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Ways to Experience Javanese Culture in Yogyakarta

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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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