Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Attractions and activities information

Yogyakarta Attractions and Activities

There are so many thing you can see, do, experience and discover in yogyakarta. As one of the Indonesia’s favorite travel destinations Yogyakarta offer many tourism activities and attractions such, Ramayana dance, climbing to active Merapi volcano, heritage sites such Hindu temple of Prambanan, Wayang Kulit and much more.

Visit the ancient Hindu temple of Prambanan which is 19 km (12 mi) from Yogya. The majestic Buddhist temple Borobudur can be reached by car from Yogya within one hour.

Yogya’s palace or keraton (also known as kraton or karaton) is a splendid example of traditional Javanese architecture, there is simply no other place like it.

With a collection of precious artifacts and relics which could rival museums the world over, the Sonobudoyo Museum is a treasure trove of ancient wonders.

The Taman Sari complex is a remarkable collection of ancient ruins, which were once a grand palace built in the center of a huge, man made lake.

Visit the museum of Affandi, one of Indonesia’s famous modern painters.

From Yoga visit traditional villages like Kasongan, a village of pottery makers that produce traditional as well as modern handicrafts in pottery.

From Yogya have an adventure and can climb up the active volcano Mt. Merapi, or enjoy eco-tours visiting rural villages like Candirejo near Borobudur, or Kembang Arum in Sleman, Yogyakarta.

Golfing in Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta is an international resort hotel located in cultural heart of Java, with convenient access to Borobudur, the world-renowned 12th Buddhist temple. The hotel is set among 24 hectares of landscaped gardens, fringed with jungle, a beautiful nine hole golf course, a relaxing spa and excellent dining facilities. It is an ideal location for meeting, conferences or leisure.

Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta offers a nine-hole golf course designed by Fisette Golf Design and landscaped by Tongg, Clark & McCelvey, both companies based in Hawaii. The starter box is located at the Bogey’s Teras next to the Health Club. Bookings for the golf course are made directly at the Bogey’s Teras where the tee-off time is noted down. The floodlit driving range is located at the north side of the hotel grounds, some 500 metres away from the hotel building.

Hunting Salak Pondoh
Salak is one of Indonesia’s traditional fruits. Covered with brownish-black scales, the flesh tends to be ivory in color. Salak pondoh is the sweetest variety. The flesh is firm and succulent. The taste is unique yet addictive. Visiting salak pondoh farm in Turi, Sleman regency, is truly a remarkable experience for you and your loved ones.

Meeting and Exhibition in Yogyakarta

Situated in the heart of Javanese civilization and steeped in culture while offering stunning mountain scenery and the unrivaled hospitality of locals, Yogyakarta is a most attractive venue to hold Meetings and Conventions. This city has both well-known national and international hotel chains that provide facilities for conferences and meetings. Yogyakarta’s Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) records that there are 36 starred hotels (from one to five stars) and over 200 non-starred hotels. The number does not include over 500 hotels that are not registered at Yogyakarta’s Hotel Association (PHRI). The numbers thus indicate that Yogyakarta is able to provide 1,500 rooms of starred hotels and over 1,700 rooms of non-starred hotels.

This city boasts the Jogja Expo Center, Convention and Exhibition Hall dedicated to the holding of MICE activities both national and internationally. Jogja Expo Center or JEC is an exhibition and conference hall of 17,090 square meters built by the government of Yogyakarta. JEC occupies 5.4 hectares of land where are also located a shopping mall, restaurants, and warehouses. The Center has complete facilities under one roof to support MICE activities. It is possible to hold Heavy Equipment Exhibition here since its floor can carry a load of 10 tons per sq.meter.

The exhibition area is 144 meters x 60 meters and has a ceiling height of 8.8meters

A number of large exhibitions have been successfully held in this venue, including: the 3rd Tex craft 2007, Jogja Furniture Show 2008, Kompas-Gramedia Fair 2008. JEC Complex is only 15 minute-drive from the airport and easily reachable from any corner of Yogyakarta. It also has a spacious parking lot and helipad

Shop Till You Drop in Malioboro Street
Malioboro is the most famous street in Yogyakarta. Located in the heart of Yogya, this is the city’s main street, and was once the ceremonial avenue for the Sultan to pass through on his way to and from the Keraton. During such occasions Malioboro would be festively decorated with flowers. Some say that the name Malioboro” derives from the name of the British governor Marlborough from the era when Britain ruled the archipelago, between 1811-1816.

Near the north gate of the Keraton or palace are grand Dutch colonial buildings that are now the Central Post Office and the Bank Dagang Negara. Walking further north is the well laid out State Guest House, which was once the home of the Dutch Resident, but which after Independence became the presidential palace when Yogya was the capital of the young Republic. President Soekarno stayed here between 1946-1949.

Across the road is the Vredenburg fort, which used to be the barracks of Dutch soldiers and is now a center for arts and painting exhibitions.

On the same side of the road is Beringharjo Market, Yogya’s crowded main market, where you can buy batik and souvenirs at cheap prices.

On Malioboro you will also find Yogyakarta’s oldest hotel, the Garuda Hotel, built in Dutch colonial architecture.

While steeped in history, today, Malioboro is the place to come to shop. It packed with shops selling curiosities, and street vendors offering souvenirs at affordable prices, so you’re bound to find something of interest in this street.

If you’re after some Batik to take home as a souvenir, then Malioboro is the right place for you. From house dresses to formal batik wear, this street has them all. Batik can also be made into bags, table cloths, bed sheets, pillow covers, curtains, and a whole lot more.

Yogyakarta Dinning Guide

Yogyakarta is truly a unique city. Ruled by a king (sultan) whose lineage can be traced to centuries, this city offers plenty cultural and historical heritage. Here you can eat Lesehan style without chairs. The rather sweet cuisine of Yogyakarta might surprise you first, but many people have been longing for good Javanese food after trying it once, so you might have the same experience.

This city offers many luscious delicacies. From bakpia cookies, wingko babat, to enting-enting kacang, visitors will be delighted to find there are so many delicious choices here in this town.

To Eat
Throughout Java and Indonesia, Yogya is known for it’s authentic but reasonably priced Indonesian cuisine. Food from this region is relatively mild and sweet.

If you wish to dine like royalty, the private home of the Sultan’s brother, Hadinegoro, is open for groups of 30 people and for special occasions. Here you will be served authentic royal food served only to the Sultans. There are also special restaurants catering to international group tours.

While you are here, take the chance to sample many of the regional delicacies that are unique to this area. From Bakpia cookies, wingko babat, to enting-enting kacang, visitors will be delighted to find so many delicious options. Make sure you avoid sambal or chili-based dishes unless you like spicy food.

Some of the most popular dishes from Yogya include:

Gudeg – A specialty of Yogya this stew of jackfruits simmered in coconut cream and spices is served with chicken, egg or tofu. Locals will tell you that gudeg tastes best when eaten at sidewalk stalls in the evening.

Ayam goreng – Fried chicken simmered in coconut cream with pepper, onions and coriander.

Wedang uwuh– Although the literal translation of this local drink may be ‘rubbish drink’ it tastes like anything but rubbish and is actually a delicious combination of cloves, nutmeg, ginger and palm sugar.

Restaurants all along Malioboro road serve refreshing shaved ice drinks with every imaginable tropical fruits in season as well as a variety of Indonesian, Chinese and Western dishes.

There are a number of Warungs or local food stores close to Prambanan where you can grab a snack or a meal of some local Indonesian cuisine.

The Edge of A Volcano at Mount Merapi
Living in the shadows of an active volcano is like sitting on a time bomb, especially when one of them is called the Fire Mountain or Gunung Merapi, the volcano that dominates the center of the island of Java. Mt Merapi, located near Yogyakarta, is one of the most active volcanoes on earth. It is one of some 500 volcanoes in Indonesia, from which at least 129 are active, aptly giving this archipelago the name: the Ring of Fire.

Despite its frequent eruptions, Mt. Merapi is very central to the lives of the Javanese people and kings. For through its eruptions Merapi spews lava, ash and minerals to the surrounding areas. These provide nutrients for the soil, making this one of the most fertile areas in the world, and consequently the most densely populated. This majestic, perfectly cone-shaped volcano, with its peak at 2,911 meters above sea level, has also determined the lives of kings and realms. In the early 11th Century, the once mighty ancient empire of Mataram mysteriously disappeared, and power suddenly shifted to East Java. Scientists surmise that a violent eruption of Merapi in 1006 AD was the ruin of the empire.

This massive eruption also buried the nearby Borobudur temple in ash. More recently in the 20th century, a destructive eruption in 1930 claimed 1300 lives. Today Merapi still erupts intermittently, but the people here have befriended the mountain and accept its rumblings and coughs as part of normal natural phenomena.

The Merapi volcano plays an important part in the accepted cosmos of the Javanese sultans. The Keraton of Yogyakarta faces the mountain in one direct line. Merapi is also guarded by spiritual “guards” who give offerings to the mountain.

Local people respect the awesome power of this volcano. Annually, on the anniversary of the Sultan’s coronation, offerings (labuhan) are brought from the Keraton of Yogya to Mt. Merapi , together with similar offerings carried to the Indian Ocean to the south, to appease the spirits of the mountain and the sea, in order to bring welfare to the inhabitants of Java.

Merapi is continuously monitored by a number of earthquake posts, who warn inhabitants of impending eruptions. Despite frequently giving out smoke, the mountain still attracts hikers and climbers.

Article taken from Indonesia minister tourism official