Traditional wooden carvings at temple in Ubu, Bali


The heart of Javanese culture and tradition

Yogyakarta is the cultural and intellectual centre of Java. Dating back to the Mataram Kingdom (8th-10th century), Yogyakarta was home to both Hindu and Buddhist religion and culture, as evidenced in the architectural legacies of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, and the Prambanan temple complex built during this period.

Deeply influenced by its religious and royal history, Yogyakarta is considered the soul of Javanese culture where traditional handicrafts and textiles, along with Javanese dance, theatre, and shadow puppetry can be found.


  • The heart of traditional Javanese culture and heritage where traditional handicrafts and performances thrive
  • Home to the UNESCO World Heritage Boroburdur and Candi Prambanan temple complex
  • Colourful countryside featuring rice paddies and villages just outside the city
Within Easy Reach Of...
Adisutjipto International Airport is the principal airport in Yogyakarta, located 6km/3.7mi from the city centre.
Bali 1hr 15min
Jakarta 1hr 10min
Lombok 1hr 20min
Travel Tips
  • Visit the Kraton, a 18th century Javanese royal complex that features a still-inhabited sultan’s palace, spacious courtyard and pavilions
  • Explore Jalan Malioboro for traditional handicraft and textile shopping
  • Watch the unique ‘wayang kulit’, shadow puppet performances accompanied by lively gamelan music

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Couples, Culture Buffs, Families, Romance

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