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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

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
JL Laksda Adisucipto KM 8.7, Depok, Yogyakarta
The price is RM184 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

This family-friendly Depok resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo and Adisucipto Golf Course. Gembira Loka Zoo and Maguwoharjo ...

4/5Very Good! (218 reviews)

"Makanannya enak dan stafnya ramah-ramah. Recommended."…"

Reviewed on 12 Dec 2020

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
Manggolo Homestay
Manggolo Homestay
3 out of 5
65 Jl. Kemetiran Kidul, Yogyakarta, Jogja
The price is RM63 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Located in Central Yogyakarta, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Malioboro Street and Malioboro Mall. Palace of Yogyakarta and Tugu Yogyakarta ...

Manggolo Homestay
Grand Keisha Yogyakarta
Grand Keisha Yogyakarta
4 out of 5
Jalan Affandi No. 09, Gejayan, Condongcatur, Yogyakarta, Depok, Yogyakarta
The price is RM125 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Hartono Mall and 2.1 mi (3.3 km) from Gadjah Mada University. Yogyakarta State University ...

4.4/5Excellent! (11 reviews)

"It get pretty crowded in the weekends. Everything else is great!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2018

Grand Keisha Yogyakarta
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Yogyakarta

Student Park Hotel
Student Park Hotel
3 out of 5
Jl. Seturan Raya No.1, Depok, Yogyakarta
The price is RM79 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Situated in Depok, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo, Gadjah Mada University and Gembira Loka Zoo. TransMart Studio Mini and Affandi ...

4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
Could be a great place, but isn't quite . . .

"Rooms are clean and fairly new. Had to wait an hour to check in, which is officially at 2pm (always a pain). No hot water in shower - best was lukewarm. Balcony not very good either. But, the view from the bed in room was great, and the pool area was too. Breakfast = just okay. Overall 3.8/5 stars ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2018

Student Park Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Ngadiwinatan 2, RT 01/RW 04, Borobudur, Yogyakarta
The price is RM143 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

Situated in Borobudur, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Borobudur Temple, Samudraraksa Museum and Punthuk Setumbu. Candi Pawon is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) ...

4/5Very Good! (8 reviews)

"Clean, quiet, and felt very private. Away from the busy town but stil very close to everything. The wifi was a little spotty."…"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2020

Watu Lumbung Culture Resort
Watu Lumbung Culture Resort
2 out of 5
Jl. Rute Gerilya Sudirman Kampung, Edukasi Watulumbung, Parangtritis, Yogyakarta
The price is RM13 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb

Situated in Parangtritis, this campsite is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Parangkusumo Sand Dunes and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Pantai Parangkusumo. Parangtritis Beach and ...

Watu Lumbung Culture Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Yogyakarta


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15 Dec 2019

Felt very safe

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3 Oct 2019

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

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19 Jul 2019

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

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19 Jul 2019

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