YOGYAKARTA / JOGJA
Travelers Paradise in Java, Indonesia
- Where to EatWe'll bring you to explore the diversity of delish foods here so that you can taste the sweets, spicy, salty and soury Jogja culinary. Not to mention, it also includes a small part of Jogja life.
- Where to ShopOne of the pleasures of travel, in addition to sightseeing and a bite to eat, must be shopping for souvenirs. These traditional markets are a paradise of handicrafts and batik in Yogyakarta. However, do not forget to bargain before buying.
A thousand years ago, Yogyakarta was the center of ancient Mataram Kingdom which was prosperous and high civilized. This kingdom built Borobudur Temple which was the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, 300 years before Angkor Wat in Cambodia.
However, by some mysterious reason, Ancient Mataram Kingdom moved its central government to East Java in the 10th century. The magnificent temples were abandoned and partially buried by the eruption material of Mount Merapi. Slowly, Yogyakarta region went back into the dense forest.
Six hundred years later, Panembahan Senopati established the Islamic Mataram Kingdom in the region. Once again, Yogyakarta became the witness of human history of a great Kingdom that ruled Java Island and its surrounding area. Islamic Mataram Kingdom was leaving a trail of ruins of fortress and royal tombs in Kotagede which recently is known as silver handicraft center in Yogyakarta. (See Pilgrimage Sites).
Giyanti agreement in 1755 divided the Islamic Mataram Kingdom into Kasunanan Surakarta be based in the city of Solo and Yogyakarta Sultanate which founded in Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta Palace (kraton) still exists until today and is functioned as the residence of sultan and his family as well as hundreds of abdi dalem (the servant of the palace) who faithfully serve the palace voluntarily and run the tradition in the midst of changing times. At the palace, there are many cultural performances such as wayang kulit (puppet shadow play), gamelan (Javanese orchestra), and Javanese dance etc. (See Calendar of Events).
Yogyakarta at present is a place where tradition and modern dynamics are going on together continuously. In this city, there is a palace which has hundreds of loyal servants to run the tradition, but there is also University of Gadjah Mada that is one of the leading universities in South East Asia. Some of its residents live in a strong agrarian culture. In the other side, there are also students who live with pop life-style. Traditional markets and handicraft centers are numerous in the city where some of them located by the malls which are no less hectic.
A unique combination of ancient temples, history, traditions, culture and natural forces make Yogyakarta a very worthwhile place to visit. YogYES.COM site will help you to plan a visit to Yogyakarta and enjoy the best charm of this place.
2,180 sharesKulon Progo
An Emerald in the West of Jogja
Kulon Progo has an extraordinary landscape. The silent hills, spreads of green rice fields, and a stunning beach with the combination of stunning beach and a lagoon, produced a perfect color mixture of a God-made painting.
Here Comes Yogyakarta's New Tourism Primadona
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660 sharesGanjuran Church
Seeing Jesus in Javanese Face
Ganjuran Church that was built in 1927 is not just a place to contemplate, but it also offers an opportunity to see the global Jesus in local appearance, wearing the Javanese clothes named surjan while listening to gamelan.
531 shares10 Pre-Wedding Locations in Jogja
From Romantic to Symbolic
Jogja is home to numerous exotic, romantic places of incomparable beauty. It is no wonder that some of these locations have risen up as the prima donna for pre-wedding photo session.
467 sharesTaman Sari
A Water Castle which is Full of Beauty and Secret
The sound of splash water, the beauty of its ancient architecture, and its wonderful view make Taman Sari becomes very enchanting. Its alleys and buildings make Taman Sari has many secrets to reveal.
438 sharesJomblang Cave
An Ancient Forest and Heavenly Light in The Bowel of The Earth
Jomblang cave is a vertical cave with dense ancient forest below. A 300 meter alley with its beautiful natural ornament will bring you to the edge of Gua Grubug (Grubug Cave), a place where you can see light from heaven.
435 sharesSri Gethuk Water Fall
Thunderous Sound in The Silence in Dry Region
Located between Oya river surrounded by green rice field area, Sri Gethuk water fall flows without being influenced by the weather. It's thunderous sound seems breaking the silence in Gunungkidul that is well-known as a dry region.
397 shares10 Famous Angkringan
Places to Reminisce When Back to Jogja
Returning to Jogja is just like going home; there's an abundant of yearning that makes it special. The friendly atmosphere and angkringan (food tenant) are the two things that never fail in making people yearning to "return home to Jogja".
390 sharesLotek Teteg
A Large Portions of Lotek and Gado-Gado
Lotek and gado-gado which became Indonesian popular dishes are served with large portions in Warung Lotek Teteg. Besides its special taste, its strategic location, its shady place also make this food stall always be visited by the food lovers.
389 sharesWediombo Beach
Fishing from The Coral Hill
Fishing at the height of a coral hill to get big fish is certainly extraordinary tour. In Wediombo Beach, you can get not only such an experience but you can try to eat Panjo fish and see the Ngalangi ceremony.