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Perempatan Tugu Yogyakarta (KOMPAS/FERGANATA INDRA RIATMOKO)

Yogyakarta is the Java’s artistic and cultural heart. Home to about half a million people, Yogyakarta, or “Yogya” for short, serves as the jumping off point for excursions to Java’s most important archeological sites, Prambanan and Borobudur.

As one of Indonesia’s oldest cities, Yogya offers plentiful historical buildings, monuments and temples worthy of exploration. At the heart of it all is the Kraton Complex, a Javanese palace complex where the sultan still lives. Originally built in 1790, many of the structures now house museum collections, including gifts from foreign dignitaries, family heirlooms, old photographs and the sultan’s horse-drawn carriages.

Popular tourist attractions such as Malioboro, Beringharjo Market, Yogyakarta Palace or Keraton, and Taman Sari are considered as tourist magnets.

Visitors interested in Yogya’s religious heritage will find half a dozen ancient temples in and around the city. It’s also an excellent destination for experiencing traditional Javanese dance, puppetry, drama and music.

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Borobudur Temple

Climate
Climate in Yogyakarta features tropical wet and dry climate (Aw) as the precipitation in the driest month, August. The wettest month in Yogyakarta is January, while the hottest month is April with average temperature 27.1 Celsius. The annual temperature is roughly about 26 to 27 Celsius.

Food
Yogyakarta has some special foods such as Gudeg, Krechek, Opor Ayam, Ayam Goreng Kalasan, Bakpia Pathuk, Geplak and Yangko.

Gudeg, Krechek, Opor Ayam and Ayam Goreng Kalasan are eaten as a side dish of rice, while Bakpia Pathuk, Geplak and Yangko are snacks.

Read: Typical Food and Snack of Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Souvenirs
There are many typical souvenirs that you can take home from Yogyakarta. In addition to snacks, you can also bring home a variety of souvenirs such as batik, handicrafts, t-shirts, pottery, and the most interesting is the silver craft from Kota Gede.

Read: Typical Jogja Souvenirs That You Can Bring Home

On Jalan Malioboro (or Malioboro Street) there are many street vendors and shops selling souvenirs. This street is the center of the largest tourist area in Yogyakarta surrounded by many hotels, restaurants and shops nearby. The sidewalks on both sides of the street are crowded with small stalls selling goods. In the evenings some of the open-air street side restaurants, called lesehan, operate along the street. Street musicians, painters, and other artists show off their creations on this street.

Usually tourists travel in the city of Yogya independently or in a small groups guided by a tour guide. If you have no idea where to go in Yogya and want to be accompanied by a tour guide to visit the tourist attractions around Yogya, you can search through the following link:

 Things To Do in Yogyakarta

Tours usually start from the hotel where you will be picked up by a tour guide. To find the accommodation with the best price in Yogyakarta, you can search through the links below:

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