Yogyakarta

About Yogyakarta (Jogja)

 

Who can deny that Jogja is one of the best destinations in Java Island to spend your holiday time? Everyone agrees that the Special Region of Yogyakarta is indeed a special place. Since a few decades ago, Jogja has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Indonesia. If you like Indonesian culture, get ready to be awed by the beauty and cultural uniqueness of the city, as one of the most-visited places by local and international tourists.

There are myriad things that will make you fall in love with Jogja. People even believe that one time visit to this city isn’t enough. From the famous Malioboro Street to a cup of hot coffee at angkringan (a traditional food stall from Java), will surely be missed by anyone. Don’t also forget the White Pal Monument which is one of the most popular icons in Jogja.

Jogja has a very diverse variety of tourism places, including cultural, educational, historical, and nature. You can refresh your mind at its nature, enjoy the crowd in the city, and learn more about the historical story of Jogja at the same time. After that, indulge yourself in the delicious traditional foods that you can find in various restaurants across the city.

Take Sendratari Ramayana or Roro Jongrang as an example, that has become a famous cultural performance which attracts many tourists to visit Jogja. Another example is probably the Parangtritis area in Jogja that faces directly to the South Coast. It has many charming beaches to explore where you’ll be able to take countess Instagrammable pictures as well!

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QUESTION ABOUT YOGYAKARTA

Information About Destination (Place) In Yogyakarta.

Important Info
  1. It’s better not to wear clothes that are too exposed. Wear short-sleeved shirts, knee-length pants or trousers, knee-length or long skirts, and comfortable walking shoes.
  2. Take off your shoes when you are about to enter a local resident’s house, a place of worship, and / or a holy place.
  3. Tap water in Yogyakarta is not for drinking.
  4. Watch your attitude and words when visiting sacred and historic sites.
Currency & Time Zone

WIB (GMT+7) / Rupiah (IDR)

Best Time for Coming

Season

The best time to visit Yogyakarta is in the middle of the year, which is the dry season. This is because there are many activities and tourist attractions in Yogya that you cannot visit during the rainy season.

Average Temperature

Because Yogyakarta is part of a tropical country that only experiences two seasons, there is no drastic change in temperature. Throughout the year, the average temperature here is around 27 degrees Celcius (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

Festival

Yogyakarta is home to a variety of exciting annual festivals. One of them is the Annual Jogja Sekatenan Festival which is a tradition to commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad. Usually, there will be a procession of soldiers and palace servants who bring mountains of crops. This event takes place from the 5th and ends on the 12th of the Javanese calendar Mulud.

Then there is the Yogyakarta Art Festival or Festival Kesenian Yogyakarta (FKY) which is held between July and September each year. You can enjoy art performances, both traditional and contemporary, performed by local and foreign artists.

Still in July, there is also the Yogyakarta Gamelan Festival. This event will feature local gamelan performances that are presented in a more modern style.

During the Chinese New Year (beginning of the year), there is the Chinese Culture Jogja Festival (Festival Jogja Budaya Tionghoa). You will see a variety of Chinese cultural attractions ranging from Wayang Po Tay Hee, Liang Liong, to the Lion Dance.

For you music lovers, don’t miss the Jogja Jazz Music Festival – Ngayogjazz. This is a jazz concert combined with the local culture. Usually held every November.

How to Get There

The easiest and fastest way to get to Yogyakarta is by:

Plane

If you are departing from abroad or outside Java, this is the best way to reach Yogyakarta. The main airport in this city is Adisutjipto International Airport.

Bus

Yogyakarta’s main bus terminal is Giwangan, which is about 4 km southeast of the city center. There are regular services from all major cities in Java, including Jakarta (12 hours drive), Bandung (10 hours drive), and Surabaya (8 hours drive).

Train

The inter-city train system on the island of Java is quite good with complete routes. For that, if you depart from another city on the island of Java, you can travel by train for a more affordable rate. If you depart from Jakarta, the travel time is around 7-12 hours to Yogyakarta’s main station, Tugu Station. Argo Lawu and Argo Dwipangga trains are the best, the fastest of the other trains, and also the most comfortable. You can also take the Taksaka Pagi or Malam (Morning or Night) Train, which costs around IDR 235,000 to IDR 265,000. All of these trains are express trains that connect Yogyakarta and Jakarta in 7-8 hours, both during the day or night.

Accommodation

Yogyakarta has more 3 and 4-star hotels that offer minimalist and comfortable rooms, complete facilities, and strategic location. You can order it now on tiket.com for the best prices and promos.

Interesting Place

Yogyakarta is a city in Central Java, Indonesia, which is famous for its bustling and lively city center, beautiful natural charm around it, and a number of historical relics. You can visit Benteng Vredeburg, Yogyakarta Palace, and Prambanan Temples for historical tours. As for nature tourism, visit Punthuk Setumbu, Suroloyo Peak, and Bukit Parangendog.

Because of the comfort of the city and the many tourist attractions in Jogja that are suitable for all ages, this city is suitable as a family tourist destination. In addition, local and international tourists also enjoy exploring the city itself (solo traveling).

Instagramable Spots

Yogyakarta has many outdoor locations that you can visit to collect cool tourist photos. Some of them are Bukit Lintang Sewu, Kebun Tebu, Gendu, Watu Goyang, Gua Jepang Pundong, Air Terjung Kembang Soka, Rumah Indian Dlingo, Rumah Hobbit Hutan Pinus Mangunan, Telaga Biru Semin, Air Terjun Sampang, Grojokan Pucung, Puncak Becici, and Resoinangun Garden.

Culinary

Yogyakarta is often called the culinary center of Central Java. Here, you can easily find a variety of delicious local cuisine. Call it Gudeg (containing jackfruit vegetable, chicken and eggs served with rice), Ayam Goreng Mbok Berek (fried chicken with garlic and coriander served with crispy crackers), Nasi Langgi (locally known as sego Langgi or Langgi rice, filled with rice warm served with a variety of side dishes), Kipo (a snack made from green tapioca flour dough with the sweetness of shredded coconut), and Bakpia (another snack made of sweet green beans and wrapped in a thin cake mixture).

Vegan / Vegetarian Food

The vegan and vegetarian communities in Yogyakarta are quite numerous and tourists from various backgrounds frequently visit this city. Even though it’s not yet available in a food stall or in all areas of the city, you still won’t have any trouble finding a variety of vegan and vegetarian restaurants and cafes here. The food served range from local specialties to international food without meat.

Shopping

There are many shopping centers in the city, ranging from large malls to street markets. For malls, you can shop at Malioboro Mall, Galleria Mall, Plaza Ambarrukmo (Amplaz), Saphir Square, and Jogja City Mall (JCM). These malls generally contain local shops, restaurants, bookstores, cinemas, and department stores.

As for shopping for local handicrafts, visit Saptohoedojo Art Gallery (A large housing complex with a collection of fine arts in Indonesia, ranging from modern abstract paintings and batik shirts to gamelan instruments), Tjokrosuharto (selling Javanese crafts such as shadow puppets, batik, kris, silver, sculpture, and traditional clothing) Leksa Ganesha Batik Gallery (offering something a little different for batik collectors, such as the opportunity to visit the studios of famous artists and Batik craftsmen villages), and Kota Gede (located 6 kilometers southeast of Yogyakarta, famous for processing silver that you can buy or learn how to make it).

Electrical Socket

The plug type in Jogja is type C / F. This type has 2 round pins. This type is usually also used in Europe. So if you’re from Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Canada, Australia, UK, or one of the countries in Africa, you will most likely need an adaptor.