Kota Gede Tours

Kota Gede
Once the capital of the mighty Mataram kingdom, whose descendants founded Yogyakarta, Kota Gede is today a charmingly historic suburb of Yogyakarta. Besides attractions such as the royal cemetery, ancient mosques, and traditional wooden houses, it’s home to a wealth of silversmiths, as well as the Monggo Belgian chocolate factory.

The Basics
There is no admission charge for Kota Gede, although there are charges for specific attractions, such as the tombs. It’s easy to wander at will, soaking up the atmosphere in the markets and regal ruins. As it’s fiddly to reach by public transport from downtown and the attractions aren’t necessarily obvious, many visitors prefer to join a Kota Gede tour. A particularly atmospheric way to explore Kota Gede is on a rickshaw (becak), although cycling tours are also an option, while some Yogyakarta old town tours include a stop here as well.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Atmospheric and charming, if a little run down, Kota Gede is a must for history buffs of all persuasions.
  • Kota Gede is the epicenter of Yogyakarta’s silver industry and the best place in the city to shop for silver.
  • Traditional Javanese costume is required to visit the tombs. While this can be rented on-site, women should be aware that the top is strapless and plan accordingly.

How to Get There
Kota Gede is around 6 kilometers (4 miles) from the Kraton. It’s on the Trans Jogja 3A bus route from Jalan Malioboro, as well as the 3B bus route, but many visitors prefer the ease of joining a tour that escorts them seamlessly from downtown attractions such as the Kraton and Taman Sari.

When to Get There
If you intend to visit the Kota Gede royal tombs (not to be confused with the other royal cemetery, at Imogiri), visit on a Sunday, Monday, or Wednesday morning or Friday afternoon, outside Ramadan. Monggo chocolate factory tours run Mondays to Fridays and on Saturday mornings, while silversmiths close on Sundays.

The Mataram Kingdom of Kota Gede
The Kingdom of Mataram (also known as the Mataram Sultanate to distinguish it from an earlier Hindu kingdom of the same name) dominated Javanese politics from the late 16th century until the early 18th century. Its founder, Panembahan Senopati, made Kota Gede its capital in 1582 and is buried in a tomb here.

Address: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede

Explore Yogyakarta on a private city sightseeing tour, led by your own personal guide. You will be introduced to cultural attractions such as the kraton, or Sultan’s palace, with a walking tour of the vast royal complex including the Taman Sari Water Castle. Visit, too, the historic neighborhood of Kotagede, known for its silver industry. Ride in the comfort of a private vehicle with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$27.50 USD
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Yogya Old Town Tour by Becak Rickshaw with Lunch

Tour Yogyakarta’s many must-see sights without getting all hot, sweaty, and tired on this rickshaw tour. Your local guide knows the city like the back of his hand, so you don’t risk getting lost navigating the narrow and bus streets. The tour is heavy on food stops, so you’ll get a chance to try all kinds of local treats, then perhaps nap it off from the comfort of your rickshaw!
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hours
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$43.75 USD
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Half-Day Yogyakarta Cycling Tour to Kota Gede

Yogyakarta is famous for its UNESCO-listed temples but most visitors only take in the top attractions. This half-day bike tour will whisk you away from the tourist trail to explore the atmospheric neighborhood of Kota Gede, and the traditional villages of Bumen and Kembang Waru. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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$43.80 USD
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Explore City Tour from Yogyakarta

We begin our journey to discover Yogyakarta City with Sultan Palace complex displaying Javanese architecture and hundreds historical objects. Continue to Water Castle (Taman Sari), situated just 250 meters from Sultans Palace. We will stop by at Sonobudoyo Museum and Pasty Bird Market too. We bring you to Kota Gede to witness multicultural architecture with Batik and Silver making processes for the end of your journey.Highlights: • Visit the Javanese framework of Sultan Palace with Professional Guide • Drop by to nation’s decades of heritage at Sonobudoyo Museum • Witness skillful artisan in Batik & Silver making processes • There are more attraction spots included such as Water Castle & PASTY bird market
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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