A hive of ac­tiv­ity in the her­itage city of Yo­gyakarta.

Malioboro, the most fa­mous street in Yo­gyakarta, stretches1.5 kilo­me­ters from the Tugu Train Sta­tion to the in­ter­sec­tion near the post of­fice in Yo­gyakarta.

The Jakarta Post - Magazine - - Contents - Words Ste­fanus Ajie

This road is an imag­i­nary axis that con­nects Mt. Mer­api, the Yo­gyakarta’s Sul­tanate Palace and the South­ern Seas in a straight line. Malioboro has played the roles of busi­ness and gov­ern­men­tal cen­ters since the early 19th cen­tury.

There are many an­cient build­ings orig­i­nat­ing from the Dutch colo­nial era that still stand. The Dutch res­i­dency of­fice is now a pres­i­den­tial palace; it is called the Vre­de­burg fortress.

In Malioboro there is also a tra­di­tional mar­ket named Ber­ing­harjo with his­toric build­ings that are the sig­na­ture of the street. It is also of­ten used as a place for arts and cul­tural per­for­mances; it is an out­door gallery and open stage for artists, whether sell­ing paint­ings or their fash­ion wares or hand­i­crafts.

Rit­u­als and car­ni­val pro­ces­sions, ini­ti­ated by the sultan’s palace, usu­ally took place along the street.

Malioboro is also the hub for street food, and Yo­gyakarta tra­di­tional dishes are com­monly found around the Ber­ing­harjo mar­ket. Visi­tors must be will­ing to jos­tle and stand in line in or­der to taste lo­cal culi­nary spe­cial­ties, in­clud­ing best-sell­ers Pe­cel Ndeso (veg­etable salad topped with spicy peanut sauce) and Sate Koyor (beef lard sa­tay with pep­per and salt sea­son­ing).

For pas­try lovers, Bakpia (typ­i­cal Chi­nese cake filled with sweet mung bean) and Ge­plak (sweet pas­tries made from co­conut) are two snacks that you must try.

For more ex­cit­ing adventures, ex­plore Malioboro by us­ing tra­di­tional means of trans­porta­tion such as by pony and trap or rick­shaw. They take tourists along Malioboro or down to other tourist spots nearby, such as the sultan’s palace and Ta­man Sari palace.

Along Malioboro there are sev­eral cafes, shop­ping malls and restau­rants that you can visit if you want to es­cape the rush. There are also lux­ury ho­tels and home­s­tays where you can choose to spend your hol­i­day.

Feel the true am­bi­ence of Yo­gyakarta, formed by its cul­tural unique­ness, the beauty of its art­work, friend­li­ness of the peo­ple and culi­nary de­lights.

Orig­i­nally pub­lished on jak­post/ travel.com

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