Yogyakarta

In the heart of the Indonesian island of Java lies Yogyakarta, a destination sometimes simply called Jogja. Although the city of Jakarta is the major hub of the island, Yogyakarta is often described as the cultural and artistic soul of Java. Many of the visitors that flock to Yogyakarta come for exposure to the countless temples fund in the region. Many of these incredible temples, most of which are either Buddhist or Hindu, are truly considered ancient and date back to as early as the seventh century.

Yogyakarta

While the nearby temples are undeniably the biggest attraction in Yogyakarta, that is not all the region has to offer travelers. Spiritual development is very popular, creating opportunities to try yoga retreats, meditation courses or reflexology. There are also outdoor markets, several large and respected universities, golf courses and the Gembira Loka Zoo. Although Yogyakarta is well-known and certainly not off the beaten track, its atmosphere and proximity to so many amazing temples helps it feel more relaxed and less touristy than other major Indonesian destinations. Take a closer look at the many incredible temples in and around Yogyakarta, and start planning the trip of a lifetime to Java.