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7°48’5’S 110°21’52’E


46 KM2




(+62) 274 Lo­cated within the Special Re­gion of Yo­gyakarta, the city of Yo­gyakarta is known as the cen­tre of clas­si­cal Ja­vanese art and cul­ture. It is fa­mous for its batik, tra­di­tional dance and drama, mu­sic, po­etry and shadow pup­petry. At the cen­tre is the Ker­a­ton, the sul­tan’s palace, a vast com­plex that is both the po­lit­i­cal and cul­tural epi­cen­tre of this re­mark­able lit­tle city. The tra­di­tional in­ner core build­ings are dated be­tween 1755 and 1756, with the Euro­pean touches to the in­te­rior here added much later in the 1920s. It is one of the finest re­main­ing ex­am­ples of Ja­vanese palace ar­chi­tec­ture, with a se­ries of lux­u­ri­ous halls and vast court­yards and pavil­ions. Sub­stan­tial parts of the Ker­a­ton are open to the pub­lic and dis­play an ar­ray of his­tor­i­cal arte­facts, in­clud­ing gilt copies of the sa­cred pusaka and a huge col­lec­tion of game­lan in­stru­ments. One of the most in­ter­est­ing rooms dis­plays the royal fam­ily tree, full of pho­to­graphs, old and new, of royal wed­dings and por­traits of the for­mer sul­tans, whilst an­other dis­play is ded­i­cated to the cur­rent holder of the ti­tle, Sul­tan Ha­mengkubu­wono X, with an ar­ray of pho­to­graphs and per­sonal ef­fects. De­spite its small size, it is one of In­done­sia’s most renowned cen­tres of higher ed­u­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly those with an em­pha­sis on re­search, arts and re­li­gion, and in­cludes renowned pri­vate and state uni­ver­si­ties, such as Gad­jah Mada Univer­sity, Univer­si­tas Kris­ten Duta Wa­cana and Univer­si­tas Negeri. There are a mul­ti­tude of in­ter­est­ing and some unique places to visit within the city and through­out the Special Re­gion of Yo­gyakarta. At the top of that list is surely a day out at Borobudur tem­ple. Around 40km north­west of the Ker­a­ton, Borobudur is a vast a 9TH cen­tury Ma­hayana Bud­dhist tem­ple and a true In­done­sian icon.

One of the great­est Bud­dhist mon­u­ments in the world, the tem­ple con­sists of nine stacked plat­forms, six square and three cir­cu­lar, topped by a cen­tral dome. The tem­ple is dec­o­rated with 2,672 re­lief pan­els and 504 Bud­dha stat­ues. The dome is sur­rounded by 72 Bud­dha stat­ues, each seated in­side a per­fo­rated stupa. There are also stun­ning sun­rise and sun­set views. For art lovers, the choice is end­less, but one of the most pop­u­lar is the epic Ra­mayana bal­let per­formed at Pram­banan Tem­ple, an­other fas­ci­nat­ing tem­ple that dates back to the 9TH cen­tury. Typ­i­cally there are 10 to 12 per­for­mances per month and, be­tween May and Oc­to­ber, these take place at the tem­ple’s marvellous out­door theatre.

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