5 Reasons to Yogyakarta as the City Adventure to Exist
Yogyakarta is a word that when thinking about locations for holidays, what are we looking for? A city with a view of the eye that we have never seen and a unique tourist destination that will leave us with happy memories that will last forever. This is what really helps us to spend time and our wallet is spent for vacation and traveling in Yogyakarta. This trip will not be memorable without being accompanied by an experienced driver from a car rental company in Yogyakarta, namely JOGJARENTCAR.COM.
Yogyakarta City or better known as JOGJA, Presents to you a beautiful city with very friendly locals. The city is the cultural capital of Indonesia, while I call it the biggest adventure capital in Southeast Asia. It has amazing natural charm, outdoor activities that are able to pump up your adrenaline full of time with challenging adventures, superb dining places and amazing views of the local people!
Yogyakarta has won my heart as a cultural and adventure destination. In this one trip, I got so close to the most active volcano in Indonesia, visited two UNESCO World Heritage sites and walked into an underground cave with the most amazing natural view that I have never seen in my life.
1. It has the largest Hindu temple in Prambanan Temple
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, built in the 10th century, is the site of the Prambanan temple, the largest Hindu temple in Indonesia. Built in 850M to honor Lord Shiva. The architecture of the temple shows very complicated and makes you able to stand amazed by the extraordinary charm in the process of building the Prambanan temple at that time and so carefully the ancestors built this temple from the structure of a large temple built with a very long period of work on Prambanan temple. Around the temple there are debris and fragments of building blocks that add a rural and mystical touch. We spent time watching the sunset at this temple but be sure to take a trip to watch the sunshine slowly every inch of sunset at Prambanan Temple will leave you with happy memories.
2. Seeing Sunrise in Borobudur Temple
It’s interesting how the biggest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia, Prambanan, and the biggest Buddhist temple, Borobudur, are both located in the same city. That is why Jogja is called the cultural city of Indonesia. Like Prambanan, Borobudur is forgotten for hundreds of years, and is buried under forest leaves and volcanic ash. The cause of abandonment is still a mystery to historians but may be due to a shift in Islamic religion in the 15th century. The rediscovery of this monument is a tribute to Sir Stamford Raffles, who was then the ruler of Java.
I have read how the Borobudur Temple is the largest Buddhist monument in the world and it is the most visited tourist attraction in Indonesia. This place as a UNESCO World Heritage until I can see with my own eyes. I also cannot believe that this temple was built more than 1,000 years ago in 750 AD. The best time to see Borobudur Temple is at dawn where you will be able to watch the sun rise in the distance surrounded by more than 500 Buddha statues. Don’t forget to capture this very beautiful iconic image at Borobudur Temple.
3. Visiting the most active Mount Merapi in Asia
Mount Merapi is called the most active volcano in Asia with its track record of eruptions on average 5-10 years apart since 1548. Literally meaning “Fire Mountain” in English. The last event that erupted Mount Merapi in 2010 and the active volcano made it dangerous and charming at the time. We can see Lava from the dome of Mount Merapi coming out very fantastic with the help of a chartered jeep guide. Jeep through the gravel path and fight the cool breeze. I feel like I’m in a real action movie setting. What is an adventure without vibration is really another that this experience I will never forget.
4. Along Jomblang Cave which is in the Earth
This Jomblang cave seen directly from the Indiana Jones movie might look scary but this is an adventure that thrills you and won’t be missed. Like taking a leap and stepping into another world in this case in the middle of the forest and turning into a cave where there is a river flowing so swiftly. A short journey through the dark will bring you face to face with one of the most spectacular views that have never been experienced in our adventure / adventure tour before.
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This is the most memorable activity we conquered during our trip to Yogyakarta. We almost missed our chance to explore Goa Jomblang. This place is so famous for refracting sunlight into the cave. The best time is at 12 noon through a small opening at the top of the cave, to produce one of the scenes you only thought existed in action films. Jomplang Cave is one for additional adventure experiences and this experience I always remember throughout our lives.
5. Boosts Bicycle Cars with colorful lights
In Javanese, Alun-Alun means open grass. This is the place where you will see a palace, market, mosque and town square which is not far from the southern square. Jogja has two Square. Alun-Alun Selatan (South) and Alun-Alun Utara (North) – located behind and in front of the palace of the king / palace. It is a must to take a spin on one of these brightly colored vehicles. For only Rp.50 thousand, you can swing on the road around the big roundabout of the square with this car accompanied by the latest hip-hop songs played from a stereo player.
In the Alun-Alun complex such as lighting, food and game shops. This reminds me of a typical and simple carnival. You can find games such as burning slingshots and eye patches for less than Rp. 10,000. Take a peek at how the locals are playing the game and you will get the hang of it in no time and try to walk past the twin banyan trees planted in the closed eyes of the town square. This game is known as Masangin and according to local people’s belief that only those with pure and clean hearts can walk through these twin banyan trees.
Satisfied to enjoy a vacation with a tour in Yogyakarta and Gunungkidul with a car rental service with a driver in Yogyakarta. We must return back to our city via a flight from Yogyakarta Airport. The name of the airport in Jogja is called the Adisucipto International Airport Yogyakarta Airport, which is not so big compared to the airports in Indonesia. But the service at Jogja Airport is very good and fast, that was our last impression while in Jogja. We will return for a more exciting holiday in Yogyakarta.