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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

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 Rp507.477 per night from 7 Aug to 7 Aug
Located in Central Yogyakarta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Malioboro Street and Tugu Yogyakarta. Malioboro Mall and Gadjah Mada University are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (859 reviews)
THE BEST HISTORICAL HOTEL
"Excellent hotel I stayed in pool view room Much newer good wifi and comfortable bed Staff were very friendly indeed An old historical hotel so dont expect modern and fancy it is a charming hotel With old hotel smell and lovely china in cases Breakfast excellent buffet Only 37 rooms booked so hotel ..."

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2020

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel
Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Jalan Ringroad Utara, Condong Catur, Depok
The price is Rp950.000 per night from 13 Aug to 13 Aug
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Hartono Mall, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo and Gadjah Mada University. Galeria ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (137 reviews)
"Very good facilities and staff. Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel Condongcatur, Depok, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia"

Reviewed on 23 Mar 2021

Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel
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 Rp590.000 per night from 3 Aug to 3 Aug
This family-friendly Depok resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo and Adisucipto Golf Course. Gembira Loka Zoo and Maguwoharjo ...
4/5Very Good! (219 reviews)
"Makanannya enak dan stafnya ramah-ramah. Recommended."

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2020

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
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.
Sayana Homestay
Sayana Homestay
3 out of 5
Gumuk Indah B75 Sidoarum Godean Sleman, Sleman, DIY
The price is Rp108.674 per night from 4 Aug to 4 Aug
Situated in Sleman, this villa is within 6 miles (10 km) of Museum Sasana Wiratama, Malioboro Street and Tugu Yogyakarta. Jogja City Mall and Malioboro Mall ...
Sayana Homestay
PULANG ke UTTARA
PULANG ke UTTARA
3.5 out of 5
Jl. Kaliurang No. 72 km 5.5, Depok, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp499.999 per night from 6 Aug to 6 Aug
Situated in Depok, this aparthotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Gadjah Mada University, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jogja City Mall and Malioboro Street. Tugu Yogyakarta ...
5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Given the opportunity to chosen what time when housekeeping cleans your room."

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2019

PULANG ke UTTARA
Student Park Hotel
Student Park Hotel
3 out of 5
Jl. Seturan Raya No.1, Depok, Yogyakarta
The price is Rp239.669 per night from 2 Aug to 2 Aug
Situated in Depok, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo, Gadjah Mada University and Gembira Loka Zoo. TransMart Studio Mini and Affandi ...
4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
Could be a great place, but isn't quite . . .
"Rooms are clean and fairly new. Had to wait an hour to check in, which is officially at 2pm (always a pain). No hot water in shower - best was lukewarm. Balcony not very good either. But, the view from the bed in room was great, and the pool area was too. Breakfast = just okay. Overall 3.8/5 stars ..."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2018

Student Park Hotel
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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