Yogyakarta is Java’s cultural and spiritual centre, the place to go for an authentic and unforgettable taste of Javanese culture.
Situated in the southern part of Indonesia’s Central Java province, this historic city offers visitors a fascinating contrast to the larger and livelier Jakarta.
While the Indonesian capital is a bustling contemporary metropolis, people in Yogyakarta enjoy life at an altogether slower pace and pride themselves on the preservation of their traditions. That doesn’t mean it’s a staid and unadventurous city, however, as the presence of Javanese customs and the growing influence of modernity creates a unique and fascinating blend.
Yogyakarta – often known simply as ‘Yogya’ – is one of Indonesia’s most prominent cultural centres and renowned for producing the country’s leading exponents of ballet, drama, music and poetry.
It is also famous as a national hub for traditional textile production, particularly the art of batik. This technique of decorating cloth using wax and dye has been practised in Java for centuries, and many of the finest examples can be seen in Yogyakarta.
Yogyakarta also provides the perfect base for exploring Indonesia’s two most famous archaeological sites, Borobudur and Prambanan – awe-inspiring temple complexes dating back to the eighth and ninth centuries.