Things to do In Yogyakarta
Borobudur Temple is a 9th century Mahayana Buddhist Temple in Magelang, Central Java. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. It is built to represent many layers of Buddhist theory. From a bird’s eye view, the temple is in the shape of a traditional Buddhist mandala. A mandala is central to a great deal of Buddhist and Hindu art, the basic form of most Hindu and Buddhist mandalas is a square with four entry points, and a circular center point. Working from the exterior to the interior, three zones of consciousness are represented, with the central sphere representing unconsciousness or Nirvana. Image and further information: http://www.borobudurpark.co.id/
Malioboro is a major shopping street in Yogyakarta; the name is also used more generally for the neighborhood around the main street. It is located on north-south axis in the line between Yogyakarta Palace (Kraton) and Mount Merapi. This is in itself is significant to many of the local population, the north-south orientation between the palace and the volcano being of importance. The street is the center of Yogyakarta’s largest tourist district surrounded with many hotels, restaurants, and shops nearby. Further information: http://visitingjogja.com/, Image: Yogyes copyright.
Ramayana Ballet is based on an epic Hindu poem, the story of model king Rama was adapted to become an important local dance, encompassing the Javanese style, culture and music. Whilst the story originated in India, the Javanese version is truly representative of the local art and culture. The story revolves around the duties of relationships; the qualities of the ideal wife, king, brother and servant. Gods, mortals, giants, monkeys and beautiful women all come together to tell the colorful story of a courtship punctuated by a kidnapping and battles. In the evenings, this ballet comes to life, enacted by over 200 professional dancers and musicians on an open air stage that takes advantage of the Prambanan Temples as a backdrop. Further information: http://www.borobudurpark.co.id/
Prambanan Temple is a 9th century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17 km northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces. The temple compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high (154 ft.) central building inside a large complex of individual temple. Image and further information: http://www.borobudurpark.co.id/
Vredeburg was built in 1760 by the Dutch, which was previously named Rustenberg Fort (fortress for resting). In 1867, the building was renovated after the earthquake and renamed Vredeburg (fort of peace). The fort has square shape with the surveillance room at its four corners, and the building is also equipped with a gate, surrounding walls, trenches, and lift bridge. Image and further information: http://visitingjogja.com/ Merapi
Rural tourism is a tourist destination in a rural area which has some interesting characteristics. The interesting characteristics as a result of the integration of attractions, accommodation, and supporting facilities in a community structure integrating with nature and local tradition. There are many tourism villages in Yogyakarta, including Brayut Village and Ketingan Village, which are located in Sleman Regency. Tourist attraction offered by the interaction with the local community in traditional agricultural activities such as plowing, planting and harvesting rice. Moreover, in Ketingan Village we could see flocks of storks around the village. Image and further information: http://visitingjogja.com/ Vredeburg Fort is located in Malioboro area, near the zero kilometer point. Vredeburg has interesting historical value because it was used by the Dutch to defense from Yogyakarta Palace attack. Besides, this fort was also used as army post of the Indonesian army.
“Jogja Kembali” Monument is located in Sariharjo Village, District of Ngaglik, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta, with ease of accessibility because it closes to the ring road. This monument has the building architecture resembles a mountain, was established to appreciate the patriot who had forced back the invaders and saved the existence of Indonesia in the international community with the return of the central government function in Yogyakarta. Image and further information: http://visitingjogja.com/ Tamansari is a palace area which is located within Yogyakarta palace (Kraton).
Volcano Museum is located on the slopes of Merapi, contains about the documentations and phenomena happened of Merapi volcano. This museum is a new mode in the development of volcanic science and disaster mitigation in national and international scale. The building architecture resembles as a temple which has steps, base, body, and top. In Hindu philosophy, cone-shaped top interpreted as volcano which is the source of life of the communities. On the walls there is a relief representing the relationship between human and volcano in everyday life. In the lobby area there is also large-scale volcano mock-up. Moreover, the museum is equipped with volcano-themed rooms such as volcano world, on the Merapi volcano trail, human and volcano, diorama, survey appliances, extra-terrestrial volcano, film show, and other supporting facilities. Image and further information: http://visitingjogja.com/
Mangunan Orchard is located in Mangunan Village, District of Dlingo, Bantul Regency, Yogyakarta; at an elevation of 150 – 200 meters above sea level (masl). In this area there are local fruit trees such as rambutan, star fruit, mango, guava, and others, depend on the fruit season. Besides, there is observation area at the top of the hill where visitors can see the natural beauty of “Seribu” Mountains. In Mangunan area, there is other interesting tourist destination, i.e. Mangunan Pine Forest which is located in the area of Forest Management Resort, is grown by Pinus merkusii. Image and further information: http://visitingjogja.com/, www.yogyes.com/
Lava Tour as a tourist attraction with adrenalin tempting, to enjoy the ups and downs of the roads and meandering tracks with great rocks on the roadside. Lava tour is conducted using double-axle jeep with experienced driver and also reliable safety. Visitors can enjoy the rocky road after the eruption of Merapi volcano in 2010, as well as the rest of the rubble of the houses affected by hot clouds (nuee ardente). Moreover, visitors can see the sand mining activities in the upper stream of Gendol and Opak River. Image and further information: http://visitingjogja.com/
Beach. Yogyakarta has coastal area in the southern part of the region, particularly in Kulon Progo, Bantul, and Gunungkidul Regency. Along the southern part of these region is coastal area which has beaches with different characteristics. Coastal area of Kulon Progo and Bantul Regency is dominated by black sandy beaches, while coastal area of Gunungkidul is dominated by white sandy beaches and steep rocky coasts. Each coastal area has a natural beauty that deserves to be enjoyed. Some attractive beaches in Yogyakarta are Parangtritis, Parangkusumo, Indrayanti, Timang, Kukup, Sadranan, Baron, Pok Tunggal, etc. Especially in Sadranan, visitors can also try snorkeling. Image and further information: http://visitingjogja.com/
Tamansari is also known as Perfume Garden or Fragrant Garden because lots of flowers planted in this area and its neighborhood. A long time ago, Tamansari was used by the royal family for recreation, as well as a camouflage area against the enemy and as a bastion. Besides, it was used as meditation place for the king, a place for making “batik” by king’s wives and daughters, military training area for the royal army, and others. Tamansari which was built in 1758 has the architecture from various influences, they are Hindu and Buddhist, Javanese and Islamic, Chinese, as well as Portuguese and European style. Image and further information: http://visitingjogja.com/