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- YogyakartaMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 21, 2013
Also known as ‘Jogja’, this central city is the heart of traditional Javanese culture, from gamelan to batik art to the Javanese language. That said, it’s also a thoroughly modern place and biggest traveler center on Java, far eclipsing Jakarta and offering things like wifi and real coffee that are scarce to be found elsewhere on the island. It’s the gateway to nearby wonders Prambanan and Borobudur, and virtually everyone in town is trying to book you on a tour to one of these places (or Mt. Bromo), but it’s also got a pleasant vibe (if you can ignore the scheming batik salesmen), and good lodging in all price ranges. You were going to come here anyways, so be reassured.
- YogyakartaMember ofLocal CultureFamily TravelersGreen Travelers+ 2Feb 04, 2013
Yogya is considered one of the top destination for tourists in Indonesia because of many reasons: heritage places such as the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, the culture (the Sultan of Yogya is still in charge of running the city) and for its batik production. The place is more laid back than the likes of Jakarta, Bandung or Surabaya that you feel time moves slower.
- YogyakartaNov 04, 2012
What an interesting place for tourists! Borobudur temples, sari…..s , batik's,
dance, A great place for batik artists. Tablecloths: a shopper's dream, History, villages, we saw such a lot of things, from an honest to goodness village and inside one of the houses. Plays , temples, wood carvers, artists and oh so much
- YogyakartaAug 06, 2012
Borobudur is the name of a Buddhist temple located at Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. Location of the temple is about 100 km southwest of Manila, 86 km to the west of Surakarta, and 40 km northwest of Yogyakarta. Stupa shaped temple was founded by the Mahayana Buddhists around AD 800-AD in the reign of an dynasty dynasty. The monument comprises six square terraces on which there are three circular courtyard, the walls adorned with original 2672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues there.  The main stupa in the middle of the largest teletak once crowned this building, surrounded by three rows of circular 72 perforated stupa in which there are statues of Buddha sitting cross-legged in the lotus position perfectly with mudra (hand position) Dharmachakra mudra (turning the wheel of dharma).
This monument is a model of the universe and built as a shrine to honor the Buddha also functions as a place of pilgrimage to guide mankind to switch from natural lust to enlightenment and wisdom according to the teachings of Buddha.  The pilgrims enter through the east side starting at the base of the temple ritual by walking around the sacred building in a clockwise direction, while continuing to go up to the next steps through the three levels of the realm in Buddhist cosmology. The third level is Kamadhatu (the realm of the passions), Rupadhatu (sphere shape), and Arupadhatu (the realm of intangibles). In this way of pilgrims walking through the hallway and staircase with a series of witnessed no less than 1460 beautifully carved relief panels on the wall and balustrade.
According to historical evidence, Borobudur abandoned in the 14th century as the weakening of the influence of Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms in Java as well as from the influence of Islam.  The world began to recognize the existence of these buildings have since been found in 1814 by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, who was then as the British Governor General of Java. Since then Borobudur has suffered a series of rescue and restoration efforts. Largest restoration project was held in the period 1975 to 1982 the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and UNESCO, and historic sites are included in the list of World Heritage Sites. 
Borobudur is still used as a place of religious pilgrimage; each year Buddhists who come from all over Indonesia and abroad gather at Borobudur to commemorate Vesak Trisuci. In the world of tourism, tourism Borobudur is Indonesia's single most visited by tourists.
- YogyakartaJul 05, 2012
Prambanan temple is extraordinarily beautiful building constructed in the tenth century during the reigns of two kings namely Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Balitung. Soaring up to 47 meters (5 meters higher than Borobudur temple), the foundation of this temple has fulfilled the desire of the founder to show Hindu triumph in Java Island. This temple is located 17 kilometers from the city center, among an area that now functions as beautiful park.
There is a legend that Javanese people always tell about this temple. As the story tells, there was a man named Bandung Bondowoso who loved Roro Jonggrang. To refuse his love, Jonggrang asked Bondowoso to make her a temple with 1,000 statues only in one-night time. The request was nearly fulfilled when Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and to set a fire in order to look like morning had broken. Feeling to be cheated, Bondowoso who only completed 999 statues cursed Jonggrang to be the thousandth statue.
- YogyakartaJul 04, 2012
Yogya is a vibrant city of students from Gajah Mada University, expats working for local ngos, and tourists en route to Borobudur. Here you can find delicious traditional food as well as hippy vegan fare (for the aforementioned expats). With street art, cafes, and many hotels, Yogya is a very modern city, but it is also one of the most superstitious cities on Java. Yogya is the only city in Indonesia to still have a sultan, who’s rumored to have magical powers.
Yogya is a good place to get a quick intro to Javanese culture while still enjoying Western luxuries. You can take a course in Bahasa Indonesia, watch wayang kulit at the Kraton, ride a becak around town, visit the Museum Affandi (the Indonesian Van Gogh), and if you’re going to buy batik in Indonesia, you may as well buy it here or Solo because you won’t find it cheaper anywhere else.