Top ChoicePalace 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...

Top ChoicePalace 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...

Museum in Yogyakarta

Sono-Budoyo Museum

Sono-Budoyo Museum

This treasure chest is one of the best museums in Yogya. It is only small but is home to a first-class collection of Javanese art, including wayang kulit puppets, topeng (masks), kris and batik. The courtyard...

Gallery in Yogyakarta

Affandi Museum

One of Indonesia’s most celebrated artists, Affandi (1907–90) lived and worked in a wonderfully quirky self-designed riverside studio, about 6km east of the centre. Today it's the Affandi Museum, a must for any...

Area in Yogyakarta

Kota Gede

In 1582, Kota Gede was made the first capital of the Mataram kingdom, the founder of which, Panembahan Senopati, is buried in a tomb here. Today, the area is an upmarket suburb of Yogyakarta and the hub of...

Tomb in Yogyakarta

Tombs of Mataram Kotagede

The 16th-century founder of the Mataram kingdom, Panembahan Senopati, is buried in the small graveyard of an old mosque located in the suburb of Kota Gede. It is the last resting place of other royals too and the...

Market in Yogyakarta

Pasar Beringharjo

Yogya’s main market is a lively and fascinating place to visit. Batik, catering for tourist tastes and mostly of the inexpensive batik cap (stamped batik) variety, is sold here, but the warungs (food stalls),...

Gallery in Yogyakarta

Kedai Kebun Forum

This fun, bohemian space is a key haunt for Yogya's arts community. The gallery curates mixed-media exhibitions and hosts pop-up shops, film screenings and DJs. The upstairs restaurant caters well for vegans and...

Gallery in Yogyakarta

Jogja National Museum

Yogyakarta's premier contemporary art gallery is located within a brutalist concrete block that was built as an art faculty back in the 1950s. Today it exhibits diverse shows by Indonesian artists that change...

Gallery in Yogyakarta

Sangkring Art Space

Located about 3km southwest of the kraton, this elegant space hosts contemporary exhibitions and includes an attractive cafe where local artists gather. Upcoming shows are canvassed on their website.

Fort in Yogyakarta

Benteng Vredeburg

The old Dutch fort, with its impressive moat, is a popular destination for school outings, as it communicates Indonesia's recent history through engaging dioramas in the former barrack rooms.

Historic Building in Yogyakarta

Pagelaran Pavilion

Due to a schism in the ruling royal family, there is a small portion of the kraton, overlooking the northern alun-alun, that is walled off from the main part of the palace complex. Entrance to this area, which...

Museum in Yogyakarta

Museum Sasana Wiratama

In the northwest of the city, this museum honours the Indonesian hero, Prince Pangeran Diponegoro, who was leader of the bloody but futile rebellion of 1825–30 against the Dutch. A motley collection of the...

Museum in Yogyakarta

Pakualaman Kraton

This small museum includes a pendopo (large, open-sided pavilion) that can hold a full gamelan orchestra. One of the main attractions here is the pretty little colonial house, built in 1884, that looks oddly...

Public Art in Yogyakarta

Stadion Kridosono

When it comes to street art, Yogya is one giant gallery with every wall covered in graffiti, stencils, murals and paste-ups. A good spot to see some of this work is the circular concrete wall of this old football...

Museum in Yogyakarta

Museum Kareta Kraton

This wonderful old carriage house exhibits the opulent chariots of the sultan. The leather-upholstered and intricately painted carriages tell their own tales, with crowns and dragons, gold-leaf emblems and...

Mosque in Yogyakarta

Mesjid Besar

This central, open-air mosque, built in a traditional Javanese architectural style, is the largest in the city.

Notable Building in Yogyakarta

Gedung Negara

The seat of power in the Yogya region, this imposing modern-classical complex is closed to the public but makes a good landmark on Jl A Yani.