Who doesn’t know Yogyakarta? Jogja or Yogyakarta is the main tourist destination in Indonesia after Bali. This city is always crowded with tourists during holidays.
Yogyakarta has many interesting tourist objects. Jogja tourism is famous for its natural and cultural tourism, shopping tourism, as well as culinary tourism.
You will need a long time to explore Jogja. One or two days won’t be enough.
Tourist attractions in Jogja
Here are tourist attractions in Jogja that you must visit.
Borobudur Temple is very famous in the world. This temple is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. This temple is the largest and most complete Buddhist temple in the world. Seen from above, the shape of Borobudur Temple resembles a lotus flower. It looks very beautiful when seen at sunrise or sunset.
Borobudur Temple is actually included in the Magelang area, Central Java. However, tourists who vacation to Jogja often include the Borobudur temple where they will visit. That’s why we also include it in the list of tourist attractions in Jogja.
Borobudur is located about 40Km northwest of Yogyakarta. This temple has become one of the main holiday destinations, both domestic and foreign.
Another famous temple is Prambanan Temple. Located about 17 km from the center of Yogyakarta, Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. This temple has reliefs that tell the story of Ramayana and Krishnayana.
In this temple, the Rama Shinta show is also held. On normal days this show is held indoors. However, on a full moon night, the show is almost always held in an open space. With Prambanan Temple acting as a backdrop, it provides a beautiful view.
Because it is located not too far from the city center, it is not difficult to reach this temple. Public transportation is also available to this place for those of you who do not bring a personal vehicle. This place is never less interesting than other new tourist attractions in Jogja that keep popping up.
Indrayanti Beach is one of the beach tourism destinations in Jogja which is now quite popular. With a stretch of clean white sand typical of the south coast, beautiful scenery, and quite complete facilities, this beach has become a tourist destination.
In addition, the location is not far from other popular beaches. For example, Krakal beach, Sundak beach, or single pok beach.
So, you can at the same time visit various other tourist attractions that are not far apart.
In Yogya there is also a beach that can be fun for snorkeling, you know, the place is on the Nglambor beach. Unlike other southern beaches, here there is a lagoon with fairly calm water. We can enjoy the natural wealth here while snorkeling.
In addition, there are also various unique and fun spots to take pictures. You can also cross to a small island using a rope bridge, while testing your guts! You must visit this Jogja tourist destination.
Single Pok Beach
One more beach that you need to visit in Jogja, the single pok beach. The beauty of this beach is not inferior to other beaches in Yogyakarta.
The facilities are not as complete as other places, but commensurate with the views you can get.
The most famous street in Yogyakarta is Jalan Malioboro. Along this street there are shops and street vendors selling a variety of goods, from clothing, handicrafts to food. One of the unique things about Malioboro is the lesehan food seller.
This lesehan food seller will hold his lesehan after 5 pm. Malioboro Street will be more crowded at night because in some places there will be several groups of street musicians who will entertain visitors with their songs.
In addition, at night you can also see several people wearing various costumes who will be willing to be photographed for free. Malioboro Street is always interesting to visit. The atmosphere of this road is unique, those of you who are looking for a night tour of Jogja can also take a leisurely stroll here.
Jalan Malioboro can be said to be one of the mandatory instagramable places in Jogja. It doesn’t feel complete on vacation if you don’t take pictures here.
Beringharjo Market is located on Jalan Malioboro. The oldest market in Yogyakarta is famous as a place for tourists to buy cheap souvenirs. Various kinds of goods are available in this market, from batik, traditional food, ancient money, traditional herbal ingredients to antiques.
It’s not complete when you go to Yogyakarta but you haven’t visited the Beringharjo market which is one of the legendary places in Yogyakarta.
Another tourist spot in Jogja near Malioboro. Fort Vredeburg is also located on Jalan Malioboro, precisely in front of Gedung Agung. The fort, which has now become a museum containing dioramas about Indonesian history, is a perfect place to visit for those of you who want to add insight into Indonesian history.
At certain times this fort is also used as a place for holding several cultural festivals. If you just want to relax while enjoying the atmosphere in this Dutch fort, then visit the café that serves Dutch food inside the fort, which is called Indische Koffie.
Ullen Sentalu Museum
Ullen Sentalu Museum is located at Jalan Boyong Km 25 West Kaliurang, Sleman, Yogyakarta. This Sleman tourist spot was built on an area of 1.2 hectares with ambient air temperatures ranging from 15-20 degrees Celsius. The architecture of this museum is very unique, the entrance to the museum itself consists of steps, twists and mazes that lead to one of the exhibition halls which are underground.
The Ullen Sentalu Museum contains a collection of the history and culture of the Mataram Kingdom which was the forerunner of the Yogyakarta and Solo kingdoms. A visit to Ullen Sentalu will add to your insight into the history of Javanese culture. The guide at this museum will provide a detailed explanation of all the art objects in this museum. Ullen Sentalu Museum has very strict rules.
Visitors are not allowed to take photos of all the objects on display in this museum during the tour. It’s a shame indeed, but one more value of this rule is that you will really focus on listening to the guide’s explanation, enjoying and appreciating the art objects that are in this museum. The Ullen Sentalu Museum deserves to be visited as an educational and cultural tourist spot.
One of the other cultural attractions in Yogyakarta is the Yogyakarta Palace. This palace is one of the historical buildings of the Yogyakarta Sultanate which was occupied by the Sultan and the Sultan’s family. In this palace there is also a museum that exhibits items from the Yogyakarta Sultanate, from household items to unique items, some of which were gifts from European kings.
The best time to visit the palace is in the morning because this place is only open until 2 pm. If you are interested, you can also hire a guide who has been provided by the palace to explain about the architecture and history of the palace at a price that is not so expensive.
Jogja Tourism Village
In addition to the vacation spots above, there are also various tourist villages in Jogja which are also interesting to visit. Jogja tourist villages usually offer a unique atmosphere and uniqueness, different from ordinary tourist destinations.
Some of the tourist villages in Yogyakarta include:
- Kasongan tourist village, famous for its various pottery products and industry.
- The tourist village of Tembi, offers a typical rural atmosphere in Jogja with a variety of cultures.
- Manding tourist village, the famous leather craft center in Yogya.
- Krebet tourist village, one of the villages that is widely known for the quality of its wood carvings.
- Ketingan tourist village, is a place to preserve the habitat of blekok birds and egrets.
- Trumpon tourist village, the center of salak pondoh in Jogja.
- Sendari tourist village, a production center for various handicrafts and products made from bamboo.
- and others.
Cinemas in Yogyakarta
If you want to fill your time with other entertainment, you can also watch the latest movies at various cinemas in Jogja. Some of the cinemas that you can visit include:
- Empire XXI
- Cinemaxx Lippo Plaza
- Ambarrukmo XXI
- Jogja City XXI Cinema
- The Premier Jogja City Mall
- CGV Jwalk Mall
Where to Stay in Jogja
As a popular tourist destination, there are many choices of places to stay in Jogja that you can choose from. You can stay at hotels with various prices and facilities, lodging, even daily boarding.
One other alternative is to stay at a homestay. This is really suitable if you are on vacation with family or a group, and want to save on the budget to stay.
Hopefully the recommendations for tourist attractions in Yogyakarta can be useful for you. Happy holidays!