Yogyakarta is the capital city of Yogyakarta Special Region in the southern part of Central Java, ruled by a monarchy led by Sultan Hamengkubuwono X. Being one of the oldest cities in Indonesia with great history and culture, Yogyakarta draws the most visitors in Java to visit heritage buildings and monuments, to experience fine arts and culture, and to enjoy outdoor activities. Because of its proximity to the famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples and presence of the Javanese Kraton culture, Yogyakarta draws both domestic and foreign tourists.
Popular tourist destinations around Yogyakarta (20 min to 2 hour drive from venue):
- Kraton Royal Palace – A grand palace complex reigned by Sultan of Yogyakarta
- Borobudur Temple – The world’s largest Buddhist structure located in Central Java
- Prambanan Temple – The largest Hindu temple compounds in Indonesia
- Malioboro Street – Yogyakarta Popular shopping and culinary area
- Taman Sari – Enchanting water castle for the royal family
- Affandi Museum – Collection of paintings by renowned expressionist painter, Affandi
- Sonobudoyo Museum – Heritage museum featuring artifacts and puppet show
- Kota Gede – Known for signature silver crafts
- Mount Merapi – One of the most active volcanoes in the world with a hiking trail and national park.
- Parangtritis Beach – Mystical beach facing the Indian Ocean, with rolling waves and strong winds