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Once the pivot of the ancient Mataram empire, Yogyakarta city—or Jogja—is one of Indonesia’s most renowned conurbations. It is the home of some of the country’s best-known attractions, and is regularly highlighted for its balance between modern and traditional offerings—especially in terms of culture and the arts. It is the capital of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, and is also famous for resting near Mount Merapi, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes.

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There are many places that you can visit. Here are the destination for you to eat, shop, see or do. Explore them!

  • Prambanan

    Prambanan

    To See

    Prambanan refers to a collection of ancient Hindu temples that date back to the ninth and tenth centuries. Regarded as some of the most magnificent monuments in the world, its main three temples are towering tributes to Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma and Lord Vishnu, three key deities in Hinduism. There are said to be over 200 temples in Prambanan’s vicinity, and although many of these have deteriorated into ruins over time, they are still celebrated for their elaborate architecture.

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  • Mount Merapi

    Mount Merapi

    To See

    Arguably one of the most famous features of Indonesia, Mount Merapi is an active volcano that is recognised as a Decade Volcano. This certification was earned due to its substantial history of continuous eruptions. It is possible to climb the mountain, but this should be done with approval from authorities and in the presence of a qualified guide. If climbing is not an activity you particularly enjoy, however, it is still possible to admire the volcano’s magnificence from fairly close proximity.

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  • Plaosan Temple

    Plaosan Temple

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    Plaosan Temple is actually made up of two complexes: Plaosan Lor in the north and Plaosan Kidul in the south. It is said to have been built as a Buddhist shrine in the ninth century, and is assembled by a set of 174 individual buildings. Like Prambanan, these buildings are renowned for their intricate architecture, including detailed Dvarapala (a guardian deity of doors and gates) sculptures.

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  • Gudeg

    Gudeg

    To Eat

    One of the most prominent offerings of Javanese cuisine, gudeg is a delicacy that is derived from—believe it or not—jackfruit. Unripe jackfruit is cooked over several hours with coconut milk, palm sugar and seasonings like galangal and garlic, creating a flavourful dish that is sweet and spicy. It is commonly enjoyed with rice and different preparations of chicken and hard-boiled eggs.

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  • Bakpia Pathok

    Bakpia Pathok

    To Eat

    A local rendition of a classic Chinese treat, bakpia pathok is a sweet pastry that is considered a must-have when visiting Jogja. It consists of a flaky pastry exterior that is filled with servings of mung bean paste, although recent times have seen the inclusion of new fillings like chocolate, pineapple and cheese. Boxes of bakpia pathok are often given as gifts to friends and family by locals.

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  • Beringharjo Market

    Beringharjo Market

    To Shop

    The Beringharjo Market is Yogyakarta’s market of choice for both locals and tourists alike. It carries a colourful array of offerings, ranging from traditional herbs and spices to batik clothing to many of the city’s favourite native snacks. It is also a preferred shopping place for hunters of antiques. The market is one of Yogyakarta’s oldest venues of economic importance, having existed since 1925. (Image Credit: peregrinari | Flickr)

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  • Plaza Ambarrukmo

    Plaza Ambarrukmo

    To Shop

    Plaza Ambarrukmo is one of Yogyakarta’s most popular modern shopping venues. It hosts seven floors of retail offerings, consisting of over 200 brands of both local and international origins. This is complemented by a comprehensive list of state-of-the-art services to cater to lifestyle needs, including a medical room for emergencies. Throw in a diversity of dining outlets, and you have a shopping destination that is unlikely to leave you feeling underwhelmed. (Image Credit: plazaambarrukmo | Facebook)

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  • Kraton

    Kraton

    To Do

    Kraton—or as it is formally known, Keraton Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat—is the official residence of the king of Jogja. It also functions as a museum through which visitors can better understand the history of Yogyakarta’s royal dynasty. Other attractions fill the palace grounds as well, including artistic cultural performances that are scheduled daily.

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  • Taman Sari

    Taman Sari

    To Do

    Once the royal garden of Yogyakarta’s Sultanate, Taman Sari has not dwindled in appeal and radiance over the years. When it was in use, the garden played many roles, including those of a bathing spot and an area for meditation. Today, it stands not only as an architectural masterpiece with a calming atmosphere, but also as a means to understand the lifestyle of Yogyakarta’s Sultanate back in the 18th century.

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