Yogyakarta is a special destination in Indonesia and is one of the foremost cultural centres of the country. The city is the home to the classical Javanese culture and is renowned for its batik, ballet, music, drama, puppetry, poetry and amazing architecture. Today, the town is a hub of art and education, offers some good shopping, temples, heritage and archaeological sites as well as a wide range of adventure sports and outdoor activities.
The best way to get a true taste of this exotic landscape is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Yogyakarta which include taking tours of famous locations such as Prambanan Temple,Water Castle, Merapi Volcano, Tugu Monument and Ullen Sentalu Museum. Other top things to do in Yogyakarta include temple tours of Sewu Temple, Sambisari Temple, tasting Gudeg which is the most famous delicacy in Yogyakarta, venture out to the serene Borobudur or catch a glimpse of Ratu Boko, Plaosan Temple and Kota Gede. The city also offers attractions that are going to keep you amused and entertained like Indonesian Airforce Museum, Affandi Museum, Gembira Loka Zoo and the Taman Pintar Science Park. All the attractions and sights, when combined with the serene and tranquil environment of Yogyakarta, makes it a perfect escape and a peaceful getaway from the bustling, monotonous city life.
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#1 of 17 Things to do in Yogyakarta | Added 14799 times in trip plans
Religious Site, Temple, Outdoors, Historical Site, Unesco Site
Jl Raya Jogya - Solo Km 16 Prambanan, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55571, Indonesia
06:00 am - 05:00 pm
A 9th century Hindu temple complex in Central Java , the Prambanan temple is a UNESCO world heritage site and is largest Hindu temple sites in Indonesia and is one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. Dedicated to the Trimurti – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh; it is located at a distance of 17 kilometres from the city of Yogyakarta.
The structure is ...
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Family And Kids, Heritage Building
Jl. Taman, Kraton, Yogyakarta 55133, Indonesia
08:00 am - 02:00 pm
Taman Sari also known as Tamansari Water Castle is a site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta built by portugese's invisible hand in 18th century. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton Yogyakarta. The Taman Sari had multiple functions, such as a resting area, a workshop, a meditation area, a defense are...
#3 of 17 Things to do in Yogyakarta | Added 8512 times in trip plans
Mountain, Hiking Trail, Adventure, Volcano
Central Java, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Mount Merapi, which is situated within a straight line which also connects the Palace of Yogyakarta and the Indian Ocean, holds an important role in Javanese society. The three places are believed to be a cosmologic trinity; all of them are closely connected to each others. Merapi is believed to symbolize fire, Indian Ocean to symbolize water, whil...
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Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Statue, Family And Kids
Jl. Candi Plaosan, Kec. Prambanan, Kab. Klaten, Jawa Tengah 57454, Indonesia
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
Located about a kilometre away from the Prambanan temple complex, the Plaosan temple is spread over an area of 2000 square meters at an elevation of 148 metres above sea level. Surrounded by verdant paddy fields of banana and corn, the Dengok River provides ample water to the vegetation adding to the allure of the sight.
It was built in mid-9th cen...
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Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
Kota Gede is a silent witness of the rise of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom that ruled almost the entire Java. The cemetery of Islamic Mataram Kingdom forefathers, the fort's ruins, and the other historical remains can be found in Kotagede.
A former capital and then reconstructed by different rulers the renovation made it huge and was hence named as &...
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Landmark, Monument, Family And Kids
06:00 am - 08:00 pm
Tugu Jogja is the most popular landmark of Yogyakarta. This monument is located right in the center of the crossroad between the Mangkubumi, Soedirman, and A.M. Sangaji and Diponegoro roads. The Tugu Jogja that is almost 3 centuries old has a very deep meaning and it keeps some history records of Yogyakarta.
Tugu Jogja was built...
#7 of 17 Things to do in Yogyakarta | Added 13604 times in trip plans
Street Market, Family And Kids, Streets
Jl. Malioboro, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55271, Indonesia
12:01 am - 12:00 am
A great place for shopaholics, Jalan Malioboro or Molioboro Street is well-known as a shopper’s paradise in Yogyakarta. Lying around the north-south axis in line with Yogyakarta Kraton and Mount Merapi, it is an important tourist centre dotted with hotels, restaurants and stores. The sidewalks are flooded with small stalls offering budget goo...
#8 of 17 Things to do in Yogyakarta | Added 8156 times in trip plans
Museum, Family And Kids
Jl. Boyong Km 25, Kaliurang Barat, Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia
08:30 am - 04:00 pm
A museum dedicated to Javanese culture and art, the Ullen Sentalu museum displays a collection of relics and artefacts from royal houses and kratons of Java province (Yogyakarta, Pakualam, Surakarta, Mangkunegaran). This private museum was initiated by Haryono family and is now managed by Ulating Blencong foundation.
Worth a quick visit!
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Landmark, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site, Family And Kids
Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia
06:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Ratu Boko Palace ruins are the remains of the 8th century golden age of the Javanese kingdoms. Overlooking the magnificent Prambanan temples and the Mount Merapi, Ratu Boko is located at a distance of 17 kilometres from Yogyakarta city centre. A perfect blend of Hindu and Buddhist architecture, the site is named after the legendary King Boko of...
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Religious Site, Temple, Family And Kids
Jl. Raya Yogya - Solo, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
06:00 am - 05:00 pm
Located on close proximity of Prambanan temple, this is the second largest Buddhist temple complex in Java. Dating back to 8th century, the temple complex is said to be built at the end of Rakai Panangkaran’s administration- a popular king from the old Mataram kingdom.
The complex is a Mandala which manifests the universe in the central templ...
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Entertainment, Performance, Family And Kids
Jl. Brigjen Katamso, Purawisata, Yogyakarta 55152, Indonesia
07:30 pm - 10:00 pm
This is an art performance uniting Javanese dance, arts, drama, and music on one stage to present the Hindu epic Ramayana. With an amazing presentation of this grand story, the show is a must-watch for the dance movements, gamelan music, enthralling backdrop and special prop acts.
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Science Museum, Outdoors, Park, Educational Site, Entertainment, Family And Kids
Jl. Panembahan Senopati 1-3, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55122
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
A tourism project developed specially for the kids, the Taman Pintar Science Park focuses on the spirit of expression, appreciation and creation among kids. The centre strives for the scientific education of kids and young generation through imaginations, trails and games.
It works on the principles of Ki Hajar Dewantara- Niteni (to understand), Ni...
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Market, Family And Kids
Jalan Pabringan, Pasar Beringharjo, Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55122, Indonesia
07:30 am - 04:00 pm
An inseparable part of the Kraton, the Beringharjo is the oldest market of Yogyakarta. It has immense historical and philosophical importance. The word Beringharjo literally means banyan tree forest which is believed as the good luck charm by locals.
Great variety of batik, traditional snacks, ancient money, child and adult clothing, fast food, the...
#14 of 17 Things to do in Yogyakarta | Added 954 times in trip plans
Zoo, Family And Kids
Jalan Kebun Raya No.2, Kotagede, Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55171, Indonesia
07:30 am - 05:30 pm
A zoological garden opened in 1956, the Gembira Loka Zoo comprises botanical garden, orchid nursery, artificial lake, children’s park and numerous bridges across the Gajahwong River. The zoo boasts a collection of approximately 470 animals including Komodo dragons, orang-utans, gibbons and a hippopotamus. Spread over 54 acres area, the zoo is a must-visit for family and kids!
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Art And Culture, Art Museum, Art Gallery, Family And Kids
Jalan Laksda Adisucipto, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
A home of Indonesia’s world renowned painting maestro, it is also a display of his works and the collection from other artists of the world. Comprising of three unique galleries displaying the masterpieces, there is also a in-house painting school for gifted children. Apart from the beautifully constructed and intricately designed residence w...