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 discerning traveler.
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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