10 Unforgettable Things To Do In Yogyakarta

Situated on the island of Java in Indonesia, Yogyakarta, fondly called Jogja by the locals, is the soul of the island. It is a cultural hub that is renowned for its history, traditions and art, and is also a great place for tourists from all over the world to get a taste of the Javanese lifestyle. While there are numerous day trips in the region, there also plenty of fantastic things to do in Yogyakarta without having to go too far – https://tourinindonesia.com/yogyakarta/

To help you make the most of your trip to Yogyakarta, we’ve made a list of 10 things to do. 

1. Borobudur Temple: See The Sunrise

One of the first things to do when in Yogyakarta is to wake up early, and drive to the central part of java to witness the most beautiful sunrise in Borobudur Temple. Borobudur Temple is a UNESCO Site.  Nothing beats seeing the sunrise from this famous temple which also happens to be the largest Buddhist temple in the world built dating back to 9th century. As the sun makes its way across the pale sky from the east horizon, you will see the light hit the intricate carvings on the temple, creating a mystical effect which is not to be missed.

Highlights: Gupta architecture that reflects Indias influence on the region, and 504 Buddha statues

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2. Prambanan Temple: Capture The Sunset

Less than a one-hour drive from Yogyakarta, you will get to see Indonesias most beautiful Hindu temple Prambanan Temple. Also known as Rara Jonggrang Temple, it was discovered by the Dutch in the 10th century. Dedicated to Lord Shiva Mahadeva, Prambanan Temple is characterized by its tall, and pointed architecture wherein the central building measures 47-meters high inside a large complex of individual temples. The walls of each temple are sculptured with intricate and interesting details after exploring which, one can relax and watch the sun go down in Prambanan Temple that is one of the best things to do in Yogyakarta.

Highlights: Relics that illustrate the Ramayana, three temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma and the animals that serve them

3. Sultan Palace And Water Castle: Glimpse Of Royalty

One of the top things to do in Yogyakarta is visiting the Sultan Palace. The province of Yogyakarta is ruled by the Sultan himself as governor. The Kraton or Palace was built in 1757 and still serves as the royal familys home to this day. It is a magnificent structure that displays an authentic form of old Javanese architecture and culture. The halls and floors are intricately designed, the ceilings painted bright gold a classic example of luxurious Javanese architectural style. Another one of the most popular Yogyakarta activities is visiting the Water Castle, which is also known as Taman Sari and is located just a few steps away from the Palace. Explore a large subterranean mosque, interesting ruins, and underground passages too.

Highlights: Collection of the Sultans belongings, authentic Javanese architecture, and subterranean mosque inside the Water Castle

4. Malioboro: Shop Til You Drop

If you want to go shopping in Yogyakarta, the best place is Malioboro. Located in the heart of the city, this is where you can get almost everything at a steal. Malioboro is a great place to shop for souvenirs and gift items to take home. The best way to explore the bustling shopping streets of this area is by walking. Go at a leisurely pace to truly immerse yourself in the exciting atmosphere. It might get a little crowded, but if you are looking to shop on a budget, there is no place better than Malioboro. You will definitely love the countless little shops some of which sell the most curious things!

Highlights: Shops that sell amazing souvenirs at affordable prices

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5. Mt Merapi Volcano - Jeep Lava Tour

If you are an adventure lover seeking for amazing hiking options in Yogyakarta, then a visit to the Merapi Volcano will definitely satiate your spirits. This ones the most famous volcano in the city and amongst the active volcanoes too. You can have an unforgettable hiking experience here, as youll get to behold the beautiful landscapes along the way. Hiking around this active volcano can be one of the thrilling as well as fun things to do in Yogyakarta.

Highlights: Witnessing the breathtaking sunrise from here will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience

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6. Mangunan Fruit Garden: A Haven For Nature Lovers

Located at the outskirts, the Mangunan Fruit Garden is one of the offbeat places where you can try on some unique things to do in Yogyakarta. Standing here one can enjoy a great view of the valley alongside the river. With the pleasant sunrise, the early morning is worth the view. This place will give you a feeling of standing amidst the clouds and mist without even climbing the steep mountains.

7. Timang Beach

Beaches near Yogyakarta are the best places to relax and refresh yourself after a long day. To reach the beaches, itll only take about one hour long drive from Yogyakarta. If you want to make the most of it by covering maximum places in and around Yogyakarta, then the beaches should always be on your list. Every beach has various places to eat where you can enjoy the scrumptious seafood (dont forget to try the lobster).

Highlights: The Gondola is an iconic sight that every tourist must witness


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8. Kraton of Yogyakarta

The grand building of Kraton Yogyakarta is standing graciously in the beautiful city of Yogyakarta. The building was founded by Prince Mangkubumi, who later held Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, in 1775. He chose the area as a place to build the Kraton, right between the river of Winongo and Code river, a dried marshy area.

There are two squares in this Kraton. One in the front side, and the other is in the area of backyard. Actually there’s a sacred thing that many people talk about, which is the shape of the formation of the Monument of Yogyakarta, Mount Merapi, and Kraton itself. Its really nice to see.

9. Jomblang Cave

Goa Jomblang isn’t really a cave, it’s part of a cave system that covers the whole of Gunung Kidul. The caves were formed over thousands were formed by rainwater and underground rivers that eroded the karst rock (a bit like the famous underground caves in the Yucatan, Mexico).

The actual cave (or the bit that the tourists see) is made up of three parts. The first is a large huge sinkhole that was formed by the roof of the cave collapsing. The second part of the cave is a long tunnel and the final part is Goa Grubog, the central cave.

The cave is open in the morning and close around 3pm. Thus, it is best to travel here early as there is a limit in the number of people able to go down the cave. 


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10. Kalibiru National Park

Kalibiru become popular in social media since 2 years ago. It has since become a very busy and crowded in weekend or holiday season. Many people come here to do some light trekking and to take in the breath taking views of the place. Generally, people come here to see the view and also to enjoy the sunset. 

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