Yogyakarta is the most popular tourist city on the island of Java. Many people would consider it the soul of Indonesia, an area that has fiercely held tight to its cultural heritage and celebrates its roots. Yogyakarta is not simply an old fashioned city however, its a sprawling urban center full of contemporary art, cuisine, shopping, universities and technology. It’s an impressive fusion of the old and new worlds.
Historically, Yogya (as it’s lovingly known) played an important cultural and governmental role in Indonesia. In the 9th century, it produced the grandiose Buddhist temples of Prambanan and Borobudur. In the 16th century, Yogya acted as the capital of the powerful Mataram Sultanate. Many magnificent structures still remain from these eras and make Yogya an exciting place to visit.