Visit the Sultan’s Palace, Kraton
A palace is a complex of temples, water gardens, and sumptuous quarters. It is one of the largest attractions in Yogyakarta and worthy to be fully explored. Some of the structures are museums and contain many treasures, like clothing used by royal family for various ceremonies as well as old mementos. Each day, there are different cultural activities here and puppet-making workshops, where visitors can purchase hand-made souvenirs. Don’t miss the Taman Sari, a palace of the 18th century with secret stairways and pools.
Shopping for Batik
In Yogyakarta, you can purchase a lot of interesting things in craft shops and galleries that fill the city. One of the main industries is batik, when the textiles are dyed with hot wax to design interesting pictures and prints. Try to avoid scams. For example, when you are told about is a temporary exhibit that ends today, know that this is a scam, when people will try to make you buy stuff. Get into small batik workshops, where you can watch the process and even try and do it yourself.
Meeting the Sunrise at Borobudur
Head to Borobudur temple at dawn, where through the carvings you can meet the sunrise. The scenery is amazing at any time of the day, but try to get early in order not to be caught in heat. Then you can head to another magnificent monument close, Hindu temple Prambanan. Both places can fit into a day trip.
Seeing Local Performances
One of the most thrilling activities to do is to visit Javanese theater. The Hindu ballet performs a famous production at dusk at Prambanan temple. If you’re visiting during the day, you can purchase a combo ticket to come back in the evening for the performance.
Trying Indonesian Street Food
Indonesia can offer a lot of delicious food, from noodle soups and spicy rice to delicious fried snacks. On the streets of Jogja, you can find any kind of street food. You can have dinner by one of the stalls at the main market or at Malioboro where you can get a fresh smoothie and famous lekker, pancakes stuffed with different things like banana, chocolate, or condensed milk.