Yogyakarta (also called Jogja/Jgjakarta) is the capital city of the Yogyakarta Special Region in Central Java, Indonesia. It is considered as a cultural and spiritual center in Java, Indonesia. Jogja has become one of my favorite city in Asia. Jogjakarta offers plenty of cultural and historical sites to visit and explore.
Five Thing To Do in Yogyakarta / Jogjakarta:
1. Borobudur Temple – Borobudur Temple Compounds is located in central Java. The Walls are adorned with reliefs, the craftsmanship is impeccable. At the top of the temple there are stupas containing a statue of Buddha. This UNESCO heritage site is definitely a must-see. Unlike Parambanan Temple, Borobudur is less accessible using public transportation. I joined a tour group arranged by the hostel where I stayed. Watching the sun rise over the Borobudur is a wonderful sight.
2. Prambanan Temple / Candi Rara Jonggrang – It is a famous ancient Hindu Temple located in Java, Indonesia. To get there you can take the Transjogja public bus. Just a 10-25 min walk from Parambanan temple is the Sewu Temple, it is partially restored giving you a more authentic feel. View and enjoy the sunset and watch the performance of the Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan.
3. The Royal Sultan Palace in Yogyakarta – The residence of the sultan of Yogyakarta is called The Kraton or Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat. Kraton is the Javanese word for a royal palace. Before going to the main palace, dropped by at the Kareta Karaton Museum. It houses antic horse-drawn carriages used by the sultans of Jogja. You can roam around the palace grounds but not all areas of the palace are open to the public.
4. Water Castle / Taman Sari – The Taman Sari Water Castle was the former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. Currently it is being considered to be declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. Most of the area is occupied by the Kampung Taman settlement but the central bathing complex is well-preserved. Walk around the village and the maze like streets will lead you to an underground Mosque. Gumuling Well (Sumur Gumuling) is a one-storey circular structure that forms an artificial island. There is pool at middle (no water) and an elevated platform where four staircases meet. Before entering, you would have to donate a small amount at the entrance.
5. Shopping in Malioboro Beringharjo Market – You can find tons of stuff to buy at the streets of Malioboro Street and at the Beringharjo Market. This is the best place to buy “pasalubongs” and other souvenir items. The prices are generally affordable and you can definitely ask for discounts. You can buy stuff like jewelry, souvenir products, clothes and bags.
Read my Solo travel adventure in Yogyakarta here. What are your favorite things to do in Yogjakarta? Don’t forget to comment below 🙂 .