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  • Kraton (Sultan's Palace)
    3 stars

    That's largely because the Kraton is still used as the current home for Yogyakarta's sultan, Hamengkubuwono X, so most areas are off limits. The lack of informative signs is also a problem. However, the large open-air pavillions for cultural performances are quite beautiful, and if you are ... read more

  • Taman Sari (Water Palace)
    3.5 stars

    The small complex hosts several bathing pools, canals, as well as rooms used for leisure and relaxation by the Sultan and his family — and also, allegedly, secret rooms for his concubines. No swimming is allowed, not matter how tempting the water looks. The European-styled complex, built ... read more

  • Pasar Burung (Bird Market)
    3.5 stars

    The historic bird market might be a bit of a shock for those who have never set foot in a crowded and dirty Indonesian traditional market, but the rows and rows of wooden traditional bird cages make it a great haunt for photographers. It's also much cleaner than some of the other traditional ... read more

  • Jalan Malioboro and Pasar Beringharjo
    3.5 stars

    There's also a large shopping mall, Plaza Malioboro, and the government tourist information office. At the market, you can buy batik fabric by the metre as well as readymade clothes. There's also an array of handbags (many masquerading as designer brands), shoes and more. Upstairs, there are spices ... read more

  • Kota Gede
    4 stars

    It is also historically significant as the site of the capital of the ancient Mataram Islam kingdom. Traditional Javanese architecture abounds, and it's also possible to see how batik and silverware are produced using methods passed down through generations in small stores and workshops, often ... read more

  • Borobudur
    4.5 stars

    While there are no written records that detail the construction of Borobudur, it is believed to have been founded and constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries during the height of the Sailendra dynasty in central Java and the building is thought to have taken around 70 years to complete. Within ... read more

  • Prambanan Temple Complex
    4.5 stars

    Home to some 224 individual Hindu temples, Prambanan is the largest complex of its kind in Java. Three main towering constructions dominate the park, which lies 15 kilometres from Yogaykarta, and these are the Brahma, Visnu and Ciwa temples. Prambanan is the legacy of the original Mataram ... read more

  • Parangtritis Beach
    3.5 stars

    But if you're craving some sea air, this black volcanic sand beach can put on a spectacular sunset. It is a fun place to spend a quiet hour or so, eating corn cobs cooked over charcoal on the sand, flying kites or taking rides around on horse-drawn carts or horseback and wandering through the small ... read more

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