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Getting to Know Jogjakarta through a Familiarisation Tour of the City

Located in the central island of Java, Jogjakarta is the cradle of civilisation of Indonesia, and is renowned for its classical Javanese culture and fine art such as batik, dance, drama, music, poetry and puppetry. This city produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan of the 9th century. It was also the seat of power of the Mataram Kingdom during the 16th and 17th century when it flourished as a city of the Javanese people.

Some 10 journalists from local and international media were invited by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative of Indonesia to visit Jogjakarta and the nearby town of Magelang, which recently hosted the Inter-Hash 2012. Places of interests that were covered during the trip of Jogja (as the city is fondly know), were the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, the Sultan’s palace at Keraton, the Taming Sari water castle of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta, the ruins of Kraton Ratu Boko and shopping at the popular Malioboro road. We also had the opportunity to watch the dance-drama of the ancient Hindu epic Ramayana and Sita which was performed in the Javanese version at Purawisata out-door theatre.

A thriving city of 500,000 people which consists of a majority, who are of Javanese origin, is also a melting pot of different Indonesian cultures. Jogjakarta is a major tourism destination in Indonesia, largely due to its historical sites of temples. The city is a centre of art and education, offers some good shopping and has a wide range of tourist facilities. Over the years, Jogja has continued to produce philosophers, thinkers, master painters and craftsmen.

The magnificent Buddhist temple, Borobudur of the nineth century.
A visit to the  Sultanate of Yogyakarta's Keraton Palace located in the city centre. Sultan Hamengkubuwono  I ruled Yogyakarta since 1749. 
Here together with journalists from Indonesia and Malaysia.
 
The musical pavilion of the Palace with daily dance performance.
   
 
Front entrance of the Keraton Palace called alun-alun utara. The Palace is now a living museum.        
  
Taming Sari Water Castle of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta and bathing complex.                                        
 
Musicians and singers perform traditional Javanese songs at the pavilion of the entrance.
   
Ruins of Kraton Ratu Boko located on a plateau is the palace of King Boko which was mentioned in the folklore of Loro Jonggrang an area outside of Jojjakarta. 
                                      

 

MICE in Asia would like to thank, the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia for the familiarisation tour of Jogjakarta, and invitation to attend the Inter-Hash 2012 at Borobudur in Mageleng.  Special thanks to Ibu Budihardjanti, Bapak Vicky, Bapak Sukamto and Bapak Koko.  Also to journalists Ida Gani, Diajeng Galuh Shyta, Didik Budiarto, Tri Wibowo and Uematsu Ryosuke for the friendship we have established with one another.