IT IS LITTLE SURPRISE THAT YOGYAKARTA IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR PLACES FOR TOURING IN INDONESIA. CLASSIC OUTINGS INCLUDE THE SUNRISE AT BOROBUDUR, PHOTO SHOOTS AT PRAMBANAN AND JEEP TOURS THROUGH MOUNT MERAPI.
The streets of Yogyakarta pulse with rich Javanese culture, mesmerising art and a wealth of historical traditions, but most visitors never explore the hidden treasures that surround this city. On arriving in Yogyakarta, I took two days exploring the neighbouring city of Solo and travelling around to some of the city’s top tourist destinations.
Solo is a town only 60 kilos from Yogyakarta and is famous for its high quality fabrics, amazing food and lively atmosphere. Stop at the Klewer Market where beautiful batiks can be bought at bargain prices. Enjoy one of ...
Upon arrival at Yogyakarta airport, my Aman experience started. I was to stay at the Amanjiwo resort and was met by the Aman representative, Pak Didit, who introduced himself and ushered me to wait in the comfort of the airport lounge while he went off to collect my luggage. Our first stop was the Unesco World Heritage Site of Prambanan, a Hindu Temple complex which sits in a compound to the North East of the city of Yogyakarta in Central Java and as we left the airport he told me some of its history. Built in the 9th century, this is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva) and each of these three heavenly roles is represented by one of the three largest buildings in the Temple comp...
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It has not surprised me to learn that Yogyakarta is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. My experience with previous visits here has already shown me that these claims are credible. I had arrived off a short AirAsia Flight from Bali and was more than ready for my weekend break.
My first visit was to the Keraton, Yogyakarta’s royal palace. The Sultan of Yogyakarta and his Queen still reside in the palace but allow visitors into the grounds to view traditional Javanese dance performances. I am always pleased to see traditio...