Yogyakarta is known as the soul of Indonesia. The city preserves the culture and heritage of the country and is also the place where the pure Javanese language is spoken. When it comes to attractions, visitors to Yogyakarta do not have to look very far. There are several walking tours available in the city that takes visitors through historic and culturally important sites. The Old City sits in the heart of Yogyakarta and this is where the palace or the Kraton of sultans is located. The Kraton Complex is one of the main attractions of Yogyakarta that served as the home of Yogyakarta’s Sultan.
There are several memorials, monuments, and museums dotted across the city that have been dedicated to the history and culture of the area. The Museum Kareta Kraton or the Sultan's Carriage Museum is home to a vast collection of royal carriages and chariots. As for the best-known landmarks of Yogyakarta, The Tugu Monument sitting at the center of the city that symbolizes unity against conquerors is a famous one at that. Yogyakarta also has a large number of art galleries that feature numerous art exhibitions and beautiful artwork.
You can’t say you’ve visited Yogyakarta if you haven’t been to the Borobudur temple and the Prambanan temple! Visitors often plan their trip there so that they’d arrive at Borobudur at sunrise and leave Prambanan at sunset. The majesty of the architecture as well as the panoramic beauty of these sites are why tourists come from every corner of the world!
Shopping is one of the favorite activities enjoyed by one and all. Malioboro Street is the best-known shopping promenade with a wide range of shops. Other shopping malls and centers in the city include the Galleria Mall, Saphir Square, and Plaza Ambarrukmo. Jalan Tirtodipuran as well has a mix of eclectic shops, while Kota Gede is the perfect choice for those looking to shop for silverware souvenirs.
Yogyakarta is served by The Adisucipto International Airport. The airport is located about 8 km from the city. Taxis are available from the airport to any part of the city. The fare usually starts from Rp 50,000. It is best for visitors to hire pre-paid taxis in order to avoid fare hassles. Car rentals are also available from the airport.
Finding halal food in Yogyakarta is not a difficult feat at all! The best halal restaurants in Yogyakarta include Bakmi Jawa Mbah Gito, Gudeg Pawon Yogyakarta, Kesuma Restoran, Soto Kadipiro, and Sate Ratu.
Yogyakarta has a good number of mosques. Some of the mosques in Yogyakarta include Masjid Gedhe Kauman, Masjid Suciati, Masjid Mangunnegaran, Masjid Bawah Tanah, and Masjid Gedhe Mataram.