Yogyakarta— despite the official spelling, the
name is usually pronounced and not uncommonly written
Jogjakarta or just Jogja
(JOGH-jah) — is a major tourist destination in Indonesia. It is the
capital city of the province of Yogyakarta Special Region which is
in the southern part of the Central Java province, Indonesia.
Map showing the location of Yogyakarta
Yogyakarta is both the name of a province Daerah
Istimewa Yogyakarta (DIY), literally the Special Area
Yogyakarta, and the name of one of DIY's 5 Districts, Kota
(or city) Yogyakarta'. The other districts are
Sleman on the slopes of fiery Mt
Merapi to the North, Bantul all the way
to the sea to the South, the hills of Gunungkidul
to the East and the low lands of Kulon Progo to
One of Indonesia's few Special regions (another
being Aceh), the Yogyakarta
Special Region owes its special status to the sultanate of
Hamengkubuwono, which has ruled the area since
1749 and steered the state through difficult times of occupation
and revolution. When the central government tried to weaken the
sultan's power by calling a direct election for the state leader,
present sultan Hamengkubuwono X was chosen by an overwhelming
Today's Yogyakarta is a bustling town of some 500,000 people and
the most popular tourist destination on Java, largely thanks to its proximity to the
temples of Borobudur and
Prambanan. The town is a
center of art and education, offers some good shopping and has a
wide range of tourist facilities.
At 6:30AM on Saturday morning, May 27th 2006, a Richter
5.9 earthquake struck the province of Yogyakarta and the
adjoining district of Klaten in Central Java. Although relatively
mild, from 40 km below the surface the earthquake produced violent
shockwaves that wobbled through the soft clay soils of Yogya's
southern and eastern rice paddy districts for a brutal 60 odd
seconds. In this briefest moment in time nearly 6,000 people died
and over 300,000 houses were completely destroyed, with another
300,000 seriously damaged, making the Jogja earthquake, (in terms
of physical damage) one of the worst in global history
Although Yogyakarta city was less than 25 km from the epicenter
few areas of the city suffered significant visual damage, with most
damage confined to the south and east of the city centre in areas
such as the famous silver smithing area of Kota Gede and the artsy
areas to the south of Jl Prawirotaman
The massive response by the people of Java, the Indonesian
government and the national and international aid community has
resulted in one of the most rapid and effective disaster recovery
The above said, many residents of the affected districts of
Jogja and Central Java still remain deeply traumatized, continuing
to suffer from the deep pain caused by the loss of family, injuries
and loss of livelihoods. Aid efforts continue to this day, with
many families still housed in makeshift or semi complete
accommodation. Visitors should feel encouraged to travel through
the earthquake affected area, assisting however they can
Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport
(JOG), 8 km east of town, is a small but busy
mostly-domestic hub. There are near-hourly connections on Garuda to
Jakarta (50 minutes) and Denpasar, while other
domestic airlines service major cities in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. International services are provided
to Kuala Lumpur
and Singapore by AirAsia.
There is a tourist information desk, ATM and taxi stand in the
arrivals hall. A metered taxi to the city or direct to Prambanan costs about Rp
50,000. A departure tax of Rp 25,000 is charged for domestic
flights and Rp 100,000 for international flights.
Yogyakarta airport is the sole rail-connected airport in
Indonesia. Those arriving from (and departing into) the airport can
take a Prambanan Ekspres regional train from
Kutoarjo (west of Yogyakarta) or Palur (just east of Surakarta) and
several stations in between.
- Bandar Udara Internasional Adisucipto
(Adisucipto International AIrport), Jalan Solo km9,
Yogyakarta 55282, +62 274 484261 (fax: +62 274
The main bus station is Giwangan, 4 km to the
southeast of the center. There are regular services throughout the
island, including Jakarta (9
hours), Bandung (6 hours),
and Surabaya (8
- Terminal Penumpang Giwangan (Giwangan Bus
Terminal). Jalan Imogiri, Giwangan, Yogyakarta 55163, +62
274 378288, 7482222 (fax: +62 274 7483333
There is also a new bus station as of March 2008 which is part
of the Trans Jogja Busway System inside the airport. From there you
can get to any one of the many bus stations in the system. It costs
Rp 3000 for a ticket.
If you are planning to come to Yogyakarta from Bandung then you
need to go to Cicaheum Terminal in Bandung to get bus. If direct
bus is not available then take bus to Purvakatro (6-7 hrs, IDR
45000). From Purvakarto there are regular buses available for
Yogyakarta (4-5 hrs, IDR 30000).
Trains to Jakarta take
between 7 to 12 hours from the main Yogyakarta station, commonly
called Tugu Station. The
Argo-class trains (Argo Lawu and Argo
Dwipangga) are the best of the lot: most comfortable and
fastest (~8 hours, Rp 200.000 including mineral water and snacks).
Taksaka is almost as good. These expresses connect
Yogyakarta and Jakarta in 7-8 hours, either at daytime or
overnight. The line between Kroya and Prupuk, where the railway
crosses the main backbone mountains of Java, is scenic.
Passengers to/from Bandung should take the Argo Wilis or
Lodaya expresses which traverse a scenic part of Java
during daylight hours, with rice fields and mountains (although
there is an overnight Lodaya and the Turangga from
Surabaya also travels overnight. The fare is Rp 155.000 including
mineral water and food (or more like snacks).
Passengers to Surabaya
are served by the twice-daily Sancaka service departing in
the morning and afternoon.
Yogyakarta and Solo are
connected by several Prambanan Ekspres trains. Despite the
name, the train does not stop at Prambanan
station, and even if it does make an unscheduled stop, the station
is rather far from the temple complex of Prambanan. The Prambanan Ekspres does stop at
Maguwo station (for the airport) making it easy for travelers to
- Stasiun Tugu (Tugu Central Railway
Station), Jalan Mangkubumi 1, Yogyakarta 55232, +62
274 589685. The main central station, serves big city
destinations such as Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, and Solo.
- Stasiun Lempuyangan (Lempuyangan Railway
Station), Jalan Lempuyangan, Yogyakarta 552224. Serves economy
class trains and small city destinations.
Muscle-powered transport: becak
Yogyakarta is a relatively small city, so travelling around town
should not be too expensive.
Yogyakarta's taxis are metered and nowadays most taxi drivers
are trustworthy. Flagfall is Rp 5000 and most trips around the
center of town should not cost more than Rp 15,000. After dark the
minimum fare for a taxi is Rp 10,000 even if the meter reads less
that Rp 10,000. If by chance you find a taxi driver that you feel
comfortable with and trustworthy, ask for his cellular phone number
so that next time you need to travel you can call directly to his
cell phone and arrange your travel needs. Most taxi drivers will be
more than happy to do this.
Traditional three-wheeled and pedal-powered cart, known as
becak, which can be found in most part of Yogyakarta. Haggle furiously before getting
into the becak. Be sure to determine whether the price is for a
one-way or return (pulang) trip and if you want the driver
to wait whilst you conduct your shopping or business. A ride from
within the city to the Malioboro shopping precinct should not cost
more than Rp 20,000.
By horse cart
Traditional horse-pulled carts, known as andong, or
dokar, wait for tourists outside hotspots like the train
station, the Kraton and Mal Malioboro. Haggle furiously. The traditional route is from
Jalan Malioboro to Keraton, and this is where you'll find most
andong. Usually, andong opt to take you to shop for fake Dagadu
t-shirt in Ngasem area with hefty prices. Then, andong will take
you back to your initial journey. The cost for one round trip for
andong is Rp 20,000 (twenty thousand rupiahs). Usually they ask for
Rp 30,000 but they may settle for less. Andong can accommodate up
to 5 adult passengers.
Medium and small size buses are the main public transport in
There are two kind of bus: regular and patas. Patas buses, known
as TransJogja operates from 6AM to 10PM and stops only at
designated shelters. Unlike regular buses, TransJogja is
air-conditioned and generally safer. Tickets can be purchased
directly at the shelters and cost for single trip is Rp 3000.
Passengers may purchase regular trip cards which cuts per tip cost
to Rp 2700, and allows transit to other shelter. There are six
routes, and route maps can be downloaded here
Regular buses normally operates from 6AM to 5PM, and some long
routes extend their operation until 9PM. Please never bring
anything valuable on public buses, pickpockets in buses are now
more common than ever before. Cost for single trip is Rp 2000
regardless of distance (within the city). Usually on a bus there
will be one driver and one helper who will hang from the side of
the bus and handle money and try to get passengers. The helper will
usually tap you on the shoulder to indicate you should pay him. If
there is no helper you can pay the driver directly. When you are
ready to get off a bus, tell the driver or helper "Kiri," which
means left. Animated bus route maps are available at Transportation
Agency of Yogyakarta website
The tranquil sultan residence, Kraton Yogyakarta
Being one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, Yogyakarta has many
heritage buildings and monuments. The number one must-see
attraction is Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono's palace, better known as
Kraton Ngayogyakarta. Other heritage buildings from
colonial era are: BNI '46 building, Kantor Pos Besar (Central Post
Office) building, and Bank Indonesia building, all of them are
located near Sultan's palace.
Other notable landmarks and attractions are:
- Tugu Monument. A well known landmark located
in the center of downtown Yogyakarta. Built by Sri Sultan
Hamengkubuwono VI, the top spire was originally a round sphere
which represents the universe. During the colonial era, the spire
was replaced with a golden cylinder.
- Benteng Vredeburg, Jalan Jenderal Ahmad Yani
6, Yogyakarta 55122, +62 274 586934, 510996 (fax: +62
274 586934). A Dutch fort located in front of Gedung Agung
(President's Palace). A great example of the Dutch colonial
architecture. A few warfare items are still preserved, including a
- Kotagede. The capital of ancient Islamic
Mataram kingdom. The tomb of Mataram Kingdom's first king,
Panembahan Senopati, is also located in this place. Before
independence, Kotagede was the central economic district of
Yogyakarta, as it held the largest marketplace and was home to many
wealthy batik merchants. Although some ancient buildings have been
modernized or replaced with newer buildings, Kotagede remains a
prime example of ancient Javanese architecture and city structure.
Be sure to check out the local silver handicrafts.
- Imogiri, southwest of town. Graveyard of the
Yogyakarta and Surakarta royal families. Suffered damage during
2006 earthquake but has reopened.
- Kotabaru, which used to be Dutch officials
residential area, has few heritage homes as well as a colonial
style church and monastery (Gereja Kotabaru) and a stadium (Stadion
The Sultan's Square
Alun-alun utara, the northern Sultan's Grounds, was
originally used for Sultan's army training and hence closed to
public, but the area was opened to the public during the reign of
Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX. Now, alun-alun utara is the
venue for the quarterly parade known as Garebeg, which is
held in the month of Maulud, Besar and Sawal. In this parade, the
Sultan's servants bring huge cone-shaped offerings to the
alun-alun utara. After the parade, attendees scramble to
get a scrap of this offering, as it is believed to bring good
Prior to the month of Maulud, a public fair is held in
alun-alun utara for 30 days. This fair is very popular and
offers many kind of goods ranging from traditional handicrafts to
melamine dishes from China. A unique snack sold in this event is
galundeng, deep fried dough similar to a donut.
The Sri Sultan's palace or Kraton encompasses the main
palace, Sultan's residential, two Sultan's grounds, and large
residential area where sultan servants used to reside. Notable
attraction in Kraton complex are:
- Kraton Yogyakarta. A calm yet elegant Javanese
heritage that consists of two separate entrances: the Main
Court (Pagilaran & Siti Hinggil), and
the Residence. The Main Court showcases the
grandeur of Sultan's monarchy, while the Residence is more homey
while still exhibiting the royal family's luxurious lifestyle. Open
8.30 AM to 1 PM daily, on Friday the attraction is closed at 11 AM.
While the guide is part of the entrance fee, they might expecting
tips. Some guide might offer extended trip to sultan's servants
batik workshop, this is a scam as they only bring you to a
regular batik shop with steep price. It's a good idea to
refuse their offer politely. Rp 12500 (foreign tourist price) or Rp
5000 (Indonesian tourist price), Rp 1000 extra for a photo permit
(price as of June 15, 2008).
- Sultan's Carriage Museum (Museum
Kereta) . This museum houses Sultan's horse-drawn carriages,
including two beautiful carriages imported from the Netherlands and
known as Golden Carts (kereta kencana).
- Taman Sari, Jalan Taman, Kraton Yogyakarta
55133. Also known by the Dutch name waterkasteel (water
castle), this is a partly ruined complex built as a pleasure garden
by the first Sultan in 1765. One of the bathing pools was dedicated
to the sultan's harem, and he had a tower overlooking the area so
he could take his pick. Entrance fee does not cover the guide, who
will expect tips. Open 9 AM to 3 PM daily. Rp 7000 for entrance, Rp
1000 for a photo permit (price as of June 15, 2008).
- Siti Hinggil Selatan. This somehow-muted
palace is rarely used for formal occasion. You can catch a shadow
puppet performance during weekend night.
- Alun-Alun or the Sultan's ground. There are
two Sultan's grounds: Alun-alun Utara and Alun-alun
Selatan or the northern and southern Sultan's ground,
consecutively. If you are lucky, you can see the Gerebeg Maulud
parade during Prophet Muhammad's birthday.
- Masjid Gede Kauman, one of the oldest and
largest mosque in Yogyakarta. Located on the west of Alun-alun
Utara, this mosque was where the Sultan performs his religious
rites and ceremonies. Non-muslim visitors should wear decent
clothing. It may be a good idea to ask the mosque authorities prior
to entering the mosque due to some rules that must be abide.
Yogyakarta city was built with deep philosophy: the city was
designed so that the main elements of the city forms a imaginary
line. This straight line starts from Parangtritis on the coast, to Kraton
Yogyakarta, to Tugu Monument, and finally to Mount Merapi. This
represents Sultan's strong relationship with the guardian spirits
of Mt. Merapi and the beach of Parangtritis.
- Museum Dirgantara (aircraft museum),
Jalan Kolonel Sugiono, Yogyakarta 55002 (behind Adi Sucipito
Airport), +62 0274 564465, 564466. M-Th 8AM-1PM, Sa
8AM-12PM. This Indonesian aircraft museum holds several antique
aircraft from WWII era such as Badger bomber, MIG-15 to MIG-21,
P-51 Mustang, Catalina flying boat, Auster MkII, Lavochkin LA-11,
F-86 Sabre, T-33 Bird, A6M5 Zero, etc. Rp 5000.
- Museum Sonobudoyo, Jalan Trikora 6, Yogyakarta
55122 (north alun-alun), +62 274 76775, 373617
(fax: +62 274 385664). A Javanese archeology museum, has
many Javanese artefacts like wayang puppets, masks, statues,
textiles, weapons, as well as a full set of Javanese gamelan
instruments. Worth a visit if you have some extra time in Yogya, or
you are interested in Javanese culture study. Rp 3000.
- Museum Kekayon, Jalan Raya Yogya–Wonosari (km
7) 277, Baturetno, Banguntapan, Bantul, Yogyakarta 55179,
+62 0274 513218, 379058, 0818260020. e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Tu-Su 8AM-3PM. A wayang (puppet) museum with
a lush javanese style garden. It is divided into 10 sectors, where
each holds a vast amount of wayang puppets from various
places in Indonesia. Rp 5000.
Candi (Ancient Temples)
Candi is ancient archeological structure constructed
during 7th-9th century aimed for a specific religion (Budha or
Hindu). It was constructed from hundreds of volcanic or river stone
blocks and assembled solely by human labor. Candi walls is often
carved with reliefs depicting stories, and a stone God or Godess
statue usually sits at the center.
There are several candi located in Yogyakarta and it's
one of famous candi is in Magelang, not far from Yogyakarta. Prambanan, also a
well-known candi is in the Yogyakarta-Central Java border area.
- Candi Sambisari
Candi Sambisari is very unique. Unlike other candi, it sits at
estimated 6m below the ground line. It is easy to reach because it
is located close to Adisucipto International Airport. You can go
there by taxi. Candi Sambisari consists of one main candi and three
supporting candis (perwara). You can see lingga
and yoni, symbol of male and female sex, inside the main
candi. In the main candi's wall, there are three statue, Agastya in
south side, Ganesha in east side, and Dewi Durga in north side.
From the lingga, yoni, and the statues, it has been concluded that
the Sambisari was built to adore Siva Gods. There is no fixed
reference about when and who built this candi. But from the Wanua
III inscriptions, Candi Sambisari is predicted to be cunstructed in
9th century (812-838 AD).
- Candi Kalasan
Candi Kalasan is located not far from Prambanan, around 2 km to the west from
Prambanan or 14 km to the east from Yogyakarta. This candi is on
the south side of the Prambanan-Yogyakarta main road. It is the
oldest Buddhist temple in Yogyakarta. Constructed in late 7th
century (778 AD) by Rakai Panangkaran from Sanjaya Dinasty. He was
Hindu but he built a Buddhist temple, thus it reflects peacefully
religion life during that time. The relief carved in this candi are
known to be the most beautiful. The wall is covered by ancient
white cement called bajralepa. Candi Kalasan was built to
adore Dewi Tara (Tara Godess). A Boddhisatva bronze statue used to
be placed inside the candi, but this statue is not there
- Candi Sari
Candi Sari is located not far from Candi Kalasan, estimated 600 m
to north-east from Candi Kalasan. This candi was built as an
ancient Buddhist monk dormitory. Inside the candi, there are two
floors with three rooms on each floor. The reliefs is similar with
Candi Kalasan's and the wall is also covered with
bajralepa. There are Boddhisatva and Tara Godess carved
beside the windows that show us the relation between Candi Kalasan
and Candi Sari. The unique rooftop consists of 9 stupas in grid.
The holes in some areas shows that woods was used to complete the
construction. This candi is predicted to be build in the same era
with Candi Kalasan.
- Bentara Budaya, Jalan Suroto 2, Kota Baru,
+62 0274 560404. Art exhibitions, movies, book
- Cemeti Art House, Jalan D.I. Panjaitan 41,
+62 0274 371105, (email@example.com). Fine
art and modern art exhibitions, book discussions and
- French/Indonesian Cultural Center (LIP), Jalan
Sagan 3, +62 0274 566520. Art exhibitions, movies, book
discussions, performances, library.
- Jogja Gallery, Jalan Pekapalan 7, Alun-Alun
Utara. +62 0274 419999, 412021, 7161188,
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Modern art gallery exhibiting
avant garde artworks.
- Kedai Kebun, Jalan Tirtodipuran 3, +62
274 376114, (email:email@example.com). Art
exhibitions, performances, book discussions.
- Masangin (masuk antara dua beringin, passing
two ficus trees). This simple and fun game is held at South
Alun-alun (Sultan's square). The participant is blindfolded and
he/she must walk straight to pass two ancient ficus tree. Even
though it sounds like an easy task, most participants usually
failed. After that, you can go to the food stalls around the
corner, relax a bit and have a sip of warm Wedang Ronde (ginger
- Sunday Morning at Boulevard UGM, every Sunday,
the wide main boulevard in Universitas Gadjah Mada complex (UGM) is
crowded with students jogging and practicing martial arts like
Karate, Silat, and Capoeira. Wake up early at 7-9 AM and head to
the boulevard UGM to do a bit of exercise. After that, you can
taste many kind of foods sold by stalls there. The menu includes
Opor Ayam (chicken curry with rice cake), Bubur Ayam (Chicken
Porridge), Siomay (fish dumplings), and Sate Ambal (chicken satay
with tempeh sauce). Don't forget to check the flea market
- Wayang Kulit (the
Javanese shadow play, accompanied with gamelan orchestra are
performed every night at Museum Sonobudoyo.), Jalan Trikora 6,
Yogyakarta 55122 (north
alun-alun), ☎ +62 274 76775,
373617 (fax: +62 274
385664). 8PM-10PM. Rp20000. edit
- Becak or Andong ride, take a short trip around
the town using Becak or Andong cart.
- Shop at Traditional Market, witness local's
habits by visiting Yogya's traditional market such as Pasar
Beringharjo and Pasar Kranggan.
- Reflexology, achieve soothing experience by
having a short reflexology massage. Currenly one of the hippesting
- Rafting, a splashy ride at Elo river.
- Yoga & Meditation, Balance Mind-Body-Soul,
Jalan Cendrawasih 36, Demangan Baru, Jogjakarta 55281, +62
274 742-7925, 566-717 (fax: +62 274 566-717), . Classes
- Golf, Merapi Golf is one of the famous golf
resort located near mount Merapi where you could enjoy the view of
mountountins while playing golf. Many of the golf addict come to
Yogyakarta from anywhere around just to visit this place. There is
another Golf resort like what provided by Hyatt Hotel.
- Dance, Bailamos, Jalan Demangan Baru 1.
Provides ballet and international ballroom/latin dancing.
Yogyakarta is known as the city of education as well as the city
of culture. This title is not without reason: many education
institution are located here. Every year, around mid-July,
thousands of new students from all over Indonesia flock into this
city, converting the once quiet town to a busy yet dynamic
- Universitas Gadjah Mada . The oldest university in
Indonesia and one of the largest universities in Southeast Asia.
Recently The Times ranked UGM as 56th of the world’s top 100 arts
and humanities universities.
- Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta . University that spesialize in
education. UNY is a university for prospective teacher. However,
there are pure sciences too in UNY
- Institut Seni Indonesia . The largest art academy in
Indonesia offers various undergraduate and graduate degrees on the
subject of traditional arts such as Javanese dance, wayang
performance, & gamelan music, etc; to modern and contemporary
arts like theatre, broadcast, & graphic design.
- Universitas Islam Indonesia . This is the oldest private
university in Indonesia, established 40 days before the
independence day of Indonesia in 1945. It is now a modern
university with 9 faculties ranging from Islamic studies to Civil
Engineering and Planning.
- Universitas Islam Negeri Sunan Kalijaga . Named after Sunan Kalijaga,
UIN offers various courses on the subject of Islam.
- Wisma Bahasa - Indonesian Language Course  This is the oldest
Indonesian Language Course in Yogyakarta, since 1982. Wisma Bahasa
provides Indonesian, Javanese, Tetum, and English Course.
Many curious goods are available in many places in this city. If
you love timeless pieces, Yogyakarta is the home of batik ,
traditional wayang puppets, sculpture, ceramics and silverware.
Countless handicrafts from outside Yogyakarta can also be found
here. Don't be surprised if you bump into souvenirs from Bali or
Asmat, often with better deal than if bought in those islands.
Alternatively, as a constantly growing city, Yogyakarta has several
stylish malls and trade center that offers interesting goods and
services at a reasonable cost.
Malioboro street taken from Tugu Station
Malioboro is a well-known shopping promenade and very popular
among Indonesian as well as international tourists. Spans from the
Tugu Station to the Sultan's square, Malioboro is 2 kilometers in
length and home to hundreds of shops and street-stalls which offers
various kind of handicrafts. Several notable places in Malioboro
- Pasar Beringharjo (Beringharjo
Marketplace), Jalan Pabringan 1, Yogyakarta 55122 (north
of Vredeburg Fort), +62 274 515871, 561510. Literally
means slanted land, Beringaharjo is the largest
traditional marketplace in Yogyakarta. The vendors sell many kind
of goods, ranging from basic household items (vegetables, fruits,
meats) to many kind of handicrafts. Haggle furiously.
- Mirota Batik (opp Pasar Beringharjo),
Jalan Ahmad Yani 9, Yogyakarta 55122, +62 274 588524,
518127, 547016 . The large family-owned store offers plenty of
handicrafts, not only from Yogyakarta but also from all part of
- Dagadu (lower ground floor Malioboro
Mall). Offers funny contemporary t-shirts and souvenirs that
revolves around Yogyakarta people's culture.
- Ciamis Art Shop (153 Jl. Malioboro).
Shadow puppets, masks, carvings, and more at fixed prices that are
lower than in the market. Open from 9:00 - 13:00 and 18:00 -
- Nadzar (187 Jl. Malioboro). Huge
souvenir shop specializing in batik, art, jewelry, and more. Has
every souvenir you could imagine and all at fixed prices.
If travelling on foot is not your thing, you can ride the
pedal-powered trishaw called becak, or the andong
Warning: While Yogyakarta is safer than
Jakarta, it's not free from pickpockets. Most of the time,
Malioboro sidewalk is overcrowded, take standard precautions to
protect your belongings.
While not as populated as Jakarta, Yogyakarta has several trendy
malls which shows a glimpse of the alternate side of Yogyakarta
- Malioboro Mall, Jalan Malioboro 52-58
Yogyakarta 55001, +62 274 551888 (fax: +62 274
588242). Yogyakarta's premier shopping mall for shopping in
hassle-free, air-con comfort. Features a large
Matahari department store, a Hero
supermarket (B1F), a Periplus book store with a
good English selection (B1F), and all the usual suspects of Western
and Indonesian fast food (McDonald's, Pizza Hut, KFC, EsTeler 77,
etc). Home to the largest Dagadu outlet.
- Galleria Mall, Jalan Jendral Sudirman 99-101,
Yogyakarta 55223, +62 274 583661 (fax: +62 274
583711). A compact mall anchored by Matahari
department store. The food court at the basement is popular among
the youths. Features many interesting restaurant including
KFC, McDonald's Express,
Thai Express, Bakso Gress (Chinese meatballs
served with noodles), Mie Nusantara, Bee's
(Japanese Bento), Es Teler 77, Cheers Cup (assortments of fresh
- Plaza Ambarrukmo (Amplaz), Jalan
Laksda Adisucipto Yogyakarta 55281, +62 274 4331000, (fax:
+62 274 4331001), . Located next
to the historical Ambarrukmo Hotel, the huge 5 floors shopping
complex features a Centro Department Store, Carrefour Hypermarket,
Gramedia Bookstore, Timezone, 21 Cineplex, Bread Talk, Starbucks
Coffee, Dagadu, etc. The food court is on the 3rd floor. ATM center
is on the lower ground floor.
- Saphir Square, Jalan Laksda Adisucipto 32-34
Yogyakarta 55001, +62 274-558777, (fax +62 274
558666). A large trade center located next to the Saphir Hotel
consists of small shops. The shops int first floor sells many
counterfeit goods like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Guess bags.
- Saptohoedojo Art Gallery, Jalan Solo km 9
(500m from airport), . This fascinatingly
weird sprawling complex houses an utterly eclectic collection of
Indonesian art, ranging from abstract modern paintings and batik
shirts through gamelan instruments and stuffed tigers to
Papuan tribal totems complete with the skulls of vanquished
enemies. Everything is for sale and previous customers, pictures of
whom are proudly pasted on the walls, include Pope John Paul II and
the Dalai Lama. While the adjoining restaurant looks quite
attractive, the food served is rather disappointing.
- Tjokrosuharto, Jalan Panembahan Angkurat 58,
Yogyakarta 55131, +62 274 375208, . This handicraft shop
opens its door for business in 1954 and still operating today. It
offers a large selection of javanese handicrafts such as wayang
kulit (leather puppet), wayang golek (wooden puppet), batik, keris,
silverware, sculptures, traditional outfits, etc.
Sweet & chilli cuisine
It's not a big secret to Indonesian people that Yogyakarta
people adore sweet foods. The local dish known as gudeg , for
example, is distinctively sweet in flavor. Local snacks, such as
bakpia dan yangko, are extremely sweet. However,
not every local dish is sweet. Krecek—the orengeish fried
beef often served with gudeg—is poignantly hot for untrained
tongue. Lodeh made by the locals, even though often
referred as 'too sweet' by non Jogja, still has a hint of the fiery
chilli taste. Its a good idea to ask the food vendor whether the
dish is hot or not. For those who are just curious, simply ask them
to omit the chilli from the dish and serve it separately. This way
you can still taste the original flavour of the dish, but if you
can't handle the chilli flavor you can simply not adding the chilli
into your meal!
Originally, Yogyakarta dishes are known for its sweetness.
However, as more and more people move to Yogya, this small city
starts seeing more diversity in flavor. Now you can find many kind
of interesting dishes, ranging from sweet, spicy, to fiery,
sometimes a fusion from other cuisine such as Chinese or
The following dishes should be on every traveller's agenda:
- Gudeg, a curry of jackfruit, chicken and egg
served with rice, and is the most famous local dish. Goopy slop in
various shades of brown, the stuff does not look particularly
appetizing, but it can be tasty if done right. There are many gudeg
restaurants, but the most popular are: Gudeg Wijilan, Gudeg
Juminten, Gudeg Bu Tjitro, Gudeg Tugu, Gudeg Bu Ahmad. If you can
wake up early in the morning, you may find small stalls serving
Gudeg just at the corner of the street, or close to traditional
markets. If you can't sleep at night, you can go to Jalan Janturan
and enjoy the Gudeg Pawon (enjoying gudeg inside the old style
kitchen) that open in late night.
- Ayam Goreng Mbok Berek (Mbok Berek's Fried
Chicken). Fried free range chicken with mild garlic and coriander
flavor served with crunchy crackers.
- Nasi Langgi, locally known as Sego Langgi
(Langgi Rice). Warm rice served with various side dishes. Can be
found in small stall in Gandekan street.
- Kipo, bite size snacks made of green colored
tapioca dough filled with sweetened grated coconut. Can be found in
- Bakpia, another bite size snack made from
sweetened greenbean paste wrapped with thin dough pastry. The most
popular bakpia is known as Bakpia Patuk, which not surprisingly,
are sold in Pathuk street, also known as Jalan Aip K.S.
- Jadah Tempe, sandwich of rice cake and sweet
beancake. Can be found in Kaliurang.
- Es rujak or rujak es krim, a
fruit salad made from mangos, papayas, apples, pineapples,
cucumbers etc., mixed with palm sugar, lime juice, salt, chillies
and (of course) ice cream (es krim). All flavors (sweet, sour,
bitter, spicy, salty) in one plate. In case you are at UGM campus,
have a look along Jalan Kaliurang. Small foodstalls sell es rujak
there (only very late morning to early afternoon). If you are not
close to UGM, keep your eyes open.
- Angkringan, a food seller using hopper as
store. The famous food sold here is Nasi Kucing (Cat Rice) that
consists of a small serving rice with a sambal (chilies)
or oseng-oseng and wrapped using a piece of paper or
banana leaf. The most popular angkringan is Angkringan Lik Man,
also known as Angkringan Tugu, located in Jalan Wongso Dirjan,
north side of Yogyakarta Railway Station (Tugu Station). See
Angkringan Tugu below. Angkringan usually opens from afternoon (2
PM) or evening (6 PM) until late night (1 AM) or morning (4
Pasar Tiban Kauman
During the Ramadhan fasting season, the local residents at
Kauman area open a temporary market selling many kind apetizing
snacks and dishes. This market is not only great for sampling local
foods, but also great for experiencing old architecture as it is
set on a long pathway of classic javanese neighborhood. Opens at
around 3PM and closes at 6PM, the foods are meant to be eaten for
breaking the fasting at dawn. Consuming the food in the area before
dawn, even if you are not fasting, is considered inappropiate.
Kauman, means the place for preachers since it is in the same block
of the Masjid Agung (sultan's royal mosque), was home to many
islamic leaders such as Ahmad Dahlan, the founder of Muhammadiyah
Yogyakarta is heaven of inexpensive foods, and some tasty and
filling dishes can be as low as 25 US cents. However, since there
are hundreds, if not thousands hawker stalls offering inexpensive
foods, some of them are not delicious. For a start, head to well
known food stalls such as:
- Angkringan Tugu, hawker stall located close to
the Tugu Station serving small rice packs (known as sego
kucing) and various other foods, 6PM-4AM. The most popular
beverages is kopi joss, Javanese espresso dipped with
burning coal. Very inexpensive. Rp 1000-Rp 6000.
- Gudeg Tugu, Jalan Diponegoro, close to
Kranggan marketplace, 7PM-1AM. Popular Gudeg stall. A
complete dish consists of: warm rice, shredded chicken, brown
hard-boiled egg, gudeg, areh sauce, and the hot
& spicy sambal goreng krecek. Rp 7000-Rp 10.000.
- Rumah Makan Es Ceria. Address JL Gandekan Lor
No. 42. (close to sraswijyan, just go west from hotels and turn
left). Great, cheap eats -all in a huge smorgasboard, you choose
what you like and then the cashier estimates a price. Tasty and
dirt cheap. Also ice deserts and fruit shakes.
- Soto Pak Soleh. Tegalrejo, near Diponegoro
Museum. This well-known restaurant is Pak Soleh's family business
and is now ran by his son. They only serve Yogyakarta-style beef
soup as their main menu, which has a spicy taste from the added
ginger. Rp 5000.
- Spesial Sambal. A local chain for those who
like spicy, hot food. Their speciality, as the name suggests, is
their various kind of sambal (sambal is a kind of hot relish). Rp
- Waroeng Steak. A local restaurant chain. Their
speciality is batter-fried beef steak served with thick gravy. Rp
- Xtra Hot. A local tent-scheme restaurant
specializing in delicious grilled food, with a good variety of
sambals (chili) to choose from, yet with affordable prices. Located
in Jalan Kaliurang (Next to BCA Bank). Main courses from Rp.4500
(U$ 0.5) onwards.
- Soto Sawah Pak Slamet. A local chicken soup
store located at 5 km west side from Yogya, Open morning -
afternoon. Rp 5.000
- Soto Pak Marto A local delicacy of beef based
soup served with rice (mixed in or separate), go to the one located
near Keraton. Offals are include in unless specifically asked for
beef only. Fried offals, ordered on the side to be eaten with kecap
manis is very delicious.
- Ayam Goreng Suharti, Jalan Laksda Adisucipto
208, Yogyakarta, +62 274 515522. A very popular mbok
berek fried chicken restaurant, the recipe still remains a
- Bakmi Kadin, Jalan Bintaran Kulon 3,
Yogyakarta. Javanese style soft-fried noodles. Don't miss the
popular wedang bajigur, a local beverages made from warm
coconut milk with subtle ginger flavor and garnished with diced
coconut and kolang-kaling. Local kroncong street
quartet often performs in the area. Rp 18,000-Rp 20,000.
- Dixie Easy Dining or simply Dixie, Jalan
Gejayan 40b (south Selokan Mataram), +62 274 560745.
Offers various kind western and asian dishes served with distinct
modern-asian style. Nice modern-ethnical interior. Rp 8000-Rp
- Empek-Empek Kamto, Jalan Beskalan 3 Yogyakarta
(opp to Ramai Shopping Mall's south entrance), +62
274 514294. Originated from Palembang, deep-fried fish cake
and served with sour soy sauce. There are many variety of
empek-empek: kapal selam (means submarine) comes with
boiled eggs inside, adaaan/bulat has a garlic
taste, while lenggang is an empek-empek omelet.
- Gudeg Sagan, An eating place in Jalan Sagan
(In front of Toko Sagan Baru) offering rice, seasoned porridge,
gudeg, areh sauce, sambal goreng krecek, complete with chicken and
brown hard-boiled egg.
- Gudeg Wijilan Yu Djum, Jalan Wijilan 31,
Kraton and Jalan Kaliurang km 4.5, Karangasem CT III/22, Yogyakarta
55281, +62 274 515968. A more lavish variety of
Gudeg, served with thicker sauce, and more expensive as
- Kedai Tiga Nyonya, Jalan Jendral Sudirman 16,
Yogyakarta, +62 274 589315. 10AM-10PM. Peranakan food
restaurant, a fusion of Indonesian, Chinese, and Dutch cuisine.
Their specialty is grilled fish, sour ribs soup, and candlenut
chicken. Rp 20,000-50,000
- Pecel Solo, Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar 52,
Sleman (adj Hyatt Regency), Phone: +62 274
866588. Offers a large selection of Solo style foods like Pecel
Solo (vegetables with peanut sauce), Sego Liwet (steamed rice with
sweet curry sauce), Nasi Kebuli (pungent rice with roasted lamb),
and Bebek Goreng (fried duck Solo style). Rp 10,000-Rp 30,000.
- Quali Resto, Plaza Ambarrukmo, 3rd floor, near
the foodcourt. Serves various kind of chinese dishes, but their
specialty is kwetiaw (wide noodles). Rp 15.000.
- Sate Karang, Lapangan Karang, Kotagede,
Yogyakarta. 5PM-10.30PM. Grilled beef satay served with
lontongs (rice cake), peanut sauce and thin curry soup. Rp
- Sapi Bali, Jalan Umbul Permai, Mudal,
Sariharjo, Ngaglik, Sleman, Yogyakarta, +62 274 7858938.
Serves Balinese style ribs, although a little too hot and spicy for
some foreigner. If you do not prefer hot and spicy dish, opt for
Soy Sauce Ribs instead. Rp 25.000.
- Sendang K Pitoe, a famous shrimp and sea food
restaurant located on the outskirts of the city specifically Jamur,
Minggir, Sleman, Yogyakarta, +62 274 747 1114. Very
delicious fried shrimp served fresh from the ponds in the still
relatively untouched village. Don't get mistaken by the nearby Mang
Engking, also a shrimp restaurant with an ill-earned reputation of
- Via Via, Jalan Prawirotaman, An excellent
traveller's cafe, there are clocks on the wall showing the time in
other Via Via cafes around the world and a mix of travellers and
Indonesian locals. Offers a range of western dishes (good french
onion soup) and specialty Indonesian dishes at a good price. Caters
very well to vegetarians (tofu and tempe). Cane chairs and lots of
space and games. Rp 20,000 Rp 40,000.
Yogya is filled with many 'high-end' restaurants serving many
kind of dishes, from western to asian to asian-fusion cuisines.
- Gabah Resto, Jalan Dewi Sartika 11A Sagan,
+62 274 515626. Western dishes. Modern classy decoration.
- Gajah Wong, Jalan Gejayan, +62 274
588294, . Serves many kind of
dishes including French, Italian, Indian, Chinese as well as
Indonesian. Divided into 3 zones: Country, Javanese and Colonial,
each is lavishly decorated and themed with live music. In the
Javanese zone, you can hear the Javanese gamelan music performed
throughout the night, while the Colonial zone has a live jazz
- Royal Garden Restaurant Jl Pekapalan 7,
Alun-Alun Utara, Yogyakarta, +62 274 386767, +62
274 373343. Chinese-Indonesian dishes with kraton style
- Seven Resto Jalan C. Simanjutak 64 Yogyakarta
55223, +62 274 581163 (fax: +62 274 581163). A
cool and airy restaurant in the middle of the busy city, Seven
resto offers many delicious western and eastern dishes like
Singapore style crab, Tom Yum soup, Dimsums, etc. During weekend
they serve delicious dim sum. Rp 15,000-Rp60,000.
- Ronde, most commonly as minuman ringan which
can found at alun-alun kidul or south alu-alun near malioboro area.
its open at night. you are also can enjoy the twins tree at the
central of alun-alun.
- Embassy, Sheraton Mustika Resort and Spa
complex, Jalan Laksda. Adisucipto km8.7, Yogyakarta 55282
(behind Hugo's), +62 0274 487241. 10PM-3AM.
Nightclub franchise from Jakarta.
- Hugo's, Sheraton Mustika Resort and Spa
complex, Jalan Laksda. Adisucipto km8.7, Yogyakarta 55282, +62
0274 487241. 10PM-3AM. Stylish yet funky club with wild and
friendly servers. Popular among the youths and expatriates. Be sure
to watch the 12AM ritual performed by the bartenders and servers.
Offers live music and DJ's.
- Republic, Hotel INNA Garuda, Jalan Malioboro
60, Yogyakarta 55213, +62 274 566353. DJ's and live
- Caesar Cafe And Lounge, Plaza Ambbarukmo
(3rd floor), Jalan Laksda Adisucipto, Yogyakarta 55281.
Lounge at noon, and club at night, start from 10.00 PM, you can
choose whether want club or lounge atmosphere.
Lounges/cafe's are an evergrowing phenomena throughout
Indonesia's trendy inner city environments
- Soda Lounge, Jalan Laksda Adisucipto 43,
Yogyakarta 55221, +62 274 558236 (fax: +62 274
519556). Often hosts talk shows and book discussions. One of the
older lounges around, now tired at the edges.
- Vino lounge, Grand Mercure hotel, Jalan
Jendral Sudirman 9, Yogyakarta 55233, +62 274 566617,
7PM-3AM. Big screen, fee wifi, a upper crust gay and otherwise
hangout on a Friday evening.
- Suko Wine Lounge (Sheraton Lounge), Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort &
Spa, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto Km. 8,7 (In the Sheraton Mustika Yogyakarta Resort
& Spa, 7th Floor.), ☎ +62 274
488588, . Offers selection of fine wines, modern and cozy
ambiance overlooking to Merapi Mountain. Famous for expatriates or
business executives to enjoy the fabulous view. edit
There are hundreds of budget hotels in Yogyakarta. Most of them
can be found in Sosrowijayan street (which is adjacent to
Malioboro) and Prawirotaman.
This extremely neat hotel has the comfort of some of the five
star hotels in Bandung and Jakarta, at a third of the price. It is
run by the students of the vocational high school next door so all
the income benefits the school. The beds are big and cozy, and its
in a great part of town, near the center but quiet. The student
staff is wonderful in additon to hot showers and high quality WiFi
in all the rooms.
- Hotel Bladok. Jalan Sosrowijayan 76, +62
274 560452. A clean and conveniently located hotel. A double
room with fan and hot shower costs 140,000 Rp. A basic room is
about 60-70,000. Bladok also features a restaurant and pool. Try to
book a room with a balcony.
- Hotel Oryza, Jalan Sosrowijayan, right across
from the Bladok. A lovely traditional Javanese house with internal
courtyards. Basic rooms 140,000rp with shared bathroom. Standard
room with internal bathroom and aircon 190,000 rp. Clean rooms,
laid back atmosphere and we later discovered free coffee and tea,
- Setia Kawan, Sosrowijayan Wetan GT.1/27,
+62 274 512452, [www.bedhots.com]. Uniquely artistic hotel
down one of the two main alleyways ('gangs') close to the train
station. Clean, comfortable, and imaginatively decorated rooms
without windows (think Dali meets Indonesia) range from
90,000-110,000, including breakfast. Down the street is the owner's
restaurant, offering a variety of Indonesian and vegetarian meals
for cheap. If you sit at the rooftop be quit, otherwise you'll be
kicked out without warning!!!
- Monica Hotel, Jalan Sosrowijayan GT1/192,
+62 274 580598. Newly renovated, clean place, reasonable
price. Rp60.000 for standard room with Fan and attached hot water
bathroom. Rp100.000 for 4 occupants room with Fan and attached hot
water bathroom. Price include breakfast, toast and coffee/tea. Make
sure to INSIST on getting a receipt and keeping it for the duration
of your stay in the city; the staff may track you down if you
switch hotels and claim that you didn't pay the previous night's
- Losmen Nuri. Jalan Sosrowijayan Wetan GT I/77.
Excellent value and very clean rooms, nicely decorated and a good
atmosphere, rooms with shared or own bathroom. Prices starting from
- Wisma Gajah. Jalan Prawirotaman 4, +62
274 375659. Located on the thriving Prawirotaman district,
Rooms ranging from doubles and singles with swimming pool and
terraces. Prices range from "80,000Rp" to "140,000" Rp and with a
restaurant on site.
- Joglo Plawang Boutique Villa, Jl. Pakem, Turi km 5 Turi,
Sleman, ☎ +622744461611, . edit
- Indraloka Home Stay, Jalan Cik Di Tiro 18,
Yogyakarta 55223 (on the main road to Universitas Gadjah Mada),
+62 274 544428. Close to UGM
- Wisma Gadjah Mada, follow Jalan Cik Di Tiro
all the way to the UGM campus, hotel is on the east side of the
road, just south of the main UGM "auditorium" building - you cannot
miss the gigantic building looming in the background if you are
coming to UGM from the south, +62 274 563461, 557216,
- Ministry of Coffee, Jalan Prawirotaman I/15A,
Yogyakarta 55153, +62 274 376 057, 7473828,
[www.ministryofcoffee.com]. Jalan Prawirotaman's most modern
establishment, clean white sheets, fluffy doonas and AC, a pleasant
place, check current price on their website. Each room has a unique
decor and color scheme. The Ministry also has a coffee house, a
library, and restaurant.
- Ibis Malioboro, Jalan Malioboro 52-58,
Yogyakarta 55001, +62 274 516974 (fax: +62 274
516977). Part of the Ibis chain. Central location (on Jl.
Maliboro), somewhat grotty bathrooms, and grottier collars on
reception staff uniforms.
- Jogja Village Inn, Jalan Menukan 5,
Karangkajen, Yogyakarta 55153 (south of Prawirotaman),
+62 274 373031, 384438, (fax: +62 274 382202), . a Balinese style
garden courtyard and swimming pool, good clean rooms reasonable
- Inna Garuda, Jalan Malioboro 60, Yogyakarta
55213, +62 274 566353, . Inna Garuda is the
legendary hotel in Yogyakarta since 1908. Inna Garuda's 240 rooms
are furnished in classic but modern elegance & face Malioboro
street, the heart of Yogyakarta.
- Novotel, Jalan Jendral Sudirman 89, Yogyakarta
55223, +62 274 580930. Situated in the center of
Yogyakarta city, this four star hotel is close to major
destinations including Universitas Gadjah Mada, Malioboro, Sultan
Palace (Kraton), and several shopping malls. Note: Novotel
is south of Indraloka and Wisma Gadjah Mada.
- Puri Artha Hotel, Jalan Cendrawasih 36,
Demangan Baru, Jogjakarta 55281, +62 274 563288 (fax:
+62 274 562765). A blend of traditional Javanese and
Balinese style with western facilities. .
- Santika, Jalan Jendral Sudirman 19, Yogyakarta
55233, +62 274 563036, .
- Yogya Moon Hotel. Jalan Kemetiran 21,
+62-274- 582465 (fax: +62-274- 582084) .
- Hotel Saphir Yogyakarta, Jl. Laksda Adisucipto No
38, Yogyakarta, 55001, Indonesia, ☎ (62 – 274) 566222, .
Four star hotel. edit
- Grand Quality Hotel Yogyakarta, Jl. Adisucipto No.48
Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia, ☎ +62
274 485005, . edit
- Pondok Terra Villa Accommodation Yogyakarta
offers two luxurious villa's in the centre of the town, just south
of the Kraton area. Both villa’s, in traditional Javanese style,
have private gardens and swimming pools. .
- Villa Hanis Boutique HotelVilla Hanis is an
elegant original Javanese wooden house, fully restored into a
modern standard Boutique Villa. It is located in Jalan Palagan,
600m north of the Hyatt hotel and about 5 kilometers from the
center of Yogyakarta.Villa Hanis has a 200 m2 private garden with
private pool and view on the majestic Mount Merapi ,Telephone: +62
274 867 567 
- ANNAS, Jl. Prawirotaman 7 Yogyakarta, 55153.
Phone : +62-274-386556,418456 Fax : +62-274-386556 
- Hyatt Regency Yogyakarta, Jalan Palagan Tentara
Pelajar, ☎ +62 274 86
. Set amid landscape gardens and overlooking
Mount Merapi, Seribu Mountain and Java's landscape. Facilities: 269
rooms and suites, health spa, multi-level swimming pool and a
9-hole golf course. edit
- Melia Purosani, Jalan Suryotomo 31, Yogyakarta
55122, +62 274 589521, 589523 .
- Mercure, Jalan Jendral Sudirman 9, Yogyakarta
55233, +62 274 566617,
. It has well trained hotel staff, always smiling and very
- Sheraton Mustika Hotel, Jalan Laksda
Adisucipto km 8.7, Yogyakarta 55282, +62 274 488588,
Recently reopened after the multi-million dollar renovation.
The international country code for Indonesia is 62. The local
area code for Yogyakarta is 274. There are three main
telecommunication providers in Indonesia: Telkom Indonesia, Indosat
and Excelcomindo. Coin operated public phones are limited in
Yogyakarta. However there are many official telephone kiosks called
To make an IDD call from Indonesia, dial the access code 001
(for Indosat) and 007 (for Telkom), followed by the country code,
area code and party's number.
also available cheaper IDD call via VoIP Technologies, IDD
Prefix is 01016 (for Indosat user) and 01017 (for Wartel, Telkom,
and Telkomsel user), and 01000 (for XL -excelcom- user)
Mobile Phones are carried by almost everyone in Indonesia.
Prepaid SIM cards are widely available from many telecommunication
providers, such as, Telkomsel, XL, Indosat, 3, and Axis, just bring
your own GSM 900 or GSM 1800 phone. The pre-paid SIM card costs
around Rp 10,000 up to Rp 30.000. A local phone call costs between
Rp 500-Rp 2000 per minute. Local text message (SMS) costs about Rp
350, while international SMS cost about Rp 3000.
also available for CDMA users, Telkom Flexy, StarOne, Esia, And
Mobile-8 which are cheaper, but you must have RUIM CDMA Phone
There are many internet cafes in Yogyakarta which offer speedy
access to the internet. Several hotels provide Wi-Fi on the lobby.
Ask the front desk about internet access. The Taman Sari food court
at the Plaza Ambarrukmo, coloquially known as Amplas, offers a free
wireless internet service for any Wi-Fi compatible device.
- B@yonet, Jalan Jendral Sudirman 75, +62
- Gama Student Internet Center, UPT Perpustakaan
Unit 2 Universitas Gadjah Mada, Jalan C. Simanjuntak.
- Ibis, Ibis Maliboro Hotel lobby (near to the
'Link Cafe' at Malioboro Mall).
- Intersat, Jalan Adisucipto 49, Yogyakarta
55281, +62 274 547732.
- DOJO hotspot center, Pogung Kidul Sleman
- Shooternet, Jalan Ampel 10 Papringan
- Indraloka Home Stay, Jalan Cik Di Tiro 18,
Yogyakarta 55223 (on the main road to Universitas Gadjah Mada),
+62 274 544428.
Tourism Information Centre in Jogyakarta:
- Jalan Malioboro 56, 62 274 587 486, (fax: +62
274 565 437), Tourism Promotion Board .
- Jalan Malioboro 16, +62 274 586809.
- Jalan Cendana 11, +62 274 562628, 564945 (fax: +62
Sosro Tour & Travel seems to cater to budget travelers and
offers very affordable tours and onward transportation. There were
sample rates in August 2009:
Borobudur AM tour (5
hours) - 50,000 Rp (not including entrance ticket) Borobudur &
Prambanan tour (9 hours)
- 60,000 Rp Mt. Bromo package
(bus, hotel, tour) - 210,000 Rp Mini bus to Jakarta - 180,000 Rp, Surabaya - 130,000 Rp, Bali - 230,000
Like any other larger Indonesian city, Yogya has its share of
petty crime like pickpocketing, especially in
local city busses. Watch out for gallery scams and streetsellers
trying to get commission for batik. These scams tend to occur
around the Kraton and Jalan Malioboro. Scammers will approach
tourists and tell them about a government art center, and will hire
cheap transport to the 'genuine' gallery. If you're interested in
buying batik, this isn't necessarily bad. However, keep in mind
that you are, in essence, being manipulated.
Take caution when walking by the city. Traffic is very brutal!
You might have difficulty crossing roads and streets especially in
An earthquake in 2006 caused severe damage. The
volcanic presence of Mount Merapi, which last erupted in 2006,
looms over the city.
- Ambulance: 118.
- Police: 110.
- Yogyakarta Police headquarters:, Jalan Ringroad Utara, +62
- Yogyakarta Police station, Jalan Reksobayan 1, +62 274
List of hospitals with 24 hours emergency room (ER):
- RSUP Dr. Sardjito, Jalan Kesehatan 1 Yogyakarta 55284. +62
274 587333, 547783.
- RSUD Kota Jogyakarta, Jalan Wirosaban 1, +62 274
- RS Bethesda, Jalan Jendral Sudirman 70, +62 274
- RS Panti Rapih, Jalan Cik Ditiro 30, +62 274
- France Consular Agency in Jogjakarta, Institute
Franco-Indonesien Jl. Sagan 3 No. 1, Yogyakarta
55223, ☎ (62-274) 566-520,
- The massive Buddhist temple of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in
the world, is 40 minutes away by car and one of the main drawcards
for visitors to Yogyakarta. Many tour buses (minivans) leave
Yogyakarta at 5AM for an early visit to Borobudur. This is a convenient way to skip
the crowds which arrive mid morning, although a little more
expensive between Rp 45,000 to Rp 50,000 (including a simple
breakfast). However, the extra cost could save you money if tour
participants chip in for a tour guide.
- Kaliurang is a small town on the southern slope of Mount Merapi.
Mount Merbabu & Mount Merapi, Central Java.
- Ketep offers a great vantage point for a spectacular view of Mount Merapi and
Mount Merbabu. This site has a small cinema which regularly shows
an interesting documentary of Mount Merapi. Located in Muntilan, east of
Borobudur, 40 minutes
from Yogyakarta by car.
- The Hindu temples of Prambanan, just 20 minutes away, are a close
second. The smaller temples of Kalasan and others are on the way to
- Ratu Boko palace, only 2 km north of Prambanan. An ancient royal palace complex,
similar in architectural layout with other Kratons or palaces in
Java. Magnificently located on top of a hill, Ratu Boko has been
on the south coast is one of the better known beaches. Local
folklore suggests that this beach is the palace of the legendary
Nyai Loro Kidul or 'Queen of the South'. It is common
knowledge among locals not to wear anything green in color, or the
Queen will entice the wearer into the ocean to drown.
Warning: Never swim at Parangtritis beach. Its
wild waves are known to be extremely deadly: many people have died
who ignored these precautions. But there are many other beaches
with white sand. But you have to arrange with travel agent to rent
a car with the driver. These beaches are so beautiful, such as
Kukup beach, Krakal beach, Sundak Beach and Baron.
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