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Things to Do in Yogyakarta

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55 Most Popular Things to Do in Yogyakarta

Fourteen chambers in the museum, arranged chronologically to resemble a biography. Each chamber consists of various collections that tell the life and struggles of Soedirman.

Visiting the museum is easy because the location is close to the downtown area. You can use TransJogja or other public transportations, such as becak and horse-drawn andong. There is no admission fee to enter the museum, and the operational hours are between 08:00 and 16:00 every day.

1. Sasana Wiratama Museum.

Sasana Wiratam Museum is located at HOS Tjokroaminoto Street TRIII/430, Tegalrejo. The museum is just 4 kilometers away from the downtown. This museum used to be a residence of Prince Diponegoro, one of Indonesia’s national heroes. Sasana Wiratam was officially opened as a museum on 9 August 1969.

Inside the museum, you can see various artifacts that belonged to Prince Diponegoro, such as traditional weapon and other objects. The museum is open every day, from 08:00 to 13:00, except on Sunday. There is no admission fee to enter the museum.

2. Barong Temple.

Barong Temple is one of the temples located in Prambanan Temple area. Located in Candisari Village, Sambirejo, Prambanan, reaching this spot is a little difficult because the location is rather hidden. However, if you have visited Ijo Temple, Barong Temple is not too difficult to find, since it is just 2 kilometers away from Ijo Temple.

Barong Temple is quite spacious, and there are two terraces in its yard. There are well-maintained gardens around the temple, and there are rice fields nearby. You can even see the majestic beauty of Breksi Cliff from afar.

While the temple may be beautiful and potential as a local attraction, the infrastructure such as access road is still not adequate. Public facilities are also very scarce. However, the admission fee is cheaper than many other temple areas in Yogyakarta, which is just 2,000 IDR per person.

3. Beringharjo Market.

Beringharjo Market is one of Yogyakarta’s traditional markets, located near Malioboro area. From the Zero Kilometer point, you can just walk to reach the market. There are various transportations that public can use to visit the market.

As one of the biggest traditional markets in Yogyakarta, there are many options to buy. From the gate to the innermost part of the market, there are so many batik products sold. There are also handicrafts, accessories for women and men, and traditional spices.

Foodies can also find various snacks and foods near the market entrance. You can enjoy local foods while interacting in the jovial atmosphere with the sellers.

4. Wijilan Village.

Wijilan Village is a popular name among lovers of gudeg (traditional rice dish with sweet and savory flavor). Located in the eastern part of Alun-Alun Utara, this place is the center of gudeg sellers. There are rows of food stalls along the street that sell gudeg with a wide range of cooking variations.

This village used to be a part of Yogyakarta Kraton, where all the abdi dalem (courtiers) live. The wives of abdi dalem were very good in making gudeg, because they were responsible for cooking for the Sultanate family members. In 1942, a woman called Bu Slamet started selling gudeg in the same area. Her step was followed by others, who opened similar food stalls.

Wijilan Village is easy to access, because it is just 1.5 kilometers away from the Zero Kilometer point. If you have midnight hunger pang, you can visit this area, because many of the food stalls here are open until late at night.

5. Fort of Vredeburg.

Fort of Vredeburg is located at Ahmad Yani Street number 6, Ngupasan, Gondomanan, Yogyakarta. Access to this place is easy, because it is located right at the Zero Kilometer point. Many public means of transport pass by this area. Ticket price to enter the Vredeburg is 2,000 IDR per person, and it is open every day from 07:30 to 16:00.

Inside this fort-turned-museum, some dioramas describe Indonesia's struggles for independence. This place often serves as a venue for various festivals and art or music performances.

6. Kotagede.

Kotagede is a large district famous for its silver industry. There are 170 vintage buildings with unique architecture in this area. You can also visit Legi Market, which is the oldest traditional market in Yogyakarta.

Kotagede also has ancient graves of Mataram kings, Kotagede Grand Mosque, and silver crafts. Some houses were converted into shops in every corner. These little shops sell beautiful silver crafts and accessories, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, and much more.

To reach this place, you can go to Janti T-junction (Solo Street), and then drive to JEC. After passing by Gembira Loka Zoo, you can go straight until reaching Kotagede.

7. House of Raminten.

One of the most recommended restaurants in Yogyakarta is House of Raminten. Located at Faridan M. Noto Street number 7, Kotabaru, this restaurant has a unique atmosphere. Diners can eat while enjoying relaxing sounds of gamelan music. There is also the distinctive incense aroma. The foods have special names, serving styles, and flavors. The line in this restaurant can be quite long, so prepare to wait patiently. House of Raminten starts its serving from 09:00 to 24:00.

8. Alun-Alun Utara.

Besides Alun-Alun Selatan, there is also an area called Alun-Alun Utara. While they seem like similar places, they have quite different purposes. Alun-Alun Utara is located in Patehan, near the Kraton and Zero Kilometer point.

Access to this place is easy. You can walk from Malioboro to Alun-Alun Utara. The area is usually crowded in the late afternoon. You do not need to pay to enter this place, except during special event such as Sekaten Ceremony.

9. Angkringan Kopi Joss.

Angkringan is a term of small food stall that uses a cart. The menu items are usually humble, such as nasi kucing (rice dish with tiny portion), gorengan (assorted fried foods), satay, and local snacks. There are also typical hot beverages, such as ginger milk and coffee.

Almost all corners of Yogyakarta boast angkringan, but there is one that is unique, called Angkringan Kopi Joss. Owned by Lik Man, this angkringan serves coffee beverage called Kopi Joss, which is hot, black coffee with burnt coal plunged into it. If you visit Yogyakarta, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this unique coffee. Come in the evening or midnight, since angkringan becomes even fuller when the night comes.

10. Curug Kembar Jurang Gandul.

There are many curug or waterfalls in Yogyakarta. One of the least visited waterfalls there is Curug Kembar Jurang Gandul. Located in Candisari, Wukirharjo, Prambanan, this waterfall is one of those tourism potentials that still receive small attention. The area still does not have public facilities except simple parking space, and that spot even does not have permanent parking guard. The path to this waterfall is also steep and slippery when raining.

After walking for 200 meters, you will see two waterfalls that are located side by side. One special thing about them is that you can enjoy the view from beneath or behind the water curtain. This is because there is a hollow space that allows visitors to walk on water and rock.

11. Spot Riyadi.

Spot Royadi is one of the hills in Prambanan area. Located in Dawangsari Village, Sambirejo, Prambanan, you can go to this place by driving south from Prambanan Market. Here, you can see an amazing view of lush rice fields, along with the grand Prambanan and Sojiwan Temples.

This spot is actually just a front yard of a villager named Royadi. Since his yard is a great place to enjoy the amazing view, visitors flock here just to see it themselves. You are advised to come in the morning or late afternoon, which are perfect times to hunt for beautiful photos.

12. Kaliadem (Lava Tour).

Mount Merapi is one of Yogyakarta’s famous icons, but this volcano has erupted several times. If you want to enjoy the view of Mount Merapi up close safely, join the Lava Tour Merapi in Kaliadem. In this tour, you can enjoy the refreshing atmosphere and beautiful local plants and animals. You can also see signs of Merapi’s volcanic activities.

To reach this place, you can drive through Kaliurang Road to Pakem. From there, you can find the route to Kaliadem or use ojek (motorcycle taxi) to take you, with around 20,000 IDR of fare.

13. Trans Studio Mini.

Trans Studio Mini is located inside Transmart Maguwo, located at Solo Road kilometer 8, and it was just opened in March 2016. Trans Studio Mini is an indoor theme park with various attractive rides. The prices you must pay to enjoy the rides are different. You can use deposit card with the minimum value of 50,000 IDR. However, if you just want to enjoy the atmosphere without trying any ride, you do not need to pay.

14. Dirgantara Museum.

Museum Pusat TNI AU Dirgantara Mandala, commonly known as Dirgantara Museum, is another recommended museum to visit in Yogyakarta. If you are interested in everything related to the aviation world, you should visit this museum. This place is easy to reach because it is located on Solo – Yogya Road.

Inside the museum, there are various collections related to the aviation world, such as weapon arsenals, planes, missiles, radars, rockets, and much more. The public can learn about various aspects of military aviation that are rarely known. Visiting hours are from 08:30 to 16:00, and the ticket price is 4,000 IDR per person.

15. Kalasan Temple.

Kalasan Temple is located in Kalibening Village, Tirtamartani, Sleman. This place is easier to reach with the car, because it is quite far from the main road. Here, you can see a beautiful temple with 52 stupas (iconic structures in Buddhist temples), and each one is 4.6 meter of height. There are four entrances to the temple area in all of its sides. However, the stairs are only available in the eastern and western sides.

You need to pay 5,000 IDR per person to enter Kalasan Temple. This temple area is open for a public visit at 08:00.

16. Kedung Pedut Waterfall.

Kedung Pedut is a waterfall in Yogyakarta famous for its crystal clear, tosca-colored water underneath the water curtain. Do not forget to bring spare clothes when you come here, because you definitely will splash around. Kedung Pedut Waterfall is located in Kembang Village, Jatimulyo, Girimulyo, Kulon Progo. You can start your trip from Godean Market, and find the route to Kiskendo Cave. After several T-junctions, you will find the waterfall. Ask the locals to make sure you follow the right route.

You must walk on difficult, steep path to enjoy the beauty of this waterfall. There are several good spots to take a rest if you are tired during this walking trip.

17. Kiskendo Cave.

If you love outdoor adventure, the cave is one of the most challenging destinations. Kiskendo Cave in Jatimulyo, Girimulyo, Kulon Progo is a good place to visit for adventure. You can visit the cave from Godean Street to the west. Pay attention to the street sign so you can make the right turn.

The cave is very dark inside, so please do not forget to bring a flashlight. The path inside the cave is well-maintained so that everyone can explore the inside without difficulties. However, be careful when walking inside the cave, because there are cave tunnels that are quite low and narrow. You only need to pay an admission fee of 5,000 IDR to enjoy the exotic appeal of Kiskendo Cave.

18. Plawangan Turgo Natural Park.

Plawangan Turgo is a natural attraction that offers the beauty of the tropical forest, perfect for nature lovers who love outdoor exploration. You can also enjoy the majestic beauty of Mount Merapi. This place is located in Turgo, Hargobinangun, Kaliurang, and open at 08:00. Some professional guides and signs will help inexperienced visitors to finish the route.

19. Japanese Cave.

Gua Jepang (Japanese Cave) is a historic site that used to be a bunker, where Japanese soldiers hid from the Allies during World War Two and Indonesia's Independence War. The Japanese Cave has twenty-five doors that are interlinked to each other. The condition in this place is still good, even though it looks neglected.

You can visit this historical site by trekking for 45 minutes from Tlogo Nirmolo, Kaliurang. There is no admission fee to enter this place.

20. Tlogo Muncar Waterfall.

Tlogo Muncar Waterfall is located at the feet of Mount Merapi. The exact location is in Hargo Binangun Village, Pakem, Sleman. This waterfall is 30-35 meters high and located in 800 meters high above the sea level. The area around Tlogo Muncar Waterfall is still breezy and undisturbed, especially since trees surround it.

To visit this place, you only need to follow the route to Kaliurang Station, and then go through the entrance gate. You must pay 5,000 IDR to enjoy the refreshing water and beautiful nature in this waterfall.

21. Tlogo Putri.

Tlogo Putri is one of the popular attractions in Kaliurang area, near Kaliurang Station. Tlogo Putri is an artificial lake where visitors can ride water pedicab or canoe. You can also enjoy the cool breeze from the mountain and clean air, while relaxing and enjoying local snacks. This place is open since morning, and there is no admission fee.

Yogyakarta is a province with endless charm, and it stays that way even if you already visit it repeatedly. Let go of your stress and pressure from the daily routine, create your own travel itineraries, and enjoy fun, refreshing atmosphere in Yogyakarta.

Attractions & Activities in Yogyakarta

  • Jogja Bay Waterpark Tickets

    The best place to cool down in this scorching hot weather together with your family and loved ones is definitely at Jogja Bay Waterpark, a 7-hectare pirates-themed water park with a lot of exciting attractions and rides! Pump your adrenaline with exciting rides such as Memo Racer, Volcano Coaster, Time Rider, and South Beach or just relax in family rides such as Donte Wild River and other several children water rides. To ensure safety, each of these rides are certified. They also have their own uniqueness and distinct features to make sure you're thoroughly entertained. Not just that, there is an edutainment show that presents the viewers with a fascinating story of Yogyakartan culture and European Pirates in the form of an on-site live show.
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  • Upside Down World Jogja Tickets

    Looking for a quirky and unique destination to visit over the weekend? If you've never visited Upside Down World Jogja, now's the perfect chance! If you're unfamiliar with it, Upside Down World Jogja is a photo studio with eight different rooms, each with a different concept and interior design like a living room, master bedroom, kids bedroom, and many more.

    You may ask, what makes it so special? Well, Upside Down World, true to its name, has its rooms all turned upside down. Imagine the photo-taking opportunities you'll have here, with a guide to help you take photos from all the best angles!
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  • Sindu Kusuma Edupark Tickets

    If you want a place to have fun while also learning more about Javanese culture, Sindu Kusuma Edupark is the right choice! Spanning over 7 hectares of land, Sindu Kusuma Edupark was built by Kusuma Agrowisata Group that's known for its experience in developing high-quality tourist destinations and attractions.

    Sindu Kusuma Edupark offers a variety of fun and exciting rides that are suitable for all ages, making it a perfect family vacation destination. You can also learn more about Javanese cultural values, giving its visitors an unparalleled recreation experience!
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  • Ramayana Ballet at Purawisata Tickets

    Witness the stories carved onto the Prambanan's temple come to life with a magical performance by the Ramayana Ballet! Don't miss a chance to experience an enchanting performance that combines art, dance, music, drama, costume, and lighting.

    The entire Ramayana story is presented through body movements or dancing, without any dialogues. You can hear the melodious strains of the Javanese Gending softly playing and the Sinden humming songs in Javanese. As the show goes on, you'll find yourself carried away by the amazing and dramatic war scenes. The audience can take pictures with all the performers after the show!
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  • IDR 140K Voucher at Trans Studio Mini Maguwo

    Take a break from your usual, busy routine and spend some quality time together with your little ones at Trans Studio Mini! Just like the name suggests, this indoor theme park is a mini version of the famed Trans Studio. Designed thematically with decorations like a replica of the Liberty Statue and the Golden Gate, there are also plenty of rides that you and your children can enjoy together! From ball pits, climbing games, to mini trains and flying swings, there's a lot to keep your children entertained!
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  • Teddy Bear World Jogja Tickets

    Come and visit Teddy Bear World, an adorable, teddy bear-themed destination in Yogyakarta! Here, you can take photos with teddy bears in different costumes at the 9 photo spots, each with different themes like zoo, winter, pirates, beach, garden, graduation, cafe, Halloween, and Sakura.

    Don't worry about finding the perfect spots for photos, because there are free to use photo props and guest assistants that will help you take the best photos, too. So book your tickets now and take your family along for an unforgettable holiday experience at Teddy Bear World!
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  • Fun & Fit Hartono

    If you're looking for an interesting way to spend the weekend, try the newest trend in entertainment and visit Fun & Fit, a fun destination that's perfect for all ages, including children. Here, you can enjoy a quality time with your loved ones by doing exciting activities like bouncing around a huge, indoor trampoline park while burning calories at the same time!
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  • Fun & Fit Sahid J-Walk Tickets

    If you're looking for an interesting way to spend the weekend, try the newest trend in entertainment and visit Fun & Fit, a fun destination that's perfect for all ages, including children. Here, you can enjoy a quality time with your loved ones by doing exciting activities like bouncing around a huge, indoor trampoline park while burning calories at the same time!
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  • Funworld Malioboro Mall Rp120k & Rp250k Funcard Top-up

    Funworld has got to be up there when it comes to family entertainment! Founded in 1983, Funworld presents itself as a family recreation center. What makes it different from other playgrounds? The games and rides are designed not just for young children, but also teens and adults, so everyone in the family can have fun together.

    Pump up the adrenaline with a quick ride on the Roller Coaster or the Bazooka Drop Zone Tower, spin around on the Carousel, or play educational games on the many arcade machines together. It’s a great way to bond with the family!
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  • Cocoland Jogja City Mall

    Need to do some shopping this weekend, but having to worry about your child getting bored walking around the mall is a very real problem. How about letting them play at Cocoland instead? Strategically placed inside a shopping mall, you can rest easy knowing that your kids will stay active and entertained with this fun indoor adventure! From trampoline, wall climbing, see-saw, swings, and many more, there's plenty of activity to do! If you're waiting for your children, you can supervise them through a CCTV from the waiting room!
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