks and gamelan instruments. Discover Yogyakarta’s thriving art scene at the Affandi Museum and Cemeti Art House.

Don’t miss Yogyakarta’s breathtaking ancient temples, known locally as candi. Wander through numerous shrines and monuments at Prambanan, a collection of towering Hindu temples with intricately carved domes. The stunning Borobudur Buddhist temple dates back to the 9th century and is located in Magelang, 1 hour’s drive from Yogyakarta.

Relax with a massage treatment or sunrise yoga and meditation classes. Play a round of golf overlooking Mount Merapi. During your visit, try local cuisine, such as sweet curry with jackfruit, palm sugar, coconut milk and chicken. In January, the city celebrates Java’s Muslim culture with the traditional Sekaten festival.

Reach Yogyakarta by flying into Adisucipto International Airport, or catch the regional bus or train. In the city, get around by taxi, bus or tricycle rickshaw. Make sure you haggle and agree on a price before getting into the rickshaw. To make the most of Yogyakarta’s outdoor activities, visit during the dry season, from July to September.

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Where to stay in Yogyakarta

Fort Vredeburg Museum which includes a monument, a square or plaza and military items

Central Yogyakarta

3.5/5Good!(12 area reviews)

Central Yogyakarta is noteworthy for its historical sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Malioboro Street and Palace of Yogyakarta.

Central Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta

Malioboro

You'll enjoy the museums and monuments in Malioboro. You might want to make time for a stop at Malioboro Street or Malioboro Mall.

Malioboro
Mlati, Indonesia

Mlati

5/5Exceptional!(1 area review)

The gardens, golf courses and restaurants are just a few things travellers enjoy about Mlati. If you want to experience more of the area, check out Jogja City Mall or Yogya Kembali Monument.

Mlati

Top hotels in Yogyakarta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Melia Purosani Hotel
Melia Purosani Hotel
5 out of 5
Jl. Suryotomo No. 31, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
Free cancellation
Rp839.668
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

This family-friendly Yogyakarta hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Pasar Beringharjo, Malioboro Street and Palace of Yogyakarta. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (449 reviews)

"Excellent breakfast, very friendly staff, great location"…"

Reviewed on 4 Jan 2020

Melia Purosani Hotel
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
5 out of 5
Jl Jenderal Sudirman 9, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
Rp720.000
per night
Feb 9 - Feb 10

Located in Central Yogyakarta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Yogyakarta Monument and Malioboro Street. Gadjah Mada University and Palace of Yogyakarta ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (826 reviews)

"The antique decor makes one experience the history of this old building."…"

Reviewed on 18 Dec 2019

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
Novotel Yogyakarta
Novotel Yogyakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Jendral Sudirman 89, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
Rp514.600
per night
Feb 8 - Feb 9

Located in the centre of Yogyakarta, this family-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Malioboro Street and Yogyakarta Monument. Gadjah Mada University ...

4.1/5Very Good! (283 reviews)

"The room cleaning should improve I.e wash the toilet instead of just changing the towels"…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2019

Novotel Yogyakarta

Popular things to do in Yogyakarta

Borobudur Temple
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Borobudur Temple

4/5(11 reviews)

Join the other pilgrims visiting one of the world’s largest Buddhist temples for its profound meaning and spectacular architecture.

Malioboro Street
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Malioboro Street

3.5/5(6 reviews)

Spend a day exploring Yogyakarta’s liveliest commercial district, which is famous for its batik stores, street food and historic landmarks.

Prambanan Temple
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Prambanan Temple

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Embark on a fantastical toy train journey through a compound of spectacular pointed Hindu temples built more than 1,000 years ago.

Parangtritis Beach
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Parangtritis Beach

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Parangtritis Beach, a popular beach in Parangtritis. While you're in the area, wander around the natural setting.

Gembira Loka Zoo
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Gembira Loka Zoo

Cross the bridges on the Gajahwong River to see the Komodo dragons, orangutans and hippos that inhabit this eclectic zoo.

Yogyakarta Monument
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Yogyakarta Monument

3.5/5(8 reviews)

Capture spectacular night photos of the popular and luminous White Monument that holds geographical and spiritual value for the locals.

Top activities in Yogyakarta

Nighttime Alun-Alun Kidul Tour & Lighted Rickshaw Ride
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Nighttime Alun-Alun Kidul Tour & Lighted Rickshaw Ride

Rp183.563

Spend a night exploring the city squares for a look at the lights and distinctive designs that lie at the heart of local life. A rickshaw ride carries you to the royal palace that houses the Sultan of Yogyakarta, where you get a chance to experience the food, festivities, and evening crowds for yourself.

Half-Day Country Villages Tour by Antique Dutch Bicycle
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Half-Day Country Villages Tour by Antique Dutch Bicycle

Rp709.500

The peaceful village atmosphere in the lands around Yogyakarta makes a great setting for a bicycle ride. With a pair of vintage wheels and a local guide, this tour takes you out through the Javanese countryside for a look at small-town life on the island.

Private Yogyakarta As You Please Tour
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Private Yogyakarta As You Please Tour

Rp256.500

Explore Yogyakarta and surrounding as you wish with private car for maximum 10 hours. Assisting by an English speaking driver to discover your chosen places in Yogyakarta like Borobudur, Prambanan,etc. Direct pick up at hotel is included for hotel in Yogyakarta area.

Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour
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Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour

Rp462.650

This tour brings you to the see Yogyakarta’s finest sightseeing destinations, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in its rich history and culture. Day 1: Yogyakarta Pick-up from hotel/airport in Yogyakarta at 3:30AM. i.e.

Morning Borobudur Sunrise Tour - From Yogyakarta
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Morning Borobudur Sunrise Tour - From Yogyakarta

Rp1.223.451

This tour brings you to the see Yogyakarta’s finest sightseeing destinations, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in its rich history and culture. Pick up from hotel at 3:30am-3:45am Transfer to Borobudur at 3:45am-4:30am Enjoy Borobudur temple sunrise at 4:30am-7:30am Drop off at hotel 8:15am-9:30am Our tour ends here.

Half-Day Batik Lesson
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Half-Day Batik Lesson

Rp736.511

Following breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked up in the morning and then driven in an air-conditioned Panorama Destination vehicle to the south of Yogyakarta. Here you will visit an ancient factory, home of the city’s traditional batik makers.

Reviews of Yogyakarta

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 15, 2019

Felt very safe

5/5 - Excellent

MDI

Oct 3, 2019

A relaxing city, slow and enjoyable. Good food, good people, affordable.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jul 19, 2019

Very concerned about how Indonesians treat animals; but overall a nice place2visit.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Jul 19, 2019

A lot of traffic and narrow road. It takes a long time to go to any places there.

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