Yogyakarta is the second most popular destinations for tourists in Indonesia. It is considered to be the cultural heart of the country with a large student and artist population.
Although this is a popular destination visitor numbers, especially for international tourists are a fraction of those who come to Bali which makes Jogja more cheaper and more special.
In the years 1568 - 1586 a kingdom existed in central Java called Pajang Kingdom. It was led by Sultan Hadiwijaya, known well as Jaka Tingkir. At a time Jaka Tingkir became in conflict with Arya Penangsang (one of the governors for Jipang Kingdom). At that time, Jaka Tingkir won, helped by Ki Ageng Pemanahan and his son, Bagus Sutawijaya, also known as Ngabehi Loring Pasar. Read more Yogyakarta History
Things to see
A must see and a reason why many travelers come here, is of course the world famous Borobudur, the largest budhist temple in the world. But don't forget to visit Prambanan temples a large Hindu complex and due to its fine architecture is often considered more impressive than the Borobudur.
If you are in high (dry) season and interested in culture be sure to see the Ramayana ballet in front of the Prambanan temples.
Things to do
If you are a bit adventurous there are several caves south of Jogja worth exploring. Some are filled with water and you can even go tubing down the cave.
Jogja has a huge student population and the city has a decent night scene, although it dwarfs compared to Jakarta or Bali. Check out Hugo's or Embassy near the airport or if the Republic located on the Jl Malioboro.
Things to eat
The specialty food of Jogja is Nasi Gudeg. Gudeg is made of Jack Fruit which is boiled for several hours and mixed with spices, sugar and coconut milk. It is served with white rice, chicken, egg and tofu.
Getting to Yogyakarta
Flying to Yogyakarta: Yogyakarta is served by Adisutjipto International Airport. Adisutjipto International Airport is located about 6 km east from Yogyakarta. A taxi into the city from Adisutjipto International Airport would cost IDR 60.000. Read more about Adisutjipto International Airport or look for flights to Yogyakarta
A train to Yogyakarta: Yogyakarta is also reachable by train. The city has several train stations where long-distance trains stop: station Brambanan, station Lempuyangan, station Sentolo, station Tugu.
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