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This page will guide you to the interesting places of Yogyakarta and Central Java

HISTORICAL AREA

TAMANSARI

Tamansari is a water castle, to the south of the kraton, was built in 1965 and was once a royal retreat surrounded by pleasure gardens. At present, only the ruins remain of what were once the royal bedchamber, retreat, and the "nymph baths" for the ladies of the court. There are also a few underground tunnels, the precise function of which is now known for certain.

KOTAGEDE

Kotagede is our gateway to the ancient Mataram Kingdom. Kotagede has unique characteristics, such as identity of early Moslem period, reflects the original city structure, and the city's function and elements have changed (the square and original palace).

There are significant artifacts in Kotagede, such as The Great Mosque of Mataram and The Hastorenggo Cemetery.

The Particular characteristics of urban pattern in Kotagede is that the street of Rukunan (narrow-alleys in-between the people's houses used as public access with organic pattern)

Introducing and enjoying traditional Kotagede Town could be done by visiting, chatting, eating traditional food, watching the process of handicraft and admiring the traditional performing arts, which all is available one package prepared by Kotagede's community.

CITIES

YOGYAKARTA

Yogyakarta or Yogya, the city, has a number of places that remind us of its gallant pass. Only a few blocks away from the sultan's royal residence, which is called kraton in Javanese, one can for instance see the ruins of the old royal retreat and pleasure gardens of Taman Sari.

Yogyakarta, however, is a center of traditional culture in a process of transition. The golden era of the sultanate is long gone, and a new era has broken. On the face of it, Yogya may still appear old and traditional.

The timeworn values of the Mataram kingdom, however, are no longer relevant. Everything has become infused with the spirit of modernity, a process that has been continuing since the war of independence.

Although many aspects of culture are still treasured and the classical arts live on, Yogya has become a genuinely Indonesian city - perhaps one of the most Indonesian in this country, since so many young people from all over the archipelago are gathered here to study or work. Their presence unavoidably brings about a meeting and eventually a blending, of ethnic values and elements from all the regions of Indonesia.

Yogyakarta is also often called the "city of struggle" because of its role as the Republic's war capital during the second half of the 1940s. It is also known as the city of bicycles because of the many bikes that fill its roads, although these popular vehicles are slowly making way for noisy motor-bicycles and cars.

One particularly popular nickname is City of Students, which is an apt appellation because Yogya is one of Indonesia's foremost centers of education and learning and has a great number of students from all over the country among its population.

SEMARANG

Semarang is the capital city of Central Java. Divided into two parts, the upper and the lower makes Semarang more interesting to visit. The lower parts covers harbor and business areas, and the upper part covers hill areas.

Five kilometers from the center of the city is Gedung Batu, a Chinese temple in the hills. There are the remains of an Old Dutch fort near Poncol Station. Johar Market, in the center of the city, attracts many visitors. During the Idhul Adha Islamic Day of Sacrifice, the Dug-dor feast is held near the Grand Mosque in the area. Around Candi Lama and Candi Baru, there is Puala Tirang (Bergota) a site from Hindu era, the fortification of Prince Puger, and a military leader of Mataram. And the grave of Kyai Pandan Arang dan Kyai Saleh.

Blenduk church was built in the 18th century and is still functioning. Simpang Lima is the interesting place where the society gathered every morning, doing sports, enjoying breakfast, and the nightlife of Simpang Lima offers you vendors of all kinds of foods and drinks.

SURAKARTA

Solo, or Surakarta, as formerly the center of the Surakarta Sultanate- a self ruling territory ruled by a sultan, who in the case of Solo was called Sunan. The Sultanate no longer exist, and Solo has become the capital of an ordinary regency. Solo is one of the enters of Javanese culture. Dances and wayang shadow plays, both accompanied by the gamelan percussion orchestra, are often performed for visitors. Pasar Klewer is the famous textile market in Solo. The other interesting place is Sriwedari Entertainment Park.

Solo has many traditional festival and ceremonies, such as Sunan, the New Javanese Year, and Garebeg Maulud, which held three times a year.

VILLAGE

BRAYUT

A cool and beautiful mountain scenery and wide-stretched paddy fields along Kali Kuning riverbanks picturing agricultural culture are the atmosphere you can experience in Dusun (sub-village) Brayut and Bedoyo, in The Desa (village) of Wukirsari, The Sub-District of Cangkringan, Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta. In this village Kali Kuning River and Kali Pawon River meet (the watershed), the spot at which the local people do their meditations. This village is also on the rail of the Labuhan ritual proceeded from The Karaton of Yogyakarta to Mount Merapi.

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Supporting Institution: InCoDE, Yogyakarta

1999