Tourism & Cultural Activities


Yogyakarta is well known as a cultural heritage and tourism city. You can find a wide range of tourism attractions and spots in Yogyakarta. We recommend you to wait until 2021 for booking your flights and accommodation.

Cultural Heritage Sites

Sultan’s Palace (Keraton)

The palace of Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or called Kraton Yogyakarta is the javanese culture living museum. The palace is the main living area of Sultan of Yogyakarta and the family. The palace court with its grand and elegant Javanese architecture lies in the center of the city. Although already hundreds of years old and were damaged by the massive earthquake in 1867, Yogyakarta Palace buildings still stand firmly and well maintained.

Yogyakarta Sultan palace has became one of the icons of Yogyakarta, where tourists can observe activities of the royal servants doing their job. A collection of stuffs such as carriage, weapons, various kind of batik can be found around the palace. Furthermore, tourists can also enjoy the art performances with different schedules each day. The show starts from the macapat, puppet show, shadow puppets, and dances. To enjoy art performances, tourists do not need to pay additional costs. If you come on Tuesday Wage, you can watch Jemparingan or archery competition in Mataraman style in Kemandhungan Kidul (South Kemandhungan). Jemparingan is conducted for the heritage of Sri Sultan HB X. The uniqueness of this jemparingan is that every participant must wear Javanese traditional clothing and archery in a sitting position. It tooks around 12-15 minutes to reach the place from Tentrem Hotel by using a car or taxi.

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Taman Sari Water Palace

Taman Sari Water Castle, also known as Taman Sari, is the site of a former royal garden of the Sultan of Yogyakarta. It is located about 2 km south within the grounds of the Kraton (Sultan’s Palace). Built in the mid-18th century, its original functions were a place to rest, to meditate, to work, to hide and to defend the Sultan’s family.

With its combination of eastern and western style building, this unique escape of the royal family has its own appeal and story. The most famous place in Tamansari is the bathing and resting place of the Sultan and his Princesses named Umbul Pasiraman. Most tourists find this place interesting as there is a unique story behind its origins.

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Ramayana Ballet Show

Ramayana Prambanan is a show that combines dance and drama without dialogue, based on the Ramayana story, it’s performed near Prambanan Temple on Java Island, Indonesia. Ramayana Prambanan performs since 1961.

Ramayana stories based on Hindu epics adapted to Javanese culture make Ramayana Prambanan a unique dance. More than 200 professional dancers and gamelan musicians participated in this Ramayana Ballet which took place on an open stage with Prambanan Temple as a backdrop. Ramayana Ballet is also based on the bas-relief at Shiva Temple, Prambanan.Ramayana’s story is the journey of Rama in rescuing his wife Sita (usually called Sinta) who was kidnapped by the king of Alengka Kingdom, Rahwana.

The Ramayana Prambanan Ballet is usually held every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the performances on the stage are open only in the dry season, in the rainy season the performances are held on an indoor stage Trimurti. It tooks around 32 minutes to reach the place from Tentrem Hotel (venue of TUFH 2021) by using a car or taxi.

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Ullen Sentalu Herritage Museum

The Ullen Sentalu Museum is a Javanese culture and art museum located in Kaliurang highland, Yogyakarta. The museum displays relics and artifact from royal houses and kratons of Java, such as Yogyakarta, Pakualam, Surakarta, and Mangkunegaran. It was established in 1994 and officially inaugurated on March 1, 1997, coinciding with the date commemorated every year as a historical day for Yogyakarta City.

It tooks around 45 minutes to go there from Tentrem Hotel by using a car or taxi.

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Borobudur Temple

Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang Regency, not far from the town of Muntilan, in Central Java, Indonesia, 42-km northwest of Yogyakarta. It is the world’s largest Buddhist temple. The temple consists of nine stacked platforms, six square and three circular, topped by a central dome. It is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues. The central dome is surrounded by 72 Buddha statues, each seated inside a perforated stupa.

Built in the 9th century during the reign of the Syailendra dynasty, the temple’s design in Gupta architecture reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian.

The temple has remained strong even through ten centuries of neglect. It was rediscovered in 1815, buried under volcanic ash. In the 1970’s the Indonesian Government and UNESCO worked together to restore Borobudur to its former majesty The restoration took eight years to complete and today Borobudur is one of Indonesia and the world’s most valuable treasures. It tooks around 1 hour 1 minute (37.4 km) to reach the temple from Tentrem Hotel.

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Prambanan Temple

Prambanan or Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimūrti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Transformer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces. Its parapets are adorned with bas-reliefs depicting the famous Ramayana story. 

The temple compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia and the second-largest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high (154 ft) central building inside a large complex of individual temples. 

It tooks around 33 minutes to reach the place from Tentrem Hotel.

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Merapi Volcano and Lava Tour

On October 2010 Merapi volcano erupted lava from its southern and southeastern slopes. The eruption brought million cubic of hot stone and sand. The closest village crashed by hot materials and pyroclastic flow. Today, these place use as tourism destination, that called as Lava tour.

This Merapi Lava tour is an exciting and crazy adventure that you can try. Trying Jeep at Merapi Lava Tour can pumping up your adrenaline and be nice experience in whole your life. You also can see the ruined village crashed by hot volcano materials. The location of jeep basecamp is near Museum Merapi, and it tooks aroud 49 minutes (24.4 km) from Tentrem Hotel by using a car or taxi

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Beautiful Beaches

There are many beautiful and amazing beaches in Yogyakarta Province that you can visit and enjoy the facilities. Feel the touch of every single sand, whether they are gray sands produced from volcanic eruptions or white sands created from the crumbed corals emerged from underwater. Explore along the coastal line from Parangtritis Beach renowned for its mythical legends and the romantic sunset view to the white sand beaches in Gunung Kidul.

Apart from the natural wonders you can enjoy, various amusing activities are also waiting to enrich your holiday agenda. Try riding a horse in the dim evening or climbing the high cliffs in Siung Beach. Perhaps you may also want to try the sensation of throwing a party at the beach, enjoying dinner at some sea-shore cafes under the starry night sky, or surf along the waves of the Indian Ocean. You can found all of that in Yogyakarta.

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Antiques & Shopping

Shopping and Sightseeing in Malioboro

Malioboro is the most famous street in Yogyakarta. Located in the heart of the city, this is the main street and was once the ceremonial avenue for the Sultan to pass through on his way to and from the Keraton. Some say that the name Malioboro derives from the name of the British governor Marlborough from the era when Britain ruled the archipelago, between 1811-1816.

Malioboro is packed with shops selling curiosities, and street vendors offering souvenirs at affordable prices, so you’re bound to find something of interest in this street. At night, the street comes alive with merchants opening up tents serving all kinds of local cuisine. It’s near the Tugu Station (train station) and not so far from Tentrem Hotel. It tooks around 9-10 minutes by using a car or taxi.

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Batik Making and Silver Jewelry Workshops

In Yogyakarta there are also batik and silver jewelry making workshops. Tourists can learn how the process is made and even participate in making it. The results of the workshop can be taken home as souvenirs.

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