Jogja, as the center of Javanese art and culture, boasts various kinds of fascinating tourist attractions. That is the reason why people call Jogja as the cradle of Javanese culture.
Yogyakarta or Jogja or Yogya, an old, elegant city similar to Solo, is one of the two remaining central traditional palaces of Javanese culture. Beautiful environments, traditional architecture, social customs, and ritual ceremonies place Jogja as the most interesting place to visit. Traditional art like gamelan music and traditional dance will always remind us the atmosphere of the Jogjasee at centuries ago.
This province is also acknowledged as an interesting place for researchers, geologists, and vulcanologist due to the Caves in the limestone areas and an active volcano. Jogja was awarded special province status due to its role in the struggle for the lndonesian Independence.
Places of Interest or Tourist Destination in Yogyakarta (Jogja) Indonesia :
KRATON (SULTAN PALACE) : Sultan Palace, or Kraton, built in the grand and elegant Javanese architectural style, lies in the center of the municipality. It was built in 1790 by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono l. Kraton is a model of traditional Javanese palace architecture. Up to now, Kraton still serves as the Sultan Palace. lt opens everyday 08.00-13.00, but on Friday it closes at 12.00.
TAMAN SARI WATER CASTLE : One of the most intriguing parts of Kraton is Tamansari. Literally, it means ‘fragrant garden‘. This was once a most secret part of Kraton as it formed as pleasure park of pools and waterways planted with hundreds of flowering trees. The Sultan and his concubines would relax here and from the tower overlooking the female bathing pools, the Sultan would choose his companion for the evening. It was built in 1957 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. He created a new style that combination of Javanese and Portuguese architecture. It opens everyday from 08.00-14.00.
KRATON MUSEUM : The Royal Palace has a museum known popularly as the Kraton Jogja Museum. it is located in the Kraton land. It keeps several items of the heritage from Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono, including their photographic equipment. There is also a Royal Carriage museum located on the west side of Kraton on Rotowijayan Street. This museum has a collection of all kinds of Palace Carriages including Kyai Garuda Yeksa, Kyai Jaladara, and Kyai Kanjeng Jimat. It was built on 14000 m2 in Javanese architecture design.
MALIOBORO STREET : Here, along the street you can find a lot of Jogja handicrafts, souvenir which price you can bargain. They are open from morning to late of night. Beside that, you can also find Jogja street food, Local Jogja community who playing music and arts, shop and mall, Bakpia patok (Yogja cakes), local transport (becak) to go around the Yogyakarta city. Close by walking distance, there is Beringharjo Traditional Market,
BOROBUDUR TEMPLE : Borobudur temple is the one "must see” site on the calendar of any visitors in Jogja. It is a magnificent Buddhist monument constructed between 750 and 850 AD when Central Java was still a Buddhist kingdom. Now days, Borobudur is a UNESCO designated World heritage site with nine levels and 1460 carved stone reliefs telling the story of Buddha and representing the steps from the earthly realm to nirvana. The location is about 42 km from Jogja. It opens from 06.00-17.15
PRAMBANAN TEMPLE : It consists of three-court-yards. The Sanjaya Dynasty built a 47 metre high Hindu temple in the 9th century and surrounded it with several small temples called "perwara" temples. Prambanan Temple is only a hundred meters off the main street, located about 17 km from Jogja. It opens everyday from 06.00-17.30
BATIK MUSEUM : The visitors can see a collections of art works of Javanese females batik such as batik with the royal pattern of Jogja palace and Solo palace. The other exhibited works are household goods of a traditional family. It opens on Saturday-Sunday from 09.00-16.00.
KASONGAN : Kasongan is inside the territory of Bantul Regency, about 7 km from Jogja. Besides farming, the villagers of kasongan earn their living by making pottery. Kasongan villagers produce handicrafts (earthenware and ceramic) such as decorative and kitchen utensils in various sizes that are very famous in Indonesia. It can be reached by ‘to Bantul‘ public transportation.
MERAPI VOLCANO : Merapi Volcano, 2,968 ms above the sea level, is one of the most active volcanos in the world. During the bright sunny day, it invites and challenges adventurous people to climb it. There are two tracks to climb. The first is through Kinahrejo, about 2 km from the mountain resort of Kaliurang. Kinahrejo is about 9 km to the peak of Merapi. It takes 10 hours to reach the top.
SALAK PONDOH AGRICULTURE TOUR : This Salak garden is located about 5 km. eastward of Temple District, in Gadung sub—village, Bangunkerto, Turi. This tourist resort offers a comfortably situated place, fresh, and unpolluted environment with the amenities of the local people.
KALIURANG : Visiting Kaliurang, a popular mountain resort which is 24 km on the northern side of Jogja, provides great escape from the heat and humidity of Jogja city—either early in the morning or in the afternoon. The sleepy green valleys and the lazy hills provide a nice setting for camping or mountain climbing. Sometimes at night, visitors can see the Spectacular sight of lava coming down the mountain. Various tourist facilities are available, such as restaurants, swimming pools, parks, and camping grounds.
PARANG TRITIS BEACH : Parangtritis is located in Parangtritis village, Kretek Sub district, Bantul Regency about 28 km south ward of Jogja. This most frequently visited tourist destination at the Indian Ocean can be reached by public transportation that serves the Jogja-Bantul—lmogiri— Parangtritis route by bus from the bus station in Jogja. Parangtritis combines rocky hills, dunes, and white sandy beach, ending in an enchanting sloping beach. It is also a sacred place where many people come to do meditation.
PARANGKUSUMO SAND DUNES : Parangkusumo sand dunes is a world heritage site. The sand is 20 m2 above the sea level. There are only four places in the entire world that have such kinds of dunes, one of them is in Indonesia, here in Parangkusumo.
CERME CAVE : Located about 22 kms, south ward of Jogja in Selopamioro village in the Sub district of Imogiri, this natural cave hides stalactites and stalagmites over a small creek that flows for approximately 1300 ms to the other end in Panggang a sub district in Gunung Kidul Regency. Inside the cave there are a number of pigeonholes (Dalang cave, Ledhek cave, Badhut cave, and Kaum cave) where people usually sit and pray for days on meditation. To reach its door you have to walk up a staircase of hundreds of steps. A shelter is available there for sightseeing while climbing up to the Cave.
SEROPAN CAVE : Lying in Semen sub district, near the Wonosari-Rongkop highway, Seropan Cave has a high waterfall of about 7 ms, internal drainage, and stalactites and stalagmites among its antonishing natural phenomenons.
TANJUNG VILLAGE : Tanjung Village is located 5 kms Northward of Monumen Yogya Kembali (Return to Yogya Monument (Monjali)). Here you will find a style of house called Joglo, which can be occupied by 100-200 people. The supporting beams are made from jackfruit tree wood over 200 years old, and the internal beams and wooden walls show an ancient carved relief. Tanjung village comprises of three districs: Tanjung, Panasan and Bantarjo, and most of its inhabitants are farmers. The surrounding rice fields are used for training in Ngkluku, Nggaru, Tandur, Panen, angon Bebek and other activities. Other fields are also used for mental training for scouts and for fulfilling the local content for school studies.
PUCUNG VILLAGE : Pucung village is famous for its Mahogany and Teak primitive wooden statues. The ideas and designs of the statues come from traditional patterns and themes from variety of areas in Indonesia including Asmat, Dayak and Aborigine.
And other tourist destination in Jogja which is very interested to visit such as : Ngasem Bird market, Gembira Loka Zoo, Purawisata, Dagadu shop, Cangkringan Golf Course, Affandi Museum, Batik Museum, Yogya Kembali Monumen, Sonobudoyo Museum, Syuhada Mosque, Hati Kudus Church, Wanagama Forest, Sermo Dam, Glagah Beach, Siung Beach, Wediombo Beach, Kiskendo Cave, Ullen Sentalu Museum, Vredeburg Castle and many more.
Visit Jogja (Yogyakarta) to know real Java culture.
How to go to Jogja (Yogyakarta) :
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