Yogyakarta ~ Indonesia
Yogyakarta is one of the main centers of education in Indonesia. The island’s artistic and intellectual heritage is where Java’s arts shows their brightest and its traditions at their most visible.
Cultural & Historical heritage
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The Javanese people in this area have been able to maintain many of the cultural aspects related to the historical heritage. Visitors can pick any time of the week from an array of cultural events including concerts, puppet shows and art exhibitions. One of the main identities is shown through the Batik (traditional handmade technique to paint textiles) designs. For those looking to get fine and unique pieces, Yogya offers many varieties of these textiles.
Yogyakarta is home to the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, Borobudur Temple, world UNESCO heritage site dated back in the 8th century. This majestic temple is the perfect setting for a morning sunrise meditation with Mount Merapi in the background. The area also offers many interesting Buddhist and Hindu temple sites worth to visit.
One of the most prominent Javanese culture representation is through the Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet) show, played behind a white screen so the audience can only see the shadows. It is a beautiful and original souvenir that you can find from affordable to more of the expensive ones, depending on quality and fine work. There is also another type of puppet, Wayang Golek (three dimensional and elaborately dressed), that can be a nice keepsake as well. Yogyakarta is also well known for the antique shops selling puppets, all sorts of vintage goods and unique pieces for all kinds of budgets.
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For art lovers, the big variety of museums and art galleries is a great opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the Indonesian past and present culture. One of the most spectacular cultural performances is the Ramayana ballet, featuring dozens of musicians and dancers wearing elaborate costumes.
Another unique activity is to experience a half-day herbal workshop discovering the long tradition of Javanese Jamu (herbal medicines and tonics), including a traditional massage. An unknown aspect of culture on this area is the Kejawen (Javanese ethical and spiritual values). By visiting sacred spots and learning about Kebatinan (traditional exercises and methods), we will achieve self-introspection through ritual meditations. This can include offerings in some beautiful beaches.
Discover the colonial influence in many of the city buildings, especially the Kraton (Sultan’s Palace) and the royal baths of the Taman Sari Water Castle. Get lost among the small streets and experience the charming daily life of the city. For culinary adventurers, Malioboro area offers many opportunities to discover the traditional street foods. There are also many fine restaurants with modern and traditional cuisines around.