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Yogyakarta is a bustling town of some 500,000 people and the most popular tourist destination on java, largely thanks to its proximity to the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. The town is a center of art and education, offers some good shopping and has a wide range of tourist facilities.

Strictly speaking, the city (kota) of Yogyakarta is only one of five districts within the semi-autonomous province of Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY), literally the “Yogyakarta Special Region”. (The other districts are Sleman on the slopes of fiery Mount Merapi to the North, Bantul all the way to the sea to the South, the hills of Gunungkidul to the East and the low lands of Kulon Progo to the West.) This special status is thanks to the Sultanate of Hamengkubuwono, which has ruled the area since 1749 and steered the state through difficult times of occupation and revolution. During the Indonesian war of independence, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX offered the fledgling Indonesian government his enclave as capital city, thus Yogyakarta became the revolutionary capital city of the republic from 1946 to 1949 when Jakarta was still occupied by the Dutch. As a result, the central government recognized the Sultan of Yogyakarta as the appointed governor of the province of DIY; the only one in Indonesia that is not elected directly by the people. The Indonesian central government has tried to weaken the sultan’s power by calling for direct election for the governor, however the present sultan Hamengkubuwono X was chosen by an overwhelming majority.

Alas, Yogyakarta lies in one of the most seismically active parts of Java and has thus repeatedly been struck by earthquakes and volcano eruptions. The worst in recent times was the earthquake of May 27th 2006, which killed over 6,000 people and flattened over 300,000 houses. However, the epicentre was 25 km north of the city, which thus avoided the worst of the quake, and a surprisingly effective disaster recovery effort saw most of the physical damage repaired quite quickly.

Only four years later, in October 2010, the nearby volcano of Mount Merapi erupted, spewing lava over nearby villages and killing 353 people. After rumbling on and off for two months amid fears of another Krakatoa devasting the entire island, the volcano quieted down by December 2010. On past form, it’ll be another 2-3 years until the next small eruption and 10-15 years until the next biggie, so pay a visit while you still can!

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Country Indonesia
Area 32,8 km2
Languages spoken Bahasa Indonesia
Currency Rupiah
Visa requirements No Visa needed

Sports and nature

Sports and nature Yogyakarta has both, Beaches and mountain. In the north, you can relax with your family at Kaliurang or play golf at Merapi Golf. Both have the cool mountainous breeze and beautiful scenery in the direction of Mount Merapi. Meanwhile at Suroloyo Peak, you can see the peak of Mount Merapi, Merbabu, Sumbing and Sindoro at once. Travellers with special interest of ecotourism should not miss Wanagama Forest which once also visited by Prince Charles, Prince of Wales.


Nightlife Yogyakarta's nightlife offers as much entertainment as it does during the day. Be it bars, pubs, lounges, or nightclubs with enormous dance floors full to bursting point. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs located near the Sheraton Mustika Resort and Spa Complex. Hugo’s is popular with local college students and expatriates while long-running nightclubs like Papillon are the place to be seen at the weekend. Alternatively, watching traditional Javanese performing arts is also one of the best ways to enjoy an evening in Yogyakarta. Purawisata Amusement Park has a wonderful Ramayana dance performance and Sri Sultan’s Palace hosts marathon Shadow Puppet Show until dawn.

Culture and history

Culture & history As the former capital and the center of several kingdoms in the past, Yogyakarta and its people are very rich in its cultural heritage. Civilization, art and culture had developed respectively in the era of the ancient Mataram Kingdom (17th - 18th century), and the Sultanate Ngayogyakarto from the mid of 18th century up to today. It should be noted that the cultural heritage from the past includes the magnificent temples, the ruins of palaces and monasteries, the various kind of traditions, cultural events, traditional folk and performing arts, architecture and other traditional activities. It is important to note that this is all part of the living culture of Yogyakarta and color of daily activities of live and behavior of the local inhabitants, particularly the Javanese community with its traditional way of life and customs . Therefore, because of its culture richness and heritage, Yogyakarta has long been known as the cradle of Javanese culture.

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