When the Sun is Hiding Behind High Buildings

Come and enjoy the moments when the sun starts hiding behind high buildings. Let the light greet and make peace in your heart.

Updated on 12 December 2018

Sunset may be one of the most awaited moments. The peaceful sight of sunset is the reason. Indeed, Jogja has many places to enjoy its best sunset, such as Ratu Boko Temple, Parangtritis Beach, Ijo Temple, and some other places located a bit far from the downtown. Still, who would have known that such sweet scenery can also be found in the middle of Jogja's downtown, eliminating the need for us to go far from it and not charging us with high price. These five places are not only the icons of the city, but also have the best sunset view in the middle of Jogja.

1. Tugu Jogja

People say that you have not truly visited Jogja if you have not taken a picture with this white monument as the background. Built in 1755 by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I (the first king of the Kingdom of Yogyakarta) and located within a straight imaginary line with Mount Merapi, the Palace of Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, and the Southern Beach, not only does it become the icon of Jogja, but it also offers a gorgeous sunset view. Standing gallantly right in the center of the crowded afternoon city traffic, Tugu Jogja is always ready to accompany you enjoying the shift of day.

2. Nol Kilometer

Km 0 of Jogja is located near Malioboro and the Palace of Yogyakarta. The place is the object most frequently visited by tourists visiting Jogja. The area of Km 0 of Jogja is surrounded by several ancient and historical buildings such as Gedung Agung (former Presidential Palace of Indonesia when the capital of Indonesia was moved to Yogyakarta), Vredeburg Fortress, Main Post Office, Bank Indonesia Building, and BNI 46 Building. Those buildings will be the amazing backgrounds of the city's dusk.

3. Pulo Cemeti

Pulo Cemeti is the name of an ancient building complex located on the north side of the Tamansari (the Water Castle). It is called "pulo" since in the past this place was surrounded by swamps and looked like an island ('pulo': Javanese word for 'island'). Even though the building is not intact any more, it still shows its robustness and beauty. Pulo Cemeti has many tunnels said to connect Tamansari and the Palace of Ngayogyakarta. Due to its beauty, this place is often used as a photo shoot location. In the afternoon, you can watch the afternoon sunlight sneaking into the ruins of the building.

4. Alun-alun Utara

Jogja also has a public space in the form of wide fields at the front the back of the palace which is called Alun-Alun (city square). Alun-Alun Utara is located exactly in front of the Palace of Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat. This place usually becomes a place to interact for both the locals and tourists visiting Jogja. Alun-Alun Utara is also often set as a place to hold art performances and annual occasions such as Sekaten (a traditional celebration in Jogja and Central Java for commemorating the birthday of Prophet Muhammad SAW). In the afternoon, you can enjoy a calm dusk ambience while watching as the sun slowly hides behind the twin banyan trees in the center of the city square.

5. Alun-alun Selatan

Alun-Alun Selatan is a wide field located exactly at the backyard of the Palace of Ngayogyakarta complex. This place is always crowded by people in the evening. They usually come to try the fun of riding fancy bicycles or cab (decorated with colorful lights and sometimes equipped with music player) and do Masangin game, a game done by walking through 2 twin banyan trees with eyes blindfolded/closed. It is believed that if one succeeded to walk through the two banyan trees, all his/her wishes would come true. Besides, in the evening there are also many food and culinary stalls typically found in Jogja, including wedang ronde (ginger water served hot with ronde-balls made of sticky rice filled with chopped peanut). However, before enjoying the evening festivity at Alun-Alun Selatan, you should never miss the beautiful scenery of dusk here.