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Yogyakarta / Jogja


Yogyakarta (some people call it Jogja, Jogjakarta, or Yogya) is a city with outstanding historical and cultural heritage. In fact, Yogyakarta is not Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia. So you can neme it as you like. If you feel easier to pronounce just mere Jogja. Yogyanian will accept it without any hesitation. And in your curiousity, originally is longer name "Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat", wich means the Orderly and Peaceful (town). The beauty of the world.

Yogyakarta is the bearer of Mataram Imperium heritage. Yogyakarta was the centre of the Mataram Dynasty (1575-1640), and until now the kraton (the sultan's palace) exists in its real functions. It was built in 18th century, the first King was Sultan hamengku Buwono I.

Nowdays, you can still feel and see the greatness of its Javanese Culture. And it's always an unforgetable moment to be there.

Also, Yogyakarta has numerous thousand-year-old temples as inheritances of the great ancient kingdoms, such as Borobudur temple established in the ninth century by the dynasty of Syailendra.

More than the cultural heritages, Yogyakarta has beautiful natural panorama. The green rice fields cover the suburban areas with a background of the Merapi Mountain. The natural beaches can be easily found to the south of Yogyakarta.

Here the society lives in peace and has typical Javanese hospitality. Just try to go around the city by bike, pedicab, or horse cart; and you will find sincere smiles and warm greeting in every corner of the city.

An artistic atmosphere is deeply felt in Yogyakarta. Malioboro, as the center of Yogyakarta, is overwhelmed by handicraft from all around the city. Street musicians always ready entertain the visitors of the lesehan food stalls.

Those who have visited Yogyakarta reveal that this city makes them long for it. Just visit here, then you will understand what this means.

Transportations to Yogyakarta:

  1. Train
    You may reach Yogyakarta by train from Jakarta, Bandung, or Surabaya

  2. Bus
    Yogyakarta is reachable by bus from Sumatra Island, Bali Island, and most cities of Java Island.

  3. Plane
    Recently, international direct flights from Kuala Lumpur are established to Yogyakarta. In addition, domestic flights to Yogyakarta from Jakarta, Denpasar, Balikpapan, and many others, are available now. Please check the Yogyakarta Regular Flight Schedule.

Land - beautiful and extravagant
Yogyakarta is surrounded by virgin beauty panorama, which you can hardly find in other places. Calm paddifields and unique rural houses are the scenery you never dream of.

Parangtritis Beach, with real freshness, is believed as the home of Goddess of the South Seas. Now it's an attractive seaside resort which still held the colorful annual religious ceremony.

Kaliurang, a rare mountain resort o a beautiful Merapi volcano foothills.

Dieng Plateau, a gigantic volcanic caldera at an altitude of 2500 feet above sea-level.

A chilly, mysterious panorama of 8th century Hindu Temples, lakes, sulphur springs and geisers. An adventurous site to see.