Yogyakarta

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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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Melia Purosani Hotel
Melia Purosani Hotel
5 out of 5
Jl. Suryotomo No. 31, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
RM265
per night
Mar 17 - Mar 18

This family-friendly Yogyakarta hotel is located in the business district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Pasar Beringharjo, Malioboro Street and Palace of Yogyakarta. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (458 reviews)

"The room and the property was really nice. Food was great and the pool was very child friendly, our kids loved it."…"

Reviewed on 11 Feb,2020

Melia Purosani Hotel
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
5 out of 5
Jl Jenderal Sudirman 9, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
RM217
per night
Mar 6 - Mar 7

Located in Central Yogyakarta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Yogyakarta Monument and Malioboro Street. Gadjah Mada University and Palace of Yogyakarta ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (839 reviews)

"The property is a beautiful place with a lot of character. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The pool area is beautiful. And I loved the happy hour cocktails!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb,2020

The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel
Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Jalan Ringroad Utara, Condong Catur, Depok
RM289
per night
Mar 10 - Mar 11

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Hartono Mall, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo and Gadjah Mada University. Galeria ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (113 reviews)
Ten-star review for this five-star hotel

"The breakfast buffet was the best and most varied that I have encountered anywhere in the world. The staff was very accommodating and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 26 Oct,2019

Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel

Popular things to do 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.

Gembira Loka Zoo
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Gembira Loka Zoo

Cross the bridges on the Gajahwong River to see the Komodo dragons, orangutans and hippos that inhabit this eclectic zoo.

Yogyakarta Monument
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Yogyakarta Monument

3.5/5(9 reviews)

Capture spectacular night photos of the popular and luminous White Monument that holds geographical and spiritual value for the locals.

Sambisari Temple
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Sambisari Temple

4.5/5(2 reviews)

Admire the niches of Hindu deities surrounding the four structures in this religious complex that was dug from the ground.

Top activities in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta Day Food Tour
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Yogyakarta Day Food Tour

80% of travellers recommend
RM204
Per adult
Nighttime Alun-Alun Kidul Tour & Lighted Rickshaw Ride
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Nighttime Alun-Alun Kidul Tour & Lighted Rickshaw Ride

90% of travellers recommend
RM56
Per adult
Half-Day Country Villages Tour by Antique Dutch Bicycle
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Half-Day Country Villages Tour by Antique Dutch Bicycle

RM216
Per adult
Private Yogyakarta As You Please Tour
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Private Yogyakarta As You Please Tour

100% of travellers recommend
RM78
Per adult
Dinner with Ramayana Dance at Purawisata
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Dinner with Ramayana Dance at Purawisata

88% of travellers recommend
RM363
Per adult
Yogyakarta Private Tour: Amazing Borobudur & Prambanan Temple
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Yogyakarta Private Tour: Amazing Borobudur & Prambanan Temple

RM354
Per adult

Reviews of Yogyakarta

4.4

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Dec 15, 2019

Felt very safe

5/5 - Excellent

MDI

Oct 3, 2019

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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

Jul 19, 2019

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

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

Jul 19, 2019

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

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