I can’t believe it’s been almost a whole year since we visited beautiful Bali. It was my first visit to Indonesia; however, I know it certainly won’t be my last. Everything about Indonesia made me fall in love with it – the history, the culture, the people and definitely the food.
Did you know that Indonesia is actually made up of over 17 thousand islands? So picking the perfect one for your holiday or the perfect ones to travel to and/or through can be very difficult. I personally think that when people think of Indonesia they instantly think of Bali however, it is important to remember there are so many other places in this fantastic part of the world to visit.
We are always on the lookout for places which jump out at us to visit or places we could add to the bucket list, so after researching where else in Indonesia we could visit we have we identified Yogyakarta as a great destination we could visit, hopefully in the not to distant future.
Yogyakarta is a city and the capital of the Yogyakarta Special Region in Java. It is renowned as a center of education and has a population of nearly 400,000 people, predominately made up of Javanese and students from all across Indonesia. It is also fast becoming a popular tourist destination and here are just a few reasons why:-
Yogyakarta is a region in central Java. It has an extensive number of temples in the vicinity including Candi Prambanan which is a 9th-century Hindu temple considered the most Beautiful Hindu temple in the world and Candi Kalasan which is an 8th-century Buddhist temple, the oldest Buddhist relics in Yogyakarta. Together with the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Barabudur which is a 9th -century Mahayana Buddhist Temple.
Yogyakarta is the perfect base if you want to explore the many delights in the local area, of which there are countless. Traveloka.com offer a range of accommodation suitable for all budgets, including the Whiz Hotel Yogyakarta which is ideal if you want to visit the Maliobro Mall, Bringharjo Market or Fort Vredeburg Museum, a former Dutch fort, which are all within walking distance.
Yogyakarta is famous for its cultural activities including Batik which is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied to cloth, silverware/jewellery production and traditional Javanese dance together with many more which you can experience for yourselves.Yogyakarta is also home to a number of museums including Ullen Sentalu, Ullen Sentalu and Museum Kereta Keraton
- Gudeg, a curry of jackfruit, chicken and egg served with rice, and is the most famous local dish.
- Ayam goreng Mbok Berek, (Mbok Berek’s fried chicken). Fried free range chicken with mild garlic and coriander flavor served with crunchy crackers.
- Nasi langgi, locally known as sego langgi (langgi rice). Warm rice served with various side dishes.
- Kipo, bite size snacks made of green colored tapioca dough filled with sweetened grated coconut.
- Bakpia, another bite size snack made from sweetened greenbean paste wrapped with thin dough pastry.
- Jadah tempe, sandwich of rice cake and sweet beancake.
- Es rujak or rujak es krim, a fruit salad made from mangos, papayas, apples, pineapples, cucumbers etc.
Have you ever visited Yogyakarta? We’d love to hear from you if you have, especially if you have any other great reasons to visit 🙂
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