Best Things To Do in Yogyakarta, Indonesia

by Seema Nande Updated on 15 Oct 2018

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.

Author: Seema Nande
A deep-dyed Piscean, Seema is a dreamer. This extends to the fact that she is seldom in another world of her's or dreaming of the place she would rather be. A wild-child at heart and a keen observer otherwise, Seema's free-spirited psyche is eternal...

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  1. Prambanan Temple

    # 1 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 3305 times in trip plans
    Prambanan Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Outdoors, Historical Site

    Address: Jl Raya Jogya - Solo Km 16 Prambanan, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55571, Indonesia

    Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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. De...Read more

  2. Water Castle

    # 2 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 2347 times in trip plans
    Water Castle

    Tags: Heritage Building

    Address: Jl. Taman, Kraton, Yogyakarta 55133, Indonesia

    Timings: 08:00 am - 02:00 pm Details

    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 wi...Read more

  3. Merapi Volcano

    # 3 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 1814 times in trip plans
    Merapi Volcano

    Tags: Mountain, Hiking Trail, Adventure, Volcano

    Address: Central Java, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 ...Read more

  4. Tugu Monument

    # 4 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 2470 times in trip plans
    Tugu Monument

    Tags: Landmark, Monument

    Address: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Timings: 06:00 am - 08:00 pm Details

    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&...Read more

  5. Jalan Malioboro

    # 5 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 3205 times in trip plans
    Jalan Malioboro

    Tags: Street Market, Streets

    Address: Jl. Malioboro, Kota Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55271, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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...Read more

  6. Ullen Sentalu Museum

    # 6 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 1302 times in trip plans
    Ullen Sentalu Museum

    Tags: Museum

    Address: Jl. Boyong Km 25, Kaliurang Barat, Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:00 pm Details

    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, ...Read more

  7. Ratu Boko

    # 7 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 2172 times in trip plans
    Ratu Boko

    Tags: Landmark, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Sleman, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 distanc...Read more

  8. Sewu Temple

    # 8 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 2120 times in trip plans
    Sewu Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple

    Address: Jl. Raya Yogya - Solo, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia

    Timings: 06:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 Panan...Read more

  9. Ramayana Ballet Purawisata

    # 9 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 383 times in trip plans
    Ramayana Ballet Purawisata

    Tags: Entertainment, Performance

    Address: Jl. Brigjen Katamso, Purawisata, Yogyakarta 55152, Indonesia

    Timings: 07:30 pm - 10:00 pm Details

    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 fo...Read more

  10. Plaosan Temple

    # 10 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 1575 times in trip plans
    Plaosan Temple

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Statue

    Address: Jl. Candi Plaosan, Kec. Prambanan, Kab. Klaten, Jawa Tengah 57454, Indonesia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 p...Read more

  11. Kota Gede

    # 11 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 1809 times in trip plans
    Kota Gede

    Tags: Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 histori...Read more

  12. Taman Pintar Science Park

    # 12 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 648 times in trip plans
    Taman Pintar Science Park

    Tags: Science Museum, Outdoors, Park, Educational Site

    Address: Jl. Panembahan Senopati 1-3, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 55122

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    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 educa...Read more

  13. Pasar Beringharjo

    # 13 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 1129 times in trip plans
    Pasar Beringharjo

    Tags: Market

    Address: Jalan Pabringan, Pasar Beringharjo, Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55122, Indonesia

    Timings: 07:30 am - 04:00 pm Details

    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 w...Read more

  14. Gembira Loka Zoo

    # 14 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 109 times in trip plans
    Gembira Loka Zoo Image

    Tags: Zoo

    Address: Jalan Kebun Raya No.2, Kotagede, Yogyakarta, Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta 55171, Indonesia

    Timings: 07:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    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 boa...Read more

  15. Affandi Museum

    # 15 of 404 Things To Do in Yogyakarta | Added 740 times in trip plans
    Affandi Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Art Gallery

    Address: Jalan Laksda Adisucipto, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia

    Timings: 09:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    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 m...Read more

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