Berbicara mengenai Keraton Yogyakarta yang terkenal pasti tidak lepas dari Tamansari. Terletak di sebelah barat Keraton, Tamansari atau Taman Air ini memang merupakan bagian penting dari kompleks Keraton. Taman Air ini dibangun pada masa oleh Sultan Hamengku Buwono I pada tahun 1757 dan selesai pada masa Sultan Hamengku Buwono II serta merupakan hasil karya bergaya arsitektur baru campuran antara Jawa, Portugis, Cina, dan ada juga elemen Islam, Hindu dan Buddha.
Taman Sari ini memiliki dua pintu utama yaitu Gapuro Agung yang berada di sebelah barat dan Gapuro Panggung yang berada di sebelah timur, saat ini Gapuro Panggung tersebut menjadi pintu masuk utama bagi para wisatawan. Bentuk pintu gerbangnya atau “Gapuro”nya sangatlah indah dengan arsitektur dan ornamen asli Jawa. Continue reading Taman Sari, Peristirahatan dan Benteng Pertahanan→
Let say you are an expatriate working in Jakarta or having a business trip in Indonesia. You may consider to run away from Jakarta during long weekend. Yogyakarta or simply called Jogja is one of the most recommended place. Why? Because it is the second top destination after Bali. Known as student and cultural city, it is a place where modern city perfectly blends with traditional village. There are several flights daily from 6 in the morning to 9 in the night. It’s only an hour flight, but remember Soekarno Hatta International Airport is located outside of Jakarta which may take up to 2 hours from city center. You can also go by train which takes 9 hours.
Day 1 – Saturday
You shall catch a flight on Friday afternoon. Please consider crowded traffic to airport during long weekend, you should calculate the fastest time you can escape from office till reach the airport. Before 4 o’clock is the best time since you can arrive in airport within an hour from city center. If you board at 6 pm, you will arrive in Jogja at 7 pm. From Adisutjipto International Airport Jogja, you can go to your hotel by taxi or bus. Airport taxi is recommended transportation eventough more expensive than metered taxi outside. You can also go by TransJogja bus. Just for your info, you can also go by train from Maguwoharjo Railway Station. Adisutjipto International Airport is the one and only airport in Indonesia which have bus station and railway station located nearby.
Now it’s time to find a hotel. The best and most popular place is Sosrowijayan area, next to Tugu Railway Station and Malioboro street, the most famous street in Jogja. You can find wide range of accomodation from cheap hostel to 4 star hotel. It takes only half an hour by taxi from airport.
The first destination is Borobudur Temple, the biggest and the most famous buddhist temple in the world, one of UNESCO World Heritage. Borobudur is located in Magelang district, Central Java Province. It takes around one and a half hour by car from Jogja. I recommend you to rent a car for easy mobilization. It’s better to go early morning around 7 am. Borobudur Temple is built in 9th century during the reign of Syailendra Dynasty. Since it is the masterpiece of Jogja and Central Java tourism, Borobudur Temple shall be your first destination.
An Indonesian family backpacker, been to 25+ countries as a family. Yogyakarta native, now living in Crawley, UK. Author of several traveling books and travelogue. Owner of OmahSelo Family Guest House Jogja. Strongly support family traveling with kids.