Best Spots to Visit in Yogyakarta Indonesia, Yogyakarta is one of the most visited city in Java and also Indonesia. The capital city of the special region is a cultural city that houses many interesting things to explore. You should know about them all and then explore the spots when you travel to Yogyakarta.
Malioboro is a name of the most well-known street in Yogyakarta. The length is about one kilometer and has a unique atmosphere that can’t be found in other cities. Along the street, you can find many shops offering typical merchandises of Yogyakarta like Batik and Wayang. Besides, many restaurants as well as hotels are also available along the street for the tourists.
Kraton Yogyakarta (Sultan Palace)
The palace complex is situated in the heart of Yogyakarta. This is the pace where Sultan and the family live. Enjoy the unique beauty of the palace accentuated by the stained glass windows in Dutch style. The roof is decorated with intricately and the marble floor that has been applied for hundreds years. Inside the palace, there some museums that show artifacts of the palace and also from other eras. Some old photographs of the previous Sultans are also showed in the museums.
Taman Sari Water Castle
Situated in about a couple kilometers from Kraton Yogyakarta, Taman Sari water castle is an old garden of the palace. It was built in 18th century and the complex where Sultan and his wives spent relaxing time. The water castle was also a hiding place, defense area and where the Sultan had resting area, workshop area as well as for meditation.
Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in South East Asia. Based on the legend, the temple was the place where a powerful man named Bandung Bondowoso met a beautiful princess named Roro Jonggrang. Built in the 10th century for Shiva tribute, you will enjoy the amazing architecture and structure of the temple. The operation hours start from 7.3- am to 5 pm.
Everyone who travels to Yogyakarta must never left Borobudur Temple to visit. It is the world’s largest Buddhist Temple and the 800 AD temple is surrounded by beautiful scenery with kinds of ornately decorated relief on the walls. Most favorite activity enjoyed in the temple is the Sunrise watching that start from 4.30 am every day.
Ullen Sentalu Museum
Ullen Sentalu Museum is a private museum that is located in Kaliurang, Yogyakarta. Built in 1994, the museum belongs to two Yogyakarta kingdoms and two Surakarta kingdoms. It shows Javanese culture and art including paintings, relics of the Sultan palaces, and artifacts.
Mount Merapi is a perfect spot for those who love adventuring. The beautiful volcano is very active with 68 times of eruptions since 1548. To enjoy the beautiful scenery and shoot amazing pictures, you should hike to the mountain. The only way to hike the mountain is Selo village, and you can purchase the ticket in this village. One of the most favorite activities on the mountain is watching the sunrise on the summit. The hiking starts at 1 am so they can get on the summit at 5.30 when the sun starts rising.