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Ep.47 - Yogyakarta City, Indonesia (Budget Travel Guide)

Updated: Sep 16, 2020

Yogyakarta shares the same island as the capital city of Jakarta yet the two cities could not be more opposite! It is known across Indonesia as the cultural capital of the country and it is also a university town that has a reputation for attracting artists and intellectuals who flock here to enjoy the arts scene and the cafe culture. Technically the city is a sultanate and the royal family has been a fixture of the city since the 1700s. As a result, many of Yogyakarta’s attractions relate to the royals, but, true to its roots, you will also find a wealth of museums here as well as workshops and handicraft shops. Also known for its famous surroundings, it sits at the base of Mount Merapi and is close to iconic sights in Java such as Borobudur and Prambanan temples. Many people combine a trip to Yogyakarta with a visit to these sites, but if you only have time to take in the main part of the city then you can still enjoy a range of eateries, cafes, ancient monuments, and shopping venues.

We weren’t quite prepared for how much we would love Yogyakarta and somewhat regret spending only a few days there. Nevertheless, we made the most of our time and now have a place we would like to revisit on our return to Indonesia!

As Yogyakarta is synonymous with both Prambanan and Borobudur Temples we include our experience and recommendations on both these magnificent temples.

In this travel podcast episode we discuss:

1. When were we in Yogyakarta and for how long;

2. Visiting Prambanan Temple;

3. Visiting Borobudur Temple;

4. Highlight of Yogyakarta;

5. Weather;

6. Food;

7. Transport and getting around;

8. Budget;

9. Overall impression;

On our blog you will might find the following posts useful:

Highlights of Yogyakarta - DIY Walking Tour with Map

Guide to visit Prambanan Temple

Guide to visit Borobudur Temple




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