Visit culturally-rich Yogyakarta and the most majestic Javanese historical temples. Explore Malioboro Street while in Yogyakarta to immerse yourself in the daily life of the Javanese.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN YOGYAKARTA
Pick-up at airport in Yogyakarta or Solo, then transfer to the hotel for check in and overnight stay. The rest of the day free program at your own leasure.
DAY 2: SULTAN PALACE – KOTAGEDE (B, L)
After breakfast, depart from hotel to visit Kraton Yogyakarta Sultan Palace. This palace is a large complex, a unique and beautiful example of traditional Javanese architecture. Then you will visit the beautiful and mysterious water tower Taman Sari and the Batik House where you will discover the technique of traditional way of printing on fabric. The next visit is Kotagede which is famous for its tiny traditional goldsmith shops and mosaic houses that belonged to the aristocrats and royal merchants. Kotagede is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll too.
Back to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 3: BOROBUDUR – PRAMBANAN TEMPLE (B, L)
In the morning after breakfast, depart from hotel for a tour to visit Borobudur Buddhist Temple, one of the world’s wonder and great architectural masterpiece. Visit is also made to Pawon Temple which is in the middle of a typical Javanese village, then to Mendut Temple with its magnificent statue of the Buddha Sakyamuni. After that, visit Prambanan Temple to admire Java’s most beautiful Hindu temple of the 9th century. Then we drive through paddy fields and sugar cane plantations to the two–story Plaosan Buddhist Temple.
Back to hotel for overnight stay.
DAY 4: TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, check-out hotel and transfer to the airport for departure to the next destination.
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Places of interest to visit :
Yogyakarta Sultan Palace ‣ Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Palace is another name of Yogyakarta Palace, located right in the center of Yogyakarta. In addition to its function as a royal residence, the palace also becomes the center of cultural and historical activities. Yogyakarta Palace was built in 1755 by Sultan Hamengku Buwono I.
Taman Sari Royal Water Castle ‣ Taman Sari Yogyakarta is a heritage sanctuary of Yogyakarta Palace. Taman Sari was built during the reign of Sri Sultan HB I, in the year 1758. Until now the palace of Taman Sari has undergone several renovations so that it stays in great condition. Taman Sari is located about 300 meters west of the Keraton of Yogyakarta.
Kotagede ‣ In around 16th century, Ki Ageng Pemanahan built a small village in the forest and slowly the village expanded until the year Ki Gede Pemanahan died. His leadership was continued by his son, Senopati Ingalaga. The village under the leadership of Senopati Ingalaga grew and continued to develop rapidly so that it transformed into a very bustling and prosperous city and was eventually called Kotagede or “the great city”.
Borobudur Buddhist Temple ‣ Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Sailendra Dynasty. Borobudur temple is a UNESCO world heritage site. The temple was built in mandala pattern reflecting the universe in the Buddhist beliefs. Located in Magelang, the temple is about one and a half hour drive from the center of City of Yogyakarta.
Pawon Temple ‣ Pawon Temple is located in Borobudur village, Magelang Regency, Central Java province. According to Casparis, Candi Pawon is the place of the ashes of King Indra (782-812 M), the father of King Samarrattungga of Syailendra dynasty. The name “Pawon ” itself, according to some people, comes from the word pawuan meaning “a place to save awu (ash)”. Inside of Pawon Temple, the statue of Bodhisattva, as a form of reverence to King Indra who is considered to have reached the level of Bodhisattva.
Mendut Temple ‣ There is no certainty about when Candi Mendut was built, but J.G. de Casparis suspected that Mendut temple was built by the first king of the Syailendra dynasty in 824 AD. The allegations are based on the contents of Karangtengah inscription (824 M), which Mentioned that King Indra had made a holy building named Wenuwana. Casparis interpreted Wenuwana (Bamboo forest) as Mendut temple. There is an estimated age of Mendut temple older than the age of Barabudhur Temple.
Prambanan Hindu Temple ‣ Prambanan Temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Indonesia. Until now it is uncertain when the temple was built and on the orders of WHO, but strongly suspected that the Prambanan temple was built around the middle of the 9th century by the king of the Sanjaya dynasty, the king Balitung Maha Sambu. The allegations are based on the contents of the Syiwagrha inscription found around Prambanan and currently stored in the national Museum in Jakarta. The year-old inscription 778 Saka (856 M) was written during the reign of Rakai Pikatan.
Plaosan Temple ‣ Plaosan Temple is located in the village of Bugisan, Kecamatan Prambanan, Klaten Regency, about 1.5 km to the east of Candi Sewu. This temple is an ancient building complex divided into two, namely Plaosan Lor temple complex (Lor in the Javanese language means north) and the complex of Candi Plaosan Kidul (Kidul in the Javanese language means south). The sculpture found in Plaosan temple is very smooth and detailed, similar to that found in Borobudur Temple, Sewu Temple, and Sari temple.