Sam's Exotic Travels to Jogjakarta - Java's Second City

Jogjakarta (shortened to Jogja by locals) is renowned as a center of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. It is also famous as a centre for Indonesian higher education and the seat of Gadjah Mada University, one of the three most prestigious universities in Indonesia.

While the city spreads in all directions from the kraton (the Sultan's palace), the core of the modern city is to the north, centering around Dutch colonial-era buildings and the commercial district. 

Surrounding the kraton is a densely populated residential neighborhood that occupies land that was formerly the Sultan's sole domain.  Reconstruction efforts began in 2004, and an effort to renew the neighborhood around the kraton has begun. The site is a developing tourist attraction.

Building of the Sultan Palace, Jogjakarta, Indonesia  Building of the Sultan Palace, Jogjakarta, Indonesia  Hyatt Gardens, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

While the Sultan's Palace and other historical buildings are nice, I found the warm friendly people a much better subject.  Hope you like my impression of Java's second city.


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