Yogyakarta

Travel Guide
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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

Royal Malioboro Yogyakarta by Aston
Royal Malioboro Yogyakarta by Aston
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Pasar Kembang no. 29 Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp503.843 per night from 3 Nov to 3 Nov
Located in Central Yogyakarta, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Malioboro Street and Malioboro Mall. Bringharjo Market and Yogyakarta Presidential Palace ...
Royal Malioboro Yogyakarta by Aston
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
5 out of 5
Jl Jenderal Sudirman 9, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp543.426 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in Central Yogyakarta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Malioboro Street and Tugu Yogyakarta. Malioboro Mall and Gadjah Mada University are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (860 reviews)
"Historical building. Satisfied. Want to stay there again."

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2021

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
Novotel Suites Yogyakarta Malioboro
Novotel Suites Yogyakarta Malioboro
4 out of 5
Jalan Malioboro 52 58 Suryatmajan, Danurejan, Yogyakarta, Special Region of Yogyakarta
Fully refundable
The price is Rp560.578 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Central Yogyakarta, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Malioboro Street and Malioboro Mall. Bringharjo Market and Pasar Beringharjo are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4 reviews)
"Room was clean but I the housekeeping staff forgot to give us"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2021

Novotel Suites Yogyakarta Malioboro
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Simply Homy Guest House Unit Gejayan
Simply Homy Guest House Unit Gejayan
3 out of 5
Gg. Delima Gejayan, Condongcatur Depok Sleman, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp1.146.695 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Situated in Yogyakarta, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Museum Sasmitaloka Panglima Besar Jenderal Sudirman and Pakualaman Palace. Taman Pintar Science ...
Simply Homy Guest House Unit Gejayan
Villa Pondok Terra
Villa Pondok Terra
3 out of 5
Gg. Ngadinegaran No.103B, Mantrijeron, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
Located in the heart of Yogyakarta, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Alun Alun Kidul and Water Castle (Tamansari). Palace of Yogyakarta and Malioboro Street ...
4/5 Very Good! (8 reviews)
"部屋にコーヒーがもう少し欲しかったです。"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2019

Villa Pondok Terra
D'Java Homestay Lempuyangan By The Grand Java
D'Java Homestay Lempuyangan By The Grand Java
3 out of 5
Bausasran Dn 3/702 Rt. 44, Rw11, Danurejan, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
Located in Central Yogyakarta, this villa is within a 10-minute walk of Batik Museum and Kota Gede. Pakualaman Palace and Museum Sasmitaloka Panglima Besar Jenderal ...
D'Java Homestay Lempuyangan By The Grand Java
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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