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Ways to Experience Javanese Culture in Yogyakarta

Ways to Experience Javanese Culture in Yogyakarta

Jakarta might be the capital of the Indonesian island of Java, but Yogyakarta is its historic and cultural heart. Here’s how to experience Javanese culture and traditions while visiting “Yogya.”

  • Visit Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites—on a group or private tour from Yogyakarta.

  • Shop for Indonesian handicrafts such as batik and pottery at the atmospheric Pasar Beringharjo and Pasar Klithikan Pakuncen markets.

  • Tuck into delicious street food such as bubur ayam (chicken porridge) and fish dumplings along Malioboro Street.

  • Explore the markets and artisan workshops of the Kota Gede neighborhood, renowned for its silver craftsmanship.

  • Marvel at Javanese art and cultural artifacts during a tour of the Ullen Sentalu Museum.

  • Cycle around Yogyakarta’s rural villages, historic temples, and rice fields on a scenic bike tour.

  • Attend a traditional dance performance, Ramayana ballet, or a Wayang Kulit show—a shadow puppet show accompanied by an Indonesian orchestra.

  • Ride around the city in a traditional becak (cycle rickshaw) or andong (horse-drawn cart), and hop off to explore the Kraton Sultan Palace and Taman Sari Water Castle.

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Yogyakarta’s Essentials in Half a Day

Yogyakarta’s Essentials in Half a Day

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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.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.26
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$60.26
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The Hindu Realms of the Prambanan

The Hindu Realms of the Prambanan

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On this private half-day tour, visit Prambanan Temple (aka Loro Jonggrang), part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Prambanan Temple Compounds. Erected around the 9th century when Java was ruled by the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty, the complex consists of three major temples dedicated to the deities Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Walk around neighboring shrines, such as Palosan and Sewu, as your own personal guide points out the ‘Ramayana’ epic carved into the walls. Includes pickup and drop-off from Yogyakarta hotels.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.54
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$111.54
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2-Day Java Tour from Bali Including Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple

2-Day Java Tour from Bali Including Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Java on an enriching 2-day tour from Bali. Accompanied by an expert guide, absorb the sacred majesty of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Borobudur Temple and Candi Prambanan; embrace the vibrant bustle of Yogyakarta; and explore the Sultan's Palace, home to the royal family of Java. Enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation and opt to include round-trip airfare from Bali for a convenient experience.
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  • 2 days
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$310.26
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$310.26
Price varies by group size


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