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Yogyakarta City

Yogyakarta Special Region (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, DIY) is one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. This region is located at the foot of the active Merapi volcano, Yogyakarta was in the 16th and 17th centuries the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataram from which present day Yogyakarta has the best inherited of traditions. The city itself has a special charm, which seldom fails to captivate the visitor.

This province is one of the most densely populated areas of Indonesia. The city came into being in 1755, after the Mataram division into the Sultanates of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo). Gamelan, classical and contemporary Javanese dances, wayang kulit (leather puppet), theater and other expressions of traditional art will keep the visitor spellbound. Local craftsmen excel in arts such batiks, silver and leather works.

This is one of the supreme cultural centers of Java. Where all the aspects of life exposing the beautiful and sophisticated culture, classical and modern Javanese dance, puppet shows, its high artistic handicrafts, traditional handmade items and hundreds of traditional pleasure points.

a comfort place to catch the feeling. Classic and modern cultural aspects harmoniously grow in this land of empire of Mataram and the most powerful Javanese state since the 17th century, this is reflected in Sultan’s Palace, the beautiful Water Castle Tamansari, the Royal Family’s unique cemetery Imogiri, some amazing temples and a bunch of beautiful traditional handicrafts galleries and tourism points.

The beautiful nature of the beach and mountain resort will furnish the unspoken atmosphere.

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Water Castle Taman Sari

Taman Sari means beautiful park. It is about ten minutes walking from the Sultan Palace southwestward. This park was built by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I in 1757. He created a new style that was a mixture of Javanese and Portuguese Architecture.

Taman Sari was once a beautiful and sophisticated water park. The area around the park eastward until the city quarter called “Kampung Segaran” was once full of water. This area is now called Suryoputran. Segaran is a Javanese word means manmade or artificial sea. Every time the Sultan visited the park, he went there by rowing a private canoe through the suspension bridge called “Kreteg Gantung” which lay in front of the palace gate, southward or northward Kemandungan.

The remainder of the building which was once connected by that suspension bridge can still be seen nowadays. Besides water transportation, there was also underground passage or alley from the Kraton Yogyakarta leading to one of the park building which is called Pasarean Ledok Sari.

The castle once has a place for relaxation and entertainment as well as a unique defense system. While the water was not only to beautify the park, but also functioned as a secret weapon in avoiding danger.

The lofty building such as the pond were built especially for the Sultan and his family to bathe. The underground passage led to the west area, and the bulwark which encircled the area of the palace, as well as the one which led southward to a small village called Krapyak, have already been restored.
While enjoying the old and ancient building, tourists can also visit many art shops and galleries along the alleys.

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Grojogan Sewu Waterfalls Tawangmangu

Tawangmangu is located 40 km east of Solo, this recreational resort offers fresh weather, scenic views, swimming pools, bungalow style hotels and restaurants. Tawangmangu, a mountain resorts at an elevation of almost 1 km above sea level, which promises a cool escape from the city’s heat. It lies on the slopes of Mount Lawu, at an elevation of 1300 m above sea level. A cool splendid hill resort also on the slope of mount Lawu, at about 1400 M height above sea level. The road from Solo via Karangpandan is a fine trip thru magnificent green terraced hills.

Tawangmangu has all kind of facilities, hotel, camping ground, forest tourism, etc. The climate is fresh and one can enjoy the beautiful scenery. Other features include nearby temples, a national park and 40m in high waterfall of Grojogan Sewu.

It is a 100 M high waterfall; the pool at the bottom has very chilly water. In front of the gate to Grojogan Sewu, horses for rent are available to ride around Tawangmangu.

Tawangmangu, a peaceful mountain resort, with the cool climate and magnificent scenery, surrounded by pine forest and frequently covered with dense white mists. Also don’t miss to visit the park, with the beautiful natural Grojogan Sewu waterfall.

The best thing about Tawangmangu is that you can hike around and the surrounding hills, browse through the holticulture gardens of many kinds of plants and vegetables. You can also rent a horse to ride, enjoying the fresh air and get close to nature.

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Keraton Sultan Palace Yogyakarta

Kraton or Sultan Palace is the palace building with its grand and elegant Javanese architecture, lies in the centre of the city. It was founded by Pangeran Mangkubumi in 1755. The Prince was then called Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I. He chose the right place for the site of the building, right between Winongo and Code river, a swamp area that dried up then.

The Palace building stretches from north to south. The front yard of the palace is called alun-alun Utara (North Square) and the back yard called alun-alun Selatan (South Square). The design of the building shows that the palace, the obelisk (The Tugu, the column), and Mount Merapi lie in one line. It is believed that the axis is sacred.

The visitor of the palace can enjoy the Atmosphere of the Kraton as it was some centuries ago. Wedding ceremonies, palace meeting which is often held with puppet shows to create such an atmosphere. Many sets of gamelan music instruments, antiques, and heirlooms make the palace of Yogyakarta the most interesting tourist attractions in Yogyakarta. The palace of NgayogyokartoHadiningrat is now the dwelling place of Sultan Hamengku Buwono X and the family.

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Solo or Surakarta

As one of the elegant city in Central Java with its lively character, Solo would be the heaven for the lover of the old Javanese arts and culture. There is a lot of batik clothes and specific Javanese fabrics or garment points here and the never sleep’s food and any other merchandise trading life that enhancing the traditional daily life, influencing by the presence of two royal houses (Mangkunegaran and Kasunanan).

Reflecting the centre of the traditional culture and architectures, the royal palace will be a very interesting visiting site.

Its past grandeur can be obviously traced by the artistic relics, one of them is Sukuh Temple. This is the only one erotic temple ever found in Java with their wayang stone carving of Hindu’s origin and this will mark up to the utmost of your trip.

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Prambanan Temple

The biggest and the most beautiful Hindu’s temple in the world. Built around 9th century by Rakai Pikatan from the Dynasty of Sanjaya. There are 3 temples at the complex of the sanctuaries. The biggest temple is called Candi Siwa, and 2 other smaller temples are called Candi Brahmana and Candi Wisnu.

Candi Siwa widely known as the temple of Rorojonggrang which has 47M high. The relief of Ramayana story carved on the wall of Candi Siwa.

Trimurti is worship of a Trinity of Gods: Siwa, Wisnu and Brahma. Siwa is the God of Destroyer, Siwa is also the Supreme Master called Siwa Mahaguru. Brahma is the builder of the universe and Wisnu is the preserver for the peace of the world.

Ramayana Ballet

Ramayana Ballet presented by approximately 200 professional artists at the open air theater. originally performed on the open stage with the sparkling Prambanan Temple at night as a backdrop from the month of May up to October. During November to April performed at the Trimurti covered theater.

Enjoy romantic evening at Prambanan Temple and amazing performance in a crystal clear of the night.

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Mount Bromo

Mount Bromo also Gunung Bromo, located in the Tengger Caldera, is one of the most popular tourist destination in Eat Java. It is an active and part of the Tengger massif, and even though at 2329 meters it is not the highest peak of the massif, it is the most well known.

The volcano is noted for its spectacular sunrises, and majestic views across to Semeru volcano in the south. Two people were killled during an eruption of Bromo on 8th June 2004.
Bromo is the only active crater in a caldera which contains seven eruptive centres. In 1838 the crater was filled with a lake.

Bromo will “serve” the senses in its breathtaking natural beauty of the sun-rise from its crest, exciting moment. Bromo can be accessed by a three-hour drive from Surabaya, then a pony ride from Ngadisari Village over the sea of sand to ascend 50 up hill-steps to reach the rim. The community that life in Bromo’s area is called Tenggerese. One of their unique traditional cultures.

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Mount Merapi Volcano

The internally giant smoking Mount Merapi is one of the active volcanoes found in Indonesia, present its peaceful and sleepy dense forest. Beyond this, there is vast deserted land lies with its deep and steep valley spread out among the mountain hills where sibilant pines and wild grass make out the dominating vegetation, all presents a very exciting panorama.

During its resting time of volcanic activities, it will enable those who have much interest in mountaineering to have fun and to make them more acquainted with the flora of its tropical rain forest. From the observation post located on Plawangan hill that can be reached through the forest resort on Kaliurang, you will see incredible sights of molten rocks mudding over the rim – sometimes accompanied with hot lava pouring out regularly and leaving along trail of smoke.

Mount Merapi is 2,920 m above sea level with an average temperature at noon and night is approximately 15-16 degrees. At present this resort is provided with an outstanding and modern golf course, which is settled on 800 meters of sea level. This golf course located only 30 minutes driving from the city of Yogyakarta.

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Merapi Golf

Learn the fascinating game of golf with on the background green paddy field, volcanoes, tropical tress and the always friendly Indonesian people.

These 18 holes, 6370 meters par 72 course is located only 30 minutes drive from the ancient city of Yogyakarta. The stunning design of Merapi Golf Course is truly masterpiece of golf course, created by the golf course master: Thomson, Wolveridge & Perrett.

The blend of the natural beauty and the freshness of mountainous weather, the challenging hilly landscape with Volcanic rocks of million years makes the golf course one of the most attractive courses in Central Java and difficult to forget.
Each hole is carefully planned and positioned, and is distinctly different with its own difficulties, serving a superb test for clubbing.

The quiet and peaceful surrounding, the spectacularly beautiful view, make the golfers enjoy the game and certainly would not miss this challenging course. This is really the place where golf lovers could play without being bothered by the heat and pollution.

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Malioboro

Malioboro is centrally located in downtown Yogyakarta. The street stretches from Tugu Railway Station to the Sultan’s Keraton, spanning across some 2 1/2 kilometres in length.

Without doubt Malioboro is the most famous shopping promenade in the city. The street probably has the most concentration of small and personalised sidewalk shops selling anything from exquisite Javanese handicrafts to funky clothes.

While the street itself looks modern and colourful, a closer look will reveal its old-world charm in the form of refurbished colonial-age shop houses. During my stroll, I even passed in front of Kantor Gubenor Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (the Governor’s Office).

Along with fast-paced shopping experience, there are a number of hotels located on Malioboro. Hotels like Inna Garuda, Ibis Malioboro and Mutiara are rather popular among tourists, providing them with easy access to eateries, shops, batik studios, art galleries and travel bureaus.

During your stroll, you will also ran across traditional modes of transportation that you may be tempted to try. The most ubiquitous one is the trishaw, a three-wheel pedal-powered bicycle cart, locally known as becak or beca. For the hopeful romantics, there is also an exquisite horse carriage, which is locally known as andong or dokar.

There are a number of large shopping outlets here, apart from the regular and personalised moms-and-pops traditional shops. The expansive Malioboro Mall is located almost midway towards the Sultan’s Keraton. A store named Dagadu located on lower ground is the main highlight of the mall, selling funky and contemporary T-shirts that make good souvenirs. There is also a traditional market called Pasar Beringharjo selling all kinds of local goods. Opposite Pasar Beringharjo is a fancy handicraft store called Mirota Batik.