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  • Things to Do In Yogyakarta After Pandemic

    COVID-19 is still a big problem for several countries in the Southeast Asia region. Some of the countries are able to flatten the curve, yet some of them are still facing difficulty to slow down the transmission. For example, Indonesia is still combating COVID-19 transmission. Currently, there are 59 countries have banned Indonesian travelers to visit their country. This scenario has forced Indonesians to stay inside their country and could not fly overseas. Surely foreign tourist is still not allowed to visit Indonesia. However, look at the bright side, Indonesians can travel domestically when the pandemic blows over. Of course, foreign travelers are also welcome to visit this biggest country in the region. So when this pandemic has vanished from Indonesia, there are nice places to look for in Yogyakarta, the southern part of Java Island, a province with magnificent cultures and social life. Yogyakarta is a province where lots of tourist spots that worth to be visited.  Here I would like to recommend you spectacular attractions in Yogyakarta you must see after the pandemic.   Desa Wisata Tinalah - Keeping Traces of the History and Natural Exoticism of Kulon Progo Image Credit: twitter Kulon Progo regency as part of Yogyakarta province has a natural attraction that will pamper our eyes, body, and mind. This spot invites you to get closer to mother nature. Desa Wisata Tinalah is located in Samigaluh District. We will enjoy the fresh air and some breeze from Menoreh Mountains surrounding this village. With many attractions that can be seen here, Desa Wisata Tinalah is a perfect place to spend your vacation time. In this village, the visitor can learn many things like walking down Tinalah River, educational outbound activities, and even visiting Joglo house - a Javanese traditional house. There is another fantastic spot near Desa Wisata Tinalah. Tourists could take a walk to Sriti Cave with 70 meters depth. This cave is famous before Desa Wisata Tinalah gained more traction recently. This village is a silent witness of Diponegoro Prince's battle against the Netherland where he stayed in a Talun Miri hill to set a war strategy. He also practicing horse riding on this hill. Currently, Talun Miri hill is used a camping ground. Desa Wisata Tinalah locates 25 kilometers from Yogyakarta. We can drive by any vehicle like a car, motorcycle, or taking a bus to visit this wonderful spot. Address: Jalan Persandian Kilometer 5, Sendang Sari, Purwoharo, Samigaluh, Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta. Opening hours: Monday to Wednesday: 8 am to 4 pm. Thursday: 8.30 am to 4 pm. Friday: 8.30 am to 11 am, 1 pm to 3.30 pm. Saturday: 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. Sunday: 8.30 am to 4 pm. Phone: +62 852 005 2054   Glagah Beach - The Best Wave Breaker Beach in Yogyakarta Image Credit: 10travlr Discussing about Glagah Beach, the local people mostly will very proud of its beautiful lagoon. Commonly, beach lagoons have a barrier like sand or rock as it is usually located in relatively shallow and quiet locations. Yet, a lagoon in Glagah Beach is different as it is shaped from a slightly concave-shaped part of the land that contains high tide. Time goes by, this basin forms a broad lake with calm waters, lush edges, and overgrown with wild grass. Glagah Beach Lagoon is also used as a water tourism spot, such as paddle boats, canoes, and small boats that you can use to get around in the lagoon. Due to its quiet location and far from the crashing waves, this lagoon is quite crowded with children. For adults, there are fishing spots in this lagoon. Glagah Beach is known as one of the beaches in Jogja which has quite large waves. Therefore, in the coastal area, a tetrapod was built. It is made of a four-legged concrete structure that functions as a wave breaker so that it doesn't enter the shoreline further. In the middle of the tetrapods, a long concrete path was built that led out to sea. This path also functions like access to the pier. Many tourists could sue this tetrapod area for fishing while enjoying the sea breeze and the waves. The presence of a path surrounded by tetrapods is the hallmark of Glagah Beach. Most of the visitors take pictures of the landscape of the waves that break after hitting the tetrapod. Glagah Beach is located in Glagah Village, Temon District, Kulon Progo Regency where it is 15 kilometers from Yogyakarta. If you want to feel like a backpacker, you can follow this route - take a bus from Giwangan Bus Terminal with Jogja - Wates route. From Wates Terminal you can continue the journey by taking a bus Glagah Beach - Congot - Trisik route. You can ask the driver to stop in Glagah Beach entrance gate. To enter Glagah Beach, you have to pay an entrance ticket of IDR 4,000 per person. This ticket is a form of retribution to the local community that has preserved Glagah Beach. For vehicle parking, motorbikes will be charged a rate of IDR 3,000 per unit, and IDR 10,000 cars will be charged per unit. You also have to bring more money if you intend to enjoy various tourist rides on Glagah Beach. If you want to get around the lagoon by boat, you will be charged a fee of IDR 5,000 per person. Meanwhile, if you want to ride a canoe, you will pay a rate of IDR 20,000 per person. Lastly, don't forget to bring your camera.   Kalibiru Image Credit: hargatiket This excellent tourist spot is developed by the local government and supported by the locals. Kalibiru used to be a fertile state forest area, yet the illegal logging has devastated this area so the local government made a call to rejuvenate this forest area. Kalibiru is located at an altitude of 450 meters above sea level which has now become a lush tourist forest. With hills overgrown by various trees, such as cypress, teak, and eucalyptus. This tourist spot is located in the countryside, no wonder you can find many old Javanese architecture houses. These houses functioned as management offices and entrance ticket counters. Thus, visitors must do trekking in the forest to get to the main spot. Here, a path has been provided so that visitors just follow the direction of the road. Kalibiru Nature Tourism provides a viewing tower that visitors can use to enjoy the surrounding scenery. While taking pictures with the background of the hills covered in green trees. This viewing tower is a pine tree that has been fitted with wooden planks and a hanging ladder. From here, visitors can not only see the hills with trees. But also the Menoreh Mountains and the winding Sermo Reservoir. Sermo Reservoir is the largest dam in Jogja. Address: Jalan Waduk Sermo, Kokap, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta. Opening hours: 6.30 am to 5.00 pm every day. Ticket price: IDR 10,000 for domestic tourists, IDR 20,000 for foreign tourists.   Pulepayung Image Credit: WisataMantap Pule Payung is located at an altitude of about 500 meters above sea level. So it is possible to see the beautiful natural panorama below which is full of green trees. Uniquely, this Pule Payung object also combines natural scenery with contemporary photo spots. The combination of green hills, lakes, and blue skies create an exotic natural panorama. Perfect place for looking for a place to unwind after a week's work. For those who want to upload the latest photo collections on Instagram, Pule Payung is the right place to capture vacation moments. There are various models of viewing booths available at this location, ranging from hexagonal, circular, and wooden bridge models. So visitors can take pictures with various models of viewing posts. Access to photo spots is quite easy because tourists don't have to walk uphill. As well as a large spot location so that tourists can enjoy natural scenery freely. Address: Hargotirto Village, Kokak District, Kulon Progo Regency, Yogyakarta Opening hours: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm every day. Ticket price: IDR 5,000 / person.   Nglinggo Tea Plantation Image Credit: Puti Niela Kharisma Trekking through terraced slopes covered in green rugs to enjoy the panoramic view of eight high mountain peaks is a charming treat when visiting Nglinggo Tea Plantation, the only tea plantation in Menoreh Hills, Kulon Progo. You can see Camellia sinensis plants filling the hilly terraces of this area when the fog is not coming down. At first glance, it looks like a step covered with a green carpet. The cold air slowly warms up, changing to the cool mountain air. Trekking among the expanse of tea plants, off-road around the tea garden area, or just enjoying the scenery are alternative options for traveling in this tea garden. Not only the unnamed hilltop on the west side which offers a charming panorama. There are still two other peaks on the north side that offer beautiful views from a height. Both are the peaks of Mount Kukusan which is administratively included in the Magelang region, only a few hundred meters from the Nglinggo Tea Plantation. The first, lower peak is known as Dempok Peak, while the higher peak is known as Kendeng Peak. Just like Nglinggo Village, Kendeng Peak also has a history related to Prince Diponegoro. A sacred place in the form of a stone found at the top is believed by residents to be the tomb of a relative of Prince Diponegoro named Pangeran Kendeng. So that the top name is similar to the name of the prince. In contrast to the panoramic views that are presented by the peaks on the west side, the view from Puncak Kendeng and Puncak Dempok does not offer views of the tea garden, but the panoramic view of the eight mountains in Jogja and Central Java, such as Merapi, Merbabu, Andong, Telomoyo, Ungaran, Sumbing, Sindoro, and Prau. In addition, Dempok Peak and Kendeng Peak are also known as favorite spots for sunrise chasers. Address: Nglinggo, Pagerharjo, Samigaluh, Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta Opening hours:  7.00 am to 5.00 pm every day. Ticket price: IDR 5,000 / person. Despite we are unsure whether the pandemic going to end, we need to keep on optimist that we could pass this situation. Reading articles provided by HalalTrip gonna help you to arrange your next itinerary for traveling in the future. Stay safe and healthy!...

  • Mosques to Visit in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Yogyakarta is popular as it is the centre of art and culture in Indonesia. Additionally, it is the center of development of Islam in the country. It is home to historical mosques that capture interesting stories of the past. Here are four mosques I would recommend you to visit in Yogyakarta if you are looking for a great place to pray:   1. Kauman Great Mosque Credit: Masjid Gedhe Kauman Kauman Great Mosque, or popularly known as Yogyakarta Great Mosque, is located in the downtown of Yogyakarta. Locals like to call it 'Kauman Mosque' because it nestles in Kauman village, which is 140 meters away from the city's major tourist destination: The Palace of Yogyakarta or the Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat.Established in 1773, Kauman Great Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Indonesia. It was founded by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, the first king of Yogyakarta Palace. Yogyakarta Sultanate itself was founded in 1755 after Treaty of Giyanti was signed by the Dutch East India Company and Prince Mangkubumi, who later became Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I.If you visit this mosque, you will be amazed by the majesty of its beautiful Javanese classic architecture in every corner of the building. The architects of this mosque are clerics Faqih Ibrahim Diponingrat and Wiryokusumo.Kauman Great Mosque has a special room, called maksurah, exclusively for the Sultan of Yogyakarta to worship. This space is designed to protect him from any danger while he is praying. If the palace does not hold special occasion at the mosque, ordinary people, including tourists, are allowed to pray in this room.In Kauman Great Mosque, you can see a number of unique ornaments, such as king’s throne-like minbar, triple-tiered roof and mustaka, an ornament on top of the mosque.   2.Kotagede Mosque Credit: @faulannisa on InstagramKotagede Mosque or Mataram Great Mosque is the oldest mosque in Yogyakarta. Having existed since 1640, this building is the symbol of glory of Islam in the era of Mataram Kingdom.Located in Jagalan district, Bantul regency, Kotagede Mosque was built by Sultan Agung, the third Sultan of Mataram Kingdom who was in power from 1613 to 1645. Born in 1593, he was a skilled soldier who managed to conquer neighboring states and expand his kingdom to Lasem in 1616, Pasuruan in 1617, and Tuban in 1619. According to Dutch literature, he was called Agung the Great.What makes this mosque even more interesting is that it is near Mataram royal graveyard. On certain nights of the Javanese lunar calendar, many people will dress in traditional Javanese costumes and visit the graveyard and the mosque to pay their respects and pray.Within the compound of Kotagede Mosque, there is a 100-year old banyan tree named Waringin Sepuh, which translates to 'old banyan tree'. Locals believe that anyone who prays under the tree will receive good luck.   3.Syuhada Mosque Credit: @MasjidSyuhada on FacebookSyuhada Mosque is a gift from Indonesia’s first president Sukarno to the Yogyakarta people. This gift was intended as a way to recall those who had sacrificed their lives for Yogyakarta when it gained independence from the Dutch ruler. The word syuhada is 'shahid' in Arabic, which is a title of honor accorded to those who have embraced death in the way of Allah.This mosque was established in 1952, seven years after Indonesia's Independence Day on Aug. 17, 1945.As it is celebrated every Aug. 17, this mosque has 17 stairs and eight pillars. It also has 20 windows which symbolises the 20 characteristics of Allah.Syuhada Mosque is located on Jl. I Dewa Nyoman Oka No. 13, Kotabaru, Gondokusuman. At a glance, it looks like a rumah panggung (stilt house). It has three floors - the first floor is used for learning activities, the second is for women to pray, and the third is for men to pray.   4.Pakualaman Great Mosque Credit: Masjid Agung Puro PakualamanLocated on Jl. Masjid in Pakualaman district, Pakualaman Great Mosque is one of Yogyakarta's cultural heritages. It was built by Sri Paku Alam II, a ruler of the principality of Pakualaman who was serving from 1829 to 1858. Pakualaman was a small hereditary within the Sultanate of Yogyakarta.This mosque was constructed by Paku Alam II under the instruction of Paku Alam I, the son of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I. Paku Alam II was also a renowned artist. He not only liked to produce work of art during his time, but also introduce music and drama to his people.Like Kauman Great Mosque, Pakualaman Mosque also has beautiful Javanese classic architecture. At the entrance gate, you will be welcomed by a writing that reads, “terus luhur terusto raharjo", which means 'straight way to welfare'.It is not clear when Paku Alam II built Pakualaman Great Mosque. Inside the building, there were two beautiful inscriptions in Javanese and Arabic writing. One inscription said that it was built in 1839. However, the other one said that it was built in 1855.The 144-meter-square Pakualaman Great Mosque, which is able to accommodate almost 500 people, has been renovated several times by Yogyakarta administration.So don't waste anymore time. Head over to these 4 Yogyakarta mosques today!...

  • Where to Get The Best Gudeg in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Gudeg is one of Indonesia’s most authentic culinary delights that you will not want to miss when you are in Yogyakarta.The brown Javanese cuisine is made from an young unripe jackfruit, locally known as gori. It is cooked slowly for several hours with fresh coconut milk and Javanese palm sugar. In the city, people like to enjoy it with side dishes, such as tofu, tempeh, boiled duck egg and chicken. Eating gudeg will not be complete without krechek, a traditional Javanese cattle skin spicy stew dish.Here are four places I would recommend if you are looking for the best gudeg in Yogyakarta:   1.Gudeg Yu Djum Credit: Gudeg Yu DjumIf you ask people in Yogyakarta about where to find the best gudeg restaurant in the city, they all will say Gudeg Yu Djum.Having existed since 1951, Gudeg Yu Djum is the most popular gudeg vendor in Yogyakarta. To find it is very easy because its seven branches are strategically located across the province.Its headquarters is on Jl. Kaliurang Km. 4.5. It is near Gadjah Mada University, the oldest university in Indonesia. If you land in Adisutjipto International Airport, you can also find its outlet within the area of the airport. If you happen to be around the Palace of Yogyakarta, you can find Gudeg Yu Djum restaurant on Jl. Wijilan.The restaurant is named after its founder, Djuwariyah or popularly known as Yu Djum. Djum is the abbreviation for Djuwariyah. In the Javanese language, the word ‘Yu’ is used to call older women to respect them. Her customers usually called her ‘Yu Djum’.In 2016, Yu Djum passed away at the age of 85. According to her family members, she had been sick for a long time and had been hospitalized several times until she took her last breath at the Bathesda hospital.Gudeg is sweet as it is cooked with palm sugar. Compared to gudeg from other outlets, Gudeg Yu Djum is the sweetest. One portion of gudeg is priced at around Rp 15,000 to over Rp 30,000, depending on side dishes you choose.   2.Gudeg Yu Narni Credit: @gudeg_yu_narni on InstagramGudeg Yu Narni is named after its owner, Narni Suwardi. Its outlets are located on four spots, from Jl. Kaliurang Km. 4.5 (near Gadjah Mada University) to Jl. Magelang Km. 11 (in front of Yogyakarta Regional Development Bank).Gudeg Yu Narni is less popular than Gudeg Yu Djum, but it is loved for its affordable prices. With less than Rp 20,000, you can enjoy a portion of delicious gudeg with sliced chicken and boiled egg as your side dishes.What makes Gudeg Yu Narni more special is that the gudeg itself is not really sweet. In this restaurant, you can also choose two types of gudeg, namely dry gudeg or wet gudeg. The dry gudeg lasts longer than the wet one.Gudeg Yu Narni has opened its doors since 1996. Before running her own business, Narni Suwardi worked at a gudeg restaurant owned by Wito Suwarno or popularly known as Bu Wito.Like Gudeg Yu Djum, Gudeg Yu Narni also provides a takeaway service and catering for special occasions.   3.Gudeg Bu Dullah Credit: @GudegManggarBuDullah on FacebookUnlike Gudeg Yu Djum and Gudeg Yu Narni, Gudeg Bu Dullah is quite far from the downtown of Yogyakarta. This outlet is located in Jebugan village, Bantul regency, which is 13 kilometers from the Palace of Yogyakarta. It will take around 30 minutes to get there by motorcycle or car.Gudeg Bu Dullah is not as famous as Gudeg Yu Djum, but it deserves a try.Gudeg Bu Dullah, which is named after its owner, Dullah, has existed since 1998. In Indonesia, the word ‘Bu’ is used to call a married woman.What makes Gudeg Bu Dullah very special is that the gudeg is made from young, tender coconut flowers, not jackfruit or gori. In Yogyakarta, the young, tender coconut flowers is called manggar.In Yogyakarta, it is hard to find gudeg outlets who make the dish from manggar. Most of them use jackfruit to make gudeg.Because the supply is limited, gudeg manggar is usually reserved for special occasions, such as royal celebrations.Gudeg manggar’s texture itself is as soft as sliced chicken. Many customers of Gudeg Bu Dullah often think that what they enjoy is chicken, not coconut flowers.   4.Gudeg Mbah Lindu Credit: @GudegMbahLinduSosRowijayan on Facebook Gudeg Mbah Lindu is arguably the oldest gudeg vendor in Yogyakarta. It is located on Jl. Sosrowijayan, which is near Malioboro shopping center.The owner, Mbah Lindu, has sold gudeg since 1940, the year when the Japanese empire still occupied Indonesia. The historic value of her business has encouraged many travelers and locals to taste her gudeg.She is 100 years old today, and that she is called ‘Mbah’ because that word means grandmother in English. She is still able to cook, but no longer serves her customers. Her position has been replaced by her daughter. If you visit at 6 am., you will surprise to see that many people already flock to her stall. Her gudeg will be sold out before 10 a.m.A portion of gudeg, which includes a boiled egg and krecek, is sold at Rp 20,000. It will be more expensive if you replace the egg with chicken. The chicken is tender, immaculately cooked and tasteful inside and out.What makes Gudeg Mbah Lindu different from other vendors is that customers can choose whether they will enjoy gudeg with steamed rice or with porridge....

  • Yogyakarta: Plan With Ease With Our Ultimate 4D3N Itinerary!

    If you ask white-collar workers in Jakarta about their favorite destination for a short escape from the hustle and bustle of Indonesia’s capital city, they will mention Yogyakarta, the center of Javanese art and culture. We have prepared a 4D3N itinerary for your travel experience at this unique city. There are plenty of attractions that tourists can visit here but we have narrowed it down to the best ones! Read more about Indonesia Where to go? You can board a plane or take a bus or a train to reach Yogyakarta from Jakarta, depending on your budget. It will take at least 7 hours by train or bus from the capital. However, the trip will be less than 90 minutes by plane. Once you have reached this wonderful destination, it's time for you to visit their Instagram-worthy places and fun-filled attractions. Here are the hot spots that will make your trip an unforgettable one! Day 1 1. Malioboro Picture: PhotoKatha Like The Kraton of Yogyakarta, Malioboro is also very popular among tourists. It is the busiest shopping street in the city where tourists like to flock to taste authentic Javanese dishes and shop for batik and unique souvenirs. You can explore the 2-kilometer Malioboro street on foot. If you are tired, you can take becak (pedicab), bentor (a portmanteau of becak and motorcycle) and dokar (horse carriage) that you can find easily throughout the street. The drivers are friendly and will act as your personal guides. They will explain everything they know about Yogyakarta and if asked, they will show you some tourist destinations around Malioboro that you might not want to miss. They, for example, know the best place to find bakpia (full moon-shaped pastry filled with peanut) in Malioboro.Address: Jl. Malioboro, Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 2. Prambanan Temple Prambanan Temple, one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Yogyakarta. With 47 meters in height, it's the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. According to historians, Prambanan was constructed around 850 CE to mark the return of the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty to power in Central Java after the century-long domination of Buddhist Sailendra Dynasty. For Hindu adherents in Indonesia, Prambanan is an important religious center for Hindu rituals and ceremonies, such as Nyepi (Day of Silence). In this temple complex, you can also watch the ballet of the traditional Ramayana epic. Since the 1960s, it has been performed every full moon night. Address: Kranggan, Bokoharjo, Prambanan, Special Region of YogyakartaEntrance Fee: Rp 40,000 Day 2 Kalibiru National Park Picture: Yogya-backpacker Kalibiru National Park is a beautiful park in Kulon Progo Regency, which is 41.9 kilometers from downtown Yogyakarta. To get there, I recommend you to take a taxi or rent a car. To get a taxi or to find car rentals is easy. You can google or you can ask receptionists of the hotel you stay in. Another option is taking a hotel taxi. It takes around 90 minutes to reach Kalibaru National Park from the downtown. This park is located in the Menoreh hills, 450 meters above sea level. This is the perfect place if you are looking for a peaceful environment with an astonishing nature and breezy wind. In this park, you can enjoy not only a beautiful sunset but also outdoor activities, such as treetops, flying fox and trekking paths. Address: Kalibiru, Hargowilis, Kokap, Kulon Progo, YogyakartaContact: +6281392947249Opening hours: Park Open 24 hoursEntrance Fee: Rp 5000 with Outbound Package 35.000 2. Ratu Boko Palace Picture: Bepetur Ratu Boko Palace is about three kilometers from Prambanan temple complex, one of the most popular Hindu temples in Indonesia. In Javanese language, Ratu Boko means “Stork King” and local people believe that the history of this palace relates to Loro Jonggrang folklore. Older than Prambanan, Ratu Boko is an archeological site built during the Syailendra dynasty with Rakai Panangkaran as the king. Known as Abaya Giri Vihara, Ratu Boko Palace has several rooms, which includes a 'pendopo' where king Rakai Panangkaran welcomed his guests in the past, a 'pringgitan' where the king took a rest and a 'keputren' where the king’s daughters stayed. Picture: Ratu Boko Palace is so instagrammable that many people, especially brides and grooms, use it as photo shoot location. Ratu Boko Palace is 19 kilometers from The Kraton of Yogyakarta. To get there, I recommend you to take a Trans Jogja bus and get off at Prambanan bus station. From there, you can take Grab or Gojek motorcycle taxi (ojek) to reach Ratu Boko. The price of the Trans Jogja ticket is less than Rp 5,000. If money is not a problem for you, you can take a taxi. Address: Jl. Raya Jogja-Solo, Prambanan, YogyakartaOpening Hours: 6AM - 5PMEntrance Fee: Rp 25,000 Day 3 1. Borobudur Temple Borobudur is the world’s largest temple. This magnificient structure is actually located in Magelang, Central Java. However, because Yogyakarta is so close to Magelang, many say that Borobudur is at Yogyakarta. Despite this debate, it has never been an issue for both parties since they all love Borobudur. Constructed in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty, Borobudur has 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues, including 72 statues surrounding the central dome. The temple is still used as a place of worship by Buddhist people in Indonesia. People of other faiths usually visit the temple to learn its history as its reliefs tell many stories including the life of Siddhartha Gautama or Buddha. Many believe that if you can touch the statue inside one of the stupas at the peak of Borobudur, your wish will come true. But, tourists are now forbidden from touching the stupas in a bid to protect it from being damaged. Address: Borobudur Park, Magelang, Central JavaContact: +62 74496402Opening Hours: 6AM-5PMEntrance Fee: Rp 30,000 (US$ 30 for foreign tourists) 2. Gereja Ayam (Chicken Church) Picture: JejakPiknik Gereja Ayam is not a church although 'gereja' translates to it in English. It is a chicken-like building established in 1992. It is located in Rhema Hill near the majestic Borobudur temple. Located in a jungle, Gereja Ayam regained its popularity after it became one of the sets of the film Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? 2 (What’s Up with Love? 2). This place is unique because its shape looks like a giant chicken with a crown on its head. It was established by Daniel Alamsjah in 1990 after he had a vision from God to build a ‘prayer house’ atop a hill. Hundreds of travelers and worshippers from various religions travel to Yogyakarta just to see this building. Gereja Ayam is 45 kilometers from the downtown. To get there, I recommend you to take a taxi. When you arrive, I recommend you to take the stairs to reach the chicken’s head to see the scenery and Borobudur temple from above. Address: Karangrejo, Dusun Gombong, BorobudurEntrance fee: Rp 15,000 Day 4 Plaosan Temple Picture: Borobudur Built in the mid 9th century, Plaosan is a Buddhist temple complex surrounded by beautiful paddy fields. This complex has two major Buddhist temples, namely Plaosan Lor and Plaosan Kidul. The two temples are separated by a road. Plaosan Lor sits in the North, while Plaosan Kidul in the South. Both temples have guardian statue known as Dwarapala. In the Plaosan temple complex, you can see 174 small buildings, 116 stupas and 58 shrines. Many of them have inscriptions. It is said that the temple is a gift of the sanctuary by Rakai Pikatan, the king of the Sanjaya dynasty, Medang Kingdom. Address:  Jl. Candi Plaosan, Plaosan Lor, Jawa Tengah 57454 2. Jomblang Cave Picture: (Jogja) Backpacker's guide Jomblang Cave is located in Jetis Wetan village in Gunung Kidul regency in Yogyakarta. It is 40 kilometers from the downtown of Yogyakarta. With 60 meters in depth, this vertical cave is known for its “Light of Heaven”, sunlight that mesmerizingly enters the cave through its hole. The beautiful sunlight looks like heaven-sent, hence its name. Of course, you can experience the Light of Heaven if you have entered the cave and gone down in 40 meters with a rope and then walked around 300 meters to find the hole. To enter this cave, you have to wear a safety helmet. The best time to enter the cave is around 10AM to 2PM. Inside the cave, you will also meet photographers who will be ready to photograph you with the Light of Heaven. Jomblang Cave was first found by Yogyakarta-based cave explorer group Acintyacunyata Speleological Club in 1984. Address: Jetis Wetan village in Gunung Kidul regency, YogyakartaContact: +62811 117 010Entrance Fee: Rp 450,000 Where to stay Like other big cities in Indonesia, Yogyakarta also offers various Muslim-friendly hotels. These are the three best hotels I recommend. Tentrem Hotel Picture: HotelTentrem Tentrem Hotel is a five-star hotel on Jalan P. Mangkubumi. In Javanese, the word 'tentrem' means a feeling of peacefulness. The location of this hotel is very strategic because it is only 1.78 kilometers from Tugu Station and 7.15 kilometers from the Adisucipto International Airport. It is situated near a number of tourist sites, including the historic Tugu Monument which is only 1.03 kilometers away. Tentrem Hotel is a perfect choice if you are looking for a luxurious hotel. It provides the best spa treatment, swimming pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a fitness center. Most importantly, Qibla directions are marked in every room and you can easily travel to historic mosques nearby including Masjid Gedhe Kauman. The price of the room, which includes breakfast, starts at Rp 1,020,000 per night. Address: Jl. P. Mangkubumi 72 A YogyakartaContact: +62274 6415555Website: 2. Grand Inna Malioboro Picture: Grand Inna Malioboro Grand Inna Malioboro is a legendary hotel in Yogyakarta. Having existed since 1908, this four-star hotel sits on Jalan Malioboro. As the name suggests, this hotel is located in the heart of Yogyakarta, within Malioboro's tourist site. This hotel is near the popular Malioboro Mall and Beringharjo Market, where you can find any type of batik, from the traditional hand-drawn batik to mass-produced, colorful print batik. In Malioboro, you can easily find many vendors of Gudeg, Yogyakarta’s signature dish. Gudeg is a slow-cooked jackfruit dish served with rice and krecek (spicy boiled cow skin). The price of the room, which includes breakfast, starts at Rp 875,000 per night. Address: Jl. Malioboro No. 60 Suryatmajan, YogyakartaContact: +62274 566353Website: 3. Sriwedari Hotel Yogyakarta Picture: Sriwedarihotel Sriwedari Hotel Yogyakarta is a three-star hotel on Jalan Laksda Adisucipto. This hotel is only 3.02 kilometers from the Adisutjipto International Airport and most importantly, it is near Ambarukmo Plaza, which is the best place for shopping in Yogyakarta. Affandi Museum stands only a couple of kilometers away from this hotel as well. This is where you can enjoy works of art by Indonesian maestro painter Affandi. Sriwedari Hotel Yogyakarta, which also has a restaurant and 24-hour room service, is an ideal place to check into if you are looking for an affordable place to stay in Yogyakarta. Qibla directions are marked in every room. The price of the room, which includes free breakfast, starts at Rp 350,000 per night. Address: Jl. Laksda Adisutjipto KM. 6 No. 6 Caturtunggal, YogyakartaContact: +62274 488288Website: Read more about Yogyakarta...

  • More For Less! Time To Add Yogyakarta's 7 Luxurious & Affordable Hotels Into Your Travel Plans!

    Yogyakarta is rich with fascinating ancient sites and also best known for batik work as well as traditional gamelan music, and of course gorgeous beaches. Whether it’s taking a gondola ride at Timang Beach and heading on to watch the sunset at Parangtritis Beach or exploring the famous archaeological site like Borobudur, Yogyakarta is the best place to get immersed in the local Javanese culture. First-time travellers who are looking for the ultimate tropical beach getaway will also be pleased to know that staying in a good hotel in Yogyakarta won’t put much of a dent in your wallet. You can take your pick from the wonderful, yet affordable options and enjoy the local scene without worrying too much about the budget. We have put together a list of affordable hotels for your next adventure so you can worry less about where to stay in Yogyakarta! Explore hotels all around the world 1) Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta Picture: Hyatt This undoubtedly luxurious hotel is located right within the city where you can have a great time exploring Yogyakarta and visit the best beaches that include Parangtritis Beach and Depok Beach. Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta not only boasts of extravagant accommodation, but this hotel provides affordable options where you will get your money’s worth. Take your pick from the cozy rooms and suites which are designed in soothing colour schemes and come with spacious private bathrooms with the keyword in mind – comfort. Do enjoy the nice garden view from the rooms or even a view of Mount Merapi from some options. You can easily kick back and relax after a long day at the hotel spa as well, or simply enjoy a comfortable stay in a luxurious setting with some nice features such as a beautifully designed river pool. The hotel also has a tennis court and a golf course if you want to enjoy a game or two during your stay. Address: Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar, Ngaglik, Yogyakarta, IndonesiaContact: +62 274 869123Email: yogyakarta.regency@hyatt.comWebsite: HyattRegencyYogyakartaPrice Range: SGD67.00 to SGD126.00 2) Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort & Spa Picture: Marriott Rewards This 5-star hotel offers some excellent affordable options, making it a top choice for that honeymoon or fun family vacation. Boasting of three pools and a tennis court, guests can have a great time at Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta. Not only can you enjoy the great features and facilities of the hotel, but you can also return to a comfortable room after all the sightseeing in Yogyakarta. The cozy, spacious rooms on offer are at affordable prices, making this hotel one of the ideal options in the heart of the city. There is no doubt that you can have a relaxing stay - by unwinding after a long day at the Taman Sari Royal Heritage Spa or taking a dip in any of the pools. Address: Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No.KM 8.7, Kec. Depok, Daerah Istimewa YogyakartaContact: +62 274 488588 / +62 274 484589Email: sheraton.yogyakarta@sheraton.comWebsite: MarriottRewardsPrice Range: SGD80.00 to SGD140.00 3) D'Omah Hotel Yogya Picture: D'Omah Hotel If you are looking for a hotel that offers a comfortable and unique experience for their guests, D’omah might be your best bet. The spacious villas are designed with traditional Javanese elements and Yogya batiks where you can enjoy a truly serene experience while staying here – especially with the day spa that offers traditional, relaxing treatments. You can certainly enjoy the best of Yogyakarta as well, since the hotel offers temple or beach tours, cooking classes, and more engaging activities. With these features, there will be no room for boredom at all! Of course, you can visit the popular attractions quite easily from the hotel or head down to the beaches in the area - Depok Beach and Parangtritis Beach. D’Omah Hotel is probably one of the ideal accommodation options if you are traveling in a group or with your family. Address: Jl. Parangtritis Km 8.5, Tembi, Timbulharjo, Sewon, Bantul YogyakartaContact: +62 274 368050 / +62 274 2811585Email: bookings@domahyogya.comWebsite: www.yogyakartaaccommodation.comFacebook: Range: SGD57.00 to SGD 145.00 4) The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta Picture: Sofitel This elegant heritage hotel is a popular option where you can enjoy comfort and avoid breaking your bank – since there are affordable options along with the pricier ones. The location is pretty great too, as you can visit the city’s favorite attractions and explore spots like Malioboro Street. The hotel’s design features a great fusion of European and Javanese design, which you will notice in the comfortable rooms. The cozy ambiance of the rooms is perfect if you are looking for comfortable rooms in a beautiful setting. The Phoenix Hotel also has some great facilities including a nice outdoor swimming pool as well as a spa with a range of treatments – which are just ideal for a relaxing experience. Address: Jl. Jend. Sudirman No.9, Cokrodiningratan, Jetis, Daerah Istimewa YogyakartaContact: +62 274 566617Email: bookings@domahyogya.comWebsite: Range: SGD67.00 to SGD122.00 5) Dusun Jogja Village Inn Picture: jvidusun Dusun Jogia is another great option for a tropical getaway in Yogyakarta that is located in Prawirotaman and just a short distance from Kraton Palace. Featuring rooms with a traditional Javanese design and en-suite or open-air bathrooms, guests can also enjoy swimming in the spacious salt-water pool or spend some time relaxing at the day spa. The rooms have a warm, inviting ambiance as well, and are pretty spacious enough for groups and families. You can easily enjoy all this at some great affordable rates and certainly have an unforgettable experience while staying at Dusun Jogja. So, if you are looking for an escapade not too far from the main city - consider staying at this hotel. Address: Karangkajen, Jl. Menukan No.5, Brontokusuman, Daerah Istimewa YogyakartaContact: +62 274 373031Email: range: SGD68.00 to SGD100.00 6) Jambuluwuk Malioboro Hotel Picture: Jambuluwuk Jamabuluwuk Malioboro Hotel is located in Pakualaman making it pretty convenient when you want to explore the city of Yogyakarta or visit the historical spots in the area. This hotel also has a swimming pool including a spa that offers relaxing treatments and other facilities with reasonable room rates. When it comes to accommodation options, you will undoubtedly enjoy a pleasant stay in the bright, spacious rooms that have both modern design and an Indonesian influence – creating a comfortable setting for you. Since Jamabuluwuk Malioboro is located right in the city, and you can simply reach most of the beaches in the areas within an easy drive. Address: Jl. Gajah Mada No.67, Purwokinanti, Pakualaman, Daerah Istimewa YogyakartaContact: +62 274 585655Email: info@jambuluwuk.comWebsite: www.jambuluwuk.comFacebook: range: SGD62.00 to SGD130.00 7) Greenhost Boutique Hotel Picture: GreenHostHotel What could be better than enjoying a tropical vacation while taking care of the environment? The eco-friendly Greenhost Boutique Hotel features comfortable, modern rooms that are designed with sustainable materials and come with an en-suite bathroom. Some other great features of this eco-friendly hotel include the Green Art Space that exhibits artwork from local artists and even a farming area where vegetables are grown. Of course, there is a large swimming pool and a spa that offers relaxing massages as well. The hotel is almost in the heart of the Yogyakarta, where you can easily get a taste of the local city life, drop by top tourist sites, enjoy a shopping trip at Malioboro or take a quick dive at the beaches. Address: Jl. Prawirotaman II No.629 Brontokusuman, YogyakartaContact: +62 274 389 777Email: / reservation@greenhosthotel.comWebsite: www.greenhosthotel.comFacebook: range: SGD62.00 to SGD100.00 Finding an affordable place to stay in Yogyakarta is not as hard as it seems now that you can refer to the hotels on our list! Start getting ready for a trip to Yogyakarta soon! Read more about Yogyakarta...

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