10 PLACES TO VISIT BY TRANS JOGJA
From Prambanan to Seeing Orangutans
Updated on 14 November 2018
Exploring Jogja by Trans Jogja is a fun thing you need to try. Affordable fare and easy access are the main reasons you should try it. By riding on Trans Jogja, it will be easier for you to travel to various places. Also, you will get a chance of becoming an eco-friendly tourist. Only with IDR 4K per trip, you will easily get to the destination you want.
By Trans Jogja, you can get to just any tourism destinations, from Prambanan Temple, Affandi Museum, to trying the educative tourism at Taman Pintar. The destinations are reachable only by walking for several minutes from the bus stop. Below are 10 popular destinations in Jogja that you can reach by Trans Jogja.
1. Prambanan Temple
As the most enchanting Hindhu temple in Indonesia, Prambanan Temple is one of the destinations you must pay a visit to while spending time in Jogja. Three primary temples stand in dignity, accompanied by tens of perwara temples (secondary/accompanying temples). To get to Prambanan Temple, you may get to the bus from Tugu Train Station or from Halte Malioboro 1 and catch a Trans Jogja 1A. It will take approximately an hour from Malioboro to the temple. Along the way, you will pass by Beringharjo Traditional Market, numerous buildings of the Indische heritage (the Vredeburg Fort, the former State Palace, the Primary Post Office, the Indonesian Bank), Taman Pintar, and Gembiraloka Zoo. If you are somewhere around Adisutjipto Airport, you can also directly catch a Trans Jogja 1A to Prambanan Temple. It will take only 10 minutes from the airport to Prambanan Temple.
2. Affandi Museum
Museum Affandi is one of the best museums Jogja has ever had, and it is the heaven for fine arts lovers. In the museum, which also serves as the residency of the Affandis, you can wander around and see almost all of Affandi's famous expressionist paintings, along with other paintings created by his wife and children. To get to the museum, you may depart from Tugu Train Station and walk a while to Halte Malioboro 1, and catch a Trans Jogja 1A. The trip will take you pass by several Indische buildings (the Vredeburg Fort, the former State Palace, the Primary Post Office, and the Indonesian Bank), and Taman Pintar. If you are around Adisutjipto Airport, you can catch a Trans Jogja 1B and stop at Halte Jl. Solo (Gedung Wanita).
3. Tugu Jogja
Tugu Jogja (the Monument of Jogja) is the most famous landmark of the city. The monument is situated right at the center of the crossroads dividing the area into four streets the Pangeran Mangkubumi Street, Jendral Soedirman Street, A.M. Sangaji Street, and Diponegoro Street. The monument, which is almost 3 centuries of age, holds a deep meaning as well as a number of Yogyakarta's historical records. The monument has a very strong attraction that numerous tourists come by every day just to see it. Some may just take photos of the monument itsel, while some others take photos of theirselves standing in front of the monument, which has served as the direction guide of the city. If you are coming from Tugu Train Station, you can walk a while to Halte Malioboro 1 and catch a Trans Jogja 2A to reach the monument. If you are coming by air and land at Adisutjipto Airport, you can walk to Halte Bandara Adisutjipto and find yourself a Trans Jogja 1B. Both of the track will stop at Halte Mangkubumi 1.
This is it, the paradise of shopping where you can buy various trademark souvenirs and gifts. Along the street corridor (arcade), you can find numerous sellers with various offers. You can find everything here, from local crafts, Jogja-styled traditional clothes such as blangkon (headdress for man) and sorjan lurik (traditional shirt for man), to popular printed T-shirts. A line of shops also stand along the two sides of the street. To get to Malioboro, you may find yourself a Trans Jogja 3A. From Adisutjipto Airport, catch a Trans Jogja 1A and stop at Halte Malioboro 1. From there, you can freely explore every corner of Malioboro as you like.
5. The Vredeburg Fort
With bastions on all four corners, the fort is the home of the collection of dioramas projecting the Indonesian struggle for independence. Between June and July, the fort also usually hosts the renowned Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Arts Festival). Besides exploring around the fort and museum, you can also stop by at Cafe Indische Koffie (open from 9 am to 11 pm) and have a try of various traditional menus, both Western and Indonesian menus, in a classic, elegant atmosphere. Enjoying the foods served at Indische Koffie will make you feel as if you were a Dutch mademoiselle or meneer on vacation. To get to the Vredeburg Fort, from Tugu Train Station you can walk to Halte Malioboro 1 and catch a Trans Jogja 1A, 2A, or 3A. If you are coming from the direction of Adisutjipto Airport, find yourself a Trans Jogja 1A and stop at Halte Ahmad Yani (in front of the fort).
6. The Palace of Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta Palace (keraton) is not just the place where the royalties live; it is also the guardian that keeps the flames of the Javanese culture. Here is the exact point where the beats of the Javanese culture is centered since hundreds of years ago. Here, you can learn and see in person how the culture is preserved amongst the growing modern cultures. This is what makes the Palace of Yogyakarta particularly interesting. To get to the palace, catch a Trans Jogja 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, or 3A, and stop by at Halte Ahmad Yani. From the bus stop, walk few minutes to the North city square, and you will reach the palace in just a few minutes.
7. Taman Pintar Science Park
It is esential to introduce children to science and allow them to grow affection to it since early. While spending time in Jogja, you can take your kids to Taman Pintar, right behind the Vredeburg Fort, and introduce them to science in a fun way. At Taman Pintar, children may learn many things around the provided sections, such as the maritime life section, the green village, to the planetarium. There is also the whispering parabola and the singing wall. No doubt your kids will be amused. To get to Taman Pintar from Tugu Train Station, walk a while to Halte Malioboro 1 and catch a Trans Jogja 1A, 2A, or 3A, and stop at Halte Senopati 2. If you are coming from Adisutjipto Airport, catch a Trans Jogja 1A and stop at the same bus stop.
8. Shopping Center
This is the most complete center for book shopping, and is always crowded by visitors from day to day. Known as the Shopping Center, the area is filled with tens of book stalls. Here, you can find and buy various books, either new or secondhand. To get to the Shopping Center, from Tugu Train Station you will need to walk to Halte Malioboro 1 and catch a Trans Jogja 1A, 2A, or 3A, and stop at Halte Senopati 2. If you are coming from Adisutjipto Airport, catch a Trans Jogja 1A and stop at the same bus stop.
9. Taman Pelangi at Jogja Kembali Monument
When evening has come and you are still in the mood for fun, try visiting the Jogja Kembali Monument (MONJALI). During the evening, the yard of the monument area transforms into a beautiful park of rainbow filled with numerous paper lanterns. So, you will be able to see rainbows, even at night. Your eyes will be spoiled by paper lanterns of various shapes and colors. Numerous amusements are also available. You can also satisfy your hunger at the culinary stalls here. To get to the park and monument, from Tugu Train Station you will need to walk to Halte Malioboro 1 and catch a Trans Jogja 2A and stop by at the Halte Ring Road Utara (Monjali 2). If you are coming from Jombor Bus Station, catch a Trans Jogja 2B and stop at Halte Ring Road Utara (Monjali 1).
10. Gembira Loka Zoo
Gembira Loka Zoo is one of the main attractions you have to visit. Hundreds of faunas from different regions live side by side within the zoo's area. There is no need to travel a long way only to see the penguins with their funny acts, the giant lizard Dragon Komodo, to the rare and protected orangutans. Besides playing with the animals, various amusements are also available at the zoo. To get there, walk to Halte Malioboro 1 from Tugu Train Station and catch a Trans Jogja 2A, and stop at Halte Kusumanegara (Gembiraloka). If you are coming from Adisutjipto Airport, catch a Trans Jogja 1B, and stop at the same bus stop.
Text Yogaku Puspita Rini Sagala
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