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Yogyakarta

Why you should visit the city - and why not!

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Hello again,

sorry for being late with our blog entries, but we had no time for writing at all.
Now I am ready to give a big review to Yogyakarta, so let us be honest! If you do not want to see the big temples nearby (Prambanan and Borobudur) or the Vulcano Merapi, you can skip the city. On the other hand we can recommend it to move here, if you have enough of Warungs, Nasi Goreng and Bintang. You will find a very young, artistic and inspiring community and chill-out areas, that you won't find anywhere else in Java. Also the food was incredible! If you wanna go to a lot of nice bars and restaurants nearby, you should stay in the area of Prawirotaman. We can highly recommend the SateBar, ViaVia, Mediterranea, Iconic Gelato and Bamboo House for food. You can find here (especially at Mediterranea) also good Steak, Pizza and Italien Food, but be prepared to book a table! If you wanna have some drinks, try Taphouse Beer Garden, Asmara and Sakapatat. Most pleases offer bear in their menu, but if you prefer wine or cocktails, ask your waiter! It is a bit a twilight zone. While you go for a walk in this area and explore the places by yourself, you will also find some nice shops where you can buy handmade artworks, chocolate or coffee and antiques. If you have time, you can also visit the Keraton (Sultans Palace) and the area around. Also the Malioboro Street (biggest shopping mall with a chinese market) is nice, if you wanna buy some Batik. At Malioboro Street, you will also find some nice streetfood with Durian or, if you like, grilled and fried bats. At Malioboro Street, be warned: some guys will come and want to show you around, but rather want to go with you to a batik factory. We heart really funny stories why we should go for a walk with them ;). In Jogja you can use the App Grab (like Uber), if you need a transport. It is very cheap, fast and useful, because walking around is not really nice. Some places are nice, ofcourse it is also nice to visit the temples in the area, but if you are just on the street, you will find only a lot of traffic, pollution and trash.

At least, if you are interested in a different way of living then other Javanese cities, you are also into art and streetart and if you enjoy good food and drinks, come to Yogjakarta! You will find open-minded people and also a lot of great galleries. We were surprised how many great galleries are in unexpeted places. Also the Jogja National Museum is must-see. We spent more than three hours their and bought some handmade, organic stuff at the shop enclosed.

Summing up, we loved the art places in Yogyakarta and the nice restaurants as well as the fantastic temples nearby, but don't be dissappointed if you would not find a lovely promenade, nice parks or rest areas. And take a rickshaw at least once - it was fun!

After Jogja, we moved to Borobudur for one night - read about this very soon!

The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 22:35 Archived in Indonesia Tagged art indonesia java yogyakarta restaurants bars malioboro kraton hollidays malioborostreet jogjanationalmuseum Comments (0)

Prambanan, Gunung Merapi and a Jeep Tour

Moving around Yogyakarta!

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Hello again,
I am sorry that we had a few days off of writing, but we came a few days ago to Yogyakarta and did a lot of stuff. Before I will tell you more about Jogja, how they call Yogyakarta in a lovely way, I will write about some tours we did in the area around. One of the most famous hindu temple, Prambanan, is just 40 minutes away from the city and it is the biggest Hindu temple in Java and the second largest Hindu site in Southeast Asia. It is from the 9th century and dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. It is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and it was the most beautiful place I have every been. The 47 meters high central building with his typical hindu architecture is a place to be, if you are in that area. Originally, the complex consists of 240 temples that shows from above a mandala. Unfortunately, the temple was partially destroyed by earthquakes (especially 2006) and vulcano erruptions. They still try to reconstruct the complex. We did not manage to come here on sunrise/sunset, but if you can manage it, it is the best time to see Prambanan! Beside tip: take a good suncream and water with you! It can be very hot and there are a lot of big stairs ;) If you are a student, take your card with you. The entrance fee is quite high and the student tariff is much better.

After that, we go on to see Gunung Merapi (Mountain Merapi), which is one of the most dangerous and active vulcanos in the world. Merapi means Firemountain and Javanese people are, on one hand, very scard of him, on the other hand they pay homage to him. It is a stratovulcano and errupt regularly since 1548. Pyroclastic flow from a large explosion killed many people since 1994. The last recent erruption was in May 2018. Ofcourse, this vulcano is on a monitoring program, also because in this area are living a lot of people. Evacuation programs and also a bunker, which we visited also, are part of the security program. It is also possible to go on a 6-hours-hiking tour to visit the top, but the route is closed for now, because he is quite active at the moment. We took a Jeep to handle the very bad roads and visited "Lost world", a village that was destroyed by an eruption in 2006. 5000 people died. You are walking the whole time on lava rocks, which also can be big as a room (see the picture with the stone that looks like an alien). There is also a mine where they use the lava rocks for house-building - a very dangerous place to work!

Next time, we will write more about Yogjakarta and the art scene here!

Love,
The Soulfeeders

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Posted by The Soulfeeders 20:31 Archived in Indonesia Tagged java yogyakarta temple vulcano hindu prambanan merapi eruption gudungmerapi Comments (0)

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