Yogyakarta the heart of Javanese art and culture
Yogyakarta is located in the middle of Java Island in Indonesia and is the capital city of the province, Yogyakarta Special Region.
Yogyakarta became the Indonesian capital during the Indonesian National Revolution from 1945-1949, and its support was essential in Indonesia’s struggle for independence from the Dutch, thereby giving it the status of a Special Administrative Region, making it the only region headed by a monarchy in Indonesia.
The kraton, or Sultan’s palace, is a wall-in compound situated in the centre of Yogyakarta and is home to 25,000 people. Considered a city within a city, the kraton features remains of the sultan’s huge palace, the Taman Sari, built-in 1758 as a pleasure garden, a bird market, and several craft industries.
Yogyakarta is spread in all directions from the kraton. Its commercial district lies north amidst Dutch colonial-era buildings. Situated even further north, approximately 28 km away, is Mount Merapi, an active stratovolcano, regularly erupting since 1548.
Considered one of Indonesia’s most popular tourist destinations, Yogyakarta is close to Borobudur and Prambanan. Indonesia’s most famous attraction, Borobudur is one of the greatest Buddhist relics in South-East Asia, built between 750 and 850 AD, and is located 40 kms (25mi) northwest of Yogyakarta. 16 kms (10 mi) east of Yogyakarta, lies the temple complex of Prambanan, completed in 856 AD to commemorate a Hindu victory over the last Buddhist king of Central Java. Both temples are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Yogyakarta is the cultural and intellectual centre of Indonesia. Renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture, such as batik and puppet shows, it also houses prestigious universities. A modern city, Yogyakarta still clings strongly to its rich, traditional values and philosophies.
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