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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 Malioboro Mall.

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, Ngaglik, Special Region of Yogyakarta, 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 Sleman City Hall while you're in the area.

Mlati

Top hotels in Yogyakarta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
JL Laksda Adisucipto KM 8.7, Depok, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp550.000 per night

This family-friendly Depok resort is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of TransMart Studio Mini and Museum Dirgantara. Jogja Bay and Plaza Ambarrukmo ...

4/5Very Good! (214 reviews)

"Very nice property with Awesome Spa and extremely helpful and hospitable staff, felt very comfortable and at home"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar 2020

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Prawirotamana II /Jl Gerilya no.839B, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp247.934 per night

Situated in Yogyakarta, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Lana Gallery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Malioboro Street and Palace of Yogyakarta. Malioboro Mall ...

4.4/5Excellent! (203 reviews)
YOGYAKARTA FEBRUARY 2020

"Really nice hotel and all the staff were really friendly and helpful. Excellent outdoor pool. Great value for money"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb 2020

Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
Melia Purosani Hotel
Melia Purosani Hotel
5 out of 5
Jl. Suryotomo No. 31, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp740.495 per night

This family-friendly Yogyakarta hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Malioboro Street and Malioboro Mall. Palace of Yogyakarta ...

4.3/5Excellent! (482 reviews)

"I love the lobby and the brrakfast"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Melia Purosani Hotel

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

Dinner with Ramayana Dance at Purawisata
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Dinner with Ramayana Dance at Purawisata

Rp1.704.375
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Yogyakarta Ramayana Dance & Buffet Dinner at Prambanan
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Yogyakarta Ramayana Dance & Buffet Dinner at Prambanan

Rp1.083.000
Per adult
Private Prambanan Yogyakarta Cycling Tour with Guide
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Private Prambanan Yogyakarta Cycling Tour with Guide

Rp588.300
Per adult
Private Culinary and Walking Tour Yogyakarta with Guide
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Private Culinary and Walking Tour Yogyakarta with Guide

Rp569.720
Per adult
Kulon Progo Waterfall Yogyakarta with Guide Service
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Kulon Progo Waterfall Yogyakarta with Guide Service

Rp498.505
Per adult
1 Day City tour ( Borobudur temple, Merapi Lava Tour, Prambanan Temple)
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1 Day City tour ( Borobudur temple, Merapi Lava Tour, Prambanan Temple)

Rp1.022.647
Per adult

Reviews of Yogyakarta

4.4

Top Destination

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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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