Yogyakarta is the
capital city of the province of Yogyakarta Special Region, lying
in the southern part of the Central Java province of Indonesia.
The most popular tourist destination, after Bali, Yogyakarta is a
center of art and education, and also offers some of the best
shopping in the whole area.
There are many places of interest in
the town of Yogyakarta which attract numerous visitors from all
over the world. Some of the most visited places in and around
Yogyakarta are listed by Welcome2Asia.com for the benefit of the
Prambanan Temple is a magnificent Shivaite Temple, locally known
as the Loro Jonggrang Temple, or the Temple of the "Slender
Virgin". The biggest and most beautiful Hindu temple in Indonesia,
it has eight shrines, of which the three main ones are dedicated
to Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in existence in the
world, lies quite close to this town of Yogyakarta
Museum Sonobudoyo is a Javanese archeology museum, that houses
many Javanese artefacts like wayang puppets, masks, statues,
textiles, weapons, and a full set of Javanese gamelan instruments.
Kotagede is about five kilometers southeast of Yogyakarta, is a
little town has become famous for being the center of the Yogya
silverwork industry. There are a number of workshops where
visitors can watch silver being transformed into beautiful works
of art popular by the name of "Yogya Silver".
Kasongan lying to the southwest of Yogyakarta, is a village known
for its artistic pottery and earthenware.
Batik Research Center is a museum that permanently displays a
fascinating exhibition of batiks in classic and modern designs.
One can also see the process of batik over here, both the hand
drawn and hand stamped variety.
Parang Tritis Beach is a seaside resort 27 km south of Yogyakarta
on the Indian Ocean, where the sultans of Yogyakarta make special
offerings to the Goddess of the South Seas, Nyai Loro Kidul, in a
ceremony called "Labuhan".
Kaliurang is a resort lying on the slopes of Mt. Merapi, 24 km
north of Yogyakarta, and is surrounded by a charming landscape.
The "Telogo Muncar" waterfall and swimming pool make this resort a
very pleasing place for recreation.
Batik, leather puppets, silverware, tortoise shell and horn
ornaments, pottery, antique jewelry and paintings, are some of the
best articles that can be shopped in at the town of Yogyakarta.
Truly, a visit to Yogyakarta, will indeed be a wonderful vacation,
and satisfy every sort of traveler.
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