Exploring Yogyakarta

What comes to your mind when you hear about Indonesia?

Bali?

Nasi goreng?

Jakarta?

I learned about Yogyakarta through a random Youtube travel vlog and I immediately decided I must go there.

“Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th century. Yogyakarta is known as Neverending Asia for its endless appeals. This city is one of the foremost cultural centres of Indonesia.”

Taman Sari Water Castle

Located near the Kraton this place was also known as the garden for the Sultan of Yogyakarta. Tamansari was originally built for multiple purposes yet now only several buildings remain. Some of its original functions were a place to rest, to meditate, to work, to hide and to defend the Sultan’s family.  In this present day, some of its buildings have now become homes for local residents and only the mosque, resting and bathing space, and underground tunnels are accessible by tourists.[1]

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Borobudur Temple

An hour away from Yogyakarta’s city center lies Borobudur Temple. While I still think that Angkor Wat is the most magnificent, this temple certainly has it’s own charm. The entire site contains 504 statues of the buddha and it was built without any cement or mortar! How cool is that?!

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These bell-like structures called stupa has the buddha’s statue inside

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Prambanan Temples

While Borobudur is the world’s largest buddhist monument, Prambanan is dedicated to Shiva, one of the principal deities of hinduism.

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Mt. Merapi Lava Tour

Chie initially wanted to join the overnight Mt. Merapi climb but I was afraid that he wasn’t well prepared plus the weather wasn’t that favorable at the time so we just did the Merapi Lava tour. Our driver/tour guide toured us around a village affected by Merapi’s previous eruption via 4×4. It was one helluva bumpy and fun ride!

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Et cetera

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Alun-alun

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa Restaurant, Prawirotaman

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Becak (rickshwa) ride

Hotel Neo + Awana. Highly recommended accomodation in Yogyakarta!

Overall we had a great time in Yogyakarta. If there is one thing I didn’t like, it’s the fact that you can’t go anywhere via public transportation. Everything is far away from each other and you really have to hire a private vehicle or join a tour group which takes up so much of the travel cost. So yeah, that’s something to consider. Nonetheless it is still a trip worth doing!

Until our next adventure! 🙂

 

 

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