Year 2008 is the first time I visit Yogyakarta and Borobudur temple area. Yet, it was a very rush kind of event since I did it together with Bali and Bromo. So, at this very chance, I decided to take it slow and enjoying the scenery and the culture that it can offers. Yogyakarta is the special region which is also part of Indonesia. It gets this special status because of the existent of the Kingdom with the Sultan/King as the ruler. But, since they are part of Indonesia now the King now also act as the governor.
The first place to visit when arriving in Yogyakarta will be the famous Malioboro Street. This is the place where you can find many place to shop and eat with a very affordable price range. You can also find the Andong which is basically the traditional Horse-carriage which local use to travel around the city, but now this is use as tourist attraction to have a feel to ride on the Andong.
Along this way, you will also find Museum Benteng Vredeburg which is a great place to learn or see the history of Indonesia in a form of Diorama. The you can walk further and reaching the Kraton (The King/Sultan Palace). Here you will be guided by the Kraton tour guide and will show you around and explain to many history or artifacts from the many previous Sultan and still kept in a good form now.
From the palace, please made your way to the beautiful Taman Sari Water Castle, to witness the ruins and place where all the King rest and relax and escape from their everyday work with their families. There are several pools and also you can find underground mosque inside the complex.
For lunch, you should try Yogyakarta signature food called ‘Gudeg‘. It was made from young unripe jack fruit boiled for several hours with palm sugar, and coconut milk. It is normally serve with chicken and rice.
Just outside the city, you will find one of the famous Temple part of UNESCO World Heritage Site Prambanan Temple. The temple had been rehabilitated and reconstructed several times after many major earthquakes happen recently. So you might still find many stones stack up inside the complex ready to be use to reconstruct the temples.
Try making your way to the suburb area to see the beautiful sunset around Prambanan. You will catch many spectacular photos along your way like this.
Stay until night around Prambanan Temple complex to watch magnificent Ballet show depicting many Ramayana Hindu Epic Poem which perform with Javanese and local style dance. This is definitely one of the attraction not to be missed.
Another performance that worth to check out while in Yogyakarta is the Shadow Puppet show. It was perform every night in the local museum Sonobudoyo Museum. There is a person who play the puppet and narrated the story while set of people playing the traditional instrument as the background music.