Yogyakarta city is one of the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia. People might know Yogyakarta for its Borobudur temple, a temple which was one of the 7 wonders of the world. The journey to this temple will take one day of your trip, thus might not be ideal for traveler who only has one day or less in town. But it doesn't mean you can't have anything at all! Yogyakarta offers you many things you can experience before the day ends. So here's 5 must-do activities if you only have little time in the city.
1. Walk Along Malioboro Street
The most famous landmark of Yogyakarta city, the one and only Malioboro street. It's a must see shopping street as you won't be considered visiting this city unless you take photo with this city icon as the background. Even if you don't like shopping, you can still enjoy your stroll and will never get bored of the surrounding. Both side of street will be full of various kind of sellers, from clothes to bags to souvenirs. Not only that, there are lot of historical places you will pass by here. Keep walking straight until you find Pasar Beringharjo (biggest traditional market) and Mirota Kampus (modern version of Pasar Beringharjo). While the modern shops have fixed price, those on the street and in Pasar Beringharjo are always up for negotiation unless it is displayed as fixed price (very rare). If you are too tired to walk, you can also try the traditional horse carriage ("delman") that will bring you to your destination place.
- Jalan Malioboro (Jalan Jenderal Ahmad Yani), Yogyakarta, DI Yogyakarta 55001, Indonesia
2. Walk In Between 2 Sacred Banyan Trees
If you keep walking straight from Malioboro street, you will find a big square named South Square/Kidul Square (local people call it "Alun-alun Kidul"). After 4pm is the best time to be in this square as the sun will be no longer scorching hot. In the middle of the square there are 2 big old banyan trees which local people believe if you manage to walk cross in between those trees with your eyes closed, your wishes will be granted. Either believe it or not, it could be a fun games for you and your friends.
- Alun - Alun Kidul
- Jalan Alun - Alun Selatan, Yogyakarta, DI Yogyakarta 55133, Indonesia
3. Sneak Inside The Kraton
Well.. not literally sneaking up though! Kraton is the palace for Sultan of Yogyakarta, and it is open for public everyday from 08:30 - 14.00, with a break around lunch time. With a very cheap entrance fee, you can explore this palace complex, admire on Javanese traditional architecture, look at family heritage collections, and also watch different cultural performances every morning. And if you are lucky you might meet the Sultan family yourself while they stroll around the palace!
- Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat
- Jalan Rotowijayan No. 1 (Jalan Alun-Alun Utara), Yogyakarta, DI Yogyakarta 55221, Indonesia
- +62 274 373177
4. Take a Tour to Taman Sari Water Castle
Taman Sari Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultan of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton. Built in mid 18th century, the Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense area, and a hiding place.
Taman Sari can be divided into four areas. The first area is the artificial lake Segaran located in the west. The second area is a bathing complex in the south of the Segaran lake, called the Umbul Binangun bathing complex. The third area, now completely gone, is the Pasarean Ledok Sari and Garjitawati Pool, located in the south of the bathing complex. The fourth area is the east side of the first and second area, which extend far to the east and to the southeast complex of Magangan.
Get lost in this castle area by yourself or you can hire a local tour guide so you will be enchanted of the long history behind every part of the building.
5. Try the Icon Food of Yogyakarta
Now that you have explore the most important sites of Yogyakarta city, it's time to feed on local delicacies! The most popular food from this city is Gudeg, a traditional dish made from young unripe jack fruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar, and coconut milk. Additional spices include garlic, shallot, candlenut, coriander seed, galangal, bay leaves, and teak leaves, the latter giving a reddish brown color to the dish. It is usually served with spicy "krecek" (cow skin), marinated hard-boiled egg, sweet marinated tofu & tempe, braised chicken, and coconut milk dressing that give special sensation when you eat it.
The most popular restaurant serving Gudeg in the city is either Gudeg Mbarek Bu Hj. Amad or Gudeg Yu Djum.
- Gudeg Mbarek Bu Hj. Amad
- Utara Gedung Pusat UGM (Jalan Kaliurang KM 4,5), Sleman, DI Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia
- +62 274 520049
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One day is definitely not enough to explore Yogyakarta as it is full of both cultural places and exotic natures. Even most people mention that a single trip is not enough and you will always want to come back to this city. To leisurely enjoy the trip, we suggest you 3 days at the minimum or better, 1 week. This way you can explore the many beautiful beaches and historical temples that will take your breath away! Try other local foods and be pampered with local hospitality that'll make you feel like you are the part of their families. Enjoy Yogyakarta, the never ending Asia.