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Welcome to Yogyakarta

A hub of traditional Indonesian culture on the island of Java, Yogyakarta (or “Yogya” for short) is an ideal jumping-off point for exploring archeological sites such as Prambanan and Borobudur. Visitors can also take a guided tour of historic buildings, temples, and monuments, including the Kraton Complex and Water Castle; or catch a show—Javanese dance, puppetry, and music are all popular options. And with beaches, caves, and mountains all within driving distance, you won’t be short on options for things to do in Yogyakarta, one of the region’s oldest cities.

Top 15 attractions in Yogyakarta

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Borobudur

Borobudur

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The Buddhist temple of Borobudur is recognized not only as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also the largest Buddhist structure on earth. Towering stone stupas stretch into the skies, and Indonesia’s breathtaking natural backdrop of volcanoes and lush landscapes lends an even more impressive air to this remarkable sight.More
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Prambanan Temple Complex (Taman Wisata Candi Prambanan)

Prambanan Temple Complex (Taman Wisata Candi Prambanan)

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After Borobudur, the 9th-century Prambanan temple complex is Yogyakarta’s most prized site. Like Borobudur, it’s been recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status. The Prambanan Archaeological Park is home to over 500 temples. Some 240 make up the Prambanan group; others fall into other groups, including Sewu Temple and Lumbung Temple.More
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Pawon Temple (Candi Pawon)

Pawon Temple (Candi Pawon)

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Set in between Borobudur and Mendut Temple, Pawon Temple (Candi Pawon) is a small temple with a pyramidal roof, similar in style to Mendut Temple. Some believe it was the resting place of the Sailendra king Indra; others argue that it served as a ritual gate to Borobudur. Reliefs suggest it was devoted to Kubera, the god of wealth.More
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Jomblang Cave (Goa Jomblang)

Jomblang Cave (Goa Jomblang)

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A true lost world, Jomblang Cave is a collapsed sinkhole that’s part of a cave system that runs through Gunung Kidul, outside Yogyakarta. Visitors are lowered around 165 feet (50 meters) on a rope and then hike down a tunnel to the Grubug Cave, which is flooded with rays of sunlight. Some claim the sunken forest is prehistoric.More
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Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut)

Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut)

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A couple of miles (3.5 kilometers) from the UNESCO World Heritage–listed temple of Borobudur, the charming Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut) features an attached working Buddhist monastery. Built in the early 9th century, the temple and the village that houses it are the starting point for the annual Waisak (Buddha day) celebrations.More
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Water Castle (Taman Sari)

Water Castle (Taman Sari)

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The lush grounds of Taman Sari, occasionally known as the Water Castle, are a fraction of what they once were when this opulent water palace occupied swaths of downtown Yogyakarta. However, well-kept gardens, reflecting pools, striking architecture, and a maze of subterranean passageways—including an underground mosque—still impress.More
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Plaosan Temples (Candi Plaosan)

Plaosan Temples (Candi Plaosan)

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Often thought of as part of the Prambanan temple complex, the nearby Plaosan temple complex (Candi Plaosan) was built around the same time and in a similar style. The site is divided into two: Plaosan Lor (Plaosan North) has a pair of restored temples plus over 100 small shrines and stupas, while Plaosan Kidul (Plaosan South) is smaller and less restored.More
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Ratu Boko Temple

Ratu Boko Temple

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Set on a hill with views over the Prambanan temples, Ratu Boko Temple was not actually a temple but a palace. Most likely the main court of the Mataram dynasty, the vast 8th-century complex includes bathing pools, meditation caves, an elaborate gateway, various halls, and a cremation platform. While ruined, it’s a great sunset spot.More
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Kota Gede (Kotagede)

Kota Gede (Kotagede)

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Once the capital of the mighty Mataram kingdom, whose descendants founded Yogyakarta, Kota Gede is today a charmingly historic suburb of Yogyakarta. Besides attractions such as the royal cemetery, ancient mosques, and traditional wooden houses, it’s home to a wealth of silversmiths, as well as the Monggo Belgian chocolate factory.More
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Mt. Merapi (Gunung Merapi)

Mt. Merapi (Gunung Merapi)

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One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, Mt. Merapi’s name literally means “mountain of red fire.” The mountain, which looms over Borobudur, occupies a sacred place in the hearts and minds of many Javanese. When it’s not closed or partially closed due to volcanic activity, Merapi also makes for a spectacular volcano hike or climb.More
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Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan

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Probably Indonesia’s most spectacular live performance, the Ramayana Ballet at Prambanan takes place at an open-air theater or on an indoor stage near the Prambanan temples outside Yogyakarta. A cast of over 200 dancers and musicians perform episodes from the Hindu Ramayana epic with a traditional gamelan gong-and-drum orchestra.More
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Sewu Temple (Candi Sewu)

Sewu Temple (Candi Sewu)

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One of the temples that make up the Prambanan UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sewu Temple (Candi Sewu) dates back to the 8th century AD. Its name, which means “thousand temples,” refers to the 249 shrines that make up this Buddhist temple complex. Its grand scale makes it second only to Borobudur in religious and historical significance.More
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De Mata Trick Eye Museum

De Mata Trick Eye Museum

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One of Indonesia’s many optical illusion museums, the De Mata Trick Eye Museum is selfie heaven. Pose for trick shots in a range of settings. Levitate, star on a book cover, or appear amidst travel scenes from Indonesia and beyond. Alternatively, enjoy surreal simulations such as walking over lava or holding back a rampaging velociraptor.More
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Magelang

Magelang

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Rice-field landscapes studded with volcanoes make Central Java’s Magelang region a gorgeous spot for a hike or even a bike ride. However, most travelers head here for one reason alone; Borobudur, the 8th-century temple crafted from two million blocks of stone that’s Indonesia’s single most famous sight.More
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Sadranan Beach (Pantai Sadranan)

Sadranan Beach (Pantai Sadranan)

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Around two hours’ drive from Yogyakarta, Sadranan Beach is one of the stars of Gunung Kidul’s coastline. Here you can swim, catch some rays, canoe, snorkel, or enjoy a stand-up paddleboarding session amid golden sands, clear waters, simple restaurants, and some of the best coral in this part of Java. You can also camp overnight.More

Top activities in Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta Borobudur Prambanan Tour

Yogyakarta Borobudur Prambanan Tour

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Sunrise and Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

Sunrise and Temples Tour from Yogyakarta

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Transfer in or out airport

Transfer in or out airport

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JOGJA Private Fullday Tours & Customized

JOGJA Private Fullday Tours & Customized

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