Hello, everyone! I wish you all a very good day every day.
This time, I would like to introduce you the city where I was born and grow up, Yogyakarta. This city is located in Indonesia, in the heart of Java. To give you a figure, it is approximately located in the middle between Capital City Jakarta and Bali, the Island of Gods.Surprise, surprise! (One hint: Yogyakarta was once the Capital City of Indonesia back then.). Yogyakarta is best known as the city of students since it has so many universities (with a whopping ratio between its particularly small land area and the number of university that it has) but the detail are to be delivered in the next post edition (spoiler alert)Yogyakarta is also the center of culture in Java, with its distinct and co-existing nature with modernization, similar to Bali, though with different identities.
Map indicating the location of Yogyakarta. Source: icitee2013.te.ugm.ac.id
Again I have to apologize because I was actually about to introduce Jogja (the way we abbreviate Yogyakarta) in its historical context first. However, I think it is good to give you some sights over its attractiveness first. My first post was talking aboutGudeg, one of its finest and most traditional foods. Now, I’m gonna do slightly wider and more exploration upon its tourism. Below, I will cover some of its natural attraction and consequently giving you an article which will even give you a more complete reference, also in English.
And, fortunately, some of our cultures are already enlisted in UNESCO.
1. Historical Building/Landmarks
There are a lot of historical buildings that you can find here. Yogyakarta has unique mixture over Hinduism, Buddhism, and Muslim influences.
Tugu Yogyakarta (The Iconic Landmark of Yogyakarta)
People said you are not yet travelling to Jogja unless you have yourself taking photo (or selfie) of Tugu Yogyakarta!
This is a Hinduism temple located in far north-east of Yogyakarta.
From the folklore it is said that this huge temple area is consisted of999(you read that right) templescreated in only a night!The story told us that long time ago, there was a prince and princess named Bandung Bondowoso and Roro Jonggrang. Bandung Bondowoso wished to marry Roro Jonggrang, she said she would accept the offer under 2 circumstances and one of them was to built 1,000 temples over the night. He accepted the challenge, and it was said that he almost made it through the help of other spirits. When he reached 999, he heard the sound of peacock (it indicates the dawn) so he lost the challenge and eventually wasn’t able to marry her. Apparently it was revealed that it was a trick from Roro Jonggrang to fool him because she didn’t actually want to marry him. Driven with anger, he cursed Roro Jonggrang, and she is now believed to have been manifested into one of famous statue inside Prambanan Temple.
Borobudur Temple (Near the Border of Yogyakarta)
One the most famous and biggest temple in the world, this is a Buddhist temple.
Even Facebook Founder & CEO, Mark Zuckerberg was here, too!
And The Buddhist Holiday Celebration of Waisak
Keraton Yogyakarta (The King’s Residence)
This is where The King of Yogyakarta, whom under our autonomy also act as the legitimate governor, reside. Indeed, Yogyakarta is still a Kingdom until today.
From up front (The gate) and One of the interior
and below is its water castle (Tamansari)
2. Natural Attraction
There are a lot of cave and place to choose from! Some of them are Goa Pindul and Kali Suci
Challenging, no? The small rock island is also inhabitant of lobsters that you can buy directly from locals.
It is one of the most famous and nearest beach in Jogja. People love seeing sunset here while taking horse-driven transportation called “Andong” or “Delman”. This beach is also connected to another myth, Nyi Roro Kidul, the Queen of the Sea.
Sand knoll near Parangtritis, needing you not to Sahara
Taking paragliding or simply enjoying the beach view up high
… and many more!
You can hike and take tours here. It is one of the most active mounts in the world
The famous street in Jogja where you can find basically everything! Coincidentally it’s also the cover image of our MUNPlanet City Maverick program.
Pedicab driving across the street.
Colorful Housing near the river
Mangunan Fruit Park
No, it’s neither Canada nor Alaska! It’s the morning view from a fruit park in Jogja.
Wayang, traditional dool alike from skin, usually from cow skin
Ramayana Dance, one of the traditional dances here.
And Batik, Indonesia’s cloth pride and identity.
Well, to round up, I hope this introduction would be sufficient as there are a lot more things you can do and find. Living In Yogyakarta has been such a blessing for me. It is ultra rich, covers everything unique, from people to the place. You can find countless of attraction here as well hospitality from its people. Even years of living here, I’m still exploring and finding a lot of new things here. I love Jogja! #VisitYogyakarta
Embedded below would be short video about Yogyakarta
Further reference:Not your usual Yogyakarta travel guide - TripCanvas
Next Post to be about how and why Yogyakarta earned its “Special Region” title in historical context and how it feels like to live and be student in Yogyakarta. See you!