Beyond Bali….Yogyakarta

The Javanese Jewel

A one-hour flight from Bali, you will find the tried and tested Indonesian destination,Yogyakarta, the gateway to central Java.   It is the second-most visited destination in Indonesia, after Bali, it is also a mecca for food lovers with plenty of cheap, tasty food and affordable accommodation.

Yogyakarta (pronounced  “Johg-Jakarta,” or just say “Jog-Ja” if you really want to fit in) lies on the island of Java, where Indonesia’s capital city, Jakarta, also resides.  Yogyakarta’s Adisucipto International Airport is mainly a domestic hub connecting the region to Jakarta and the rest of Indonesia.  Located in the eastern part of the town and approximately 7 km away from the city center.

 

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

Today, a buzzing metropolis, Yogyakarta is the center of Javanese arts, Wayang kulit, Indonesia’s shadow puppetry, was born here more than a thousand years ago. So was batik, a few hundred later; complex geometrical and graphic patterns, usually painted in rich hues of brown and deep blues on white—are considered among the most beautiful by textile collectors.

 

The Art of Batik, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

The Art of Batik, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

Yogyakarta is also Indonesia’s second most popular tourist destination which is known for its Borobudur Temple, listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. The most renowned amongst many ancient temples.  The next most significant is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, the 9th and 10th century Hindu complex of Prambanan.  A day trip well worth doing, be sure to visit the viewing point on the lava flows of Gunung Merapi, one of the most active volcanoes in Java, where you can buy duck eggs and boil them in its hot sands.

 

Borobudur Yogyakarta Indonesia

Borobudur Temple Yogyakarta Indonesia

 

Malioboro is a name of the street that become a icon of Yogyakarta city,  a well-known shopping promenade and very popular among locals as well as international tourists. Spanning from the Tugu Station to the Sultan’s square, Malioboro is 2 km in length and home to hundreds of shops and street-stalls offering various kinds of handicrafts and not to be missed “street food”.  There are an abundance of hawker stalls offering inexpensive foods, one of which will be Gudeg, a curry of jackfruit, chicken and egg served with rice, and is the most famous local dish.

 

 

 

Whiz Hotel Yogyakarta is the perfect place to stay for those looking for excellent value for money accommodation offering incredible service to it’s guests.  Make yourself at home in one of the 100 air-conditioned guestrooms, complimentary wifi access is available throughout.

Located in the Malioboro area, there are plenty of tourist attractions nearby, such as Pasar Bringharjo Market, a lively and fascinating place selling a vast array of Batik, and Fort Vredeburg Museum Vredeburg fort built in 1760 at the request of the Dutch government to protect the Yogyakarta palace. Book with Traveloka.com our trusted travel partner for Yogyakarta Hotel Deals

 

 

The local adage of  “alon-alon waton kelakon” – meaning slowly but surely, is a reflection of the way life is looked upon in Yogyakarta.  Also seeing the positive in every situation, no matter how bad , that’s why Javanese frequently use “Untungnya…” meaning fortunately.  Not a bad outlook to have…

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