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.
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