Yogya’s bird market has song birds, owls, raptors and pigeons (for training), but occasionally also ravens (which, sadly, are still used...
The cultural and political heart of this fascinating city is the huge palace of the sultans of Yogya, or kraton Effectively a walled...
Museum Kareta Kraton
Near the kraton entrance, Museum Kareta Kraton has exhibits of the opulent chariots of the sultans, although the bug-eyed horse statues...
Most of the centres offer shortened versions for tourists, but here in the alun-alun selatan of the kraton , marathon all-night...
Bohemian cafe-gallery that's a key hangout for Yogya's artistic community. On the menu there's lots of Indonesian food and snacks, and...
Jl Taman · interesting places nearby
Taman Sari information
Just southwest of the kraton is this complex, which once served as a splendid pleasure park of palaces, pools and waterways for the sultan and his entourage. It's said that the sultan had the Portuguese architect of this elaborate retreat, built between 1758 and 1765, executed in order to keep his hidden pleasure rooms secret.
The complex, which is also known by its old Dutch name waterkasteel (water castle), was damaged first by Diponegoro’s Java War, and an earthquake in 1865 helped finish the job. While much of what you see today lies in ruins, the bathing pools have been restored.