Indonesia Travel Guide


Yogyakarta (also called Jogjakarta or simply Yogya/Jogja) is one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. One of the key attractions of Yogyakarta is Kraton, the Sultan's Palace. It is the centre of Yogyakarta's traditional life and despite the advance of modernity; it still emanates the spirit of refinement.

A tour to Borobudur temple and a visit of Prambanan temple site is a must for those who travel to Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is known as a center of classical Javanese fine art and culture and especially as a center for batik arts.

The city has more than just culture. It is a very lively city and a shopper's delight. At the main road, Malioboro Street, travelers may hunt for exclusive souvenirs of Yogyakarta, batik, traditional wayang puppets, sculpture, ceramics and silverware.

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INFO: history of Yogyakarta

The Sultanate of Yogyakarta emerged in 1755 out of the ancient Mataram kingdom. Mataram was prosperous and had high civilization; ruling ruled since 16 Century almost the whole island of Java. The kingdom built Borobudur temple which was the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia.

The Dutch East India Company recognized the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. But during the interregnum of the Englishman the Sultan of Yogyakarta had to surrender some of its territory to the British. In the years of Indonesia's independence war (1945-49) the capital was temporarily moved to Yogyakarta because Jakarta (then Batavia) was occupied by the Dutch. Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX. (1912-1988) declared his kingdom in 1950 as a part of Indonesia and received a life-long reign. Yogyakarta has been declared a special zone and since 1988, there was Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.

HOTEL: Wakeup Homestay

Hotel Yogyakarta Jl Gandekan Lor no. 44, Yogyakarta, Java
from $ 27 p/n
Offering a 24-hour front desk, Wakeup Homestay is located a 4-minute walk to Malioboro Street in Yogyakarta. Free WiFi access is available in throughout this hostel. The rooms here will provide you with air conditioning. Some rooms have private bathroom with shower. Indonesian breakfast will be served in the breakfast room and guests may find plenty of eateries within a 5-minute walk from the property.

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