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Discover ancient temples, traditional batik, wayang shadow puppetry and gamelan music in the city that holds the key to Java’s cultural heritage. 

The city of Yogyakarta is the perfect place to explore Java’s rich culture and traditions. Known for its protection of local heritage and customs, Yogyakarta is a hub for fine Javanese art, craft, music, poetry, ballet and puppetry. Explore the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, and gain an insight into Buddhist, Hindu and Javanese culture.

Yogyakarta is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia. A short stroll around the historic district will bring you past the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton Ngayogyakarta) and its stately main court, mosque and museum. Admire the Central Post Office (Kantor Pos Besar) and the Tugu Monument. Grab a snack from a street vendor and watch the locals playing street chess near the Kraton complex.

To learn about Javanese culture and history, head to the Museum Sonobudoyo, the Museum Batik or Fort Vrederburg. Browse historical artefacts and traditional handicrafts such as batik, wayang puppets, masks and gamelan instruments. Discover Yogyakarta’s thriving art scene at the Affandi Museum and Cemeti Art House.

Don’t miss Yogyakarta’s breathtaking ancient temples, known locally as candi. Wander through numerous shrines and monuments at Prambanan, a collection of towering Hindu temples with intricately carved domes. The stunning Borobudur Buddhist temple dates back to the 9th century and is located in Magelang, 1 hour’s drive from Yogyakarta.

Relax with a massage treatment or sunrise yoga and meditation classes. Play a round of golf overlooking Mount Merapi. During your visit, try local cuisine, such as sweet curry with jackfruit, palm sugar, coconut milk and chicken. In January, the city celebrates Java’s Muslim culture with the traditional Sekaten festival.

Reach Yogyakarta by flying into Adisucipto International Airport, or catch the regional bus or train. In the city, get around by taxi, bus or tricycle rickshaw. Make sure you haggle and agree on a price before getting into the rickshaw. To make the most of Yogyakarta’s outdoor activities, visit during the dry season, from July to September.

Top hotels in Yogyakarta

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
JL Laksda Adisucipto KM 8.7, Depok, Yogyakarta
The price is AU$62 per night from 21 Sep. to 22 Sep.

This family-friendly Depok resort is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo and Adisucipto Golf Course. Gembira Loka Zoo and Maguwoharjo ...

4/5Very Good! (214 reviews)

"Very nice property with Awesome Spa and extremely helpful and hospitable staff, felt very comfortable and at home"…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort and Spa
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Prawirotamana II /Jl Gerilya no.839B, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is AU$30 per night from 21 Sep. to 22 Sep.

Situated in Yogyakarta, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Lana Gallery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Malioboro Street and Palace of Yogyakarta. Malioboro Mall ...

4.4/5Excellent! (203 reviews)
YOGYAKARTA FEBRUARY 2020

"Really nice hotel and all the staff were really friendly and helpful. Excellent outdoor pool. Great value for money"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2020

Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
Melia Purosani Hotel
Melia Purosani Hotel
5 out of 5
Jl. Suryotomo No. 31, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is AU$81 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

This family-friendly Yogyakarta hotel is located in the business district, within a 10-minute walk of Malioboro Street and Malioboro Mall. Palace of Yogyakarta ...

4.3/5Excellent! (482 reviews)

"I love the lobby and the brrakfast"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2020

Melia Purosani Hotel

Popular places to visit in Yogyakarta

Borobudur Temple
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Borobudur Temple

5/5(7 reviews)

Join the other pilgrims visiting one of the world’s largest Buddhist temples for its profound meaning and spectacular architecture.

Malioboro Street
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Malioboro Street

4/5(8 reviews)

Spend a day exploring Yogyakarta’s liveliest commercial district, which is famous for its batik stores, street food and historic landmarks.

Prambanan Temple
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Prambanan Temple

5/5(8 reviews)

Embark on a fantastical toy train journey through a compound of spectacular pointed Hindu temples built more than 1,000 years ago.

Top activities in Yogyakarta

Private Borobudur & Prambanan Temples Excursion
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Private Borobudur & Prambanan Temples Excursion

AU$168
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
2-Day Excursion to Yogyakarta & Borobudur Temple from Bali
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2-Day Excursion to Yogyakarta & Borobudur Temple from Bali

AU$787
Per adult
From Semarang Port: Borobudur Private Shore Excursion
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From Semarang Port: Borobudur Private Shore Excursion

AU$168
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour
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Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour

AU$81
Per adult
Morning Borobudur Sunrise Tour - From Yogyakarta
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Morning Borobudur Sunrise Tour - From Yogyakarta

AU$162
Per adult
Private Transfer from Tridadi to Yogyakarta Airport (JOG)
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Private Transfer from Tridadi to Yogyakarta Airport (JOG)

AU$140
Per adult

Reviews of Yogyakarta

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DandyDen

18 Nov. 2019

Nice people who go at a slower more relaxed pace then the rush of Jakarta

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

26 Aug. 2019

Prambanan Temple is something to see.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Aug. 2019

Tugu (YK) train station is one of the best in the world for ease, efficiency and cleanliness.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

13 Jun. 2019

Dinner at Sawah was a highlight

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

13 Apr. 2019

Borobudur temple at dawn breathtaking, Ramayana Ballet at Perambanan temple an amazing experience

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