Located on the island of Java, Yogyakarta is a city where an incredible historical and cultural heritage is discovered. However, visiting its monuments is not the only thing you can do in it. Next, we tell you everything you can do and must visit in this beautiful city of Indonesia. Can you come with us?
Visit the Kraton and the Water Palace, two treasures of Yogyakarta
Two buildings of interest are located in the center of Yogyakarta. The Kraton, or Sultan’s Palace, was built in 1756, although at the beginning of the 20th century European-style structures were added. The current sultan resides in it with his entourage, so there are rooms that cannot be visited.
In the meantime, the Water Palace, or Taman Sari, is an ancient playground that centuries ago was full of beautiful pools. Unfortunately, the complex was damaged by Javanese wars and several earthquakes, hence only its ruins can be seen today.
Discover Masjid Tanah Bawah Mosque
It is located very close to the Water Palace and it is an underground mosque which is accessed through tunnels. The building is circular and has a central atrium open to the sky and several internal chambers around it.
This is a building loaded with symbolism. In it, for example, you can see five steps that represent the principles of Islam.
Stroll down Malboro Street
Walking down Malboro Street is synonymous with walking through the heart of the city. It is the most commercial area of Yogyakarta. And it is that there are many markets and craft shops where you can find all kinds of souvenirs and products such as clothing. To these are added the local food stalls.
Get to know Mount Merapi
It is part of the famous Pacific Ring of Fire and It is the most active volcano in all of Indonesia. In fact, since the year 1548 it has erupted more than 60 times.
Thousands of people live on its slopes and some of the villages can be found at 1,700 meters above sea level, when Mount Merapi reaches 2,911 meters in altitude.
Explore the spectacular cultural environment of Yogyakarta
Traveling to the city of Yogyakarta necessarily implies getting to know its surroundings. Y is that in them are two of the architectural jewels of the island of Java: Prambanan and Borobudur temples. Both can boast of being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Located about 18 kilometers east of Yogyakarta, Prambanan is a collection of more than 200 Hindu temples. They are dedicated to the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva). They were built during the 9th century and the most outstanding is the one that contains the statue of Lara Jonggrang, about which there is a legend.
For its part, Borobudur is just as interesting, although it is somewhat further from the city, 40 kilometers to the northwest. Once in the place you can see that it is a Buddhist stupa with a pyramid-shaped silhouette decorated with more than 500 statues.
Taste Javanese cuisine
In addition to sightseeing, in Yogyakarta it is essential to try the delicious Javanese cuisine at some warung, or local restaurant. Is it is characterized by being sweet and without spicy and for being seasoned with grated coconut.
Don’t stop asking for the gudega sweet jackfruit stew that is traditional to Yogyakarta. Another option is the gado gado, made with various typical vegetables of the region, peanuts and various sauces. And you can also ask soto ayam, a chicken soup; Y nasi campurmade with steamed rice, noodles, vegetables and fried chicken.
Just as recommendable is the coffee, with a lot of body and aroma. One of the best known brands is Kopi Luwak, the most expensive in the world, since a cup of said coffee costs between 75 and 90 dollars. As a curiosity, tell you that Java is its largest producer.