Jogja or Yogyakarta is a city that is full of attraction, beauty, and heritage. Food? Check. Attractions? Check. Money? Safe. So what are you waiting for? Here are the reasons why you should visit Jogja.
Jogja is a city with rich history and stories of its people behind it. Once the capital city of Indonesia and a witness to the past events, the city is full of different cultures that you could experience first-hand. Jogja has long been known as the center of Javanese culture even until the present times, this is shown by the presence of the Kraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and Sultan Hamengkubuwono in Jogja as it is also the only Kraton with both political and social influence in Indonesia. As the previous hub for kingdoms, there are lots of relics and heritage that are left in the city that you should definitely check out for.
Searching for multiple attractions to experience? Jogja got you. If you’re seeking for nature such as beaches, just head to the southern part of Jogja. There are also mountains such as Merapi and even desert-like biome at Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo. If you’re looking for heritage-esque travel, you can visit beautiful temples such as Prambanan, Sewu, and even Borobudur! Jogja is also a modern city so there’s always a place for everyone. There’s so much that you can explore and must not miss in Jogja.
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Hey! A trip would not count if you haven’t tried any local culinary. The culinary in Jogja ranges from delicious to simply bizarre and it would not hurt to try. Some of the most popular dishes to try in Jogja which include gudeg, bakpia, jenang, sego kucing, sate klathak, fried grasshoppers, oseng mercon, kopi joss (charcoal coffee), bakmi godhok, and other delicious treats! Also, make sure to treat yourself to some gelatos to defeat the scorching heat of Jogja and share these delicious foods with your family back home by bringing some bakpia or bakpia kukus.
The best way to remember your travel experience is by bringing back home some souvenirs or mementos, and Jogja would have everything you need or want. Batik is one of the most hunted items in Jogja and you’ll definitely find the one that suits you there. From the handmade-painted ones to the cheaper options, there are countless designs to mix and match for your OOTD. Not a fashion snob? Don’t worry you’ll find things for yourself! Ranging from food to woodwork, there’s everything for everyone. Try visiting Malioboro to shop and experience the real Jogja shopping experience.
Holiday on a limited budget? No problem! Everything is cheap here. You can find food as cheap as Rp5000 (that’s only SGD0.5) for a full meal! Not only food but there are also a lot of local hotels that are much cheaper and carry out the Jogja theme and still carry out the same quality as international hotels. Even things to buy and brought home would be cheap! So make sure to shop for the things that you wanted to not regret later!
Jogja is a city that is full of attractions, history, culture, and life, resulting in a unique city. You can always snap a picture anywhere, whether it's in a cafe, road, or even in markets, every picture would be Instagram-worthy. The city with its attractions and heritage is undoubtedly pretty, but the nice people there would help make up your day and your whole experience.
These are the reasons why you should visit Jogja and experience its magic. So, when are you visiting/returning? The city and its adventure await you!