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Ways to Experience Javanese Culture in Yogyakarta

By Viator, April 2018

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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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Private Tour: Borobudur and Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, null
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Private Tour: Borobudur and Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 8 Reviews

Embark on this 9.5-hour private tour of Yogyakarta and immerse yourself in the cultural experience. Observe Borobudur, a Mahayana Buddhist Temple, that is also ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta-Java Island, Indonesia
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $92.50
Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

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On Indonesia’s island Java, there is Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned around the ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.30
Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur Temple, Cycling in Villages with Lunch, Yogyakarta, ... 
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Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur Temple, Cycling in Villages with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Witness the amazing view of sunrise over Borobudur Temple, and then enjoy paddling your bicycle through a Javanese authentic village before having lunch with a ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta City, Indonesia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.00
Javanese for a Day: Private tour of Plaosan Villages and Sunset at Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta, ... 
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Javanese for a Day: Private tour of Plaosan Villages and Sunset at Prambanan Temple in Yogyakarta

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A full day around the iconic Prambanan Temple is ready to welcome you exploring the area by using traditional means of transportation here. Discover the real ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta City, Indonesia
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00
Prambanan and Surrounding Temples, Yogyakarta, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Prambanan and Surrounding Temples

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This private full day begins when you are picked up from your hotel. meet your professional guide and visit Prambanan & Surrounding Temples. Jogjakarta ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $104.00
Private Tour of Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta, Cultural Tours
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Private Tour of Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

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This tour will start from Prambanan village to the Prambanan Temple. The Hindu temple of the “slender virgin”, also known as a complex of Lorojongrang, was ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta City, Indonesia
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.80
Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede, Yogyakarta, Private ... 
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Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede

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Explore Yogyakarta on this private 5-hour city sightseeing tour. Visit the best places Yogyakarta has to offer such as Kraton Sultan Palace, Taman Sari, the ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta City, Indonesia
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $26.30
Visit Borobudur in Yogyakarta, by train to Malang, visit Bromo & Ijen - 4D3N, Yogyakarta, Private ... 
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Visit Borobudur in Yogyakarta, by train to Malang, visit Bromo & Ijen - 4D3N

Indonesia's most important archaeological sites are the temples Borobudur and Prambanan . Yogyakarta is also where the Javanese language is at its ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $329.00
Gamelan Music Lesson, Yogyakarta, Cultural Tours
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Gamelan Music Lesson

Welcome to Indonesia. During your journey you will often hear a soothing sound of music that is rather different from your usual play list. Most of the music ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $27.00
Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour, Yogyakarta, Cultural Tours
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Yogyakarta Borobudur & Prambanan & Merapi Day Tour

Enjoy the spectacular sunrise view of Borobudur Embark on a jeep adventure up Merapi  Marvel at Prambanan, the grandest of temples in ...  Read more

Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $118.95

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