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  • 1 Kraton Area Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A genuine city in a city, the kraton district, protected by a white wall with four vaulted openings, comprises a vast residential neighbourhood crisscrossed by lanes. The one-storey houses were traditionally set aside for palace servants and employee..

  • 2 Sono Budoyo Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    27 Jl. Trikora

    Without a doubt one of Java's most interesting museums. The collection includes Dong-Son bronzes from East Indonesia, megalithic statues from Wonosari and opulent bronze Hindu goddesses (10C-12C). The art of Majapahit (East Java) is represented with ..

  • 3 Alun-alun Utara Square Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Alun-alun Utara is a vast green square adorned with two sacred banyan trees which plays host to the city's parades and events. For one month in the year, the square is given over to a public festival but for the rest of the time it is the preserv..

  • 4 Yogyakarta Great Mosque Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Built in 1773 under Hamengkubuwono I, the Great Mosque or Mesjid Agung has maintained all of its original components. Closely linked to the kraton and its various ceremonies, the mosque comes under the direction of a city notable, the pangulu, who is..

  • 5 Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    A sacred seat of power, the palace, still inhabited by the sultan, plays the role of conservatory of Javanese art. Its layout reflects Javanese cosmogony according to a north-south axis which governs the official and ceremonial section and an east-we..

  • 6 Taman Sari Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Taman Sari was the sultans' pleasure palace. Although seriously damaged by an earthquake in 1867, it has retained the old-fashioned charm of a spot devoted to relaxation and meditation. Behind the residence (the water palace, as the Dutch called it),..

  • 7 Batik Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    13 Jl. Dr-Sutomo

    A modest but fascinating private collection that survives as best it can from donations left by the 10 or so visitors each month. Only some of the 400 pieces in the museum's collection are on display (most come from Pekalongan, on the north coast), b..

  • 8 Kota Gede Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Nowadays, the first capital of Mataram, founded in 1575 by Panembahan Senopati (whose tomb is greatly venerated by the Javanese), is nothing more than a quiet suburb of Yogyakarta. Yet it has preserved from its golden age a robust silver work traditi..

  • 9 Jalan Malioboro

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jalan Malioboro is the city's north-south axis through the city centre, and was originally conceived by the Sultan Hamengkubuwono I (late 18C) in a bid to link the kraton, the seat of power, to the Merapi Volcano, some 30km away. Its incessant traffi..

  • 10 Pakualaman Palace

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jl. Sultan-Agung

    Built in 1813 by Yogyakarta's second dynasty, the Pakualaman ("pivot of the universe"), this palace faces south in a sign of obedience to Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat. Like the kraton (albeit in a much smaller format), its layout compri..

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