Top things to do in Central Java

Top Choice Hindu Temple in Prambanan

Prambanan Temples

Comprising the remains of some 244 temples, World Heritage–listed Prambanan is Indonesia's largest Hindu site and one of Southeast Asia's major attractions. The highlight is the central compound, where eight main an…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Borobudur

Borobudur Temple

Dating from the 8th and 9th centuries, and built from two million blocks of stone, Borobudur is the world's largest Buddhist temple and one of Indonesia's most important cultural sites. The temple takes the form of …
Top Choice Dance in Prambanan

Ramayana Ballet

Held at the outdoor theatre just west of the main Prambanan temple complex, the famous Ramayana Ballet is Java’s most spectacular dance-drama troupe. The story of Rama and Sita takes place three nights a week on Tue…
Top Choice Museum in Solo

House of Danar Hadi

Danar Hadi is one of the world's finest batik museums. The handpicked favourites from the owner's private collection (1078 pieces from a collection of 11,000) are magnificently displayed on wooden trellises througho…
Top Choice Chinese in Semarang

Holliday Restaurant

It's easy to see why this two-storey restaurant is permanently packed: the food is exceptionally good! Earning the unreserved recommendation of the local Chinese population, the restaurant attracts large parties to …
Top Choice International in Borobudur

Patio

For a magical hilltop setting enhanced by traditional music, this vintage restaurant, 4km west of Borobudur, is hard to match. Eat in the formal dining room or out on the terrace with views of the monument. Local di…
Top Choice Palace in Yogyakarta

Kraton

Beside the southern alun-alun (main square), Yogya's enormous kraton (palace) is the cultural and political heart of this fascinating city. Effectively a walled city, this complex of pavilions and residences is home…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Gunung Lawu

Candi Sukuh

In a magnificent position 900m above the Solo plain with fine views of Gunung Lawu, Candi Sukuh is one of Java’s most enigmatic and striking temples. It’s not a large site, but it's beautifully proportioned with a t…
Top Choice Palace in Yogyakarta

Taman Sari

This once-splendid pleasure park of palaces, pools and waterways, built between 1758 and 1765, functioned as the playground of the sultan and his entourage. It's said that the sultan had the Portuguese architect of …
Top Choice Area in Semarang

Old City

Semarang’s atmospheric old quarter, often referred to by its Dutch name, the Outstadt, is well worth investigating. Until recently, most of the area’s colonial buildings were abandoned as city authorities focused on…