Yogyakarta Travel Guide

YOGYAKARTA TRAVEL GUIDE

Yogyakarta Travel Guide covers the city that is considered by many to be the cultural heart of Indonesia. Close to Yogyakarta are the temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. The Javanese performing arts of traditional dance, the puppet play and the gamelan orchestra have evolved over the centuries at the palaces of Yogyakarta and nearby Surakarta.

Especially formative were the years of Dutch intervention when the traditional rulers were deprived of absolute power and so had more time to cultivate and develop the performing arts and batik design.

Also known as Jogja, this city is a magnet for tourists, Westerners and Indonesians alike. They are attracted by the Arts, the architecture, batik, silver and the temples at Borobudur and Prambanan.

Jogja is very much a student town, and this includes many Westerners who study gamelan, batik, traditional dance and the Indonesian language. There is a lot to do in and around Jogja, including trips to the various temples, Parangtritis Beach and the Dieng Plateau. Food and accommodation is cheap, so it’s a good place to stay for a week or two.

The Division of Central Java

In 1754, after several years of internal palace rivalries, Central Java was formally divided, with Prince Mangkubumi being given the title of Sultan Mataram. Prince Mangkubumi was allowed to establish a separate sultanate based at Yogyakarta, 100 km south of Surakarta. Surakarta was still ruled by Susuhunan Pakubuwono III, a nephew of Prince Mangkubumi.
In 1757, Prince Mangkubumi received the title of Hamengkubuwono I. The lineage of the current ruler of Yogja dates back to this time.
Construction of the Jogja Kraton started in 1755, and was completed in 1756. The Taman Sari Water Castle was built between 1755 and 1792 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I and II, on an existing spring.
The Jogja Kraton is better known than the Surakarta Kraton these days, because during the struggle for Indonesian Independence in 1949, the Sultan of Jogja sided with and aided the rebels, so was allowed to keep his kingdom, which later became the Yogyakarta Special Administrative Area, whereas the Surakarta Kraton had most of the land and other possessions nationalised, with the exception of the area bounded by the walls of Surakarta Kraton.

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PUBLIC SERVICES IN YOGYAKARTA

G.P.O                                      Jln Senopati / Trikora

Tourist Info                             Jln Malioboro 16

Internat. Phone                        Jln Trikora 2

Immigration                            Jln Adisucipto (km 9)

Hospitals

R.S. Bethesda                         Jln Sudirman 70/Jln Wahidin

(24 hour emergency)  Tel +62 274 586708

R.S. Panti Rapih                    Jln Cik Di Tiro No.30, Caturtunggal,

Kec. Depok, Kabupaten Sleman. Tel +62 274 563333

Pharmacy/Apotik

Kimia Farma                           Jln Malioboro 179

Kimia Farma                           Jln Malioboro 123

Apotik Marlioboro                  Jln Malioboro 141

Apotik Merapi                         Jln Mangkubumi 109

Apotik Babasari                      Jln Adisucipto 273

Apotik Ratna                           Jln Parangtritis 56

Banks :

Bank B.N.I. 1946                    Jln Ahmed Dahlan / Jln Trikora

Bank Central Asia                  Jln Adisucipto 63

Bank Dagang Negara            Jln Sudirman 67

Bank Mandiri                         Jln Sudirman 7

Bank BRI                              Jln Katamso 23

Money Changers

Alif International                   Jln Pasar Kembang 19

Dewat Giri                              Jln Malioboro 72 (Hotel Garuda)

Intan Biru                                Jln Malioboro 18 (Hotel Mutiara)

Win & Son                              Jln Parangtritis 47

HOTELS in YOGYAKARTA

Mid-range places to stay are found near the Jalan Malioboro shopping area, along Jalan Sastrowijayan and Jalan Dagen, and also around Jalan Prawirotaman which is south of the kraton palace.

The Jalan Prawirotaman area has wider streets, fewer street sellers and touts, better food and travel agents. Lots of places to stay that cater to different budgets. The visitors vary from backpackers to families

A few km out of town towards Solo are the upmarket Ambarrukmo and Sahid Garden Hotels.

Budget travellers and back-packers tend to congregate around the Pasar Kembang / Jalan Malioboro area , especially on Jalan Sastrowijayan, Jalan Dagen and Gang (Lane) Sastrowijayan 2 that runs between Jalan Sastrowijayan and Jalan Pasar Kembang.

However, the Jalan Sastrowijayan area is getting a bit run-down and noisy. Most of the tourists in the area now are locals, so the area is now reverting to the way it was in the 1970’s when the first backpackers arrived and put Jogja on the hippie trail between England and Australia – a cheap place to stay near the railway station.

Up-Market Hotels

Air con/hot shower/room service TV / pool

Royal Ambarrukmo                 Jln Adisucipto (km 6)

Sahid Garden                        Jln Babarsari, off Jln Adisucipto (km 6)

Inna Garuda                          Jln Malioboro 60

Yogyakarta Marriott              North Ring Road

Sheraton Mustika                 Jln Adisucipto ( km 8.7)

The Phoenix Hotel                Jln Sudirman 9

Hyatt Regency                     Jln Tentara Pelajar

Medium Priced Hotels –  Jalan Malioboro area

air -con/fan/ hot shower

Hotel Pyrenees                       Jln Sosrowijayan 1

Kartika Hotel                           Jln Sosrowijayan 8

Grage Ramayana                     Jln Sosrowijayan 33

Zen Rooms Marlioboro          Jln Sosrowijayan

Grand Puri Saron                   Jln Sosrowijayan 70

Grage Jogja                           Jln Sosrowijayan 242

Whiz Hotel                              Jln Dagen 8

Blue Safir Hotel                       Jln Dagen 18

Peti Mas Hotel                         Jln Dagen 27

Marantha Grand Hotel            Jln Dagen 76

Jentra Dagen Hotel                Jln Dagen 85

Ibis Styles Hotel                     Jln Dagen 109

Amaris Hotel Marlioboro       Jl. Pajeksan 10

Hotel Arjuna                           Jln Mangkubumi 44

Mutiara Hotel                         Jln Marlioboro 18

Puri Artha                               Jln Cendrawasih 36

Srimanganti                             Jln Urip Sumoharjo 101

POP! Hotel Marlioboro          Jln Gandekan 92

Medium Priced Hotels –  Jalan Prawirotaman area

Hotel Grand Rosela                Jln Prawirotaman 28

Eclipse Hotel                          Jln Prawirotaman 35

Pandanaran Hotel                 Jln Prawirotaman 38

Kiraman Hotel                       Jln Prawirotaman 45

Hotel Indraloka                     Jln Tirtodipuran 30

Hotel Neo+ Awana                Jln Mayjend Sutoyo 52

Duta Garden Hotel                Jln Timuran MG III/103

Dusun Jogja Village Hotel    Jln Menukan 5

Budget Priced Hotels – Jalan Malioboro area

cold. shower/ Indonesian-style bathroom.

Indonesia Hotel                    Jln Sosrowijayan  Block 9

Hotel Rama                          Jln Sosrowijayan 16

Hotel Kartika                        Jln Sosrowijayan 8

Wisma Gembira Hotel         Jln Sosrowijayan 35

Merbabu Hotel                    Jln Sosrowijayan 33

Bladok Inn                          Jln Sosrowijayan 76

Packers Lodge                    Jln Dagen 3

Wisma Persada                   Jln Dagen 6

Cabin World                       Jln Gandekan 2

Ratna Hotel                         Jln Pasar Kembang 17A

Sweet Home                       Jln Dagen

Budget Places to Stay on Gang Sosrowijayan 2:
Andrea, 1001 Malam, Virgo 2, Joglo Duyung Superman, Pego Homestay.

Budget Priced Hotels –  Jalan Prawirotaman area

Duta Guest House              Jln Prawirotaman 20

Holland Guest House         Jln Ngadinegaran 144

There are also lots of budget priced places to stay on Jalan Gerilya, which is the first road south of Jalan Prawirotaman ( going away from the city centre).

Jalan Prawirotaman

RESTAURANTS IN YOGYAKARTA

Local  Food:  Local dishes include  Nasi Gudeg, lesehan, sate, nasi uduk,  mie goreng, gado-gado, ayam goreng and  Padang.

Jalan Malioboro / Pasar Kembang Area

In the Jalan Malioboro / Pasar Kembang area, Superman’s on Gang Sosrowijayan 2, and the Legian Garden Restaurant, on the corner of Jalan Malioboro and Jalan Perwakilan, have been around since the late 1970’s – early 1980’s, and are still serving good food. The Legian Garden has an upstairs outdoor area, and further south along Jalan Malioboro is the Malioboro Mall which has restaurants, Western fast food and a food hall.

There are many other smaller restaurants and stalls on Jalan Pasar Kembang, Jalan Sosrowijayan and Jalan Dagen, including:

Lumpia Jaya – Jln Malioboro 18, Sate Padang – Jln Malioboro 79, Warung Sate Tegal – Jln Pasar Kembang, Gudeg Jogja – Jln Pasar Kembang 42, Rumah Makan Surya – Jln Pasar Kembang 55, Goebog Sambal and Steak – Jln Pasar Kembang 17A, RM Palito Alam – Jln Pasar Kembang 74 and RM Padang Minang – Jln Pasar Kembang 7B.

Batik Resto – Jln Sosrowijayan 10, Warung Wedang Komelan – Jln Sosrowijayan 45, Tulip Restaurant – Jln Sosrowijayan 23, and Catharina Restaurant – Jln Sosrowijayan 41.

Pempak on Top – Jln Dagen 9, Yani’s Kitchen – Jln Dagen 107, Streats Restaurant – Jln Sosrowijayan 109, and Nasi Balap Melenuk – Jln Dagen 29. Mahkota Chinese Restaurant – Jln Pajeksan 25 .

Places to Eat on Gang Sosrowijayan 2: Salam Kopi, Joglo Duyung,  Superman

Evening Food Stalls

Each evening street-side food stalls serving Javanese specialities such as gudeg, burung dada (quail), kepiting/kerang (crabs and mussels) and susu segar (fresh hot milk) are on Jalan Malioboro near the Tourist Information Office. Stalls serving similar food are on Jalan Sudirman outside the Bethesda Hospital.

Jalan Prawirotaman Area

The southern side of Jogja has a better range of places to eat, especially on Jalan Prawirotaman, Jalan Tirtodipuran, Jalan Parangtritis, Jalan Katamso and Jalan Panjaitan.

Cinema Bakery           Jln Prawirotaman 2

Move On Gelato        Jln Prawirotaman 10

Gading Resto            Jln Prawirotaman 9

Cafe Janur                Jln Prawirotaman 12

K Meals                    Jln Prawirotaman 20

Yam Yam Thai           Jln Prawirotaman 3a

House of Sate          Jln Prawirotaman 29

Tempo Gelato           Jln Prawirotaman 4b

Aglioo Pizza             Jln Prawirotaman 43

Via Via                     Jln Prawirotaman 30

Kedai Kebun           Jln Tirtodipuran 3

Lotus Mio               Jln Tirtodipuran 10

Bu Ageng               Jln Tirtodipuran 13

Asmara                   Jln Tirtodipuran 24

Mediterranean Restaurant     Jln Tirtodipuran 22

Mouton Slice & Grill              Jln Tirtodipuran 67

Papricano Mexican                Jln Tirtodipuran 44

Blenger Chinese Restaurant  Jln Parangtritis 128

RM Sinar Lestari      Jln Katamso 184 ( Chinese Food)

Pubs and Bars in Jogja

At the corner  of Jalan Prawirotaman and Jalan Parangtritis there is a collection of bars and pubs.

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Motor Bike and Bicycle Rental

There are several rental offices along Jalan Pasar Kembang near the Railway Station, and on Jalan Prawirotaman.

Pertamina Petrol Stations

Pertamina                               Jln Parangtritis, cnr Jln Jogokaryan & Jln Menukan

Pertamina                                Jln Sultan Agung (open 24 hr)

Pertamina                              Jln Letjen Suprapto (open till 10pm)

Pertamina                              Jln Prof Ins Yahannes No 1 (open 24 hr)

Pertamina                              Jln Wonosari (open 24 hr)

Pertamina                              Jln Am Sangaji No 14 (open 24 hr)

Tours and Travel Agents :

Satu Dunia Holidays             Jalan Prawirotaman I No. 44.

Tel: +62 274 414 43    Hotline: +62 822 2054 2888  Email: satudunia_yogyakarta @yahoo.

Lotus Java Holidays             Banyumeng, Banyuraden 13/04, Gamping, Sleman, Yogyakarta 55293

Phone / WhatsApp / SMS:+62-8222-080-0473    Email : lotusjavaholiday@gmail.com

Dewata Tours & Travel        Jln Prawirotaman 27   Tel : +62 274 384389

Freight Forwarders:

M.S.A.                                    Jln Parangtritis 51

Puspa Sari                               Jln Sosrowijayan 15

Rajawali                                  Jln Mataram 31

Titipan Kilat                            ln Mangkubumi

SHOPPING in YOGYAKARTA

The main commercial area of Jogja extends from the entrance to the Sultan’s Palace (Kraton), past the Taman Sari Water Castle, left at the G.P.O., past Beringharjo Central Market, up Jalan Malioboro (against the one-way), across the railway line opposite the Garuda Hotel, does a right turn at the Tugu monument into Jalan Solo, here known as Jalan Sudirman/Jalan Urip Sumoharjo/Jalan Adisucipto as far as the Ambarrukmo Hotel at Km 6.

The shops and stalls along Jalan Malioboro sell clothing, handicrafts and souvenirs, imported goods and daily necessities. Just to be confusing, the road known as Jalan Malioboro actually has three names. It is Jalan Malioboro at the northern retail end starting from the railway line and the Garuda Hotel. Then it changes name to Jalan Margo Mulyo in the area near the Beringharjo Market, and then Jalan Ahmed Yani at the southern end near the government offices and Dutch colonial buildings.

 Pasar Legi, Kota Gede

Pasar Legi is said to be the oldest traditional market still operating. There are many silver handicraft and jewelry workshops in the surrounding streets. It is on the eastern side of town.

Batik process – applying wax to block dye
Batik process – filling Canting with wax
Batik process – immersing waxed material into dye vat

Batik Cloth

There are many shops selling batik clothing and cloth on Jalan Malioboro / Jalan Ahmed Yani as far as  the Beringharjo Market. For traditional batik cloth try the market itself or the stalls outside the entrance to the Sultan’s Palace on Jalan Polowijayan.

Shopping for Batik near Jalan Prawirotaman:

Batik Raradjonggrang – Jln Tirtodipuran 18
Batik Plentung – Jln Tirtodipuran 48
Batik Winotosastro – Jln Tirtodipuran 54 (batik tulis)

Other high quality batik brands include Batik Semar, Batik Keris, Batik Danar Hadi, Batik Iwan Tirta and Batik Parang Kencana.  These brands usually have their own fixed-price retail stores.

Batik Designs

Particular designs have traditionally been associated with local festivals and specific religious ceremonies.
Certain areas are known for a predominance of certain designs. Central Javanese designs are influenced by traditional patterns and colors. Batik from the north coast of Java, near Pekalongan and Cirebon, have been greatly influenced by Chinese culture and effect brighter colors and more intricate flower and cloud designs.

Batik process – batik cap or stamp process
Collection of batik cap or stamps

Batik Factory Tours

If you are interested in finding out how batik is made, join a Batik Factory Tour. Factories in the city are Batik Plentong at Jalan Tirtodipuran No.48, and Batik Winotosastro at Jalan Tirtodipuran No. 54.

Also on Jalan Tirtodipuran is Batik Roro Djonggrang at No. 18.

Jalan Tirtodipuran is close by Jalan Prawirotaman.

Batik Painting

The Water Castle/Taman Sari and the roads surrounding it have many shops selling batik paintings. There are studios down most lanes that lead off Jalan Ngasem and Jalan Ngosari.

Leather Goods

Jalan Pasar Kembang and Jalan S. Parman near the Railway Station have many leather shops.

Jogjatronik Mall

For everything electrical, digital, cameras, computers or phones visit the Jogjatronik Mall at Jalan Brigjen Katamso No. 75-77, Prawirodirijan.

The mall opens from 10am to 9pm daily.

The mall is on the southern side of Jogja, between Jalan Malioboro and Jalan Prawirotaman

 Shopping Malls

 Ambarrukmo Mall                              Jln Solo, Km. 6

Jogja City Mall                                    Jln Magelang No. 16, Km 6

Malioboro Mall                                  Jln Malioboro 60

Supermarkets

Supermarkets in Indonesia include Carrefour, Hero, Lotte Mart, Hypermart.

The most common mini-marts / convenience stores are Indomaret and Alfamart.

Near Jalan Prawirotaman:

Mini-market Maga Smalayan         Jln Panjaitan cnr Jln Tirtodipuran

SuperIndo Supermarket                 Jln Menukan cnr Jln Parangtritis

Gading Traditional Market

On the corner of Jln Panjaitan & Jln Sutoyo is a small traditional market for the local neighbourhood, next to the police station. It is a bit run down, but the shopkeepers and customers are friendly. It is situated opposite the Plengkung Gading archway that leads to Alun-alun Kidul ( South Square). To get from Jln Prawirotaman, head along Jln Tirtodipuran, turn right into Jln Panjaitan and walk as far as the traffic lights. Ganding market is on your right, and the Plengkung Gading archway is straight ahead.

Homeware and Kitchen Utensils

Toko Progo                                         Jln Suryotomo 29

Refleksi Massage

Kartika Sari Spa                                Jln Prawirotaman 49
Refleksi Ayodya                                Jln Sutoyo 22a

Bookshops

Periplus                                               Malioboro Mall, Jln Malioboro 60

Gramedia                                            Jln Sudirman 70, cnr Jalan Suroto

Gunung Agung                                   Jln Diponegoro / Mangkubumi

Sari Ilmu                                             Jln Malioboro 119

Nirmala                                               Jln Malioboro 171

Music Shops

Kota Mas                                             Jln Malioboro 187

Podomora                                            Jln Malioboro 30

Sampurna                                            Jln Malioboro 43

Setia Budi                                           Jln Malioboro 59 (gamelan)

Traditional music CDs are available at a few music shops in Jogja. The range includes gamelan, classical dance, Dangdut, Joged, jazz-rock and modern pop.

ARTS VENUES IN YOGYAKARTA

Classical Dance

Sultan’s Palace                       Jln Polowijayan

Asti Academy of Dance        Jln Colombo each morning

Bagong K. School of Dance  Jln Martadinata 9

Gamelan Orchestra

Sultan’s Palace                      Jln Polowijayan

Wayang Kulit – Leather Puppet Shadow Play

Agastya Art Institute             Sasono Hinggil (South Palace Square)

Wayang Golek – Wooden Puppet Play

Agastya (as above)

Wayang Orang – Dance Drama

Dalem Pujokusuman            Jalan Katamso  (Bintaran Kidul)

Ramayana Ballet

Sasono Suko

People’s Park (THR)            Jln Katamso

Galeri Senisono                   Cnr Jln Ahmed Dahlan / Jln A. Yani

Prambanan Roro Jonggrang Open Theatre

This epic drama is staged over four nights at the time of the full moon during the months May to October at the Prambanan complex.

Kraton Solo dancers at Prambanan Theatre

Kraton Jogja Diagram