Photo: You don't get more Javanese than buying a blangkon on Yogya's Jalan Malioboro.

Jalan Malioboro

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If the Kraton (Sultan’s Palace) is Yogyakarta’s heart, Jalan Malioboro is its main artery, pumping 24/7. This heaving boulevard, Yogyakarta’s main thoroughfare, runs on a north-south axis that follows an important mystical line in Javanese cosmology, linking Mount Merapi, the Kraton and the southern ocean.

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Originally conceived by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I (who reigned 1755-1792 and is considered Yogyakarta’s founding father), it was a ceremonial route for royal processions running from the palace towards the sacred mountain. Ironically today, this busy one-way street runs in the opposite direction, although we have heard rumours that plans are afoot to remove motorised vehicles altogether and turn it into a pedestrian ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,100 words.)

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