With a thriving population of about half a million residents, Yogyakarta is at once on of of the largest cities in Java, and also the most popular tourist destination. If you are looking to check out some Javanese art, you have come to the right place if you find yourself in Yogyakarta. Whether it's traditional architecture and painting, or dance and shadow-puppet preformances, this city is the leading cultural haven for a variety of traditional means of expression. Though there is truly an overabundance of beautiful ornate temples, a few most noteworthy specific ones to check out are Borobudur and Prambanan Buddhist temple complexes. The truly one-of-a-kind architecture of the stupas found at these locations are some of the most unique architectural creations ever constructed, and give off a sort of haunting mystical aura thanks to their stunning appearance. The list of attractions goes on and on here, with several UNESCO World Heritage Site and plenty of stunning natural attractions ... read more
to go along with the man made ones. For a unique look at a culture that seems alien under the gaze of western-centric perspectives, Yogyakarta is a true showcase of mysterious beauty.