About Jogja

Yogjakarta, also known as Jogja or Jogjakarta, is the capital of the Yogyakarta Special Region and one of the biggest cities in Indonesia. Located on the southern part of Central Java, it is the centre of everything artistic and cultural and despite modernity, is still a stronghold of batik, traditional arts, music and rituals. Fiercely protective of its outstanding historical and cultural heritage, the centre of the city is the Sultan’s palace, also known as the Kraton, from which spreads a densely populated residential neighbourhood. The city is also home to Indonesia’s important archeological sites; the Borobudur and Prambanan. Aside to its unique cultural attractions, the city also offers fantastic dining, shopping and recreational options. Home to over 3.3 million people, this is definitely the place to be if you’re looking to experience authentic Javanese culture and hospitality.

 

Kraton Yogyakarta (Yogyakarta Palace)

Kraton Yogyakarta is one of the most popular tourist’s destinations in Yogyakarta. Kraton or Keraton is the Javanese word for Palace and is home to the Sultans of Yogyakarta. This palace complex houses about 25,000 people. The current Sultan resides within the innermost group of buildings, which were built in 1755 and the 1756. It has been said that these group of buildings are structurally the most impressive Javanese architecture and reflects its strong culture and history in its intricate rooms, courtyards and pavilions. Built by Prince Mangkubumi in 1755-1756, the palace complex was previously known as Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and serves as a cultural center for the Javanese people. It also contains a museum that displays the sultanate’s artifacts including heirloom, instruments and gifts from European monarchs. Within the palace compounds are sacred giant trees, which are said to bring good fortune to those who can between them blindfolded. The palace is open to the public from Monday to Sunday from 08:00 – 14:00 pm and Friday from 08:00 to 12:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 373721

 

Malioboro Street

Jalan Malioboro or Malioboro Street is a shopper’s haven. It is a major shopping street in Yogyakarta featuring countless shops, restaurants, hotels as well as street vendors and street-side open air restaurants known as lesehan. In the evenings, you can find musicians, painters, actors and other artistic creations being displayed along the road. You can easily find gudeg, the special food of Yogyakarta here, which is well worth a try. While you’re there, do check out the largest and oldest Dutch-era hotel, Hotel Garuda, located on the street’s northern end. Tel: (0274) 555467

 

Taman Pintar (Smart Park)

Smart Park serves as an educational science centre especially created to develop and encourage interests in science among schoolchildren. There are interesting tours conducted to introduce science to students from early age in a fun and interactive way. Families can also come by to learn about science. The Smart Park is a brainchild of the local tourists council and is located on Jalan P. Senopati No 1-3, Yogyakarta. Open Tuesday-Friday 09:00 to 16:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:30 to 20:00 pm Monday closed (except holiday). CP: (0274) 583713, 583 631

 

Benteng Vredeburg Museum

Fort Vredeburg Museum is a former fortress from the Dutch colonial times located at the end of Malioboro Street in Yogyakarta. The building, which was previously used as a military complex, is now a museum that commemorates the struggle of the Indonesian people towards achieving Independence.

Located at the end of Malioboro Street in Yogyakarta city, this museum is a historical museum commemorating the Indonesian struggle. The museum opened in 1992 and contains a collection of old photographs, historical objects and replicas as well as a diorama portraying Indonesia’s journey for independence is also displayed in the museum. Open Tuesday-Thursday 08:30 to 11:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 8:30 to 13:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 586934, 510 996, 555 706

 

Gedhe Kauman Mosque

Gedhe Kauman Mosque or as it is known in Javanese, Masjid Gede Kauman is the oldest mosque in Java. The mosque was built in 1773 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I with Kyai Ibrahim Diponingrat and Kyai Wiryokusumo who was the architect. Located in the west of Yogyakarta Palace Square, it features traditional Javanese architecture and Javanese symbology. Tel: (0274) 373 622

 

Taman Sari Water Garden

Taman Sari is a former royal garden. It was build exclusively for the use of the royalties of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. Located on Jalan Taman within close proximity to the Yogyakarta Palace, this recreational centre for the royal family consists of 59 buildings and features four distinct areas filled with lakes, islands, pavilions, bathing complex and pools as well as resting areas, defense and hiding spaces. In Javanese, Taman Sari means a beautiful garden filled with flowers. An old Dutch article called it a “water castle”. Today, only the main bathing area remains preserved as the rest of the garden is now occupied by the Kampung Taman settlement. The Taman Sari Water Garden was built in 1758-1765 by Sri Sultan Hemengku Buwono I and is tentatively listed as a World Heritage Site. Open Monday-Sunday. 8:00 to 14:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 377904

 

Puro Pakualaman

Puro Pakualaman is a well preserved palace established in early nineteenth century as the residence of Kanjeng Sri Paduka Paku Alam Yogyakarta and family. Dated back to March 17, 1813, Prince Notokusumo, the son of Sultan Hamengku Buwono I and Princess Srenggorowati was throned by the British Lieutenant Governor General Sir Thomas Raffles as Kanjeng Gusti Pangeran Adipati Arya (K.G.P.A.A.) Paku Alam I. The Prince was coronated as ‘Pangeran Merdiko’ in June 1812. This principality was given its own territory, including Bagelan, westward of Yogya and an area located between rivers Progo and Bogowonto, in Adikarto Region, western Yogya. The palace compound reflects a strong center of Javanese culture. Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday 9:30 to 13:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 588025, 562 161

 

Kotagede

This historic neighbourhood in the city of Yogyakarta is famous for its silver. The city was previously the first capital of the mighty Mataram Sultanate from the 16th century and consists of palace ruins, old cemeteries, defensive walls and moats. Built on forest land, Kotagede became a hub of silver industry since the 1930s, and visitors can participate in workshops to watch silver being transformed into works of art. A walk down the main streets of Kotagede presents views of traditional Joglo houses and eclectic merchant houses sometimes known as “Kalang Houses” depending on architecture. Other Javanese crafts and arts including gold, silver, copper, leather and local food such as kipo, legomoro can also be found in Kotagede. Open every day at 9:00 to 20:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 588025

 

Gembira Loka Zoo

Here you’ll find over 400 species of animals including the famed Komodo Dragons from Flores. First opened in 1956, the park is 54 acres wide and features a children’s park, botanical garden, orchid’s nursery and a variety of bridges that cross the Gajahwong River. Visitors can participate in camel and elephant rides as well as myriad water activities. Located on Jl. Botanical Gardens 2 Yogyakarta Open daily from 8:00 to 17:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 588025

 

Kaliurang

Located on the Southern slopes of Mount Merapi in Central Java, this popular resort town offers cool air, amazing views, and an extensive forested park with trails. It was the base for negotiations between the Dutch and the Indonesians in the 1940s, and is also the holiday homes for the royalties of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. There is a small entrance fee to enter Kaliurang which also features a camping facility, a children’s recreational park, hotels, cottages and MICE facilities. Tel: (0274) 869613

 

Ullen Sentalu Museum

Within the town of Kaliurang is the Ullen Sentalu Museum, which displays relics and artifact from royal houses and kratons of Java, such as Yogyakarta, Pakualam, Surakarta, and Mangkunegaran. Established in 1994, this private museum is managed by the Hartoyo family and the Ulating Blencong Foundation and features also the clothing of the royal family. Opens Tuesday-Friday 08:30 am to 16:00 pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:30 am to 17:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 895161 (museum), 880 158 (secretariat).

 

Gunungapi Merapi Museum

Meseum Gunungapi Merapi (MGM) is place for sustainable conservative education and the development of disaster science of volcanoes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. In the museum, visitors will find a scaled model of Mount Merapi, its activity and documentation of volcanic activities throughout the world. MGM is located on the slopes of Mount Merapi. Jalan Boyong, Dusun Banteng, Harjobinangun village, Pakem district. Open Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 15:30 pm (Closed on Monday).

 

Jogja Kembali Monument

Jogja Kembali Monument is a museum that commemorates the Indonesia Republic’s struggle for independence. Here, history is represented in photographs and dioramas and documentation depicting situations and war atmosphere from 1945-1949. Jl. Lingkar Utara, Jongkang, Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman. Open 8:00 to 16:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 868225

 

Dirgantara Mandala: Air Force Museum

This museum is the biggest air force museum in Indonesia, with an impressive and complete collection that represent’s Indonesia’s vibrant history in aviation. Visitors can view vintage air-plane models, radio-transmitter and radar, the National Army of Indonesia Air Force uniforms, diorama, picture collection and more. This is the best place to learn about Indonesia’s Air Force as there is plenty of information in the museum’s 7 rooms; Main Room, the Chronological Room I, the Chronological Room II, the Alutsista Room, the Paskhas Room, the Diorama Room and the Dirgantara’s Interest Room. Open from Monday-Thursday at 08:00 to 13:00 pm, Friday-Saturday 12:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 484453

 

Jogja Bay Adventure Pirates Waterpark

This is the biggest, most advanced and most complete water park in Indonesia with 19 exciting water rides and slides. The most popular and thrilling ride is the “How To Survive In Earthquake And Tsunami” ride, which is used as an educational tool for the public on how not to panic should there be an earthquake and/or tsunami. The park features eight artificial pools with stimulated waves, similar to original waves. Opens Monday-Friday 09:00 am to 18:00 pm), Saturday and Sunday 08:00 am to 6:00 p.m. Harbour Theatre from 19:00 pm to 22:00 pm. Jl. Utara Stadion, Depok, Sleman.

 

Affandi Museum

Affandi is Indonesia’s painting maestro. The museum was his home and is located on the banks of Gajah Wong River and is the place where he would live and work. Here, visitors can view all of the artist’s great work as well as the works of other painters that he kept, the vehicles that he used in the past, the house where he used to live in and a gallery that now functions as a place to educate gifted children in painting. The artist’s tomb is also within the compound of the museum. He died on 23 May 1990. Open Monday-Friday at 9:00 to 16:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 to 13:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 562593

 

Borobudur Temple

The Borobudur needs no introduction; it is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world. Built in the 9th century, the temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. The architecture blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Borobudur is Indonesia’s single most visited tourists’ attraction and is both a shrine to the Lord Buddha and a place for Buddhist pilgrimage which is still used once a year on Vesak Day. Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java. Tel: (0274) 588025

 

Ratu Boko

This is an archeological site located on a plateau, about three kilometres south of Lara Jonggrang Prambanan temple complex in Yogyakarta. The palace complex sits on 16 hectares and features a mix of Hindu and Buddhist elements, and is filled with fascinating archeological sites including an impressive main gate, Candi Batu Putih, Candi Pembakaran (crematorium), Paseban (stone buildings) and Pendopo (audience hall). The complex also holds miniature temples and bathing space. The exact functions of Ratu Boko site is still unknown. Open Monday-Sunday 6:00 am to 18:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 496401

 

Prambanan Temple

Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Candi Prambanan is also known as Loro Jonggrang Temple which is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. Built in the 9th century, it was dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). First built in 850 BC, the temple features tall distinct pointed architecture, typical of Hindu architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high (154 ft) central building inside a large complex of individual temples. Located 30 km northeast of the city of Yogyakarta. Open Monday-Sunday 6:00 am to 18:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 496401

 

Sambisari Temple

Sambisari is a 9th century Hindu temple, and was buried 6.5 meters below of ground level, however, parts of the temple have been excavated. Discovered by a farmer in 1996, the area was then secured and excavation and reconstruction works was completed in March 1987. The Sambisari temple complex consisted of a main temple and a row of three smaller pervara (guardian) temples in front of it. The body of the main temple measures 5 x 5 meters and 2.5 meters high. Around the temple walls are niches containing statues of Hindu gods. Purwomartani, Kalasan, Sleman, Yogyakarta. Open Monday-Sunday 6:00 am to 18:00 pm. Tel: (0274) 496401

 

Makam Raja-Raja Imogiri (Imogiri Royal Complex)

Imogiri Tomb is a royal cemetery complex in Yogyakarta, and is a place of historical and religious travel. It is the final resting place for many royalties of Central Java including the Sultanates of Mataram, Surakarta and Yogyakarta. Constructed by Sultan Agung Mataram in the 1640s, the grave site is also a significant pilgrimage site, particularly on significant dates on the Islamic calendar. This jointly administered royal graveyard is manned by staff of the Palace of Yogyakarta and Surakarta. Tel: (0274) 6460222

 

Kebun Buah Mangunan (Mangunan Orchard)

Mangunan Rrchard is located in Dlingo district, Bantul. In this orchard visitors can see a wide variety of fruit trees like rambutan, star fruit, durian, etc. The orchard’s other interesting attraction is its peak which presents a beautiful view, also a view of the Oya River. Not far from this location lies the Songo sky. Tel: (0274) 6460223

 

Hutan Pinus Imogiri (Imogiri Pine Forest)

Located 25km from the city centre of Yogyakarta, in Dlingo Village adjacent to Mangunan Orchard, the Pine Forest is a popular tourists’ attraction which is famous for cool air and towering pine trees. This spot has attracted thousands of lovers, tourists and visitors to its location for its ideal backdrop that creates breathtaking photos and pre-wedding photography. There is also a wooden post made of wood, offering resplendent views of the Yogyakarta hills, and is popular among Instagammers and photographers alike. Tel: (0274) 6460223

 

Becici Peak

Becici Peak is another photographers’ and Instagrammers’ favourites, with stunning views and sunsets as it faces directly to the West. At night, visitors will be presented with views of sparkling lights over Yogyakarta City. Located in Dusun Gunung Cilik, Gunung Mutuk Village, Dlingo District, Bantul. Cp: (0274) 6460222

 

Ngalanggeran

Ngalanggeran is the site of an ancient volcano that is shaped like giant boulders and Embung Ngalanggeran, a giant caldera lake from which is one of the best places to watch the sunset, over the sky of Yogyakarta. The surface of lake reflects the twilight sun and the ancient volcano creates beautiful scenery. Located in the village of Ngalanggeran, Gunung Kidul. Tel: (0274) 391031

 

Sri Gethuk Waterfall

One of the most popular waterfalls in Yogyakarta, Sri Gethuk Waterfall is flanked by cliffs with heights up to 50 M. It is a well-known tourist attraction that is integrated with Rancing Kencono Cave, archaeological sites, camping and fishing ground. Also known as the “Green Canyon” of Jogja. Located in Bleberan Village, Playen, Gunung Kidul. Cp: (0274) 391031

 

Kalisuci Cave

This is one of the special places in the world where you can go cave-tubing. The clear, blue waters of the river pass through underground caves where you can view stalagmites, stalactites, bats and crystals in the cave walls. This is truly unique and exhilarating experience where you can enjoy travelling through both dark and light spaces over moving water on rubber tubes. Located in Kalisuci, Semanu, Gunung Kidul. Tel: (0274) 391031

 

Jomblang Cave

This cave is a site for a popular cave touring activity. The cave is unique as it is a vertical drop 50m down, and a forest at the bottom. Many come to view the ray of sunlight that shines through the hole in the cave’s roof. To enter this cave, visitors need special tools that are provided by cave guides. Located in Pacar Rajo Village, Semanu, Gunungkidul. Tel: (0274) 391031

 

Baron Beach

A popular fish-catching area, this is the place for cheap, fresh seafood and incredible views. Visitors to this area can also visit a limestone hill and Parang Racuk Hill with its mountain slopes. It is one of the most popular beaches in Yogyakarta as it is the first beach in a series of beaches that visitors would see. Fish auctions and ceremonies for the ruler of the South Sea are also held here. Located in Kemadang Tanjungsari Village, Gunung Kidul Regency. Tel: (0274) 391031

 

Ngobaran Beach

Ngobaran is an exotic beach with a variety of spiritual and marine attractions. If you’re feeling adventurous, join the fishermen for an exciting experience to collect seaweed and fish at 3am when the tide is low. There were rumours of the remains of King Brawijaya fort and his men, “Sabdo Palon Ngoyogenggong” that are located somewhere on the beach. The beach’s unique feature includes a cave, which leads its explorers to a striking underground stream.Located in Kanigoro Village, Saptosari, Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta. Tel: (0274) 391031

 

Kukup Beach

The golden sandy beach of Kukup can be seen clearly through a viewing post, located on a solid rock that juts into the sea. Surrounded by grey and black sand dunes, Kukup Beach is also famous for colorful ornamental fish that live in these coastal marine habitats. Just like in Baron beach, this beach also performs a sea offering ceremony every Syuro. Tel: (0274) 391031

 

Ngerenehan Beach

Located 30 km south of Wonosari city, this white sand beach faces a gulf and is guarded by amazing limestone hills. This beach is also known for its fresh seafood that is the main attraction for fish and seafood lovers. Fish auction also takes place on this beach. Located in Kanigoro Village, Saptosari District, Gunung Kidul. Cp: (0274) 391031

 

Jungwok Beach

Jungwok Beach is a hidden beach, void of crowds and features crystal clear waters, white sandy beach and fertile greens. This tranquil beach is a great place to relax and the crystal water enables you to directly see the corals and small animals living under the water. Jungwok beach can be accessed by using the footpath on the east of Wediombo. Located in Jepitu Village, Gunung Kidul. Tel: (0274) 391031

 

Parangtritis Beach

Parangtritis Beach is a popular tourist beach in Yogyakarta with great access via large roads which allows tourists busses and other vehicles to easily visit. This beach has a very extensive coastline and strong waves, so visitors are advised not to swim at this beach. There are some tourist facilities available at Parangtritis including parking arrangements, modest hotels and inns which provide visitors with places to change and shower, small restaurants, horse-drawn carts and ATVs to ride on the sand. Tel: (0274) 6460222

  

Kuwaru Beach

Kuwaru Beach is located in Bantul with spectacular views of pine trees and cool, crisp air. This beach also provides ATs for rent, for rides along the coast. There is also a variety of seafood on sale for visitors to enjoy. Tel: (0274) 6460222

 

Kalibiru

Kalibiru is a natural tourists’ attraction located on Menoreh hills, Kulon, Progo. From an altitude of 450 meters above sea level it can be seen that this region offers an exotic view of the hills. Tel: (0274) 773995

 

Nglinggo Tea Garden

Nglinggo tea garden is located on menorah hills, Kulon Progo within the Nglinggo Tourism Village. The tea garden offers the charm of nature and a cool, fresh tea garden. Not far from this tea garden is a waterfall called Curung Watu Jonggol. Tel: (0274) 773995

 

Mudal Bathhouse

Mudal Bathhouse is a beautiful river park which is filled with a variety of plants including a rare endemic orchid flower. There are some facilities like gazebo, a swimming pool, and camping area . Located in Jatimulyo Village, Girimulyo, Kulon Progo. Tel: (0274) 773995

 

Progo River Rafting

Progo River Rafting is a rafting tour that has the highest level class around Java-Bali that is grade V. Located in Banjajarum, Kalibawang, Kulon Progo. Cp: (0274) 773995

 

Art and Culture Daily Show

            Daily Show in Yogyakarta Palace Ph: (0274)373721

  • Monday & Tuesday: 10.00-12.00 WIB

Karawitan (Traditional music)

  • Wednesday: 10.00-12.00 WIB

Wayang Golek Menak (Puppets show)

  • Thursday & Sunday: 10.00-12.00 WIB

Tari Klasik (Traditional Dance)

  • Friday: 10.00-12.00 WIB

Macapatan (Traditional Poem)

  • Saturday: 10.00-12.00 WIB

Wayang kulit (Puppets Show)

            Puppet Show

  1. Sasana Hinggil

At 21.00 – 05.30 WIB on South Square Yogyakarta. The show held on the second Saturday of every month

  1. Sonobudoyo

At 20.00 – 22.00 WIB

Jl.Trikora Yogyakarta. The Show held every night except Sunday & National Holiday

Ph: (0274)385664

Ramayana Drama Dance

  1. Ramayana Open Stage

At 19.30 – 21.30 WIB in Prambanan,Yogyakarta. Held in Mei-October

Ph: (0274) 496408, 497771

  1. Trimurti Building

     At 19.30 – 21.30 WIB

In Prambanan, Yogyakarta. The show held every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Ph: (0274) 496408, 497771

  1. Pariwisata Open Stage

     Every night at 20.00 – 21.30 WIB

Jl.Brigjen Katamso,Yogyakarta

Ph: (0274)380643

 

 

Important Numbers

Name Phone
Tourist Information Centre (0274)566000
Ambulance 118
Adisutjipto Airport (0274)485666,484261
Dr. Sardjipto Hospital (0274)587333,631190
Yogyakarta Police Department (0274)88444