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Yogyakarta
Travel Guide

Prambanan

Discover ancient temples, traditional batik, wayang shadow puppetry and gamelan music in the city that holds the key to Java’s cultural heritage. 

The city of Yogyakarta is the perfect place to explore Java’s rich culture and traditions. Known for its protection of local heritage and customs, Yogyakarta is a hub for fine Javanese art, craft, music, poetry, ballet and puppetry. Explore the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan, and gain an insight into Buddhist, Hindu and Javanese culture.

Yogyakarta is one of the oldest cities in Indonesia. A short stroll around the historic district will bring you past the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton Ngayogyakarta) and its stately main court, mosque and museum. Admire the Central Post Office (Kantor Pos Besar) and the Tugu Monument. Grab a snack from a street vendor and watch the locals playing street chess near the Kraton complex.

To learn about Javanese culture and history, head to the Museum Sonobudoyo, the Museum Batik or Fort Vrederburg. Browse historical artefacts and traditional handicrafts such as batik, wayang puppets, masks and gamelan instruments. Discover Yogyakarta’s thriving art scene at the Affandi Museum and Cemeti Art House.

Don’t miss Yogyakarta’s breathtaking ancient temples, known locally as candi. Wander through numerous shrines and monuments at Prambanan, a collection of towering Hindu temples with intricately carved domes. The stunning Borobudur Buddhist temple dates back to the 9th century and is located in Magelang, 1 hour’s drive from Yogyakarta.

Relax with a massage treatment or sunrise yoga and meditation classes. Play a round of golf overlooking Mount Merapi. During your visit, try local cuisine, such as sweet curry with jackfruit, palm sugar, coconut milk and chicken. In January, the city celebrates Java’s Muslim culture with the traditional Sekaten festival.

Reach Yogyakarta by flying into Adisucipto International Airport, or catch the regional bus or train. In the city, get around by taxi, bus or tricycle rickshaw. Make sure you haggle and agree on a price before getting into the rickshaw. To make the most of Yogyakarta’s outdoor activities, visit during the dry season, from July to September.

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Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel
Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Jalan Ringroad Utara, Condong Catur, Depok
The price is SG$104 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Hartono Mall, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo and Gadjah Mada University. Galeria ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (135 reviews)
"Very good facilities and staff. Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel Condongcatur, Depok, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia"

Reviewed on 23 Mar,2021

Yogyakarta Marriott Hotel
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
The Phoenix Hotel Yogyakarta - MGallery Collection
5 out of 5
Jl Jenderal Sudirman 9, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is SG$57 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Central Yogyakarta, this luxury hotel is steps away from Malioboro Street and Tugu Yogyakarta. Malioboro Mall and Gadjah Mada University are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (857 reviews)
THE BEST HISTORICAL HOTEL
"Excellent hotel I stayed in pool view room Much newer good wifi and comfortable bed Staff were very friendly indeed An old historical hotel so dont expect modern and fancy it is a charming hotel With old hotel smell and lovely china in cases Breakfast excellent buffet Only 37 rooms booked so hotel ..."

Reviewed on 26 Nov,2020

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Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
4 out of 5
Jl. Prawirotamana II /Jl Gerilya no.839B, Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta
The price is SG$33 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Yogyakarta, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Lana Gallery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Malioboro Street and Palace of Yogyakarta. Malioboro Mall ...
4.4/5Excellent! (204 reviews)
YOGYAKARTA FEBRUARY 2020
"Really nice hotel and all the staff were really friendly and helpful. Excellent outdoor pool. Great value for money"

Reviewed on 14 Feb,2020

Gallery Prawirotaman Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Borobudurhills
Borobudurhills
3.5 out of 5
Ngadiwinatan 2, RT 01/RW 04, Borobudur, Yogyakarta
The price is SG$64 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Borobudur, this villa is within 3 miles (5 km) of Borobudur Temple, Samudraraksa Museum and Punthuk Setumbu. Candi Pawon is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) ...
4/5Very Good! (8 reviews)
"Clean, quiet, and felt very private. Away from the busy town but stil very close to everything. The wifi was a little spotty."

Reviewed on 29 Nov,2020

Borobudurhills
Student Park Hotel
Student Park Hotel
3 out of 5
Jl. Seturan Raya No.1, Depok, Yogyakarta
The price is SG$27 per night from 26 Apr to 27 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in Depok, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Plaza Ambarrukmo, Gadjah Mada University and Gembira Loka Zoo. TransMart Studio Mini and Affandi ...
4/5Very Good! (22 reviews)
Could be a great place, but isn't quite . . .
"Rooms are clean and fairly new. Had to wait an hour to check in, which is officially at 2pm (always a pain). No hot water in shower - best was lukewarm. Balcony not very good either. But, the view from the bed in room was great, and the pool area was too. Breakfast = just okay. Overall 3.8/5 stars ..."

Reviewed on 31 Dec,2018

Student Park Hotel
Rumah Boedi Private Residence Villa
Rumah Boedi Private Residence Villa
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$81 per night from 24 Apr to 25 Apr
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated in a rural location, this villa is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Candi Pawon, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Borobudur Temple and Mendut Buddhist Monastery. Candi ...
4.1/5Very Good! (23 reviews)
"Villa is old. When using hair dryer electric power trip."

Reviewed on 24 May,2019

Rumah Boedi Private Residence Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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15 Dec 2019

Felt very safe

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3 Oct 2019

A relaxing city, slow and enjoyable. Good food, good people, affordable.

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19 Jul 2019

Very concerned about how Indonesians treat animals; but overall a nice place2visit.

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19 Jul 2019

A lot of traffic and narrow road. It takes a long time to go to any places there.