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Welcome to Yogyakarta

A hub of traditional Indonesian culture on the island of Java, Yogyakarta (or “Yogya” for short) is an ideal jumping-off point for exploring archeological sites such as Prambanan and Borobudur. Visitors can also take a guided tour of historic buildings, temples, and monuments, including the Kraton Complex and Water Castle; or catch a show—Javanese dance, puppetry, and music are all popular options. And with beaches, caves, and mountains all within driving distance, you won’t be short on options for things to do in Yogyakarta, one of the region’s oldest cities.

Top 10 attractions in Yogyakarta

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Plaosan Temples (Candi Plaosan)

Plaosan Temples (Candi Plaosan)

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Often thought of as part of the Prambanan temple complex, the nearby Plaosan temple complex (Candi Plaosan) was built around the same time and in a similar style. The site is divided into two: Plaosan Lor (Plaosan North) has a pair of restored temples plus over 100 small shrines and stupas, while Plaosan Kidul (Plaosan South) is smaller and less restored.More
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Water Castle (Taman Sari)

Water Castle (Taman Sari)

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The lush grounds of Taman Sari, occasionally known as the Water Castle, are a fraction of what they once were when this opulent water palace occupied swaths of downtown Yogyakarta. However, well-kept gardens, reflecting pools, striking architecture, and a maze of subterranean passageways—including an underground mosque—still impress.More
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Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut)

Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut)

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A couple of miles (3.5 kilometers) from the UNESCO World Heritage–listed temple of Borobudur, the charming Mendut Temple (Candi Mendut) features an attached working Buddhist monastery. Built in the early 9th century, the temple and the village that houses it are the starting point for the annual Waisak (Buddha day) celebrations.More
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Jomblang Cave (Goa Jomblang)

Jomblang Cave (Goa Jomblang)

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A true lost world, Jomblang Cave is a collapsed sinkhole that’s part of a cave system that runs through Gunung Kidul, outside Yogyakarta. Visitors are lowered around 165 feet (50 meters) on a rope and then hike down a tunnel to the Grubug Cave, which is flooded with rays of sunlight. Some claim the sunken forest is prehistoric.More
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Pawon Temple (Candi Pawon)

Pawon Temple (Candi Pawon)

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Set in between Borobudur and Mendut Temple, Pawon Temple (Candi Pawon) is a small temple with a pyramidal roof, similar in style to Mendut Temple. Some believe it was the resting place of the Sailendra king Indra; others argue that it served as a ritual gate to Borobudur. Reliefs suggest it was devoted to Kubera, the god of wealth.More
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Mt. Merapi (Gunung Merapi)

Mt. Merapi (Gunung Merapi)

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One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, Mt. Merapi’s name literally means “mountain of red fire.” The mountain, which looms over Borobudur, occupies a sacred place in the hearts and minds of many Javanese. When it’s not closed or partially closed due to volcanic activity, Merapi also makes for a spectacular volcano hike or climb.More
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Prambanan Temple Complex (Taman Wisata Candi Prambanan)

Prambanan Temple Complex (Taman Wisata Candi Prambanan)

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After Borobudur, the 9th-century Prambanan temple complex is Yogyakarta’s most prized site. Like Borobudur, it’s been recognized with UNESCO World Heritage status. The Prambanan Archaeological Park is home to over 500 temples. Some 240 make up the Prambanan group; others fall into other groups, including Sewu Temple and Lumbung Temple.More
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Kota Gede (Kotagede)

Kota Gede (Kotagede)

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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.More
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Ratu Boko Temple

Ratu Boko Temple

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Set on a hill with views over the Prambanan temples, Ratu Boko Temple was not actually a temple but a palace. Most likely the main court of the Mataram dynasty, the vast 8th-century complex includes bathing pools, meditation caves, an elaborate gateway, various halls, and a cremation platform. While ruined, it’s a great sunset spot.More
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Borobudur

Borobudur

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The Buddhist temple of Borobudur is recognized not only as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also the largest Buddhist structure on earth. Towering stone stupas stretch into the skies, and Indonesia’s breathtaking natural backdrop of volcanoes and lush landscapes lends an even more impressive air to this remarkable sight.More

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