Yogyakarta, one of the cities in Indonesia that has become one of the top tourism destinations after Bali. Both global and local tourists really love visiting this city of students and city of cultures awarded a special regional title. Are you planning a trip to this exotic city that is rich in tourist attractions? If so, please consider experiencing these following activities.
- Watching the Beauty of Sunrise at Borobudur
Borobudur is still the most famous tourist attraction in Yogyakarta. Among the largest temple sites in Southeast Asia, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and Bagan in Myanmar, — though two of them are amazing too — Borobudur may be the most beautiful and is the truly enchanting one. Borobudur is an enormous temple. It is considered to be the largest Buddhist temple on Earth with a giant pyramid with nine levels, 2672 carved panels, and 504 Buddha statues. As an illustration, you will find 72 bell-shaped stupas on the upper level, all featuring Buddha statues.
When you come to the location of Borobudur Temple by yourself, be ready to get stunned by its beauty. What’s more, you will find amazing views when you come in the morning, that is why it is very recommended for you to watch the sunrise all along at once beforehand. Watching the sunrise in the Borobudur temple area is a great idea to spend your holiday and have an unforgettable experience in Yogyakarta.
- Enjoy Sunset at Prambanan Temple
Prambanan Temple is another magnificent temple near Yogyakarta, also considered by many to be just as beautiful as Borobudur. In addition, it is a UNESCO world heritage site, a combined Hindu temple dedicated to the god Shiva, discovered by the Dutch from the 10th century. If Borobudur is renowned for its massive size, the Prambanan temple is well-known for its elaborate stature and decoration, its tallest construction is 47 meters high. The three largest temples here are devoted to the main Hindu gods, Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, decorated with scenes from the Ramayana.
You can start the journey by enjoying the sunrise at Borobudur and sunset at Prambanan. However, that can be a very long day. We recommend separating the trips to the two temples at two different times. In the end, this is certainly the best thing to do in Yogyakarta!
- Watching Ramayana Ballet Show
After strolling around Prambanan, please stay at the Ramayana Ballet to spend your evening, where you will have the opportunity to see a performance where dancers reenact the Ramayana scene you may have seen from the temples beforehand. This would be an unforgettable experience, you will see beautiful dancers skilled in colorful clothes bringing those ancient stories to life. Appreciating this Ramayana ballet performance is one of the must things to do while you are in Yogyakarta.
- Visit Kota Gede
In Yogyakarta, be sure to stroll around Kota Gede. This is the perfect place to discover the crafts and arts landscape that Yogyakarta is famous for. This little town feels like a village in the city. Beautiful wooden panels are decorated in the entrances of houses along Kota Gede street, along with carvings showing which era the houses came from, Roman houses have lotus flowers, Muslim houses are decorated with inscriptions, Arab as well as colonial-era houses split some crowns.
In addition to its unique urban planning, Kota Gede is also famous as a center for silver crafts. Here you can choose a variety of silver souvenirs to take home.
- Making Batik Creations in Kota Gede
Want to have an exceptionally exciting experience? You can try out making batik on your own. You will be given a piece of cloth and start imitating the existing drawing on top of that fabric. All the necessary equipment is fully provided here.
- Visit Batik Museum
If you want to know more about the Batik history before actually trying out to make your own batik, then please stop by at the Batik Museum, which is located closer to the center of Jogja. You may start with going to the museum to see the historic batik tools, continue appreciating the magnificent fabrics on display and then proceed to the batik workshop.
- Studying Puppet Arts
Another favorite thing tourists love to do when they come to Yogyakarta is to see Papermoon Puppet — or also a theater created by two stereotypical visual artists. Papermoon uses a doll, it is an artwork that personifies as a child, to bring up and talk about the strangest moments and issues from history, such as the 1965 mass killings. The dolls used differ from their original sizes, with several people running them to smaller dolls that can be controlled by one person. You can even learn to make your own puppets here!
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