Yogyakarta (or “Jog-ja”for short) is known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. This Javanese city is recognized as Indonesia’s cultural hub, with a laid-back atmosphere steeped in art and history. There’s a lot to uncover in this fascinating city, so what are you waiting for? Read on to find out the 5 reasons to visit Yogyakarta!
1. Sunrise on the Borobudur
Grab a spot at the Borobudur, the largest Buddhist temple and UNESCO World Heritage site in the wee hours before the crack of dawn to watch the sunrise. You will be blown away by the extraordinary view as daylight approaches. Since this is one of the hot favourites of tourists, do adjust and plan your schedule accordingly if you’d like to catch that stunning sight or risk leaving disappointed.
2. Cable Cart at Timang Beach
This is one of the best kept secrets in Yogyakarta; located in the Gunungkidul Region, the Timang Beach is one of the most beautiful, scenic places which is teeming with activities. Originally used by local fishermen to catch lobsters, tourists are able to pit themselves against the waves and test their fearlessness by crossing onto Watu Panjang Island.
3. Authentic Traditional Food
Each region in Indonesia has their own distinctive delicacy and Yogyakarta is no exception. Nasi Gudeg, a traditional Javanese dish is one of the must eat – made from unripe jackfruit that is boiled in coconut milk and spices before it’s served with rice, chicken and hard-boiled egg. The sweet and spicy notes will leave you wanting more after each bite.
4. Batik Shopping
Yogyakarta is known as the capital of the Batik. A wide selection of Batik of all colours and design can be found here at an affordable price on the streets like Jalan Malioboro. Batik paintings are pretty elaborated and great as a gift for your artsy friends who will appreciate them.
5. Hike up Mount Merapi
If you’re daring enough, how about paying a visit to the nearby Mount Merapi, an active volcano that last erupted in 2011. It’s a journey all adventurous travelers should embark on! You’ll be rewarded with the breathtaking view.
If you’re heading to Indonesia, we recommend you to check out the unique local experiences here!