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7 Best Sunrise View Spots in Yogyakarta

by Ivonne Puspakencana
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What is more beautiful than watching sunrise early in the morning? In Yogyakarta, there are lots of highlands of Yogyakarta that are truly awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Most of the scenic viewpoints can be reached by simply driving up or just small trek. Not far from Yougyakarta, Magelang also has best spot for watching sunrise view. Read more about spots to watch sunrise in Magelang.

During the sunrise, you will be able to see mellow blues and pinks blurring together and this combination creates another gorgeous scene. The sunlight slowly fills the sky and you will also hear birdsong echoes through the land.

If you enjoy capturing the beauty of sunrise, then you should visit Yogyakarta as it has the best spots for watching sunrise. Here are the 7 best spots for watching sunrise in Yogyakarta.

  • Borobudur Temple
The magnificent Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple is an iconic attraction in Yogyakarta. Besides, it is also one of the best spots to watch sunrise in Yogyakarta. Borobudur is considered as the most visited place by international tourists and the locals as well for watching sunrise around Yogyakarta.

You may also get interested to read Follow These 10 Etiquettes in Borobudur Temple and 18 Things to Do in Borobudur Yogyakarta, Indonesia – Temple – Sunrise Tour. Get yourself ready to explore Borobudur Temple!

  • Punthuk Setumbu
A magnificent view of sunrise in Punthuk Setumbu

Punthuk Setumbu will offer you another best panorama of sunrise in the morning. Punthuk Setumbu is not far from Borobudur Temple. Punthuk Setumbu is simply a hilltop that is worthy to reach by the dawn hunters.

To reach this place, you will need to climb steps to the top of the hill. From the top, you will see the magical sunrise looks with the foreground silhouette of Borobudur Temple, which is sometimes covered with fog.

The atmosphere on the top is very amazing, as the place will bring you in a cool, soothing and peaceful atmosphere.

If you wish to get relaxing and fresh air after being tired of the daily activities, then you can come here. Visiting Puntuk Setumbu is also listed as one of the 15 Top Things to Do in Magelang, Central Java Indonesia – Temples – Sunrise View.

  • Mount Merapi
The calm Mount Merapi

Mount Merapi is a bit dangerous because this is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. The hiking trail to the top is often closed due to the danger of Wedhus gembel (the hot smoke produced by the volcano explosion), so you have to be satisfied to arrive only at Bubrah Market.

However, don’t worry, even from that spot, you will still enjoy the extraordinary beauty of the view. Get to know more about Merapi by reading What’s On In Museum Gunung Merapi? The Ultimate Guide to Recall the Tragedy.

The mountain peak has never disappointed the visitors to present the incredible panorama. When you are on the summit of Mount Merapi, you will enjoy the sunrise and be abased by the beauty of the surrounding nature.

  • Puncak Suroloyo
Enjoying the sunrise from the top of Puncak Suroloyo

Puncak Suroloyo is slightly higher than Punthuk Setumbu. From the top of Puncak Suroloyo, the visitors will be able to see and enjoy the sunrise view in the morning.

You can even enjoy the view of Merapi and Merbabu mountains along with the Borobudur Temple that is still covered with the morning fog. To reach the place, you will need to climb 286 stairs to the top. It may be tiring, but all your fatigue will be paid off by the beauty of the sunrise.

  • Kebun Buah Mangunan
Kebun Buah Mangunan, another perfect place for enjoying sunrise

Enjoying sunrise is not always done from a top of a mountain. It can also be done from the top of the orchard, namely Kebun Buah Mangunan. This orchard is located in Bantul, Yogyakarta and has been popular among visitors.

Due to the popularity in social media, this orchard has become one of the most wanted tourist attractions in Yogyakarta too.

Kebun Buah Mangunan is believed to have one of the best sunrise view. You only need to pay IDR 5,000. There’s a good news: if you come early in the morning before the counter opens, you will be able to enter it for free! While you’re in this place, you can climb on the hill and you will be able to enjoy the sunrise vie from the top of the hill.

  • Embung Tambakboyo
The clean and beautiful Embung Tambakboyo

Not from top of mountain or hill, but enjoying sunrise can also be done from the edge of an artificial lake. Embung Tambakboyo is an artificial lake surrounded by green and shady trees.

If you visit this place early in the morning, you will be able to enjoy the best view of sunrise too! Embung Tambakboyo is located in Codongcatur, Depok, Sleman and has been popular among fishers.

  • Parangtritis Beach
Parangtritis Beach

Last but not least, the best spot to watch sunrise in Yogyakarta will be Parangtritis Beach. Parangtritis Beach has been famous for having the large waves and some sandy mountains around it.

Those small sandy mountains are called gumuk. One of the fun activities you can enjoy here is flying a kite as it has strong wind.

Another great activity you can enjoy here is watching the sunrise in the morning. You can wait for the sunrise and enjoy the beauty of the beach at the same time.

No wonder, Parangtritis Beach is listed as one of the 16 Marvelous and Most Beautiful Beaches in Java.

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