The plains around Yogyakarta are dotted with the remains of hundreds of small and large temples erected more than a thousand years ago; the two most famous, the Borobudur and Prambanan complexes, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
In the north of town, one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, Mount Merapi, towers, whose latest eruption in 2010 is known as the largest in the past 150 years.
Yogyakarta is also the focal centre of Javanese arts and culture, looking back on four-and-a-half centuries of often turbulent history. The city and her immediate surroundings have the special administrative status of a sultanate – the Kraton area, the Sultan’s Palace and the residential quarters of the sultan’s family and their employees form the town’s center.
...is not entirely barrier free, because ancient temples rarely are. But it is always possible to discover some, if not all, sides of a location. We provide assistance to explore as far as you wish to, using portable ramps, 'secret' sideways, and the help of our competent team ready to assist.
Have a look at our Yogyakarta day tours to all the great destinations, or discuss other variations with us.
There is much to do and see in and around Yogyakarta - Have a look at the highlights below!
You can find more background and accessibility information for each destination in their LINKS.
The Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument, is build around an existing hill and extravagantly decorated with nearly two thousand reliefs depicting the life and teachings.
The Sunrise on top of the Borobudur is a special treat for early birds. An easier accessible alternative is Dagi Hill, located just 300 meter east of the grand temple: Borobudur lies covered by early morning mist when the sun raises behind it.
The Borobudur is connected with two ‘satellites’, the small Mendut and Pawon tempels. They all lie on one straight - imaginary - line, that would end, or start, at the Merapi volcano. Worshippers in early times would have visited Mendut and Pawon as a spiritual preparation, before finally approaching monumental Borobudur.
Malioboro is Yogyakarta’s most famous street, and for many Indonesian visitors one of the highlights of their visit to Yogyakarta: It is crowded with hundreds of small stalls selling a wide variety of handicrafts, art, batiks and textiles along the walkways in front of the shop-houses that line the street.
If you like to shop for silver jewellery, visit Kota Gede in the south of Yogyakarta, famous for its silver filigree works. Many shops have their workshops directly attached and open for visitors.