Yogyakarta (often called ‘Jogja’) is a city on the Indonesian island of Java known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage. Its ornate 18th-century royal complex, or kraton, encompasses the still-inhabited Sultan’s Palace. Also within the kraton are numerous open-air pavilions that host classical Javanese dance shows and concerts of gamelan music, characterized by gongs, chimes and plucked string instruments.

Local handicrafts like batik and leather goods are for sale in Yogyakarta city’s lively Jalan Malioboro neighborhood. The Sonobudoyo Museum displays Javanese art. Taman Sari, a former bathing complex for the sultan, features restored pools and fountains. A long-time center of education, Yogyakarta has a large student population that supports vibrant cafes and clubs. Seeing a traditional shadow puppet performance is another popular nightlife option. Yogyakarta is a gateway to the active Mt. Merapi volcano, a popular hiking destination, as well as the renowned Borobudur and Prambanan temples, both of which date to the 9th century.

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