Places to visit in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta is a city on Java which usually pronounced as “Jogja”. It is the centre of Javanese arts and culture. People in here are good and friendly. We stayed here for 3 days and 2 nights, made a visited their famous temples and historical places.

Must visit place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

1. Candi Prambanan

Candi Prambanan is the largest Hindu Temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti (three forms), the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple has to go reconstruction due to damage caused by an Earthquake happened on 2006. Prambanan is closer on east part of Yogyakarta, that’s why when we arrived at the airport we decide to visited it first and directly went there because the location is different from Borobudur.

Candi Prambanan

Prambanan Relics
Prambanan Detais

Capturing moment at Candi Prambanan 🙂

Entrance fee: Local/Foreign around IDR 250,000 / PHP 1,000

2. Borobudur

Borobudur is one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world and also known as the world’s largest Buddhist temple. The monument design was detailed and remarkable, decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha Statues. Borobudur is closer on the north west of Yogyakarta.

Borobudur Temple
Borobudur Details

Sunset at Borobudur

Entrance fee: Local/Foreign around IDR 250,000 / PHP 1,000

3. Taman Sari (Water Castle)

Taman Sari is a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta it is also means an area of a beautiful garden adorned with flowers. The complex consists of about 59 buildings including mosque, meditation chambers, swimming pools, series of 18 water gardens and a tunnel. The tunnel was once a hideout from the enemy of Sultan but now is not functional and as it is partially used for local residence.

Taman Sari Water Castle
traditional house going to Taman Sari tunnel
taman sari tunnel

The community is known for their Batik and traditional painting craft traditions.

batik painting
how to make batik painting

4. Kraton Palace

Kraton Palace was built in 1790; it is the main seat of the Sultan of Yogyakarta and his family. It is serves as cultural center for Javanese people and contains the museum that display of sultanate’s architecture.

Musical Instruments at Sultan Castle ( use for any event, like a traditional dance )
Polisi at Sultan Castle
sultan castle


Roaming around Yogyakarta Street (Malioboro Street)

  1. Salak (Snake fruit)

Salak is also known as a “snake fruit” due to the reddish-brown scaly skin.

Salak (snake fruit)

2. Cendol

Cendol is a traditional dessert popular in Southeast Asia, like Indonesia. It is originated from the word “jendol” means bump or swollen,a swollen green worm-like rice flour jelly.


3. Kopi Joss

While walking on the street of Malioboro, we found this unsual coffee called as “Kopi Joss”. The hot burned charcoal was plunged into the coffee, honestly the taste is quite weird haha!

Kopi Joss

4. Becak

“Becak” is a 3 wheel cycle rickshaw which the passenger seat in front and the main cycle or driver was at behind.


So, these are the things that you can do when you visit Yogayakarta, Indonesia. Hope you enjoy reading! 🙂

P.S. We availed tour guide for our trip in Yogyakarta so most of the entrance fees are roughly estimation only.

Next blog post, where we stay and where to eat in Yogyakarta, Indonesia 🙂

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