Yogyakarta

Discover ancient temples, traditional batik, wayang shadow puppetry and gamelan music in the city that holds the key to Java’s cultural heritage. 

The city of Yogyakarta is the perfect place to explore Java’s rich culture and traditions. Known for its protection of local heritage and customs, Yogyakarta is a hub for fine Javanese art, craft, music, poetry, ballet and puppetry. Explore the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, and gain an insight into Buddhist, Hindu and Javanese culture.

Yogyakarta is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia. A short stroll around the historic district will bring you past the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton Ngayogyakarta) and its stately main court, mosque and museum. Admire the Central Post Office (Kantor Pos Besar) and the Tugu Monument. Grab a snack from a street vendor and watch the locals playing street chess near the Kraton complex.

To learn about Javanese culture and history, head to the Museum Sonobudoyo, the Museum Batik or Fort Vrederburg. Browse historical artefacts and traditional handicrafts such as batik, wayang puppets, masks and gamelan instruments. Discover Yogyakarta’s thriving art scene at the Affandi Museum and Cemeti Art House.

Don’t miss Yogyakarta’s breathtaking ancient temples, known locally as candi. Wander through numerous shrines and monuments at Prambanan, a collection of towering Hindu temples with intricately carved domes. The stunning Borobudur Buddhist temple dates back to the 9th century and is located in Magelang, 1 hour’s drive from Yogyakarta.

Relax with a massage treatment or sunrise yoga and meditation classes. Play a round of golf overlooking Mount Merapi. During your visit, try local cuisine, such as sweet curry with jackfruit, palm sugar, coconut milk and chicken. In January, the city celebrates Java’s Muslim culture with the traditional Sekaten festival.

Reach Yogyakarta by flying into Adisucipto International Airport, or catch the regional bus or train. In the city, get around by taxi, bus or tricycle rickshaw. Make sure you haggle and agree on a price before getting into the rickshaw. To make the most of Yogyakarta’s outdoor activities, visit during the dry season, from July to September.

Top hotels in Yogyakarta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Tigalima Homestay
Tigalima Homestay
3.5 out of 5
The price is RM45 per night

Situated in Yogyakarta, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Siloam Hospital Yogyakarta and Gadjah Mada University. Malioboro Street and Yogyakarta ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Spacious room. Loved having our daily breakfast on the patio by the pool. Helpful staff. This was truly a great value for our stay in Jogja for a week. Location was good as near universities so restaurant selection was good. But it was a 20-30 minute drive from the center of town. Still cheap and ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Oct 2019

Tigalima Homestay
Melia Purosani Hotel
Melia Purosani Hotel
5 out of 5
Jl. Suryotomo No. 31, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is RM195 per night

This family-friendly Yogyakarta hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Malioboro Street and Malioboro Mall. Palace of Yogyakarta ...

4.3/5Excellent! (482 reviews)

"I love the lobby and the brrakfast"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar 2020

Melia Purosani Hotel
INNSiDE by Melia Yogyakarta
INNSiDE by Melia Yogyakarta
4 out of 5
The price is RM108 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of TransMart Studio Mini, Sambisari Temple and Maguwoharjo Stadium. Jogja Bay and Museum Dirgantara ...

4.1/5Very Good! (44 reviews)
Happy@yogya

"It was a great stay, very close to airport. One issue maybe they didn't clean the dust off the floor. probably sweeped to the center of the floor and forgot to collect."…"

Reviewed on 6 Mar 2020

INNSiDE by Melia Yogyakarta

Popular places to visit in Yogyakarta

Borobudur Temple
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Borobudur Temple

4/5(12 reviews)

Join the other pilgrims visiting one of the world’s largest Buddhist temples for its profound meaning and spectacular architecture.

Malioboro Street
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Malioboro Street

3.5/5(6 reviews)

Spend a day exploring Yogyakarta’s liveliest commercial district, which is famous for its batik stores, street food and historic landmarks.

Prambanan Temple
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Prambanan Temple

4.5/5(9 reviews)

Embark on a fantastical toy train journey through a compound of spectacular pointed Hindu temples built more than 1,000 years ago.

Top things to do in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour
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Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour

RM246
Per adult
From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise, Mount Merapi & Prambanan
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From Yogyakarta: Borobudur Sunrise, Mount Merapi & Prambanan

RM761
Per adult
Private Borobudur & Prambanan Temples Excursion
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Private Borobudur & Prambanan Temples Excursion

RM534
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
2-Day Excursion to Yogyakarta & Borobudur Temple from Bali
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2-Day Excursion to Yogyakarta & Borobudur Temple from Bali

RM2,453
Per adult
Yogyakarta Night Walking and Food Tours
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Yogyakarta Night Walking and Food Tours

RM205
Per adult
1 Day City tour ( Borobudur temple, Merapi Lava Tour, Prambanan Temple)
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1 Day City tour ( Borobudur temple, Merapi Lava Tour, Prambanan Temple)

RM307
Per adult

Reviews of Yogyakarta

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Dec 2019

Felt very safe

5/5 - Excellent

MDI

3 Oct 2019

A relaxing city, slow and enjoyable. Good food, good people, affordable.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Jul 2019

Very concerned about how Indonesians treat animals; but overall a nice place2visit.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

19 Jul 2019

A lot of traffic and narrow road. It takes a long time to go to any places there.

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