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  • 1 Kraton Area Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jalan Rotowijayan RI - Yogyakarta

    The sultan's palace (kraton) was formerly surrounded by an ensemble of residential buildings equipped with gardens, stables and barracks to house staff and courtiers. The entire complex was enclosed by a wall with four openings. Today this district c..

  • 2 Sono Budoyo Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    27 Jalan Trikora RI - Yogyakarta

    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 (or Alun-alun Lor) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Place Alun-alun Utara RI - Yogyakarta

    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 Great Mosque Interesting

    Religious buildings

    RI - Yogyakarta

    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

    RI - Yogyakarta

    A sacred seat of power, the palace is to this day occupied by the sultan - currently Hamengkubuwono X - who is roughly equivalent to a governor. Its layout reflects Javanese cosmogony: the multiple courtyards and buildings are laid out around the Pen..

  • 6 Taman Sari Palace Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    RI - Yogyakarta

    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 Jalan Dr.-Sutomo RI - Yogyakarta

    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

    RI - Yogyakarta

    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

    RI - Yogyakarta

    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

    Jalan Sultan-Agung RI - Yogyakarta

    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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