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Who doesn't know Yogyakarta? Jogja or Yogyakarta is the main tourist destination in Indonesia after Bali

Who doesn't know Yogyakarta? Jogja or Yogyakarta is the main tourist destination in Indonesia after Bali. This city is always crowded with tourists during holidays.

Yogyakarta has many interesting tourist objects. Jogja tourism is famous for its natural and cultural tourism, shopping tourism, as well as culinary tourism.

You will need a long time to explore Jogja. One or two days won't be enough.

1. Borobudur temple

Borobudur Temple is very famous in the world. This temple is included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. This temple is the largest and most complete Buddhist temple in the world. Seen from above, the shape of Borobudur Temple resembles a lotus flower. It looks very beautiful when seen at sunrise or sunset.

Borobudur Temple is actually included in the Magelang area, Central Java. However, tourists who vacation to Jogja often include the Borobudur temple where they will visit. That's why we also include it in the list of tourist attractions in Jogja.

Borobudur is located about 40Km northwest of Yogyakarta. This temple has become one of the main holiday destinations, both domestic and foreign.


The Sailendra dynasty built the largest Buddhist relics in the world between 780-840 AD. The Sailendra dynasty was the ruling dynasty at that time. This relic was built as a place of Buddhist worship and a place of pilgrimage. This place contains instructions for humans to distance themselves from the lusts of the world and towards enlightenment and wisdom according to the Buddha. This relic was discovered by British troops in 1814 under the leadership of Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles. The temple area was completely cleared in 1835.

Borobudur was built in the Mandala style which reflects the universe in Buddhist belief. The structure of this building is square with four entrances and a circular center point. When viewed from the outside to the inside, it is divided into two parts, namely the natural world which is divided into three zones on the outside, and the realm of Nirvana in the center.

Zone 1: Kamadhatu

the natural world that is seen and is being experienced by humans today.

Kamadhatu consists of 160 reliefs that explain the Karmawibhangga Sutra, namely the law of cause and effect. Describes human nature and lust, such as robbing, killing, raping, torture, and slander.

The hood at the base has been permanently removed so that visitors can see the relief hidden at the bottom. A photo collection of all 160 relief photos can be seen at the Borobudur Temple Museum located in the Borobudur Archaeological Park.

Zone 2: Rupadhatu

the transitional realm, where humans have been liberated from the affairs of the world.

Rapadhatu consists of a gallery of stone relief carvings and Buddha statues. In total there are 328 Buddha statues which also have reliefs on the carvings.

According to Sanskrit manuscripts, this section consists of 1300 reliefs in the form of Gandhawyuha, Lalitawistara, Jataka and Awadana. The whole stretches for 2.5 km with 1212 panels.

Zone 3: Arupadhatu

the highest realm, the house of God.

Three circular porticoes lead to the central dome or stupa representing the resurrection from the world. In this section there are no ornaments or decorations, which means it represents the highest purity.

The porch in this section consists of a circular stupa with holes, inverted bells, containing a Buddha statue that leads to the outside of the temple. There are 72 stupas in total. The largest stupa in the center is not as tall as the original version which has a height of 42m above the ground with a diameter of 9.9m. Unlike the stupa that surrounds it, the central stupa is empty and raises debate that there is actually content but there are also those who think that the stupa is indeed empty.


Altogether there are 504 Buddhas with meditation postures and six different hand positions along the temple.

Temple Corridor

During restoration in the early 20th century, two smaller temples were discovered around Borobudur, namely Pawon Temple and Mendut Temple which are in line with Borobudur Temple. Pawon Temple is 1.15 km from Borobudur, while Mendut Temple is 3 km from Borobudur Temple. There is a belief that there is a religious relationship between the three temples, but the ritual process is still unknown.

The three temples form the route for the Vesak Day Festival which is held annually during the full moon in April or May. The festival commemorates the birth and death, as well as the enlightenment given by Gautama Buddha.

How to get to the location

The closest major cities to Borobudur, with international flights, are Semarang and Yogyakarta. Both cities accommodate flights from Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, but Yogyakarta (with a distance of 40 km from Borobudur) is closer than Semarang (with a distance of 90 km).

Another closest city to Borobudur is Magelang with a distance of 17 km, which has a direct bus route to Borobudur.

2. Prambanan Temple

Another famous temple is Prambanan Temple. Located about 17 km from downtown Yogyakarta, Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. This temple has reliefs that tell the story of Ramayana and Krishnayana.

In this temple, the Rama Shinta show is also held. On normal days this show is held indoors. However, on a full moon night, the show is almost always held in an open space. With Prambanan Temple acting as a backdrop, it provides a beautiful view.

Because it is located not too far from the city center, it is not difficult to reach this temple. Public transportation is also available to this place for those of you who do not bring a personal vehicle. This place is never less interesting than other new tourist attractions in Jogja that keep popping up.


Prambanan Temple is the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. Until now it is not certain when this temple was built and on whose orders, but it is strongly suspected that Prambanan Temple was built around the middle of the 9th century by the king of the Sanjaya dynasty, namely King Balitung Maha Sambu. The allegation is based on the contents of the Syiwagrha Inscription which was found around Prambanan and is currently stored in the National Museum in Jakarta. This inscription dated 778 Saka (856 AD) was written during the reign of Rakai Pikatan.

The original floor plan of Prambanan Temple is rectangular, consisting of an outer courtyard and three courtyards, namely Jaba (outer court), Tengahan (middle court) and Njeron (inner court). The outer courtyard is an open area that surrounds the outer court. The outer court is oblong with an area of ​​390 m2. This courtyard was once surrounded by a stone fence which is now in ruins. The outer court was currently just an empty courtyard. It is not known whether there were originally buildings or other decorations in this courtyard.

In the middle of the outer court, there is a second court, namely the central courtyard which is rectangular in area of ​​222 m2. The middle courtyard was also surrounded by a stone fence which is now crumbling. This courtyard consists of four terraces, the deeper the higher. On the first terrace, which is the lowest terrace, there are 68 small temples lined around, divided into four rows by connecting roads between the courtyard doors. On the second terrace there are 60 temples, on the third terrace there are 52 temples, and on the fourth terrace, or the top terrace, there are 44 temples. All of the temples in the central courtyard have the same shape and size, namely the base plan area is 6 m2 and the height is 14 m. Almost all the temples in the central court are currently in a state of destruction. All that remains are ruins.

The inner court is the highest court and is considered the most sacred place. This courtyard has a rectangular floor area of ​​110 m2, with a height of about 1.5 m from the surface of the top terrace of the central court. The courtyard is surrounded by sheeting and stone fences. On all four sides there are gates in the form of a paduraksa gate. Currently only the gate on the south side is still intact. In front of each gate of the upper courtyard there are a pair of small temples, with a square base plan of 1.5 m2 with a height of 4 m.

In the inner court there are 2 rows of temples stretching north and south. In the west row there are 3 temples facing east. The northernmost temple is the Vishnu Temple, in the middle is the Shiva Temple, and in the south is the Brahma Temple. In the east row there are also 3 temples facing west. These three temples are called rides temples (wahana = vehicles), because each temple is named after an animal which is the mount of a god whose temple is located in front of him.

The temple opposite the Vishnu Temple is the Garuda Temple, opposite the Shiva Temple is the Nandi Temple (ox), and the one opposite the Brahma Temple is the Angsa Temple. Thus, these six temples face each other to form a hallway. The temples of Vishnu, Brahma, Goose, Garuda and Nandi have the same shape and size, which is a basic square plan with an area of ​​15 m2 with a height of 25 m. At the north and south ends of each aisle there is a small temple facing each other, called Candi Apit.

Ramayana story


Prabu Janaka, King of the Mantili kingdom, had a daughter named Dewi Shinta. A competition was held by the king to find a husband for Dewi Shinta. The prince of the Ayodya kingdom, Raden Rama Wijaya, won the competition. Meanwhile, Prabu Ravana, the leader of the Alengka kingdom, also wanted to marry Dewi Shinta. Ravana believes that Shinta is the reincarnation of Widowati, someone he has wanted for a long time.

Dandaka Forest.

Rama and Sita accompanied by Lakshmana were walking in the Dandaka forest. There Ravana secretly observes Sita and wants to get her. Rahwana orders one of his followers to become the Kijang Kencana to attract Shinta's attention. Shinta who is attracted to the Kijang Kencana then asks Rama to catch the deer. Rama then left Lakshmana and Shinta to hunt down Kijang Kencana. Long time no return, Sita was worried and sent Lakshmana to follow Rama. Lakshmana then draws a magic circle around Sita to protect her. Ravana then tried to kidnap Shinta after she was left alone, but failed because of the magic circle. Ravana then turns into an old beggar, Sita who feels sorry for leaving the circle to help the beggar. After Shinta got out of the circle, Ravana then kidnapped Shinta and brought her to Alengka.

Catch the Golden Deer.

Rama shoots a deer with his magic arrow, but the deer turns into a giant (Marica). A fight ensues between Rama and Marica, Rama defeats Marica with an arrow shot. After that Lakshmana then asked Rama to return to Sita's place.

Sita's kidnapping

On his way to Alengka, Ravana met a bird named Jatayu. Jatayu recognizes Shinta as the daughter of Prabu Janaka and tries to free her, but is defeated by Ravana. Meanwhile, Rama, who just realized that Shinta had disappeared, met Jatayu who was injured. An angry Rama thought that Jatayu had kidnapped Sita and tried to kill her, but was prevented by Lakshmana. Jatayu then explains what really happened and dies. Moments later, a white monkey named Hanuman came. Hanuman was sent by his uncle Sugriwa to seek help in order to kill Subali. Subali is the one who kidnapped Dewi Tara, Sugriwa's favorite woman. Rama then decides to help Hanuman against Subali.

Kiskendo Cave

Sugriwa arrived at Kiskendo Cave with Rama's help. Sugriwa then defeated Subali and saved Dewi Tara. As a thank you, Sugriwa helped Rama to find Sinta by sending Hanuman as an envoy to the kingdom of Alengka.

Argasoka Park

Ravana's niece, Trijata, is in charge of accompanying and calming Sita in the garden. Ravana asked Shinta to be his wife, but Shinta always refused. Ravana was angry that he wanted to kill Sita, but he was always prevented by Trijata. Sita then hears the singing coming from Hanuman. Hanuman tells Sita that he was sent by Rama to help him. Hanuman then destroys the Alengka garden. Indrajid, son of Ravana captured Hanuman. Kumbakarna, who tried to help Hanuman, was expelled from the kingdom. Hanuman, who was sentenced to be burned alive, then burned the Alengka palace with his burning body.

Rama Bridge

After sending Hanuman, Rama and the monkey army built a bridge to Alengka. After the bridge was finished, Hanuman returned and gave news about the strength of the Alengka troops. Rama then gave orders to Hanuman, Hanggada, Hanila, and Jambawan to attack Alengka.

Great War

The Great War took place between the giant army of Alengka and the monkey army of Rama. In this fight, Indrajid was killed by Lakshmana, Kumbakarna, Ravana's younger brother was also killed. Ravana was then killed by Rama's arrows and Mount Sumawana thrown by Hanuman.

Meeting Rama and Sita

After Ravana's defeat, Shinta finally reunited with Rama. But Rama refused Shinta's return for fear that she was no longer holy. To prove her holiness, Sita burns herself. With the help of the fire god, Sita survived the burns. Sita's proof makes Rama happy and accepts Sita back.

3. Kulon Progo Mangrove Forest

The Kulon Progo Mangrove Forest is one of the most popular tourist areas. Still within the scope of the DIY Yogyakarta province, this place is not only a nature conservation but also arranged as a tourist destination.

If you are looking for an alternative place for a vacation, you can also check this place out.

The mangrove forest of Kulon Progo, Yogyakarta, has just hit a tourist attraction in Kulon Progo. the location is precisely in the sand village of Mendit Temon, Kulonprogo. Mangrove forest tour become a magnet for modern tourists who are traveling to Kulon Progo.

No less popular with this Kalibiru mangrove forest tour, it continues to update the spots photos to make them even more interesting to visit, the majority of which are young people. Mangrove forest in Kulon Progo, Wana Tirta mangrove forest, Yogyakarta mangrove forest.

This mangrove is at the mouth of the Bogowonto river, the route from the direction of Jogja can be passed wates Purworejo highway until there is a signpost to Congot beach. on the way you still have to continue to the west via the Bogowonto river bridge.

Just go south to the beach following the directions. quite far, yes, the location

this mangrove forest? about 2 hours drive from the city of jogja.

Kulon Progo Mangrove

Don't forget, to make access to these various interesting locations easier, you better

use a two-wheeled vehicle. Jogja motorbike rental services are ready to make your trip complete

easy and fun.

Yogyakarta mangrove forest tour

This Kulon Progo mangrove forest is a tourism object that is managed independently the surrounding community, including the fire bridge that entered the Mendit Sand Hamlet area one of them is the bridge of mangrove fires, which is a bridge built of bamboo.

In the beginning it was only for those who like fishing or going to the beach by hobby local residents and over time it became a popular tourist attraction in Kulon Progo.

At the beginning of 2016 the local people held a meeting to jointly manage the forest area this mangrove as a more serious tourist spot. with self-supporting funds, finally the bridge is built better and cooler to attract visitors to come to the mangrove and contribute to advancing Yogyakarta tourism, precisely in the Kulon Progo area itself.

Because the manager has provided a pedestrian path made of wood. In the middle lush mangroves there is also a simple gazebo that can be used to relax.

For those of you who want to get around the mangrove forest, you can also take a boat at a rate of Rp 5,000 per person. cheap isn't it?

The price of admission to the mangrove forest is IDR 5,000 per person. tourist area open every day from 6 am to 7 pm, additional for the sake of for the convenience of visitors, a number of facilities such as toilets and prayer rooms have been provided manager of the mangrove forest. 

interesting, yes, please those who are curious and want to try a tour the newest in Jogja can visit the Kulon Progo Mangrove Forest.

4. Pine Forest

In addition to various beaches, in Jogja there are also many pine forests which are managed as tourist attractions. One of them is the Pengger Pine Forest. Located on the outskirts of the city area of ​​Jogja, you can enjoy the beauty of the pine forest with its fresh air.

Bukit Pengger Jogja is a pine forest tourist spot located in the highlands. Most of the people of Jogja when they hear about pine forest tourist attractions, surely in their minds they immediately mention the Mangunan pine forest.

This is because the Mangunan pine forest is a tourist spot that once existed and was victorious in 2018. To the extent that there has been a Stand Up event for Unity in Diversity. Besides Mangunan, Yogyakarta also has other interesting pine forest attractions, and one of them is Bukit Pengger Jogja.

Bukit Pengger Jogja or often referred to as the Pengger Pine Forest is visited by many tourists both during the day and night.

This Pengger pine forest or Jogja Pengger hill is located in the Mangunan forest area or precisely on Jalan Dlingo-Patuk, Pantirejo, Terong, Dlingo, Bantul, Special Region of Yogyakarta.

To come to this place, you can use private vehicles or public transportation such as buses, motorcycle taxis, taxis, etc.

If you take it from downtown Jogja, then the distance between your location and this tourist spot is about 25 Kilo Meters. And you will spend as much as 45 minutes on the way if the road is not jammed.

There are 4 routes that you can use to reach this tourist spot, here is the table:

Jl. Wonosari

Jl. Pleret – Pathuk

Jl. Dlingo-Patuk

Jl. Pleret-Peck

We recommend going through Jalan Wonosari, because the road access is quite easy. You can use google maps to accompany your trip.

If you have arrived at a tourist spot, I warn you to be careful when entering. Because during the rainy season, the contours of the land owned by this tour are quite slippery.

Pengger Pine Forest Tour Route

As I suggested before, you should go through Jalan Wonosari if you want to visit this tourist spot. All you need to do is just walk along Wonosari street until you find Bukit Bintang.

After being on the hill of stars, you can take the left direction to go to the Ancient Fire Mountain. After that, take the right direction until you are on Jl Raya Pathuk-Dlinggo.

Keep going straight until you spend a distance of about 4.5 KM. After that, you will find the location of the Jogja Pengger Hill or the Pengger Pine Forest on the right side of the road.

To make it easier, you can use the Google Maps application to make your trip to the tour easier.

5. Sewu temple

Located not far from the Prambanan temple complex, you can visit Sewu Temple as well. At Sewu Temple, you can see the splendor of Indonesia's past culture, the beauty of the various reliefs on the temple walls, and so on.

Sewu Temple is a Buddhist temple built in the 8th century which is only eight hundred meters north of Prambanan Temple. Sewu Temple is the second largest Buddhist temple complex after Borobudur Temple in Central Java. Sewu Temple is older than Prambanan Temple. Although originally there were 249 temples, the local people call this temple "Sewu" which means a thousand in Javanese. This naming is based on the legend of Loro Jonggrang. Administratively, the Sewu Temple complex is located in Hamlet Bener, Bugisan Village, Prambanan District, Klaten Regency, Central Java Province.

Based on the inscription dated 792 and found in 1960, the original name of this building is Manjusri grha (Manjusri House). Manjusri is one of the Bodhisattvas in Buddhism. Sewu Temple is estimated to have been built in the 8th century AD at the end of the reign of Rakai Panangkaran. Rakai Panangkaran (746 784) was the most famous king of the ancient Mataram kingdom. This temple complex was probably restored, expanded, and completed during the reign of Rakai Pikatan, a prince of the Sanjaya dynasty who married Pramodhawardhani of the Sailendra dynasty. 

After the Sanjaya dynasty came to power, the people continued to adhere to their previous religion. The existence of the Buddhist-style Sewu temple side by side with the Hindu-styled Prambanan temple shows that since ancient times in Java, Hindus and Buddhists have lived in harmony and there is religious tolerance. Due to the majesty and breadth of this temple complex, Sewu Temple is thought to be a Royal Buddhist Temple, as well as an important center of Buddhist activity in the past. This temple is located in the Prambanan valley which stretches from the southern slopes of Mount Merapi in the north to the Sewu mountains in the south, around the border of Yogyakarta and Klaten Regency, Central Java. In this valley are scattered temples and archaeological sites which are only a few hundred meters from each other. This shows that this area is an important area in the religious, political, and urban life sectors of the ancient Javanese people.

6. Kaliurang tour

The Kaliurang area is located in the highlands not far from downtown Jogja. With the cold air, located at the foot of Mount Merapi, and the unique beauty of the mountains, it is only natural that Kaliurang tourism is one of the favorites in Yogyakarta.

Kaliurang, which literally means "Shrimp River" in Indonesian, is a tourist spot located in Yogyakarta, precisely in Sleman Regency, on the border with the province of Central Java. Administratively, Kaliurang is located in the village of Hargobinangun, Kapanéwon Pakem, Sleman district, Special Region of Yogyakarta.


Access to Kaliurang is very easy. At least by walking or taking a bus, cabbage (Colt), taxi, motorcycle taxi or becak (rarely do), passing Jalan Kaliurang. The distance from Kaliurang to Yogyakarta is less than 1 hour drive, and to Surakarta less than 3 hours drive.

Kaliurang is located in a highland area, there are many resorts or resting places because of the cool air that is sought after by urban people so that here there are many inn villas (most people around call it a guesthouse). The most visited place by tourists both at home and abroad is Telaga Putri.

Kaliurang Negotiations

In Kaliurang there is a historic building, namely Wisma Kaliurang. There, a Special Negotiation took place between the Republic of Indonesia and the Three Nations Commission on January 13, 1948. The Kaliurang Negotiations gave birth to the Kaliurang Minutes. The Republic of Indonesia was represented by President Soekarno, Vice President Moh Hatta, PM Syahrir and General Sudirman. Meanwhile, the Dutch delegation was represented by Paul Van Zeeland (Belgium), Richard Kirby (Australia), and Dr. Frank Graham (USA). During the talks, Frank Graham uttered the popular phrase, "You are what you are from bullets to the ballots."

In addition, there is the Villa Van Rezink building which is located north of the Children's Recreation Park.

7. Heha ​​sky view

Heha Sky View is one of the most popular places to eat in Jogja today. It's not just a place to eat, this area is designed to pamper photo lovers. There are many unique and beautiful photo spots that you can try at Heha Sky View.

Located in the highlands, Heha Sky View is a night tour of Jogja that is a traveler's favorite.

The city of Yogyakarta again offers instagramable tourist attractions that must be visited when you are on vacation to this Student City. This unique tourist spot is called Heha Sky View. The following is a review of the price of the Heha Sky View entrance ticket and the tourist facilities it offers.

Located in Gunung Kidul, this tourist destination offers various selfie photo spots for its visitors. With stunning views of the mountains and nature of Yogyakarta, Heha Sky View is one of the best tourist destinations to see the sunset. Not only that, you can also enjoy various other facilities in it. The following are the Heha Sky View facilities.

1. The Most Complete Food Stall in Jogja

Unlike other Yogyakarta tourist attractions, Heha Sky View presents food stall facilities with a variety of dishes to pamper visitors' tongues. Carrying the concept of street food, you will see many food containers in the lower area.

In addition, there are also restaurants with various concepts that are connected via a skybridge with stunning views of Gunungkidul. Very suitable if you want to eat food with a different view.

2. Heha Sky View Photo Spot

In every corner of Heha Sky View there are various interesting photo spots. You can explore all corners of the location and capture yourself there. So it won't be boring. Don't forget to capture the moment at the Sky Glass photo spot at night!

3. Live Music

Every day, Heha Sky View also provides live music to entertain visitors. Listening to live music while looking at the beautiful natural panorama is certainly an experience not to be missed.

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