As you may know already, Indonesia has several cities that worth to visit. Aside from the capital, you can visit the other locations in or outside the island of Java like Borneo, Sulawesi, Sumatra, or even the farthest Papua island. Inside the Java Island, you can visit one special city that even has its own region called Yogyakarta. We talked about this location earlier in historical places in Yogyakarta.
So the name of Yogyakarta is really popular as a cultural city that peaceful, calm, and always mesmerizing. With its famous attractions that included inside the cool things to do in Yogyakarta, the tourists can have a pleasant time. But, of course, besides that factor, there are also others that can support to answer the important question, “why everyone should visit Yogyakarta Indonesia?”. To be able to grasp the right answer, you can see the information we have provided for you below :
1. The Night Nuances
People do love strolling around Yogyakarta city during the night. The traffic is not as crowded as in big cities like Jakarta and Surabaya where the road is always full of cars. In there, a traffic jam is not a common thing to find. In the city, you can find so many choices of attraction that you can directly see in the article nightlife in Yogyakarta Indonesia.
For example, there are three main locations that famous to spend the night in Yogyakarta. They are Alun-Alun Kidul, Alun-Alun Lor, and also the 0 Kilometer point of Yogyakarta. In the Alun-aluns or city squares, there is a lot of things to do such as riding the glowing “car”, watching a musical performance, enjoying the traditional meal called Gudeg, and many more.
2. Friendly Residents
Indonesia is known to be a very friendly country. The people of Indonesia are known to always smile in every occasion because of their good habit towards foreigners. Like in Bali for example, the people there are known to be very helpful, funny, and also very friendly. They are also really open to foreigners so they can be friends shortly after. That’s why it’s not strange to find foreigners who hang out with the locals there.
Just like Bali, the people of Yogyakarta are also really polite. They even have two different kinds of Javanese language, the Ngoko and Krama, which is way more polite than Ngoko. Usually, the elders or adults there are talking with Krama Inggil. But if the person they talk to doesn’t understand Javanese, they don’t hesitate to help them with Indonesian.
3. Affordable Culinary
Oh, what a living heaven. In Yogyakarta, the price for basically anything is lower. For example, the foods. You can see the difference between Yogyakarta and the other big cities like Jakarta and Surabaya for the price of the meals.
With Rp10.000,- you can get a full portion of gudeg, and sometimes plus ice tea. In Jakarta, with Rp10.000,- you only get a smaller portion of Nasi Uduk with decent side dishes. Aside from Gudeg, you can have other meals such as Krecek, Yangko, and Bakpia.
4. Visiting Keraton Yogyakarta
The most sacred place in Yogyakarta is Keraton Yogyakarta or with the full name, Keraton Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat. It’s the official palace of many sultans and their households that still performing the sultanate traditions. This palace is part of the Indonesian Republic since 1950, and still fully functioning now. Even it’s considered a sacred place, the tourists can also visit it.
Parts of this palace are actually museums that filled with many stuff like chariots, statues, weaponry, gamelan, and the replicas of Keraton’s Heirloom. So the Keraton has three different Complex. The first one is The Front Complex, with the gate of Gladhag-Pangurakan, Alun-alun Lor, and also Grand Sultanate Mosque. The Center Complex consists of Performance Complex, places called Sri Manganti, Siti Hinggi Ler, and others. The last complex, which is The Back Complex, has Alun-Alun Kidul and also Plengkung Nirbaya Gate.
5. Home of Javanese Arts and Culture
Besides from non-touristy things to do in Yogyakarta, Yogyakarta is also known for its thick traditions, arts, and cultures. Even though modernization was entering this part of this country a long time ago, people there won’t forget and still respecting their own tradition.
The performances of dancing, Wayang Kulit, and other forms of their culture are still commonly found. During sometimes, there’s a Wayang Kulit that held in random spots. Aside from that, Yogyakarta is also known for its Kotagede, the area of Silver crafts.
6. A Place of Legendary Mountain
In Yogyakarta, there’s a mountain called Merapi Mount. This mountain is always known to be a center of mystics in the land of Java. It’s also one most active mountain in Indonesia. Merapi mount was erupted back in 2010, making Yogyakarta a city of ash.
The eruption killed a legend in Indonesia, Mbah Maridjan, and many locals. Now, the mount Merapi is mainly used for a tour, Lava Tour. Lava Tour can be an interesting activity for you to see the destroyed environment and the after effects using trails or ATVs.
7. Heaven for Shopping Lovers
Besides having the affordable attractions and places like things to do in Kalibiru, Yogyakarta city is actually an oasis for all shopping lovers out there. Imagine that you can get a lot of things with paying only for a small portion of your money.
For example, there’s a known spot for shopping called Malioboro street. In there, you can get some things like miniatures, clothing, accessories, and many more. You can also visit Beringharjo market to find even cheaper price.
Asides from those seven factors that can clearly provide the answer for “why everyone should visit Yogyakarta Indonesia?”, there’s also one important aspect for the last. Yogyakarta is a home for so many temples. Some even say that Yogyakarta itself is the thousand temples. You can visit and see so many of them, such as :
- Plaosan Temple
- Borobudur Temple
- Prambanan temple
- Sari Temple
- Sewu Temple
- Banyunibo Temple
- Gerang Temple
- Barong Temple
So that’s the article about why everyone should visit Yogyakarta Indonesia sometime this year. With all those positives factors of Yogyakarta city, many people would be comfortable and can enjoy their vacation with full pleasure. Hope you can have a great journey too. See you later!
A Night at Alun-Alun Kidul Yogyakarta