Top Historical Places in Yogyakarta

Are you looking to explore the history of Yogyakarta through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Yogyakarta including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Yogyakarta. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Yogyakarta ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Yogyakarta, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Yogyakarta for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Yogyakarta with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Prambanan Temple

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    Prambanan Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Outdoors, Historical Site

    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 characterised by its tall and pointed architect...Read more
  2. Water Castle

    Heritage Building

    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 area, and a hiding place. It has a big pool inside...Read more
  3. Tugu Monument

    Landmark, Monument

    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 around one year after the construction of Yogy...Read more
  4. Ratu Boko

    4.6 (2182 Votes)
    Ratu Boko

    Landmark, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    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 the famous folklore of Roro Jonggrang. This fo...Read more
  5. Plaosan Temple

    Religious Site, Temple, Historical Site, Statue

    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 century by Sri Kahulunnan or Pramodhawardhani; the...Read more
  6. Kota Gede

    Historical Site, 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 ‘Kota Gede’ which means ‘Big c...Read more
  7. Imogiri


    Imogiri also known as Imagiri is a royal graveyard complex in Yogyakarta, in south-central Java, Indonesia, as well as a modern village located near the graveyard in Bantul Regency. Imogiri is a traditional resting place for the royalty of central Java, including many rulers of the Sultanate of Mataram and of the current houses of Surakarta and Yogyakarta Sultanate. The name Imagiri is derived ...Read more