Yogyakarta of Java, the cultural capital of Indonesia has a reputation of attracting artists and intellectuals who flocks here to enjoy the art scene and the cafe culture. This city of Indonesia is technically a sultanate and the royal family has been a fixture of the city since the 1700s which can be felt in many of Yogyakarta’s attraction.
Central to the island’s artistic and intellectual heritage is where the Javanese language is at its purest, the arts at their brightest and its traditions at their most visible.
Welcome to Indonesia’s coolest, most liveable and lovable city, with street art, galleries, coffee shops and abundant cultural attractions.
The Kraton Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat is probably the most famous attraction in Yogyakarta and is simply another name for the Royal Palace. The sultan and his family still reside here. The Kraton Museum is a place where you can learn more about the royal family as well as get an insight into traditional Javanese art and culture. The Royal Palace also has Javanese cultural shows held every day.
The romantic Indrayanti Beach of Yogyakarta is no exception. This beach provides a peaceful romantic vacation with a unique panoramic view compared to other beaches. Aside from its silky white sand surrounded by enormous powerful rocks, the clear blue hypnotizing colour of the sea invites visitors to come and plunge into the underworld.
The Progo River
Progo the biggest stream in Yogyakarta is a beautifully powerful river. This river a small mirror of civilization has got mystic stories setting its background. It’s a challenging river to fish for palung (hampala barb). If you want to get out and about in Yogyakarta then take a trip to the pretty Progo River and rent a kayak and go rafting down the rapids. The biggest highlight of drifting down the rapids is the chance to take in the lush flora and fauna from the vantage point of the water all while getting your adrenalin pumping.
Yogyakarta is known for its famous food and the most famous of these is Gudeg. This basically consists of jackfruit which is boiled with coconut milk to form a kind of curry. It is served with rice and is not to be missed if you are in the city, and some of the best known places to find it include Bale Raos, Ibu Ageng, and Gudeg Pawon which is located on Janturan Street.