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.
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)
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
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
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
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.
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).
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.
Yogyakarta Travel Guide
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dewata Tours & Travel Jln Prawirotaman 27 Tel : +62 274 384389
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Jalan Pasar Kembang and Jalan S. Parman near the Railway Station have many leather shops.
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
Ambarrukmo Mall Jln Solo, Km. 6
Jogja City Mall Jln Magelang No. 16, Km 6
Malioboro Mall Jln Malioboro 60
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
Kartika Sari Spa Jln Prawirotaman 49
Refleksi Ayodya Jln Sutoyo 22a
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
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
Sultan’s Palace Jln Polowijayan
Asti Academy of Dance Jln Colombo each morning
Bagong K. School of Dance Jln Martadinata 9
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)
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