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Yogyakarta Special Region (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, DIY) is officially one of Indonesia's 32 provinces. Yogyakarta is one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. This region is located at the foot of the active Merapi volcano, Yogyakarta was in the 16th and 17th centuries the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataram from which present day Yogyakarta has the best inherited of traditions. The city itself has a special charm, which seldom fails to captivate the visitor. This province is one of the most densely populated areas of Indonesia.


Who does not know Borobudur ? This Buddhist temple has 1460 relief panels and 504 Buddha effigies in its complex. Millions of people are eager to visit this building as one of the World Wonder Heritages. It is not surprising since architecturally and functionally, as the place for Buddhists to say their prayer, Borobudur is attractive.Borobudur was built by King Samaratungga, one of the kings of Old Mataram Kingdom , the descendant of Sailendra dynasty. Based on Kayumwungan inscription, an Indonesian named Hudaya Kandahjaya revealed that Borobudur was a place for praying that was completed to be built on 26 May 824, almost one hundred years from the time the construction was begun. The name of Borobudur, as some people say, means a mountain having terraces (budhara), while other says that Borobudur means monastery on the high place.



Prambanan temple is extraordinarily beautiful building constructed in the tenth century during the reigns of two kings namely Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Balitung. Soaring up to 47 meters (5 meters higher than Borobudur temple), the foundation of this temple has fulfilled the desire of the founder to show Hindu triumph in Java Island . This temple is located 17 kilometers from the city center, among an area that now functions as beautiful park.




Kraton or the Palace where Sultan and his family of Yogyakarta live is located in the center of the axis stretching from the north to the south, and in the secondary axis from the east to the west. It is encircled by row of the mountains called the Horizon as the border of the universe.



Formerly Tamansari was a recreation garden or a resting house for the Sultan and Family. Tamansari is located about 2 km south of Yogyakarta Palace . Built by Portuguese architect in European aquatic construction adorned with Javanese Symbolize ornaments. Tamansari was built in the Sultan Hamengku Buwono I period in the end of XVII Century


Malioboro Street is a major shopping street in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; the name is also used more generally for the neighborhood around the street. It lies north in the line between Yogyakarta Kraton and Mount Merapi. This is in itself is significant to many of the local population, the north south orientation between the palace and the volcano being of importance.



Lying on the south of Yogyakarta, Parangtritis has rough surf and a long sweep of shifting, black-sand dunes backed by high jagged cliffs. Like so many places along the south coast, it is a center for the worship of Nyai loro Kidul


Ramayana ballet is an art performance that is so beautiful, admiring and it is difficult to compare. This performance is able to unite various Javanese arts such as dance, drama and music on one stage and one momentum to present the Ramayana story, a legendary epos written by Walmiki in Sanskrit language.






The name ”Dieng Plateau” derives from Sanskrit. It is a compound of the words Ardi & Hyang. Ardi means mountain and Hyang refers to the Hindu heaven; in other word, Dieng is a mountain where gods and goddesses reside. But local people interpret the name Dieng to also represent a compound of the Javanese words Adi and Aeng: Adi means beautiful and Aeng means Amazing.


On the north of Kraton, this is the pick of Yogyakarta Museums. It has a first-rate collection of javanese art, including Wayang Kulit ( puppet), mask, Keris and batik. There is also a court yard which is packed with Hindu statuary.


Near the Kraton entrance, the Museum Kereta Kraton exhibits opulent chariots of sultans. Some of them are still used on the royal ceremonies.


The Old Dutch fort opposite the main post office on Jl. A Yani date back from 1765. The architecture is worth a looking the restored part is now a museum with dioramas showing the histoty of the independence movement in Jogjakarta.


Beringharjo Market is considered to be an attribute of the city. It was established by the late Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwana I during the 1700s as a trading place for citizens. The name Beringharjo is originated from the forest area during that time called  “Beringan”,  which was bound to become the city of Yogyakarta.


Kota Gede has been famouse since 1930s as the center of Yogyakarta’s silver industry. This quiet old town, now a  suburb of jogjakarta, was the first capital of the mataram kingdom founded by Panembahan Senopati in 1582.




is a conical volcano located on the border between Central Java and Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It is the most active volcano in Indonesia and has erupted regularly since 1548. It is very close to the city of Yogyakarta, and thousands of people live on the flanks of the volcano, with villages as high as 1700 m above sea level.


Kasongan village is located to the South West of Yogyakarta and is known for its artistic pottery and earthenware. Guidance from contemporary Indonesian artists has turned Kasongan earthenware into works of art which can be bought inexpensively at art shops all over Java.


Sukuh is a Hindu temple, and was probably built in the end of the 15th century AD. Unlike that of typical Hindu temples in Central Java, the architecture of Sukuh Temple is considered to be departing from requirements stated in Wastu Widya, a guide book for constructing Hindu shrines. The book requires that a temple should be laid out on a square plan with the most sacred place located at the center.


Tawangmangu, a mountain resorts at an elevation of almost 1 km above sea level, which promises a cool escape from the city's heat. It lies on the slopes of Mt., Lawu, at an elevation of 1300 m above sea level. A cool splendid hill resort also on the slope of mount Lawu, at about 1400 M height above sea level. The road from Solo via Karangpandan is a fine trip thru magnificent green terraced hills.