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YogyakartaIndonesia

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!(13 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)

Gardens, golf courses and restaurants are some highlights of Mlati. You might stop by Jogja City Mall or Yogya Kembali Monument while you're in the area.

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Popular places to visit in Yogyakarta

Borobudur Temple
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Borobudur Temple

4/5(12 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(9 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 Yogyakarta.

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(9 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Yogyakarta

From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise, Mount Merapi & Prambanan
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From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise, Mount Merapi & Prambanan

Rp2.500.000
Per adult
Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour
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Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour

Rp835.703
Per adult
Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver
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Yogyakarta: Private Car Charter with Driver

Rp675.000
Per adult
Private Yogyakarta City Tour
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Private Yogyakarta City Tour

Rp1.063.125
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Yogyakarta Night Walking and Food Tours
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Yogyakarta Night Walking and Food Tours

Rp710.520
Per adult
From Semarang Port: Borobudur Private Shore Excursion
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From Semarang Port: Borobudur Private Shore Excursion

100% of travellers recommend
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Per adult

Reviews of Yogyakarta

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

Felt very safe

5/5 - Excellent

MDI

3 Oct 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Jul 2019

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

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

19 Jul 2019

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

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