Yogyakarta, Ancient City in Java Island-Indonesia
March 11, 2009 Leave a comment
Map of Yogyakarta also available to download in this link, click here.
Yogjayarta is the special city in Indonesia, the best place to study. So Yogyakarta also known as Student City. Bali is the most beautiful island in Indonesia that abroad known, but one of the most popular city in Indonesia is Jogjakarta. It is the ancient city, near with volcano mountain known as Gunung Merapi and Parangtritis Beach.
Only ten minute from Adisucipto Airport in Yogyakarta we can visit Prambanan Temple, the ancient Hindust temple built in 851 AD. The temple built by Rakai Pikatan, the King of Ancient Mataram. Actually, this temple containts of 1.000 temple, but now only there 811 temples still exsist in Prambanan Temple complect. Because the numbers of temple, Prambanan temple is the most many ancient temples in the world.
We can find the traditional cultures of real Java in Jogjakarta. Javanese language are more common language than Indonesian language here. Keraton Yogyakarta [Yogyakarta Palace] or Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat is currently the palace of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X. He is the sultan of Yogyakarta and also the governor of Yogyakarta province.
The palace was built by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I in 1755. It consists of seven complex. Since my time was limited, I only visited one complex, at the north side next to the north square. In that complex, visitors can see many historical ancient stuffs. It is recommended to take a guide so we can understand more about the history of Yogyakarta sultanate and including the myth around it.
Keraton Yogyakarta is one of the must visit places in Yogyakarta. It’s definitely a must visit place. Not because of the beauty or the grandeur, but the riches of the culture and the history.