Media and tourism stakeholders from Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam were given a taste of what Yogyakarta can offer to the world from historical sites, attractions, arts and culture, local cuisine and hospitality – a familiarisation trip of the city, also known as Jogja, was organised for four days from October 5 to 8.
On the evening of the first day, a dinner was hosted by the Mayor of Yogyakarta City. It was also an opportunity to network with hoteliers and tourism stakeholders from Yogyakarta as well as, sample Indonesian cuisine.
The trip began on the second day, with a journey on four-wheel drive up to Merapi Mountain at Kaliurang where a village was recently devastated by a volcanic eruption. In memory of what has happened, a Merapi Volcano Museum was established on the mountain which has become a centre of information, research, education and tourism on volcanoes.
This was followed by a visit to the Keruntuhan Istana Ratu Boko (Ruins of Queen Boko Palace), where you are able get a panoramic view of the city, and experience sunset from the top of the hill. In the evening, dinner was held at a restaurant near the ancient Hindu Prambanan Temple. Later the group watched the Ramayana ballet performance at the Prambanan.
Not be missed on the third day, was the climb up the ancient Candi Borobudur (Borobudur Temple) at dawn, for the best spot to enjoy the spectacular sights of Jogja’s natural beauty and watch the sunset.
In the afternoon, was a visit to the royal garden of the royal palace called Istana Air Taman Sari. It is an enchanting heritage site that will allow you to explore an ancient royal garden with water pools and admire centuries’ old architecture of a castle.
On October 7 is the Jogja Night Carnival, in celebration of the city’s 260th anniversary. The event included a parade, cultural dance, wayang or puppet show and musical performance throughout the streets of Jogja city.