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ASIA : INDONESIA : YOGYAKARTA

Yogyakarta is one of Indonesia's oldest cities and the capital of the Yogyakarta Special Region of central Java. A regal city with an ancient and glorious past, Yogyakarta features an outstanding historical and cultural heritage. Visit this historical city by booking your travel package with Direct Flights.

Yogyakarta

     

Yogyakarta is one of Indonesia's oldest cities and the capital of the Yogyakarta Special Region of central Java. Despite the official spelling, its name is usually pronounced - and often written - as Jogjakarta, Jogja or Yogja. A regal city with an ancient and glorious past, Yogyakarta features an outstanding historical and cultural heritage. The centre of the ancient Mataram Dynasty, the city's inheritance includes a Sultan's Palace (the Kraton) and numerous thousand-year-old temples such as the renowned Borobudur Temple. But Yogyakarta is much more than its past - it also possesses stunning natural beauty. Surrounded by lush jungles and green rice fields, its backdrop is the volcanic Mount Merapi, and its front porch is a series of beautiful natural beaches. Yogyakarta boasts a colourful, artistic atmosphere, and its city centre is filled with street musicians, street markets offering local arts and crafts, and food vendors. All this makes Yogyakarta an exciting holiday destination that is just beginning to be discovered by travellers that are hungry for natural beauty, ancient history and the subtleties of venerable traditions. You can join in their excitement by booking discount travel to Yogyakarta through Direct Flights, your online travel specialist: we'll help you plan your trip and set up all the travel arrangements you'll need, including cheap flights to Yogyakarta and discount hotel accommodation in Yogyakarta.       
       
So visit the impressive Sultan's Palace under the friendly eyes of palace guards wearing traditional and distinctive uniforms; visit some of the grand, ancient temples and impressive museums; and tour the city's markets to purchase the creations of some of Java's finest artisans as remembrances of your trip.        
       
The Sultan's palace (the Kraton) in the city centre is the focus of Yogyakarta's traditional culture and its elegant Javanese design exudes a sense of history and royal refinement. It is actually a walled city within the city and features luxurious pavilions in which the current Sultan still resides. The ninth century Borobudur is the largest Buddhist temple and features 1460 amazing relief panels as well as 504 Buddha statues within its complex. Prambanan temple, an extraordinarily beautiful Hindu temple, and the nearby Buddhist Sewu Temple, indicate that Hindus and Buddhists have peacefully coexisted at Yogyakarta for hundreds of years. The Sonobudoyo Museum, located on the main square near the Kraton, showcases old Javanese pottery, weapons, leather goods, wooden puppets, masks, statues, textiles and musical instruments. Benteng Vredeburg is a Dutch colonial fort built in 1765 and surrounded by moats. Located within walking distance of the city centre, visitors on cheap holidays to Yogyakarta are rewarded with wonderful views of the Sultan's Palace from its heights.       
       
Nearby attractions include the white sands of Krakal Beach, accented by nearby rocky hills; Kota Gede, once the seat of the mighty Mataram Empire and now the centre of the Yogyakarta silverwork industry where visitors are welcome to watch silver being transformed into beautiful works of art known as "Yogya Silver;" and Mount Merapi (Mountain of Fire), one of the world's most active volcanoes.       
       
Yogyakarta's Adisucipto International Airport is a small but busy travel hub. Domestic flights to Yogyakarta arrive almost hourly from Jakarta and Denpasar, with regular arrivals from other cities in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi. International flights to Yogyakarta arrive from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Singapore, so cheap flights to Yogyakarta are available from Australia, Europe and the Americas, although connecting flights may be required.       
       
Yogyakarta is the older Asia that many dream of when planning their holidays. You can fulfill your dreams by booking cheap holidays to Yogyakarta through Direct Flights: Direct Flights books cheap flights to Yogyakarta and complete Yogyakarta travel packages that include discount accommodation in Yogyakarta. Whether you'll be coming from Australia, the UK or anywhere else in the world, Direct Flights will set up all the travel arrangements you'll need. You'll be amazed at how easy and inexpensive it can be.
       
       
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