Saturday, May 05, 2018

Experience Cultural Travel in Yogyakarta

Story by. Ahmad Yani Hasti

Monday (April 30th, 2018), my nieces and I finally arrived in Yogyakarta for the first time. We were so glad to be here even only for three days, especially me. Yogyakarta (pronounced ‘Jogjakarta’ and simply called Yogya or ‘Jogja’), is a place that always makes me curious about its cultural richness.

It is a fit place to explore the culture of Java Island, and to find a lot of classical Javanese fine art, such as batik, traditional dance, music, poetry and puppet shows. But Yogyakarta has more than just culture thought. It is very lively city and a shopping paradise.

Thousands people crowded at Malioboro Street every single night.
Just like that Wednesday night (May 2nd, 2018).
Photo by. Ahmad Yani Hasti
Location: Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
There are a lot things you can do in this vibrant cultural city. Most of the tourist activities and attractions are focused around the keraton, is a royal palace in Yogyakarta, which is surrounded by well-preserved remnants of the past. The palace is contrasted against modern buildings, with busy streets. Keraton is surrounded by beautiful classical ornaments that they are still neatly arranged. And the contrasted among the modern, the ancient buildings and the busy streets on it, make the place more interesting to visit.
Wefie time (my niece Nurasia and I) on Wednesday (May 2nd, 2018) at Taman Sari, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
This site is a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta.
Since I was here in Yogyakarta, I won’t miss the two cultural sites located not far from here. Prambanan temple complex in east of town and Borobudur temple site in Magelang up north. Yogyakarta is a famous stepping stone to visit both of this temples. Both are most impressive historical landmarks and quite popular in Java. Prambanan is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. This well-known Buddhist Temple was restored with UNESCO's help in the 1970s. After the renovation was finished, UNESCO listed Borobudur as a World Heritage Site in 1991. Borobudur Temple has been on the list of Seven Wonders of The World even before people make a vote and choose their own Seven Wonders.
From left to right, Siti Hajar, Kurnia, and Nurasia are pictured here in this photo on Tuesday (May 1st, 2018) at Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Photo by. Ahmad Yani Hasti

Malioboro street always become a magic attraction for street musicians.
Wednesday night (May 2nd, 2018) at Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
Photo by. Ahmad Yani Hasti
We also made a visit to Malioboro Street (Jalan Malioboro). This main road in Yogyakarta is always crowded and famous at night for its hawkers and street food culture. Most travelers set their Batiks and souvenir along Malioboro Street and Malioboro Mall, with widely varying choices of quality and price.

Photo by. Ahmad Yani Hasti, Model: Siti Hajar
Tuesday (May 1st, 2018) at Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Wefie time (my nieces and I) on Tuesday (May 1st, 2018) at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

From left to right, Nurasia, Kurnia, and Siti Hajar are pictured here in this photo on Tuesday (May 1st, 2018) at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.
Photo by. Ahmad Yani Hasti

Photo by. Ahmad Yani Hasti, Model: Siti Hajar 
Tuesday (May 1st, 2018) at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

Photo by. Ahmad Yani Hasti, Model: Kurnia 
Tuesday (May 1st, 2018) at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

Photo by. Ahmad Yani Hasti, Model: Nurasia 
Tuesday (May 1st, 2018) at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia.

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