Here are the top 13 tourist attractions to see in Yogyakarta:

1. Borobudur Temple

1,713 km
from city center
1 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

Built in the 9th-century, the Borobudur temple is a Mahayana Buddhist monument located in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia. This monument is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. It holds six square platforms coated by three circular platforms. This is adorned with 2,672 support panels and 504 Buddha statues. The main dome is positioned at the centre of the top platform. This is enclosed by 72 Buddha statues situated inside perforated stupa.

2. Prambanan Temple

16 km
from city center
2 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

A temple of the 10th century, The Prambanan Temple is the largest temple devoted to Lord Shiva in Indonesia. The temple houses numerous portrayals of the Ramayana with references to Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, the three great Hindu deities, along with three temples devoted to the animals that were believed to serve them.

3. Jomblang Caves

1,759 km
from city center
3 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

The Jomblang Caves are a part of a cave system that reaches the whole of Gunung Kidul. The cave had formed around a thousand years ago when the soil and vegetation had collapsed under the surface of the earth. It had created a sinkhole that was roughly 50 m wide and up to 80 m deep. Over the thousand years, supported by the 'Heavenly Rays,' which is a daily 3-hour window of sunlight that enters the cave, helped an incredible underground forest take root.

4. Merapi Volcano

1,705 km
from city center
4 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

Mount Merapi, also known as Gunung Merapi is an active volcano situated on the periphery of the Central Java and Yogyakarta territories, Indonesia. It literally translates to to Fire Mountain in Javanese, In fact, it most recently erupted in 2018 and can still be seen spewing ash and smoke at periodic intervals.

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5. Candi Ijo

260 km
from city center
5 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

Candi Ijo, or the Ijo Temple, occupies a spot roughly at a distance of four kilometres from Ratu Boko. Established during the 10th and 11th centuries, the Candi Ijo is close to Yogyakarta in Indonesia. The compound of the temple adorns the serene hamlet of Groyokan, in the Sambirejo Village.

6. Taman Sari

1,599 km
from city center
6 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

Situated close to the Kraton Palace, Taman Sari was initially constructed as a garden for the Sultan of Yogyakarta in the 18th century. It includes elegant gardens and pools and is a peculiar structure that is believed to have underground tunnels that connect it ti the Indian ocean. Originally it was constructed as a large artificial lake with island, a bathing complex and a complex structure of pavilions and small pools along with a lake. At this point, however only the bathing pool remains while the rest of the structures have been usurped under the Kampung settlement.

7. Ullen Sentalu Museum

2 km
from city center
7 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

The Ullen Sentalu Museum is built upon the on historic sites, such as Hastorenggo Guesthouse building that is owned by Sultan Hamengkubuwono VII (1877-1921) and Kaliurang Three Nations Commission Building. The word 'Ullen Sentalu' is an acronym of the phrase in Java language that is 'Ulating Blencong Sejatine Tataraning Lumaku'. The phrase literally means 'the Light of Life for Human Journey.' The museum exhibits relics and artefacts from the royal houses and kratons of Java, for example, the Pakualam, Surakarta, Yogyakarta, and Mangkunegaran houses.

8. Timang Beach

1,776 km
from city center
8 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

An oddly-laid out beach at Yogyakarta, the Timang Beach is quite unique. It is at a boundary between the sea and the land which is located in Gunung Kidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It guarantees beautiful sunset views, a gondola ride to the cliff on the other side of the beach with large waves reaching out to you, and a delicious lobster meal. The sand at the beach is white. The Pandanus plants are lined up encompassing the beach which adds to the beautiful picturesque view of Timang Beach.

9. Wayang Kulit

9 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

Wayang Kulit is a form of traditional performance art, native to Javanese, Balinese and Lombok cultures in South-East Asia. It is quite a stunner of a puppet show, where carved leather figures are played against light to cast shadows from on a taut linen screen. It has been around for centuries and this much-loved artform is now spreading out from Indonesia to the rest of Asia.

10. Kraton Palace

1,734 km
from city center
10 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

Kraton (Keraton) Palace, also known as the Palace of Yogyakarta, the home of the Sultan, is one of the most carefully planned buildings in Indonesia. Originally created to reflect on the Javanese cosmos, this attraction is a perfect connection between natural realms, humans and god. It is built in the heart of the city and is considered to be a place of national pride and glory.

11. Sewu Temple

1,728 km
from city center
11 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

The second-largest temple complex in Indonesia after the Borobudur Temple Complex, The Sewu Temple Complex is built upon Buddhist principles and sensibilities. It is located about 17km away from the main city of Yogyakarta and is among its foremost structures alongwith the Prambanan and Borobudur temples. The construction of the temple complex was started way back in the 8th- Century by the Matram Kings, although it was discovered only in the 1960s. This was because the debris of the temple were buried under the deluge of the explosion of Mount Merapi Volcano.

12. Parangtritis Beach

26 km
from city center
12 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

Located 20km outside the city centre of Yogyakarta lies the Parangtritis Beach. Sed amidst lush green hills, the beach is also known for the special place it holds in Javanese folklore. The surrounding area of the beach is replete with natural and geological features such as caves, lakes, lagoons. At night, once the stars come out, the entire landscape is bathed in an almost ethereal light, perhaps one of the reasons that the area is awash with legends.

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13. Klayar Beach

79 km
from city center
13 out of 13
places to visit in Yogyakarta

Situated around a 2.5 hour drive away from Yogyakarta, Klayar Beach is one of those beaches that is just beginning to command the respect that it deserves from tourists and is still very much off-the-beaten-track. The conspicuous silence of the beach gives rise to one of the unique features of it; the sound of the waves crashing against the shore and flooding through holes in the rock formations make an almost flute-like whistle that floats around the beach.

FAQs on Yogyakarta

How can I commute within Yogyakarta?

Taxi with meters is the best way to commute within the city. They are cheap and cost a minimum of IDR 20000.

Download and register at the GoJek app to use motorbikes to explore the city.

Becaks or pedicabs is another option you can consider. However, take this option only if you are in no hurry.

Andong is a horse driven cart which is used for commuting around the city.

Public buses can also be considered for locomotion.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Yogyakarta?

The top sightseeing places in Yogyakarta are Borobudur Temple, Prambanan Temple, Jomblang Caves, Merapi Volcano, Candi Ijo, Taman Sari.

What are the top activities in Yogyakarta?

The top activities in Yogyakarta are Borobudur Sunrise Trip, Yogyakarta Private Car Charter, Private Adisutjipto Airport Transfers (JOG) for Yogyakarta, Borobudur Sunrise, Merapi Kaliadem (Jeep Course), and Prambanan Temple Tour, Borobudur Sunrise & Prambanan Temple Trip, Borobudur and Prambanan Temple Trip.
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