After our discussion over travelling to Indonesia for beach getaways, it is time to consider travelling to Indonesia to visit Yogyakarta, a city that is dubbed as the student’s city—due to the existence of Gadjah Mada University, which is one of the most prominent universities in the country.
Other than being the student’s city, Yogyakarta is also known to be the centre of authenticity of the Javanese culture. In the city, you can find various kinds of traditional handcrafts at its finest; such as batik, silver jewelry and many more.
The special region of Yogyakarta is governed by a monarch, although it is still a part of Indonesia. The monarch’s official residence, known as the Kraton, has been one of the city’s main attractions and a must place to visit.
Vredeburg Fortress Museum, known as the Benteng Vredeburg in Indonesian is another place worth to visit while you are in Yogyakarta. It is one of existing Dutch architectural buildings still existing to date.
Do make sure that you take a stroll around the city by becak or andong. Becak is basically like a trishaw, operated by a person riding it like a bicycle. Meanwhile, andong is operated by a horse, and you will need to sit in a carriage. It is definitely one of a kind experience and worth a try!
Also, do try the local dish—gudeg; made from young jackfruits that were boiled for hours in palm sugar and coconut milk. It is indeed a tasty dish!
After enjoying Yogyakarta— spare one day to visit ancient temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, located just a few hours car ride away from the city. It is highly recommended to go see the Ramayana Ballet Dance performance in Prambanan Temple in the evening, the spectacular setting of the temples in the background and breathtaking ballet performance will definitely highlight your trip to Yogyakarta!
Yogyakarta is indeed not just the student’s city—it is much more than that. You would not be able to experience such a strong cultural ambiance in any other cities in Indonesia.
Be sure to check out bab’la Indonesian page at: http://www.babla.co.id/
See you in Yogyakarta! 😀