We just arrived in Yogyakarta after a 10 hours drive from Jakarta. Went to Cafe Sate behind our hotel for dinner and I took this shot for fun. Hope you guys like it..
The City of Yogyakarta :
Yogyakarta is a city on the island of Java in Indonesia. It is renowned as a centre of education (Kota Pelajar), classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry and puppet shows.
Yogyakarta City is the capital of the Yogyakarta Special Region and was the Indonesian capital during the Indonesian National Revolution from 1945 to 1949, with Gedung Agung as the president’s office. One of the districts in Yogyakarta, Kotagede, was the capital of the Mataram Sultanate between 1575 and 1640.
The city is named after the Indian city of Ayodhya from the Ramayana epic. Yogyameans “suitable, fit, proper”, and karta, “prosperous, flourishing” (i.e., “a city that is fit to prosper”).
Its population was 388,627 inhabitants at the 2010 census and its built-up (or metro) area was home to 4,010,436 inhabitants across two cities (Yogyakarta and Magelang) and 65 districts across Sleman, Klaten, Bantul, Kulon Progo and Magelang regencies. Yogyakarta-Magelang and Surakarta are being agglomerated in several years.
Because of its urbanisation and modernisation, this city has a very high HDI ranking nationally, being one of the highest in Indonesia as well; at 0.837 (or “very high”), on which it could be considered as a “developed” city.
The Hotel :
We stayed in Indies Heritage Hotel – Prawirotaman Road, and that area is well known as the tourist central of Yogyakarta. The hotel was amazing with big comfortable rooms but reasonable priced. Well, we needed big rooms for all the photography equipments we were carrying. They also have very fast free internet WiFi so we could upload loads and loads of our RAW photo files with no problems at all.
They also provided breakfast buffet with all kinds of food to choose, from western to oriental breakfast is available.
We enjoyed our stay there pretty much.
The Cafes :
The whole are of Prawirotaman Raman road is full of Cafes, Bars, and Restos of all sorts. We could practically go to different Cafes and Bars everyday and still we wouldn’t cover it all.
The Becak (Rickshaw) :
Becak is our favourite means of transportation there in Yogyakarta. Our car was park the whole time in the hotel and we used it only to go Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, and Sewu Temple. The only way you can absorb the atmosphere of the city is by going on a becak ride.
More photos of Yogyakarta here.
Our group trip photos in Instagram.