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Things to do in Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta, also known as Jogjakarta, is a bustling Javanese city and a major tourist destination in Indonesia. The city is a centre of art and education, that’s why it’s filled with heritage building monuments, temples, and more. But it’s also home to fantastic rafting and kayaking destinations, as well as excellent shopping spots. Yogyakarta is definitely a great destination for culture vultures, adventure seekers, and shopaholics.
Grab your camera and visit Yogyakarta’s iconic landmarks. The first thing you absolutely need to see is the gorgeous Kejayaan Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat. See the grandeur and luxurious lifestyle of the royal family at the main court and the palace residence. Explore the Sultan's Carriage Museum, Water Castle, and Masjid Gede Kauman Mosque.
Head downtown to visit the well-known Tugu Monument. Wander the streets of the historic Kotagede neighbourhood. Spend an hour or two walking around the Vredeburg Fortress, its garden, and museum too.
For other museums in Yogyakarta, you shouldn’t miss Museum Affandi so you can marvel at the collection of paintings of one of Indonesia’s best-known painters. You should also check out the Indonesian Airforce Museum, the archaeology exhibits of Museum Sonobudoyo, and the incredible wayang puppets of Museum Kekayon.
There are also two museums at the famous Borobadur Buddhist Temple and Candi. The view of man-made and natural wonders are just incredible during sunrise and sunset.
Next, you should explore the well-known Candi Complex of Prambanan and catch a performance of the amazing Ramayana Ballet. Complete your temple run and go to the nearby Candi Kalasan, Candi Sari, and Candi Sambisari.
Are you looking for adventure? Enjoy rafting at Elo and Progo Rivers. You can also go rafting and kayaking at Kisik River Camp. Have a Yogyakarta food trip so you can get your energy back and shop till you drop at Jalan Malioboro too.
Now start your Indonesian trip and get travel tips and ideas from this Yogyakarta travel guide.
What you should know
The best time to visit Yogyakarta is from the months of May to October, the city’s dry season, so you can have the best time exploring the city’s outdoors.
Javanese is widely spoken in Yogyakarta, so you should bring a good phrasebook if you don’t speak the language.
Get your suitcase ready because Singapore citizens can fly to Indonesia and travel to Yogyakarta visa-free for up to 30 days. But if you want to explore Indonesia for a longer time, just visit the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore website for more travel info.
Travelling to and around Yogyakarta
You will be flying in to Yogyakarta Adisucipto International Airport, where you can get to the city by taxi and rail. Start travelling around Yogyakarta and explore the city by taxi, bus, trishaw or becak, and horse cart.
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