What happens when you mix jogging with Jakarta? You get Jogjakarta! Well, lame joke aside, it is sometimes pronounced with a soft J and spelled with a Y (eg. Yogyakarta). In case you are wondering what this town is, it is considered the art and education capital of Indonesia. Lots of kids go here for higher education or to pursue their ambition of being an artist in some way shape or form. This bodes well for the traveler, looking to experience some cool Indonesia character. And that’s not all, the city is also a great base to several UNESCO Heritage sites.
Being one of Indonesia’s oldest cities does have its rewards, in terms of cultural and architectural appreciation. One of them is Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono’s Palace. This is a classic example of pure Javanese architecture. Continuing with the city’s architecture, check out the colonial influence on buildings such as the Dutch fort of Benteng Vredeburg and the Kotabaru residential area, complete with homes and a church.
Jogjakarta is also known for its making of shadow puppets and gamelan music and batik. Head out to Becak, home of traditional Javanese batik making. Discover the details and ancient methods applied to the creation of this cloth, before trying your hand at making your own. A great souvenir to take back home.
We’ll also throw in some relaxing moments while you are in Jogjakarta as well. Enjoy a horse carriage ride around Candirejo village. Sit back and soak in the sites of traditional rural Indonesia as you pass through narrow laneways lined with houses and shops. Or if you want, make a stop at the renowned Malioboro shopping promenade.
And we mentioned UNESCO sites. First up is Borobudur. This is Southeast Asia’s largest Buddhist temple. Venturing up the temple is supposed to illustrate the stages one must take in order to ascend into heaven. It is quite a journey.
Not too far from this marvelous wonder is another impressive complex, the Hindu temple of Prambanan. A monument as grand as this would easily be any country’s national symbol. Well, you just saw Borobudur and saw how grand that temple is. In any case, this is the perfect opportunity to see the contrasts between Buddhist architecture and Hindu construction.
Join us as we take you to Jogjakarta and its surroundings. There’s a bit of everything, culture, leisure time, shopping, site seeing, history and of course memories! From the main sites, to hidden destinations, the culturally-curious will love this introduction to Indonesia. Contact us if you have any questions or would like to tweak this or any other tour to your liking.
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