Yogyakarta, is the center of fine Javanese arts and culture. This city is also well known for their ancient temples such as Borobudur and Prambanan.
The Dutch influence is also pretty strong and still visible in terms of food and culture.
It’s a huge and beautiful city, so make sure you plan carefully to avoid missing the magic of Yogyakarta.
Here’s my short itinerary(planned by my friend Ina Rahel )
Visit The Pine Forest Imogiri (for beautiful pictures) good location for Pre-wedding shoots. ♥
Imogiri Pine Forest is about 1 hour from Yogyakarta. Best way to get there is by rental car or motor bike.
Parangtritis Beach (Sunset)♥
popular tourist beach but it is not suitable for swimming due to the strong currents and waves. You can hire horse/pony carts for a ride along the beach during sunset to capture amazing photographs.
A delicious taste of bakmi jowo with affordable price and local authentic place dominated by wooden and bamboo materials.
Borobudur Temple (SUNRISE)♥
This is a famous Buddhist Temple and is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites. This temple offers a package to watch the sunrise from the main dome. Calm and peaceful.
Mount Merapi (Rough but wonderful experience)
When talking about Yogyakarta, one of the main landmarks will definitely be the active volcano- Mount Merapi! Once you get there, you can enquire about the Lava Tour. There are few packages that includes, a visit to the Sisa Hartaku Museum, 2 lava ravine land forms caused by the eruptions and a replica of the English Stonehenge. It was a great experience exploring the mount merapi with the rough terrain using 4×4 vehicle. The ride cost IDR 350-450K for 3 people.
The most beautiful Hindu Temple in the world. It is a collection of massive Hindu temples built by the Mataram Kingdom. Detailed and complex.
Candi Ijo, one temple of which location is the highest compared to other temples in Yogyakarta. Perfect place to watch sunset.
I am not a big fan of Lamb satay but this one got my mouth watering. Delicious juicy sate served with rice and soup. Tender and the meat is still hot while being served at our table. MUST TRY! No pics because i was so into it and forgot to capture 😦
Explore Malioboro Street.
Shop till you drop! Malioboro Street is the place for clothes, bags, shoes and souvenir shopping. Hamzah Batik , the store is really unique. Presenting the Javanese culture.
It sells batik clothes , statues, paintings & handy crafts, etc.
Breakfast – Gudeg is a traditional Javanese cuisine from Yogyakarta. It is made from young unripe jack fruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar and coconut milk.
Well, nothing much can be done on the third day. Early flight back to Singapore. 😦
It was a tiring short trip to Yogyakarta but worth it. Will definitely visit again as i have few more places to see and experience.