Java

Yogyakarta Cultural Tour

  • 3 Days
  • Cultural
  • Easy

The 300 year old city of Yogyakarta is the cultural heart of Java. Indonesia’s oldest palace ‘The Kraton,’ still the domicile of Yogya’s royalty. Gamelan, classical and contemporary Javanese dances, the wayang kulit leather puppet theatre and other expressions of traditional art will keep the visitor spellbound. Local craftsmen excel in the arts of batiks, silver and leather work.

Yogyakarta offers an abundance of Javanese art, painting, silverwork, batik handcraft, traditional Javanese dances, as well as contemporary art. From Yogyakarta one can travel easily to the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, which are half-day trips from the city.

We start the trip for Yogyakarta city tour. Visit Sultan Royal Palace, Water Castle (Taman Sari), Batik Home Industry and Silverware at Kotagede. Then visit the beautiful hindhu Temple, Prambanan. Prambanan temple is one of the most beautiful Hindus temple of Indonesia with such great sculptures all over the building, the local peoples also called the temple as the Roro Jonggrang, the temple of the slender virgin. According to the local believe, the temple was a beautiful virgin who was cursed after ignoring her promise.

Meals: Lunch

At 6:00 am start the tour, today we discovery of history of Borobudur Temple.  We will also visit the mendut temple, 2.9 km east of Borobudur discovered in 1834. Afterward drive to Dieng Plateau,  exploring the oldest Hindu temple complex in Java and  some still active craters and color lakes. While taking a deep breath of morning fresh air, you could enjoy the morning life of Dieng’s people starting their work in their vegetable plantation. Back to Yogyakarta.

Hotel Plan : 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Breakfast at hotel,  then check out and transfer  to airport.

END OF YOUR TRIP

 

The palace court with its grand and elegant Javanese architecture lies in the center of the city. It was founded by Prince Mangkubumi in 1755. The Prince was then called Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. He chose the right location of the compound between the Winongo River and the Code River.The palace stretches out from north to south.The front yard is called alun-alun Utara (the North Square), and the back yard is called Alun-alun Selatan (the South Square). The layout of the buildings shows that the Palace, the commemorative column and Mount Merapi lie in one line. The palace meeting hall is called the Pagelaran, where formal meetings of palace officials are held, while the "Manguntur Tingkil" hall is the place where the Sultan is seated. The palace visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of the kraton in former times by visiting the life-size diorama of wedding ceremonies on the palace meeting hall, performed by puppets which are intentionally arranged to create such an atmosphere. Sets of Javanese musical instruments, antiques and heirlooms have made the palace of Yogyakarta worth to visit.

Built in 1758 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. Just west of the kraton, part of this pleasure garden and castle is at present no more than an intriguing collection of ruins, pools, arches and underground passages enclosed by massive walls, however, the central courtyard with the nymph-baths has been restored. The Water Castle is located in the older part of the city within walking distance from the Bird Market. A number of batik workshops line the avenue leading to the pleasure garden's entrance.

Kotagede, about five kilometers southeast of Yogyakarta, is a neat little town which was once the seat of the mighty Mataram empire. In this old palace town with its walled-in houses, the graves of the first rulers of Mataram are still to be found. Since the 1930s, however, Kotagede has become famous for being the center of the Yogya silverwork industry. Kotagede is easily reached by "andong", the four wheeled horse-drawn cart, by taxi, bus, or car. There are a number of workshops where visitors are welcome to watch silver being transformed into beautiful works of art known as "Yogya Silver".

Prambanan temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. It is located 17 KM at northeast Jogjakarta and dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God, as the creator (Brahma), the preserver (Vishnu) and the destroyer (Shiva). Prambanan compound built by Rakai Pikatan from Sanjaya Dynasty around 850 CE and expanded by other Mataram Kings. It rediscovered by a surveyor named Collin Mackenzie, under British Occupation Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles. This temple is popular with “Roro Jonggrang and Bandung Bondowoso” legend and become a spectacular open-air stage for Ramayana Ballet performance every full moon night.

The magical temple of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia that was built in 9th century. Located north west of Yogyakarta, Borobudur was completed in the second half of the ninth century. Borobudur was unknown and neglected for almost a thousand years, covered under thick layers of volcanic ash. From a far Borobudur looks like a huge but ordinary stone construction. But from nearby we can see that it consists of hundreds of wonderfully detailed statues and sculptures, representing Buddhist teachings mixed with images of Javanese life of a thousand years ago.

It’s common to visit Borobudur Temple on the day time. But if you want to witness amazing scenery of Borobudur and its surrounding, better to visit it in the dawn. You can set your alarm to ring earlier since sunrise tour usually starts around 04.30 am. During the tour, you can breathe fresh air, witness amazing sunrise, and enjoy beautiful scenery of Borobudur surroundings. If the sky is clear, you can see Mount Merapi with its volcano smoke from the distance.

Arjuna temple, a complex of Hindu temple built in early 7thcentury and well known as the oldest Hindu temple in Indonesia.

Visit Sikidang crater, one of several craters in Dieng plateu that is most active, and the Lake Warna (Color Lake), an exquisitely beautiful lake ranged by highland forest, the water color is turquoise and cobalt hues from the amount of sulfur reflected by the sunlight. On your way to Dieng or on your way back, you will see the beauty of countryside, fresh mountain wind and the plantation of coffee, tea, tobacco and other crops.

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