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    Top 5 Best Place to Visit in Jogjakarta

    by andrejogja2015 Updated Nov 24, 2013

    Jogjakarta Indonesia , has various interesting places to visit , but there are most people like place to visit which are provide best atsmosphere and most attractive place. The easy way to travel arround Jogjakarta is using Jogja Travelling Service that will make your trip more convinience.Here are Top 5 best place to visit when you come to Jogjakarta

    1.Malioboro Jogja

    This area is very well known as a shopping Centra is located in the city center along the road stood Jogakarta the Departement stores and street vendors selling unique souvenirs special souvenir yogyakarta.Malioboro area is one of the main purposes of tourists visiting Yogyakarta

    2.Prawirotaman Tourist Area Jogjakarta

    Its famous as Touris Area There are three parts of the region this village . Uniquely one area and other areas adjacent to the market , while the third region is the southernmost . Prawirotaman one is an area that is always crowded . Many lodging with a price range of Rp 100.000 , – Rp 400.000 , – per night . Cafes , Art Shop , and Grocery Stores available here . Cheaper lodging can be found on the inside of the village . Usually be hunted tourist ” backpack ” / ” Backpacker ” . When the lights dim night combat village , next greeted by fanfare dangdut songs , which became the hallmark of Indonesian music . Some art shop offers souvenir items that can serve as a souvenir . Most of the handicrafts and manufactured with great precision . There are bracelets , primitive sculpture , masks , sculpture , batik , key chains and so on . Many stalls with cheap food ,

    3.Kasongan Area

    Kasongan area is the center of the famous pottery industry to foreign countries. Kasongan local pottery production is processed into a variety of interesting shapes and combined with other materials so as to create a wide range of decor. Along the way there are many kasongan showroom / shop displaying a diversity of industrial products such as pottery kasongan to various crafts

    4 Parangtritis Beach

    Parangtritis is the most famous beach full of exotic and mystical in Jogjakarta. The beach is located approximately 27 miles south end of the city of Yogyakarta, which is a region of Bantul regency. Beach beach has a strong mythological story of the existence of Nyi Roro Kidul Yogyakarta for the Java community in particular is known as the Queen of the South Coast ruler. These two things are the main attraction for tourists both domestic and foreign to tour Parangtritis. Parangtritis coastal management is also getting better, it can be seen from the net as well as the spatial arrangement coast beaches are immaculate.

    5. Prambanan Temple

    Prambanan temple is known by the nickname the nickname of 1000 temples or Candi Rara Jonggrang which is one of the largest temples in Southeast Asia with relief hindu culture is symbolically tells the story of Rama and Shinta. This temple complex is located on the border of Yogyakarta and Solo is in the village of Prambanan, Sleman regency, located about 20 km from Yogyakarta, and 40 km from the city of Solo.

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    Sultan Palace

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 3, 2012

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    Sultan Palace was constructed between Oct 9, 1755 to Oct 7, 1956, which was started few months after "Giyanti Angreement". It was built in a straight lines between Mount Merapi and Parangtritis beach. The Palace's buildings were built with European and Javanese architectural designs. There are several courtyards, buildings, and performance platforms inside the palace. In fact, it is more like a museum visit and learn more about the Javanese cultures and heritage, the history of the Kings and families and their contributions to the society. It has rooms that display royal items like ceramics, glassware, weapons, miniatures and replicas, and batik.

    We enjoyed the Javanese Musical Performances, Tue Garmelan Music. The show starts at 10:00 am on Monday and Tuesday only.

    Check out my travelogues to see more photos and information.

    Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (8:00-14:00), closed at 12 pm on Friday.

    Admission: Rp 12,500 (US$1.4) + Tips for the guide.

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    Taman Sari Water Castle

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 3, 2012

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    Taman Sari Water Castle was built 3 years after the Giyanti Agreement, by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. This secret place was the pleasure park for the Sultan to rest, mediate, meeting, play or hide himself during war. It was occupied between 1765 to 1812. It was a huge compound with a large artificial lake with Islands and Pavilions plus the bathing complex in the center. Today, only the bathing complex remains. The bathing complex was the playground for concubines. The sultan could see and select the concubines he liked from the tower. The artificial lake and other pavilions had been destroyed and replaced by houses of a village, Ngasem.

    We came here in the early morning before the bathing complex opened at 8:30am. A friendly guy, Kus Gontlng, came to talk to us and he seem very knowledgeable about this place. He told us that there was another place that we could visit before bathing complex opened at 8:30am. So, I asked him to lead us the way. So, he showed us the Sultan's hidden underground palace. It was such an amazing experience as we could walk down the underground through a tunnel. In the center of the tunnel, it was the Elevated Platform with stairs as emergency exit. It was water on the ground during 1700s and 1800s. During our visit, there were no other tourists. Kus said most tourists don't know this part of the palace unless they go with a local guide. As this compound is still in bad condition and under state protection, the tourism board has not yet published this archeological site to public yet. In fact, this site is waiting for the UNESCO list of approval.

    Check out my travelogues for more photos and information.

    I believe you can hire any local guide to visit the underground tunnel.

    Kus Gontlng was our guide. He did not demand a specific charges from us but expect a small tips to appreciate his time. We paid him (Rp 50,000, US$6) His number: 085725993112.

    Admission to Bathing Complex: Rp 14,000 (US$1.50)

    Operating Hours: 8:30am - 17:00 (subject to change)

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    UNESCO: Borobudur

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 3, 2012

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    Borobudur is an ancient Buddhism Temple unlike any other Buddhism Temples we usually see. It is a square stones blocks with three layers of levels to represent different Buddhist theory. It starts with the 1st layer, Kamadhatu, the foundation of Buddhist theory. It comes with the theory that one should have the basic control of desire. It is followed by higher levels of theories until reaching the top meaning to Nirvana or heaven.

    You can read more in my travelogue.

    I enjoyed the art works surrounding the temple. I walked up the stairs to reach each levels, and circled around on narrow corridors to enjoy every angle of the views.

    Don't miss..

    Admission: Rp 135,000 (RM46 or US$15) per adult.

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    Ratu Boko

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 3, 2012

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    Ratu Boko is an archaeological site that the history and actual reasons of its existence are still unclear. Archaeology's finding is mainly from inscriptions and folklore. It is located on the hill of Boko with an altitude of 196 meters above sea level with an area of about 160,898 sq meter. It is influenced with the combination of Buddhism and Hinduism.

    Based on the oldest inscription, Abhayagiri wihara inscription, this site is a temple complex dated in 792 AD. The temple was built by a ruler of Saliendra Dynasty (760-780AD) named Rakai Penangkaran after he resigned from his leadership. He built this temple to find spiritual peace and concentrate on religion matter. He had chosen a site with spectacular views.

    The Mandyasih inscription had stated a Hindu ruler named " Rakai Walaing pu Kumbhayoni" in between 856-863 AD had changed the name of the site to Walaing Kraton or Palace.

    In 17th Century, a Dutch man H.J. DeGraff had reported the site being the Palace of Prabu Boko, a king from Bali, based on a Loro Djonggrang folklore.

    When I explored this site, it was like being in an ancient Java Kingdom's palace. Most of the sites are ruined, but the remaining gates, walls, stones, stairs, structures are enough to fantastic the life of the ancient Java Kingdom. The compound consists of several sites that worth to visit, they include:

    1) Grand stone Gate - In my review
    2) Burning Temple and the Holy Wells -In my review
    3) Paseban (King's hearing Place) - In my review
    4) Pendopo (The Audience Hall) - In my review
    5) Pool Complex - In my review
    6) Keputren (Women's quarter) -In my review

    A complete map of the site is in my travelogue.

    Admission: US$20 (Joint ticket with Prambanan including transportation between the two sites)

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    Vredeburg Fort Museum

    by cal6060 Updated Jul 12, 2012

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    After the Sultan Palace was completely built, the Dutch worried Kasultanan Yogyakarta's development had become stronger, and persuaded Sultan Hamengku Buwono I to build a fort to look after the security of Kasultanan Yogyakarta and its surrounding. In fact, the Dutch wanted to build a fort in order for them to observe the activities inside the palace and to ensure that Kasultanan would not rebel against Dutch. In 1787, a more permanent fort was built named " Rustenburg". Then, its name changed to "Vredeburg" after it was renovated due to earthquake in 1867.

    Untill today, this beautiful Dutch architectural buildings are preserved as historical site in Yogyakarta. You still can see its surrounding walls, gates, Armour, Hall, Kitchen, Barrack, and Residence. In Nov 23, 1992, Vredeburg Fort was officially used as Special Museum of National Struggle or " Museum Benteng Yogyakarta". Right place to learn the history of Yogyakarta!!

    I believe this could be the only Dutch compound remains in Yogyakarta. So, don't miss..

    Opening Hours: Tue-Fri ( 8:00-16:00)
    Sat-Sun ( 8:00-17:00)

    Admission: Rp 20,000 (US$ 2.2)

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    Malioboro Street

    by cal6060 Written Jul 10, 2012

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    Malioboro Street is well known to tourists as a shopping street that full of vendors and shops that sell local souvenirs, batik clothing and fabric, art and crafts, and etc. Restaurants, hotels, shopping malls are other amenities built to cater both local and international tourists. It would be a great place to see the local scenes than just shopping.

    It might have some Feng shui theory, which the road is the north-south axis line between the Mount Merapi and Yogyakarta Sultan Palace. Some of the interesting points of interest on this street including Phoenix Hotel, Tugu monument, Tugu Railway Station, Vredeburg Fort Museum, Yogyakarta War Monument, few colonial buildings on the south before reaching Sultan Palace (Kraton), Sonobudoyo Museum, and Sultan Palace.

    Rickshaw is commonly used as one of the transportation mode in the area.

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    Mount Merapi: Kinahrejo

    by cal6060 Written Jul 9, 2012

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    If you are planing to climb the Mount Merapi, Kinahrejo would be the place to start the climb. It is 9 km to the peak of Merapi and takes around 10 hours to reach the top (based on local guide). If you just want to see the mountain, this is one of the places to see it. They charge Rp 3000 (US$0.30) to enter an area with a tar road so you can climb to a higher ground to have a good views of the mountain. Other than the mountain view, you could see some villages on the hill sides. If you like motorbike, you can rent a motorbike to go a bit further to see the mountain. The villages nearby were affected by the eruption in the past.

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    Mendut

    by cal6060 Written Jul 9, 2012

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    Mendut is the oldest temple among the three temples, Pawon and Borobudur. It was first built in the early ninth century AD. It was believed that Mendut has ritual connection with Pawon and Borobudur as they were built in a straight line within 3 KM away. During Vesak annual ritual around May or Jun, the local Buddhists walk from Mendut to Borobudur passing trough Pawon.

    This 26.4 meters tall temple is facing northwest. It looks like the roof stupa had been destroyed , so it is flat on the roof. The outer wall of the temple had been crafted with Buddhism Arts of major Buddhism figures. Inside of the temple, there are three carved large stone statues, seating in the middle is Dyhani Buddha (3 meter tall), left is Boddhisatva Avalokitesvara (Karma of Speech) and right is Buddhisatvara Vajrapani (Karma of Thought).

    The temple is located in a small village. There is a big old tree next to the temple. Nearby I also visited a modern temple, and saw a church across the street.

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    Pawon

    by cal6060 Written Jul 9, 2012

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    Between 790-860 AD, Pawon was built along a straight line with Borobudur and Medut. Pawon is located in the middle between 1.75km from Borobudur on the west and 1.15km from Medut on the east. If you are visiting Borobudur, don't miss Pawon and Medut. Pawon is situated in a small village surrounded by village houses, and atop shop houses. It is a small temple that you can spend around 30 minutes enjoy the structure and outer wall carved with reliefs of Boddhisattvas and taras. There are five small stupas built on the roof. Pawon means "Kitchen" in Javanese language. It could be the place where they cooked the food, then made offering at the Borobudur temple.

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    UNESCO: Prambanan

    by cal6060 Updated Jul 8, 2012

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    Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia, and also one of the largest in Southeast Asia. It was first built in 850 CE by Rakai Pikatan. There are three main temples facing east are Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma. Shiva is being the biggest and tallest temple of all three. Accompany these three temples, there are three other smaller temples facing west standing behind them, Vishnu goes with Garuda, Shiva goes with Nandini, and Brahma goes with Angsa. Besides, there are 2 flank temples, 4 kelir temples and 4 corner temples. In the second area, there are 224 temples.

    Based on a guide, Prambanan originally had more temples than I described above. Due to frequent earthquake in the area, some of the temples are slowly destroyed. Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva are well protected and maintained by the Park management.

    The Shiva is the main temple with 47 meters high, which is 5 meters higher than Borobudur. The temple was built for the God of Shiva, known as God of God who was adored by the ancient Javanese. The bas-relief along the four sides depict the legend of Ramayana. The inner part of the temple consists of four rooms containing the statues of Shiva, Ganesha, Agastya, Durga Mahisasuramardine as Roro Jonggrang, as well as Mahakala and Nandiswara as the guardian statues.

    Admission: US$20 (including Ratu Boko and transportation between the two sites)

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    Ratu Boko: Mount Merapi View

    by cal6060 Written Jul 7, 2012

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    After visiting the Ratu Boko ancient Palace (ruined), we walked back to the main entrance of the park. We were greeted to have our free drink at the restaurant near the main entrance. So, we ordered our drink, and surprisingly the restaurant had the spectacular views of the Mount Merapi and villages of Yogyakarta.

    Don't miss the view if you are visiting Ratu Boko!

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    Ratu Boko: Keputren (women's quater)

    by cal6060 Updated Jul 7, 2012

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    Keputren ruined site is located near the pool complex. The structure is associated by local folks as kaputren (women's quarter).

    It consisted of two andesite Batur facing to west. South Batur measuring 21.43 meters length, 22.70 meters width, and 1.75 meters height. North Batur measuring 16.4 meter length, 14.9 meters width, made of andesite stone. Different height of floor, the high floor measuring 11.96 meters x 14.9 meters with 1.62 meters height, front floor is lower measuring 4.44 meters x 14.9 meters and 82 cm height.

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    Ratu Boko: Pool Complex (Ruined)

    by cal6060 Updated Jul 7, 2012
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    The king of Java also had a pool complex or a bathhouse in the Palace like most kings in the other part of the World. The pool complex in Ratu Boko is next to the women quarter. So when the king was in the complex, he would be served by women from the quarter. If you visit Taman Sari or Water Castle, you could see the the pool complex from the 1755.

    Ratu Boko pool complex was divided into two parts, north and south. They were separated by a wall and connected with a gate. The north complex was rectangular. It consisted of 7 pools (5 large pool and 2 small pool). The south complex consisted of 28 pools, 14 large round pools, 13 small round pools, and 1 small square pool. Unfortunately, all these had been destroyed, you could only see the wall, gate, stones, and remaining pools with rain waters.

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    Ratu Boko: Pendopo (The Audience Hall)

    by cal6060 Written Jul 7, 2012

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    Pendopo, The Audience Hall, is my favorite of Ratu Boko. When I first saw the stone fencing, it stunned me with the beauty of of its structures reflected by surrounding nature beauty. The stone fence measuring length 40.8 meters, width 33.9 meters, and height 3.45 meters. The based and roof are made of andesite, but the body made of soft white limestone. Inside the fence, there are 2 batur. North batur measuring length 20.57 meters, width 7.04 meters, and height 1.43 meters. This two baturs are connected with corridor of andsite. Above pendopo's batur, there are 24 umpak, meanwhile 12 above the pringgitan. It is a central building that had pillars and walls. Those umpak are function as the base of wooden pillars. Since the pillars, walls and the roof was made from decayed materials such as wood, sirap (wooded shingles roof) or ijuk, none of them survive. Of course only the stone base still remains while organic wooden material of the building is gone.

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