Yogyakarta at a Glance
Yogyakarta is located at the Center of Java Island,
it is in the middle between Bali and Jakarta, the capital
city of Indonesia. 50 minutes by flight from Bali to
the east and 50 minutes by flight from Jakarta to the
Yogyakarta is well known as cultural and educational
center in Indonesia. Despite all the extraordinary changes
that have taken place during the past few decades, still
it is Yogya’s traditional attractions that tourist come
to see - the ancient temples, the palaces, the Batik
workshop and other hand made processing of handicraft
and furniture, the Gamelan orchestra, the court dances,
the Wayang Puppet performances.
The Royal Palace
The Yogyakarta Royal Kraton/ Palace - a two centuries
old palace complex that stands at the very heart of
the city. It traditionally housed not only the Sultan
and his family but also the powerful dynastic regalia,
private meditation and ceremonial chambers - all in
a carefully conceived complex of walled.
A leisure one-hour’s drive across the river beds and
rice fields, brings you to the steps of fabled Borobudur,
42 kms (26 miles) to the northwest of Yogyakarta. This
huge stupa, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, built
between 778 and 856 - 300 years before Angkor Wat and
200 years before Notre Dame. Yet within little more
than a century of her completion, Borobudur and all
of Central Java were abandoned. At about this time,
too, neighbouring Mt. Merapi erupted violently, covering
Borobudur in volcanic ash and concealing her for the
greater part of a millennium.
Two smallers, subsidiary candi lie along a straight
line directly to the east of Borobudur. The closer of
the two is Pawon, they have constituted
the last stop along a brick-paved pilgrimage route.
The other one is Mendut, 1,150 metres
further to the east of Borobudur, across
the confluence of 2 holy rivers (the Progo and the Elo).
Batiks and other handicrafts
The list of traditional crafts still practiced in the
suburbs. Most villages are specialized, some producing
earthenware pottery, others turning out delicate filagree
silverwork, and yet others leathers bag, weavings, baskets,
cane furniture, wood mask, etc.
Classical Javanese dance
The classical Javanese dance is another highlight of
Yogya’s cultural scene accompany with the Gamelan orchestra.
Having originated in Kratons where
they still thrive, court dances are now also taught
at a number of private dance schools and government
art academies in the city. Perhaps the ultimate in Javanese
dance spectaculars is the Ramayana Ballet
- a modernized version of the lavish wayang orang dance
drama productions performed in some places in Yogyakarta
including in Prambanan temple.
The Borobudur Temple is considered as one of the seven wonders of the world. This temple is located at Borobudur District, South of Magelang, Central Java.
Borobudur was built by Sanmaratungga in the 8th century, and belongs to Buddha Mahayana. Borobudur was revealed by Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles in 1814.
The Prambanan temple is the biggest and a most beautiful Hindu temple about 20 minutes from Yogyakarta city. This magnificent Shivaite temple derives its name from the village where it is located. Locally known as the Loro Jongrang temple, or the temple of the "Slender Virgin" it is reputed to be the biggest and most beautiful Hindu Temple in Indonesia.
Benteng Vredeburg was built in 1765 by the Dutch during the colonial domination in Yogyakarta to protect the Dutch residents from the cannon shots of Indonesia soldiers in the Sultan’s palace. Only within walking distance from the city centre of yogyakarta, this historical fort was built in a unique rectangular shape with bastions and ramparts in each corner.
This active volcano, Mount Merapi is situated north of Yogyakarta with a height of 2,920 meters above sea level. There are hill resorts on the mountain slope for relaxations with invigorating weather and one of them is well know as “Kaliurang”. Mountain climbing, camping and observing the incredible active volcano can be arranged through local in-house Tour Operators.
Merapi Golf Course
Merapi Golf Course is the perfect place to implement that imagination. Sitting high 800 metres above sea level, the course has just the perfect climate and breathtaking panoramic view of Mt. Merapi with the hinterland of Yogyakarta and the Indian Ocean. It is an 18 hole, par 72 course, created by the golf course master Thomson Wolveridge and Perret.