Yogyakarta Special Region (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta) is one of Indonesia’s 34 provinces and one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. The city itself has a special charm, which seldom fails to captivate the visitor.
Gamelan, classical and contemporary Javanese dances, wayang kulit (leather puppet), theater and other expressions of traditional art will keep the visitor spellbound. Batiks, silver and leather works are the famous handycraft from Yogyakarta.
Yogyakarta has more than just culture though. It is a very lively city and a shopper’s delight and tourist destinations. Some of the key attraction of Yogyakarta are Kraton (Sultan’s Palace), active Merapi Volcano, some of beautiful beach with white and black sands. The Sultan’s palace is the centre of Yogya’s traditional life and despite the advance of modernity; it still emanates the spirit of refinement, which has been the hallmark of Yogya’s art for centuries. Yogyakarta is also the only major city, which still has traditional transport, such as Becak (Pedicab) and Andong (Carriage).