Yogyakarta or simply Yogya / Jogja, is one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. Located at the foot of the active Merapi volcano & It stretches till the Indian Ocean, Yogyakarta was in the 16th and 17th centuries the seat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataram., from which present day Yogyakarta has inherited the best of traditions. The city itself has a special charm which seldom fails to captivate the visitor. This province is one of the most densely populated areas of Indonesia. The city came into being in 1755, after the division of Mataram into the Sultanates of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo). Gamelan, classical and contemporary Javanese dances, the wayang kulit leather puppet theater and other expressions of traditional art will keep the visitor spellbound. Local craftsmen excel in the arts of batiks, silver and leather work.
Yogyakarta is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th century. Until today this city continues to produce philosophers, thinkers, master painters and master craftsmen.
Whilst steeped in rich tradition and history, Yogyakarta, lovingly known as Yogya or Jogja, continues to remain young. This is university town, where students from all over Indonesia from different ethnic backgrounds flock to pursue knowledge and wisdom. For this reason, Jogja is both very Javanese and at the same time a melting pot of different Indonesian cultures.
Yogyakarta (or Jogjakarta) is known as Jogja Never Ending Asia. As one of Indonesia’s 32 provinces, this city is one of the foremost cultural centers of Indonesia. From climbing the magnificent Borobudur temple, visiting the Kraton / Sultan’s Palace, to watching silversmiths produce amazing jewelry at Kotagede. You’ll never be bored in this relatively small yet bustling city.
Yogyakarta is a city of history. In the 18th.
and 19th centuries, it was the seat of the re-emerged Mataram kingdom.
Today many of the Mataram traditions live on and are a part of the
city’s daily life. Yogya is a place to come to connect with the
centuries’ old traditions, culture and the history of Java as well as
bask in the friendliness of the local people. It is a place with a
unique charm which seldom fails to captivate visitors.
From natural wonders, local art and traditions, examples of Javanese heritage to delicious culinary delights, Yogya is a city with numerous attractions. This is why Yogyakarta is the second most visited destination in Indonesia after Bali.
Overshadowed in the north by the smoldering Mt. Merapi and bordered to the south by the pounding Indian Ocean, the graceful old city of Yogya has a mild climate making it easy for visitors to plan activities without worrying about intense heat. The beautiful green landscape of this central part of Java makes merely traveling from one destination to another an experience.
While it’s a bustling cultural hub, Jogja is also slower paced and more relaxed than other cities in Indonesia. Many locals consider Jogja the perfect place to retire because of its air of serenity, tolerance and harmony. There is a reason why people say that time moves slower in Jogja.
Yogyakarta is the center of Javanese arts from the refined court dances to modern arts in painting and performing art.
Yogyakarta is famous as a centre of traditional textile production, particularly batik. The distinctive batik of Yogya uses the basic colors of brown, indigo and white with in geometric designs. Many young artists of Yogya have also embraced the modern art of batik-painting.
Yogyakarta is also known for its leather puppets crafts used for traditional shadow-puppet performances,
as well as leather puppet performances (wayang kulit) that are used to
act out ancient epics which contain popular but deep philosophical
thoughts and teachings.