Yogyakarta (some people call it Jogja, Jogjakarta, or Yogya) is a city with an outstanding historical and cultural heritage. Yogyakarta was the centre of the Mataram Dynasty (1575-1640), and the kraton (the sultan’s palace) still remains fully functional. Also, Yogyakarta has numerous thousand-year-old temples as an inheritances of the great ancient kingdoms, such as the Borobudur temple established in the ninth century by the dynasty of Syailendra.

Besides the cultural heritage, Yogyakarta is blessed with beautiful natural surroundings. The green rice fields cover the suburban areas, while the skyline is back-dropped by the breathtaking Merapi Volcano. The beaches can be easily found south of Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta lives in peace and it’s people offer typical Javanese hospitality. Just try to go around the city by bike, becak, or horse cart; and you will find sincere smiles and warm greetings at every corner and on every street of the city.

An artistic atmosphere exudes in Yogyakarta. Malioboro, as the center of Yogyakarta, is a showcase of handicraft from all around the city. Street musicians are always ready entertain the visitors, and the numerous food stalls fill the air with the dish of the day.

Those who have visited Yogyakarta confess that this city makes them long for it. Just visit it, then you will understand what this means.