Yogyakarta, The Cultural Heartland Of Java
Yogyakarta (or Jogjakarta) has been known as The Neverending Asia. Many say that a single visit to Jogja is never enough.
The list of things you can experience in Jogja may seem overwhelming, ranging from natural splendors, art and tradition and heritages to culinary adventure. This is why Jogja is the second most visited destination in Indonesia, next to Bali.
In addition, there are about 70,000 handicraft industries and other facilities like various accommodations and transportations, numerous food services, travel agents, and proper tourism support, and also tour security team support called as Policemen of Tour, locally known as Bhayangkara Wisata.
Jogjakarta’s geographical condition also supports the variety of existing tourism objects. Friendly climate ensures that you can plan your trips more intensely. The beautiful landscape along the way makes your travel to each destination worthwhile.
A visit to Jogja is never complete without experiencing Malioboro street. Rows of shops and outlets sell many kinds of souvenirs you can bring back home. If you want to test your negotiation skills you can try The Haggling Game with the street vendors. All’s fair in love and shopping.
Domestic and International flights service Yogyakarta. Tugu train station close to Malioboro Street has several inexpensive express trains from and to Java overland everyday. Good express service from Jakarta and Surabaya. Buses also operate regulary to Borobudur and Prambanan Temples. Bicycles and motorcycles can be hired using a nominal fee.
Jogjakarta stretches from the slopes of mighty Mount Merapi in the north to the wave-swept beaches of the powerful Indian Ocean to the south. It was the mighty Javanese Empire of Mataram, Ngayogyakarto Hadiningrat. Jogjakarta (Jogja) came into being in 1755, when a land dispute split the power of Mataram into the Sultanates of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo). Prince Mangkubumi built Kraton of Yogyakarta and created one of the most powerful Javanese states ever.
Jogjakarta offers many luscious delicacies. From bakpia cookies, wingko babat, to enting-enting kacang, visitors will be delighted to find there are so many delicious choices here in this area. The food is relatively mild and sweet in flavor. Make sure you single out sambal or chili-based dishes unless you like spicy food.
PEOPLE AND CULTURE
The people of Jogjakarta are known for their hospitality and good manner. If you show proper respect, you’re welcome in any part of the city.
Many Indonesians consider Jogjakarta a good place to retire because of the serenity. Some say that time flow slower in Jogja because of it.
Jogjakartans are fond of using compass point for direction, so you need to familiarize yourself with it. If you ask for direction to a native Jogjakartan, instead of saying “Go to the left or right” he or she might say, “Go to west and then north” and so on.
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