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Yogyakarta Tourist Destination
Sultan's Palace (Kraton Yogyakarta Hadiningrat)
The sultan's palace or kraton, with its grand and elegant Javanese architectures, lay in the center of municipality. It was built in 1790 by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I. Kraton is a model of traditional palace architecture style of Javanese. Up to now, kraton become sultan’s living place. It is open daily from 08.00 am to 1.00 pm except Friday from 08.00 am to 12.00 only.

Pakualaman Palace
Along with kraton, Yogya has another palace called Pakualaman, the residence of Sri Pakualaman. On the eastern wing of the front part of the palace is the Puro Pakualaman museum, which highlights the royal heritage of the family of Pakualaman. Today, the palace function is as a venue to host official state guests visiting Yogya. Opens on Saturday, Thursday and Sunday at 09.30am to 01.30pm.

The Grand Mosque (Mesjid Agung)
Masjid Agung (Agung Mosque) can be found on the west side on the north square of Sultan palace. It is a place for praying or holding Islamic Religious ceremonies. Ceremonies like Sekaten and Gerebeg are held annually to celebrate some of the Islamic Commemoration days. The mosque provides the kraton room for religious activities. The grand mosque is designed with traditional architecture. The building has a special roof called “Tajug”. This roof especially used for religious buildings. This traditional mosque is one of the most interesting buildings for its architecture.

Taman Sari Water Castle
One of the most intriguing parts of the tour living in Kraton is the Taman Sari which means beautiful park, literally 'fragrant garden'. Once this was a most secret part of Kraton as it was formed a pleasure garden of pools and waterways planted with hundreds of flowering trees. The Sultan would choose his companion for the evening. It was built in 1975 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. He created a new style that was a combination and a mixture of Javanese and Portuguese architecture. It can be visited daily from 08.00 am to 02.00 pm.

Prambanan Temple
Prambanan temple is located 17 km from Yogyakarta. Tourists should not miss the temple because it is only a hundred meters off the main street. The Sanjaya Dynasty built this 47 meters high Hindu Temple in the 9th century. It consists of three courtyards. The main temple is located in the inner courtyard and surrounded by several small temples called “perwara” temples. Local chieftains as token of their acquiescense to the king contributed some of these.

As a Hindu temple, the main temple has three shrines, dedicated to the Hindu trinity Ciwa, Vishnu, and Brahma. Each of these shrines is facing a smaller shrine for the vehicles. The cow Nandi is the vehicle of Ciwa, the destroyer God. The eagle Garuda is the vehicle of Vishnu the guardian God. And the swan Angsa is the vehicle of Brahma the creator God.

Borobudur Temple
Fame as one on the Seven Wonders of the World, Borobudur is in fact the biggest stupa ever created on earth. It was built in the most glorious time of the Cailendra dynasty. It is situated on about 42 km from Yogya, its only one-hour driving by car. The whole structure of Borobudur reflect the hard work, perseverance, and high dedication of thousand people who were sweating on their attempt to make their way up to hill dragging heat of the tropical climate.

Kraton Yogyakarta Museum
Kraton also has some museum that are popular in the name of Kraton Yogyakarta Museum. It is located in Kraton areas. It keeps several heritage of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono's, includes his photograph equipments. There is also cart museum located in western side of Kraton at Jl. Rotowijayan. This museum has all kinds of Kraton’s carts collections, their names are Kyai Garuda Yeksa, Kyai Jaladara, and Kyai Kanjeng Jimat etc. It was built on 14.000 m2 area in Javanese architecture design.

Puppet's Museum
This museum aimed to keep all kinds of Javanese tradition puppets shadow play called 'wayang'. Wayang can be classified to 40 kinds of shadow play. It shows some of the type of wayang, mainly: Wayang Klithik, Wayang Kulit, Wayang Thengul, Wayang Krucil, and Wayang Golek.

Kasongan Village
It is located in Bantul regency about 7 km from Yogyakarta. Kasongan villagers produce handicrafts such as decorative things and kitchen utensils in various sizes that are very famous in Indonesia.


Kotagede which has been famous since the 1930's as the center of Yogya's silver industry, was in fact the first capital of the Mataram Kingdom founded by Panembahan Senopati in 1552. The streets in Kotagede are lined with busy silver workshops where visitors are welcome to watch silver being transformed into beautiful works of art and watch the skill of the silversmiths at work. There are also excellent bargains to be found in these outlets. Kotagede is within easy distance of central Yogya as it lies only 5 km to the southeast. The workshops and outlets are open 7 days a week.