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Yogyakarta— despite the official spelling, the name is usually pronounced and not uncommonly written Jogjakarta or just Jogja is a major tourist destination in Indonesia. It's the capital city of Yogyakarta Special Region which is in the southern part of the Central Java province, Indonesia.
Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport (JOG), 8km east of town, is a small but busy mostly-domestic hub. There are frequent connections on Garuda, the national airline. For international services, AirAsia connects Yogyakarta to both Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Silkair and Tigerair also flies from Singapore.
Yogyakarta airport is one of the two rail-connected airport in Indonesia, beside Kuala Namu in Medan, North Sumatera. Those arriving from the airport can take a Prambanan Ekspres regional train to/from Kutoarjo, Palur and several stations in between, including Tugu.
The main bus station is Giwangan, 4km to the southeast of the centre. There are regular services throughout the island, including Jakarta (12 hours), Bandung (10 hours), and Surabaya (8 hours).
Yogyakarta is immediately accessible by car. Jalur Selatan, which stretches through the southern part of Java passes through Yogyakarta. The city lies approximately 380 kms east of Bandung and 300 kms southwest of Surabaya.
Yogyakarta is a relatively small city, so traveling around town should not be too expensive. If you are on foot, note that a street sign facing you at a corner indicates the name of the street you are entering, not the cross street.
Traditional three-wheeled and pedal-powered cart, known as becak (pronounced beh-chak), which can be found in most part of Yogyakarta. Haggle furiously before getting into the becak.
By horse cart
Traditional horse-pulled carts, known as andong, or dokar, wait for tourists outside hotspots like the train station, the Kraton and Mal Malioboro. Haggle furiously.
What to see
Being one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, Yogyakarta has many heritage buildings and monuments. The number one must-see attraction is Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono's palace, better known as Kraton Ngayogyakarta'.
Other notable landmarks and attractions are:
Tugu Monument, A well known landmark located in the center of downtown Yogyakarta.
Benteng Vredeburg, Jl. Jenderal Ahmad Yani 6. A Dutch fort located in front of Gedung Agung.
Kota Gede. The capital of ancient Islamic Mataram kingdom. The tomb of Mataram Kingdom's first king, Panembahan Senopati, is also located in this place.
Imogiri, southwest of town. Graveyard of the Yogyakarta and Surakarta royal families. Some great craft villages near here specializing in batik and potterySuffered damage during 2006 earthquake but has reopened.
Museum Dirgantara, Jl. Lettu TPA Supardal. This Indonesian aircraft museum holds several antique aircraft from WWII era such as Badger bomber, Catalina flying boat.
Museum Sonobudoyo, Jl. Trikora 6, Yogyakarta 55122. A Javanese archeology museum, has many Javanese artefacts like wayang puppets, masks, statues, textiles, weapons, as well as a full set of Javanese gamelan instruments.
Museum Kekayon, Jl. Raya Yogya–Wonosari (km 7) 277, Baturetno, Banguntapan, Bantul. A wayang (puppet) museum with a lush javanese style garden.
Museum Batik / Wisma Batik Jl. Dr. Sutomo No.13 Yogyakarta 55211. The oldest Batik in the museum was made in 1840.
Fort Vrederburg Jl. Jend. A. Yani No.6 Yogyakarta. Vredeburg Fort was once an unpretentious square fort built by Sri Sultan Hamengku Bowono I in 1760 upon the Colonial request, Nicolas Harting.
Museum Ullen Sentalu, Jl. Boyong, Kaliurang. The museum displays relics and artifact from royal houses and kratons of Java, such as Yogyakarta, Pakualam, Surakarta, and Mangkunegaran. Guided tours are available in English, Mandarin, Dutch, and Japanese with notice.