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Ways to Experience Javanese Culture in Yogyakarta

Ways to Experience Javanese Culture in Yogyakarta

Jakarta might be the capital of the Indonesian island of Java, but Yogyakarta is its historic and cultural heart. Here’s how to experience Javanese culture and traditions while visiting “Yogya.”

  • Visit Borobudur Temple and Prambanan Temple—both UNESCO World Heritage Sites—on a group or private tour from Yogyakarta.

  • Shop for Indonesian handicrafts such as batik and pottery at the atmospheric Pasar Beringharjo and Pasar Klithikan Pakuncen markets.

  • Tuck into delicious street food such asbubur ayam (chicken porridge) and fish dumplings along Malioboro Street.

  • Explore the markets and artisan workshops of the Kota Gede neighborhood, renowned for its silver craftsmanship.

  • Marvel at Javanese art and cultural artifacts during a tour of the Ullen Sentalu Museum.

  • Cycle around Yogyakarta’s rural villages, historic temples, and rice fields on a scenic bike tour. 

  • Attend a traditional dance performance, Ramayana ballet, or a Wayang Kulit show—a shadow puppet show accompanied by an Indonesian orchestra.

  • Ride around the city in a traditionalbecak (cycle rickshaw) orandong (horse-drawn cart), and hop off to explore the Kraton Sultan Palace and Taman Sari Water Castle.

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Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur and Village Cycling with Lunch

Yogyakarta Morning Tour: Sunrise Over Borobudur and Village Cycling with Lunch

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Witness the sunrise over the Borobudur Temple Compound, a UNESCO World Heritage site located in the Kedu Valley of Central Java. Following your early-morning visit to the 9th-century Buddhist monument, hop on a bicycle for a ride through a Javanese village before an Indonesian set lunch. Afterward, journey past rice fields to climb the steps to Selogriyo Temple, a Hindu site dating back to the 5th century. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included from Yogyakarta on this private tour, led by your own personal guide.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$148.79
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$148.79
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2-Day Java Tour from Bali Including Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple

2-Day Java Tour from Bali Including Yogyakarta and Borobudur Temple

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Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Java on an enriching 2-day tour from Bali. Accompanied by an expert guide, absorb the sacred majesty of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Borobudur Temple and Candi Prambanan; embrace the vibrant bustle of Yogyakarta; and explore the Sultan's Palace, home to the royal family of Java. Enjoy comfortable overnight accommodation and opt to include round-trip airfare from Bali for a convenient experience.
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  • 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$310.26
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$310.26
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Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

Private Borobudur Sunrise Tour from Yogyakarta

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Witness the stunning sunrise over Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Constructed in the 8th and 9th centuries and abandoned around the 14th century, Borobudur was largely forgotten until it was rediscovered in 1814. The UNESCO-protected Borobudur Temple Compound is situated in central Java, an approximate 45-minute drive from Yogyakarta. Get an early start and beat the crowds with a pre-dawn departure on this 6-hour private tour with your own personal guide.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$107.70
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$107.70
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Private Tour of Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

Private Tour of Prambanan Temple from Yogyakarta

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On this private half-day tour, visit Prambanan Temple (aka Loro Jonggrang), part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Prambanan Temple Compounds. Erected around the 9th century when Java was ruled by the Hindu Sanjaya Dynasty, the complex consists of three major temples dedicated to the deities Shiva, Brahma and Vishnu. Walk around neighboring shrines, such as Palosan and Sewu, as your own personal guide points out the ‘Ramayana’ epic carved into the walls. Includes pickup and drop-off from Yogyakarta hotels.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.75
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$89.75
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Javanese for a Day: Private tour Plaosan & Sunset at Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta

Javanese for a Day: Private tour Plaosan & Sunset at Prambanan Temple Yogyakarta

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Experience the iconic temples, traditional cuisine and village life of the Javanese people on this full-day private tour from Yogyakarta. Get a preview of Prambanan Temple and return to explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed complex at sunset. Your personal guide also introduces you to authentic Indonesian dishes and local people. You’ll learn how to play traditional musical instruments and explore the rice fields and villages around Candi Plaosan.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$146.67
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$146.67
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Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede

Private Tour in Yogyakarta: Kraton Sultan Palace, Water Castle and Kota Gede

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Explore Yogyakarta on a private city sightseeing tour, led by your own personal guide. You will be introduced to cultural attractions such as the kraton, or Sultan’s palace, with a walking tour of the vast royal complex including the Taman Sari Water Castle. Visit, too, the historic neighborhood of Kotagede, known for its silver industry. Ride in the comfort of a private vehicle with hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$53.85
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$53.85
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Private Tour of Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut Temple

Private Tour of Borobudur, Pawon and Mendut Temple

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Visit the world’s most spectacular Buddhist monument — the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Borobudur Temple Compounds — on a private tour with an art historian as your guide. Built in the 8th and 9th centuries, the colossal relic looms above an emerald green landscape in East Java. Learn why the complex was abandoned around the 14th century and how it was rediscovered in 1814. Your half-day itinerary from Yogyakarta includes the Pawon and Mendut temples.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.59
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$93.59
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Morning Biking Tour at Historic Neighborhood Kotagede in Yogyakarta

Morning Biking Tour at Historic Neighborhood Kotagede in Yogyakarta

On this guided morning tour, ride a bike through the historic neighborhood of Kotagede, known for its silver craftsmanship. After you meet local artisans, don traditional attire for a visit to Imogiri, a royal hilltop cemetery dating back to the 17th century. Finish your half-day Yogyakarta excursion with a stop at a traditional market, one of the oldest in the region, to do some shopping.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.38
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$50.38
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