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  • 1 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 ..

  • 2 South Coast Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Parangtritis

    After Imogiri and its royal necropolis, head for another place of pilgrimage, the coastal village of Parangtritis, realm of the goddess Nyai Loro Kidul, protector of the sultan's line. The beach is popular, but strong currents make swimming dangerous..

  • 3 Candi Bima Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Dieng

    Well preserved and unique, this is the most interesting of the candis on the Dieng Plateau, with its architecture typical of Northern India: a wide projecting front porch and a pyramidal superstructure with horseshoe niches.

  • 4 Gedong Songo Site Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Bandungan

    Approximately 110km of spectacular roads with stunning views over the surrounding volcanoes separate the Dieng Plateau from the Gedong Songo site. The omnipresent volcanoes (Sumbing, Sundoro, Merbabu and Lawu) loom on the horizon, around temples risi..

  • 5 Candi Mendut Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Magelang

    Built in 800 by King Indra, Candi Mendut can be recognised by its cubic shape (its roof, most probably stupa-shaped, was never completed). The stairs and external walls are decorated with low reliefs and bodhisattva. But the main interest of the temp..

  • 6 Candi Sari Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    RI - Kalasan

    Although dating from the same period as Candi Kalasan, Candi Sari has a radically different style. This handsome building with three parts, which stands on a high base and is topped with stupas, is more reminiscent of Candi Plaosan. Like the latter, ..

  • 7 House of Sampoerna Recommended Recommended

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    6 Taman Sampoerna RI - Surabaya

    After taking in the story of the Sampoerna family, owners of the kretek brand, at the informative museum, visitors can get a fascinating glimpse of the kretek cigarette production facility in operation: more than 3 000 workers rolling cigarettes made..

  • 8 Wayang Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    27 Jalan Pintu Besar Utara RI - Jakarta

    Fans of shadow theatre, the national art, can step backstage here to admire the finely crafted puppets made of leather (wayang kulit) or wood (flat wood wayang kelitik), or rod puppets wayang golek) that star in these dreamlike shows. While the major..

  • 9 Traditional Pavilions Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Parc Taman Mini RI - Jakarta

    In the heart of Taman Mini Park, the series of traditional pavilions (there are 33, one per province) give an insight into Indonesia's incredible architectural diversity. Designed like small art and craft museums, each one has folk dance shows.

  • 10 Kebun Raya Botanic Gardens Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Jalan Otto Iskandardinata RI - Bogor

    Founded by the Dutch in 1817, these are among the most renowned botanic gardens in Southeast Asia, known to specialists the world over. The size of the collections (15 000 plant species, 5 000 types of orchid) reflects the conservation and research r..

  • 11 Mount Halimun National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Citalahab

    Taman Nasional Gunung Halimun (40 000ha) encompasses the largest primary equatorial forest in Java. It is a sanctuary for the extremely rare Javan gibbon, long-tailed macaque, and over 130 species of bird. This vast forested area plays an essential r..

  • 12 Gede Pangrango National Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Cibodas

    Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Taman Nasional Gunung Gede Pangrango is named after two volcanoes. It covers 15 000ha of primary tropical rainforest: a fascinating environment where with every step you come across an indigenous plant or unusua..

  • 13 Bumi Siliwangi (Villa Isola) Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Jl. Setiabudi RI - Bandung

    A sublime Art Deco villa designed by the Dutchman Schoemaker for the media magnate DW Berretty (1932-1933). With a nod to the circular towers of Javanese temples, the Villa Isola, a tall building surrounded by gardens, was constructed using the circl..

  • 14 Cisangkuy Valley Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Pengalengan

    From Bandung, take the Banjaran road. At the foot of Mt Malabar (2 321m) lies Situ Cileunca artificial lake, a glistening expanse of water in the middle of tea plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. You can stop for lunch in Pengalengan ..

  • 15 Kraton Kesepuhan Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Pl. Alun-alun Nord (derrière le marché Kesepuhan) RI - Cirebon

    Indo-Javanese architecture in all its splendour (1529-1677) with, inside, a mixture of styles characteristic of the cultural melting pot that Cirebon once was. Above the entrance to this sultan's palace (actually more of a mansion), is a sculpted mot..

  • 16 Kraton Kesepuhan Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    Place Alun-alun Nord RI - Cirebon

    An interesting jumble of Javanese gamelans (14C), Egyptian chests inlaid with mother-of-pearl, Javanese weaponry and 16C Portuguese chain mail. On display in an adjoining room is the Kereta Singa Barong (1549), an incredible red and gold royal carria..

  • 17 Mount Kamojang Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    RI - Cipanas

    The road from Samarang takes in some magnificent panoramic views. Almost imperceptibly you enter Kamojang's crater, a large wooded plateau dotted with geysers that erupt with an impressive force. Don't miss the steaming little mud lake, which formed ..

  • 18 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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