Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta travel tips

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Situated in the heart of the Yogyakarta, Indonesia's cultural centre, the Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta is the premier choice for making the most of your visit to this vibrant destination.

Long considered Java’s artistic, intellectual and cultural soul, Yogyakarta, or 'Jogja' as it’s sometimes called, is where Javanese language, arts, cuisines, rituals, archaeologies and heritage sites are the most vividly and authentically displayed. Forever faithful to its customs and ruled by a Sultan whose Royal Palace is central to everyday life, Jogja is also a bustling, contemporary metropolis teeming with world-class restaurants, modern art museums, upscale shopping and nightlife destinations.

When planning your visit to our hotel in Yogyakarta, the friendly associates of Royal Ambarrukmo Yogyakarta is at your service with travel tips and recommendations on things to-do, to-eat, to-visit and to-see.

Candi Borobudur

Standing long before Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the great cathedrals in Europe, Borobudur Temple has stood gallantly in the land of Java. The building called by UNESCO as the most magnificent and the largest monument and stupa complex in the world is visited by pilgrims in the mid-ninth century until the beginning of the 11th century. Buddhist people who want to get enlightened were flocking from India, Cambodia, Tibet, and China. Not only magnificent and large, Borobudur Temple wall panels are filled with 2672 sculptured reliefs which if arranged in row, it will reach a length of 6 km! It is praised as the largest and the most complete Buddha reliefs ensemble in the world, unmatched in artistic value.

Borobudur Entrance for Locals (2018)

IDR 40.000 (adult)
IDR 20.000 (child)
Discount 50% (for students, minimum at 20 persons)

Borobudur Entrance for Foreigners (2018)

IDR 337,500 (adult)
IDR 202,500 (child)

Opening Hours (regular)
Monday to Sunday: 6AM - 5PM

To follow the flow of the story carved on the walls of the temple, visitors must walk clockwise around the temple, known by the term of pradaksina. It is entering through the east entrance, walking clockwise to the position where the temple is always on the right side, until reaching the foot of the east stairs and stepping up to the next level. This is done repeatedly until all the levels passed and reached on the top of the temple shaping the main stupa. Arriving at the top, put your view in all directions, it will be seen a row of Menoreh Hill, Mount Sindoro, Mount Sumbing, Mount Merapi and Mount Merbabu standing up straight around the temple. Mountains and hills are as if guarding the existence of Borobudur Temple.

Based on Kayumwungan inscription dated 26the May 824, Borobudur Temple was built by King Samaratungga between the 8th until 9th century, coincided with Pawon Temple and Mendut Temple. The building process lasted for 75 years under the leadership of an architect, Gunadarma. Although not familiar with computers and other sophisticated equipments, Gunadarma was able to apply the interlock system in constructing the temple. As many as 60,000 cubic meters of andesite stone which amount to 2 million stone blocks compiled from Elo River and Progo River, they were carved and assembled into giant puzzles that covered a small hill to from Borobudur Temple.

Enjoying the splendor of Borobudur Temple is no enough just walking down the aisle and climbing into the top of the temple. One thing to look out for is to see Borobudur Sunrise and Borobudur Sunset over the temple. The splash of morning sunlight hitting the stupas and the statue of Buddha makes the grandeur and splendor of the temple being more felt. While standing on the top of the temple at twilight within a row of stupas and watching the sun slowly began to shade will create a calm and peaceful feeling.

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Candi Prambanan

Prambanan temple is extraordinarily beautiful building constructed in the tenth century during the reigns of two kings namely Rakai Pikatan and Rakai Balitung. Soaring up to 47 meters (5 meters higher than Borobudur temple), the foundation of this temple has fulfilled the desire of the founder to show Hindu triumph in Java Island. This temple is located 17 kilometers from the city center, among an area that now functions as beautiful park.

Prambanan Entrance for Locals (2018)
IDR 40,00 (adult)
IDR 20,000 (child)

Prambanan Entrance for Foreigners (2018)
IDR 337,500 (adult)
IDR 202,500 (child)

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 6AM - 5PM

There is a legend that Javanese people always tell about this temple. As the story tells, there was a man named Bandung Bondowoso who loved Roro Jonggrang. To refuse his love, Jonggrang asked Bondowoso to make her a temple with 1,000 statues only in one-night time. The request was nearly fulfilled when Jonggrang asked the villagers to pound rice and to set a fire in order to look like morning had broken. Feeling to be cheated, Bondowoso who only completed 999 statues cursed Jonggrang to be the thousandth statue.

Prambanan temple has three main temples in the primary yard, namely Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva temples. Those three temples are symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief. All of them face to the east. Each main temple has accompanying temple facing to the west, namely Nandini for Shiva, Angsa for Brahma, and Garuda for Vishnu. Besides, there are 2 flank temples, 4 kelir temples and 4 corner temples. In the second area, there are 224 temples.

Prambanan also has panels of relief describing the story of Ramayana. Experts say that the relief is similar to the story of Ramayana that is told orally from generation to generation. Another interesting relief is Kalpataru tree that - in Hindu - the tree is considered tree of life, eternity and environment harmony. In Prambanan, relief of Kalpataru tree is described as flanking a lion. The presence of this tree makes experts consider that Javanese society in the ninth century had wisdom to manage its environment.

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Ramayana Ballet at Candi Prambanan

Ramayana story presented in this performance is similar to that engraved on Prambanan temple. As people tell, Ramayana story that is engraved on the most beautiful Hindu temple is similar to the story in oral tradition in India. The long and straining story is summarized in four scenes, namely the kidnapping of Shinta, Anoman's mission to Alengka, the death of Kumbakarna or Rahwana, and the meeting of Rama-Shinta.

Ticket Price (2018)
IDR 400,000 (VIP)
IDR 300,000 (Special class)
IDR 200,000 (Class 1)
IDR 125,000 (Class 2)

Opening Hours
7:30 - 9:30PM (on schedule as updated by Ramayana Ballet Prambanan)

The entire story is presented in a series of dance movements done by beautiful dancers accompanied by gamelan music. You are invited to really plunge into the story and observe each movement of the dancers to know the coarse of the story. There is no dialog among the dancers. The only storyteller is the sinden or the female singer who describes the coarse of the story through Javanes songs with her typical voice.

The story begins when Prabu Janaka held a contest to determine the would-be husband for Shinta, his daughter that finally was won by Rama Wijaya. The scene is continued with the adventure of Rama, Shinta and Rama's younger brother named Laksamana in Dandaka forest. There, they met Rawana that was eager to posses Shinta since she was considered the reincarnation of goddess Widowati, a woman that he had been seeking for long.

In order to attract Shinta's attention, Rahwana changed one of his followers named Marica into a deer. The effort was successful when Shinta was attracted and asked Rama to chase the deer. When Rama did not show up after a while, Laksmana went to find Rama and left Shinta herself by protecting her with a magic circle around her in order that nobody would be able to kidnap her, including Rahwana. The protection failed to keep Shinta in the place since Rahwana succeeded in kidnapping her by changing himself into Durna character.

At the end of the story, Hanoman, the white, powerful monkey succeeded in taking Shinta from Rahwana. When she returned, however, Rama did not trust her anymore. He considered Shinta disgraced. In order to prove her virginity and holiness, Shinta was asked to burn herself. Shinta proved her holiness when she was not burned at all even she became more beautiful. Finally, Rama accepted her as his wife.

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Goa Jomblang

Jomblang is one of hundreds of cave complex in Gunungkidul that becomes well known because of its uniqueness. In 2011, it is used as the object of a program called Amazing Race America. Located on the range of karst hills in the southern coastal spread along Gombong, Central Java up to karst area in Sewu Mountain, Pacitan, West Java, this vertical cave has collapse doline. It was constructed from a geological process when the land and its vegetation vanished into the bowel of the earth thousand years ago. The ruins formed a sinkhole, which in Javanese language was called sumuran or luweng. As a result, the cave which has 50 meter diameter was later named Luweng Jomblang.

Ticket Price (2018)
IDR 450,000

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 10AM - 2PM

To enter Jomblang cave, we need to master single rope technique (SRT). Everyone who wish to do caving in this place should use special equipments based on the caving safety standard in a vertical cave and should also be accompanied by the experienced caving trainers.

  • The best time to enjoy the beauty of Grubug cave is at 10a.m to 12a.m when the sun shines above our head, so that we can see the more beautiful heavenly light.

  • Anyone who wants to get into Jomblang cave must be equipped with tools which have safety standard for vertical caving and accompanied by well-experienced caver or trainer. For more information about caving in Jomblang cave, you can contact the owner of Jomblang Resort, Cahyo Alkantana (+62 811 117 010).

  • The maximum quotas to get into Jomblang cave are 25 people for the reason of ecosystem stability and the cave condition.

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Goa Pindul

Wading across a river using b is something common, but if the river is located inside a cave, of course it will be an enjoyable yet challenging experience. Pindul is a cave that becomes part of the group of seven caves with underground river flowing inside. It is located in a village named Bejiharjo, Karangmojo and it offers the real sensation of adventure. For about 45 to 60 minutes, visitors will be invited to go along the river in the darkness of the bowels of the earth with 300 meters length using lifebelt. This is an activity combining body rafting and caving, and later called cave tubing.

No special preparation needed to do cave tubing in Pindul cave. We only need lifebelt, life vest, and headlamp, and those equipments have been provided by the organizer. The still water flow makes it save for everyone, not only adults but also children. The best time to do cave tubing is in the morning at about 9 or 10a.m since the water won't be too cold. Furthermore, if the weather is clear, at that time we may see the light from heaven which is actually the sunlight from above that goes through the big hole on the top of the cave.

Ticket Price (2018)
IDR 10,000
IDR 50,000 (cave tubing packages including guides and equipment)

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 7AM - 5PM

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Gunung Api Purba Nglanggeran

Mount Nglanggeran is an ancient volcano that used to be active million years ago. Located on Baturagung karst area, Nglanggeran was lithologically formed by old volcanic material fragment. It has two peaks, namely western and eastern peak with a caldera in the center. Nowadays, Nglanggeran is a range of huge rocky mountain which has exotic view, unique shape and names, and also history behind it. The mountains in the range are usually named based on their shape, for example Mount 5 Jari, Mount Kelir, and Mount Wayang.

Ticket Price (2018)
IDR 30,000 (Gunung Api Purba Nglanggeran)
IDR 30,000 (Embung Nglanggeran)
IDR 30,000 (Kampung Pitu)
IDR 20,000 (Kedung Kandang Waterfall)

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: open 24 hours

Notes: The ancient volcano Nglanggeran is fully organized by Karang Taruna Desa Nglanggeran (Youth Organization of Nglanggeran Village). For more information or reservation, you can call Sugeng Handoko (+62 818 0260 6050), Heru Purwanto (+62 818 0410 3999).

 

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Keraton Ratu Boko

Keraton Ratu Boko was a glorious building that was constructed during the reign of Rakai Panangkaran, descendant of Sailendra dynasty. The palace that initially was named Abhayagiri Vihara (that means a monastery on a peaceful hill) was built for seclusion purpose and to focus on spiritual life. From this palace, you will feel peace and will be able to see Yogyakarta city and Prambanan temple with Merapi Mountain as the background.

Ratu Boko Entrance for Locals (2018)
IDR 40,000 (adult)
IDR 20,000 (child)

Ratu Boko Entrance for Foreigners (2018)
IDR 337,500 (adult)
IDR 202,500 (child)

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 6AM - 5PM

This palace is located 196 meters above the sea level. The area of the palace as wide as 250,000 m2 is divided into four, namely center, west, southeast, and east parts. The center part consists of the main gateway, square, Combustion Temple, pond, square terrace and assembly hall. Meanwhile, the southeast part includes hall, platform, three temples, pond, and a complex for princess. The caves, Buddha effigy, and a pond are in east part while the west part consists of hills only.

Even though it was built by a Buddhist, there are Hindu elements in it. This can be seen from the presence of Lingga and Yoni, Ganesha statue, and golden plate with the writing "Om Rudra ya namah swaha" on it as form of worship to Rudra as the other name of Shiva. The Hindu elements proved religious tolerance that is reflected in architectural works. In fact, Rakai Panangkaran who embraced Buddhism lived side by side with Hindu people.

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Leather Puppet Show

The stories in the leather puppet originated from some old books such as Ramayana, Mahabharata, Pustaka Raja Purwa and Purwakanda. Now, there are some books containing lakon gubahan and karangan that have been hundreds years to be liked by the society such as Abimanyu KeremDorawecaSuryatmaja Maling and so on. Among the old books, Purwakanda book is most often used by the puppeteers from Yogyakarta Kingdom.

The leather puppet show begins when the dalang takes out a puppet in the shape of a mountain called gunungan. A nightlong leather puppet show in Yogyakarta style is divided into 3 scenes with 7 jejeran or acts and 7 war acts. The first scene, called pathet lasem, has 3 jejeran and 2 acts of war accompanied by pathet lasem Javanese musical composition. Pathet Sanga as the second scene has 2 jejeran and 2 war acts, while Pathet Manyura as the second scene has 2 jejeran and 3 war acts. One of the scenes that most spectators mostly wait is gara-garathat presents typical Javanese humor.

 

WAYANG KULIT (LEATHER PUPPET) SHOW

Kraton, Jl. Rotowijayan 1 Yogyakarta
Time: Every Saturday, 10.30 - 12.00
Ticketing: It's free. However, we need to pay the entrance fee to get into Keraton (IDR 15,000)

Sonobudoyo Museum, Jl. Trikora 6 Yogyakarta
Time: Every night, 20.00 - 22.00
Ticketing IDR 20,000

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Keraton Yogyakarta

Keraton Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or now better known by the name of Yogyakarta Palace is the center of Javanese culture living museum that is in the Special Region Yogykarta (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta). Not just becomes the place to live for the king and his family, the palace is also a main direction of cultural development of Java, as well as the flame guard of the culture.

At this place tourists can learn and see directly on how the Javanese culture continues to live and be preserved. Yogyakarta Palace was built by Pangeran Mangkubumi (Prince Mangkubumi )in 1755, several months after the signing of the Perjanjian Giyanti (the Agreement Giyanti). Banyan forest (Hutan Beringin) was chosen as the place for building the palace because the land was between two rivers that were considered good and protected from possible flooding. Although already hundreds of years old and were damaged by the massive earthquake in 1867, Yogyakarta Palace buildings still stand firmly and well maintained.

Visiting Yogyakarta Palace will provide both valuable and memorable experience. The palace that became the center of an imaginary line connecting Parangtritis Beach and Mount Merapi has 2 booth doors. The first in Tepas Keprajuritan (in front of Alun-Alun Utara), and in Tepas Tourism (Regol Keben). If entering from Tepas Keprajuritan, visitors can only enter Bangsal Pagelaran and Siti Hinggil and see a collection of some palace carriages, if entering from Tepas Pariwisata, then you can enter Sri Manganti complex and Kedhaton where there is Bangsal Kencono (Kencono Ward) that is the main hall of the kingdom. The distance between the first and second booth door was not far, just by walking down Jalan Rotowijayan, visitors can walk or ride a rickshaw.

Ticket Price (2018)
IDR 15,000

Opening Hours
Monday to Thursday: 8:30AM - 1:30PM
Friday: 8:30AM - 12:30PM
Saturday and Sunday: 8:30AM - 1:30PM

Perfomances daily schedule in the Palace

  • Monday - Tuesday: Gamelan music (starting at 10:00 a.m)
  • Wednesday: Golek Menak puppet (starting at 10:00 a.m)
  • Thursday: Dance Perfomance (starting at 10:00 a.m)
  • Friday: Macapat (starting at 09:00 a.m)
  • Saturday: Leather puppet (starting at 09:30 a.m)
  • Sunday: Wayang Orang (man puppet) and dance performance (starting at 09:30 a.m)

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Malioboro Street

Before it turned into a busy street, Malioboro was a quiet road with a tamarind tree growing on the right and left. This road was just passed by people who wanted to go to the Palace or complex areas such as First Indische first in Yogyakarta, for instance, Loji Besar (Vredeburg Fort), Loji Kecil (area next to the Great Hall/Gedung Agung), Loji Kebon (Great Hall/Gedung Agung), as well as Loji Setan.

But the existence of Pasar Gede or Beringharjo Market on the south side and the presence of Chinese ethnic residential in Ketandan area gradually boosted the economy in the region. Chinese group made Malioboro as its business canal, so the trade area which was originally based in Beringharjo and Chinatown eventually expanded to the north to Stasiun Tugu (Tugu Train Station). Seeing Malioboro rapidly growing into the pulse of trade and shopping centers, a friend said that Malioboro is the baby talk for "mari yok borong (let's buy a lot)".

In Malioboro you can buy desirable range of merchandise ranging from beautiful accessories, unique souvenirs, classic batik, gold and gems to household appliances. For souvenir fans, Malioboro can be a fun hunting paradise. Walking on the shoulder of the road while bargaining a variety of goods sold by street vendors, will be a special experience. Variety of locally made souvenirs like batik, rattan ornament, silver, bamboo handicrafts, leather puppets, blangkon, miniature of traditional vehicles, accessories, until key chains, all can be found easily. If you are good in bargaining, these items can be taken home with a fairly cheap price.

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Pantai Krakal Gunungkidul

Krakal Beach has long been renowned as one of those extremely beautiful beaches at the Southern edge of Yogyakarta. It has sloping coastal line covered by white sands along with clear waves. Countless coral reefs decorate the seashore, becoming the home for various colorful coral fishes-yellow damselfishes with a shade of blue on their back, navy-light blue-stripped butterflyfishes, and a small group of tiny bright blue fishes are swimming among the corals.

Entrance Ticket to Baron, Kukup, Sepanjang, Drini, Krakal, Sundak, Indrayanti, and Pok Tunggal Beach (2018)
IDR 10.000
IDR 2.000 (motorcycle parking fee)
IDR 5.000 (car parking fee)
IDR 20.000 (bus parking fee)

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: open 24 hours

While bearing an exotic beauty, Krakal also hides such waves good for surfing. The surfers would have to walk to the line of coral reefs offshore to get themselves facing the challenging reef breaks. The sea bottom is dominated by corals, making it necessary for surfers to maintain extra carefulness. The dry seasong between March and September is the perfect timing to wait for barrel at Krakal.

Taking about 2 hours by car from Jogja, the road to Krakal Beach is quite fair and in good condition. Some foodstalls and hotels are also easy to find around the beach, making it easy for you to spend a night or two while waiting for the best time to go surfing.

Surf Spot Details:

Wave Quality Rating: 5
Type of Wave: Reef Break
Direction of Wave: Right and Left
Bottom: Reef
Difficulty: Intermediate, Advance
Crowd Level: Empty
Hazards: Reef, Sea Urchin, Jellyfish
General Description:
Krakal's coastal line is dominated by sharp corals, making it uneasy to reach the surf spot. The wave is good, particularly during the dry season (between March and September), which is potential for the barrels to come.

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

Tebing Breksi

The cliff was born out of ashes. Tons of ashes were spewed from Nglanggeran Volcano in an eruption tens of thousands years ago. After that, time and weather did their work, sedimenting ashes into mud that eventually hardened into rocks. That is the rough explanation of how the gigantic limestone stone of Sambirejo Village, Prambanan, was formed.

For years, the stone had been sustaining the economy of the villagers performing karst stones extraction. The bit by bit scraping the ancient stone is their primary source of income. In 2014, when only about one-tenth of the original volume of the stone was left, a group of joint research groups from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and Universitas Pembangunan Nasional (UPN) came to have a closer look on the stone. The result? A rare type of tuff rock was found in Tebing Breksi. The cliff was then designated as one of Yogyakarta's Geoheritage and further mining activities were banned.

Admission Ticket for Taman Tebing Breksi (2018)
Voluntary

Operational Hour of Taman Tebing Breksi
Daily, 10.00 am-6.00 pm

Tebing Breksi provides several facilities for its visitors. A stone stairs on the eastern side exists to give easy access to the top. Aside from that, visitors can have a good time in Tlatar Seneng, an amphitheater frequently used for gatherings and national events with limestone rocks of various gradations as the background. Tlatar Seneng, a structure made from stone with its circular shape, will remind you of ancient greek theater where many dramas used to be performed.

Tebing Breksi also offers typical selfie-worth objects. In addition to the friendly owls you can find at the entrance stairs, there are at least twelve selfie objects placed on the shoulder of the main cliff, with grass, flowers and trees found in between them. Just like Bukit Bintang and Ijo Temple, here you can have the same chance to see Yogyakarta from high above. From the top of Tebing Breksi, the tips of the three main temples of Prambanan, airplanes flying to and fro Adisucipto International Airport, as well as Yogyakarta's street lights will give you an amazing spectacle-a very tempting offer for any tourists. The view offered by Tebing Breksi gets better during sunset: when the clouds are hiding; the sun is returning to its slumber; and the city, with all of its grandeur, fades away slowly.

Tebing Breksi is a tourist attraction with a proud achievement. After being officially inaugurated on 30 May 2015 through the signing of a plaque by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, Tebing Breksi receives an award naming it as the Most Popular New Tourist Attraction of 2017.

(courtesy of Yogyes.com)

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