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Berwisata Ke Jogja dengan Budget Terbatas, Kenapa Tidak?

Berwisata Ke Jogja dengan Budget Terbatas, Kenapa Tidak?

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Jogja yang merupakan salah satu kota di Pulau Jawa merupakan sebuah kota yang kental dengan budaya dan adat istiadatnya. Hal ini yang menjadi daya tarik untuk wisatawan. Selain dapat menikmati berbagai tempat wisata anda juga dapat merasakan bagaimana keramahan warga jogja dan juga adat istiadatnya. Berwisata ke jogja dapat anda lakukan dengan biaya murah dan juga mengesankan. Untuk mendapatkannya anda harus merencanakan dengan matang. Beberapa hal harus anda perhatikan terutama jika berlibur pada waktu masa liburan. Langkah pertama yang harus dilakukan adalah memilih tempat penginapan yang murah dan juga nyaman. Atau anda juga dapat memilih guest house sebagai alternatifnya. Di Jogja sendiri tersedia banyak pilihan hotel dari mulai seratus ribu rupiah hingga yang paling mahal.

Langkah kedua adalah dengan makan makanan lokal, selain dapat menikmati wisata kuliner makanan khas dari Jogja seperti gudeg, anda juga dapat menghemat anggaran liburan anda. karena biasanya makanan khas seperti ini harganya akan lebih murah dibandingkan jenis makanan lainnya. Atau anda juga dapat memilih makanan yang berada di area kampus, karena biasanya harga makanannya akan sesuai dengan kantong mahasiswa. Langkah selanjutnya jika anda bersama rombongan maka sebaiknya anda menyewa mobil sehingga ongkos untuk menyewa mobil dapat dibagi dengan teman lainnya. Berwisata ke jogja dapat dinikmati dengan suasana yang mendukung dan juga biaya yang murah.

Atau jika anda hanya berdua maka sebaiknya menyewa motor sehingga anda akan lebih nyaman dalam mengunjungi tempat wisata dan juga harganya lebih mudah. Anda dapat mengunjungi berbagai tempat wisata seperti kraton, candi borobudur, candi prambanan dan tempat yang sudah banyak dikunjungi oleh wisatawan lainnya. Berbagai tempat wisata ini biaya tiket masuknya murah dan sangat khas dengan kota jogja. Berwisata ke jogja tidak akan berarti jika belum berkeliling malioboro. Ditempat tersebut anda akan dapat menemui berbagai barang khas jogja untuk dijadikan sebagai oleh-oleh. Jika anda pintar dalam menawar maka anda akan mendapatkan barang dengan harga yang murah.

Parangtritis Beach

Parangtritis Beach

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Parangtritis Beach

Parangtritis Beach

Parangtritis Beach is a special place which is not only an enchanting holiday spot but also a sacred place. Located about 27 km to the south of Yogyakarta, Parangtritis Beach is known as one of the most famouse beach in Indonesia. It is well known not only as a beach resort where sand-dunes, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs meet, but also as a historical place closely linked to the mysterious legend of the Queen of the South Sea, ” Nyi Roro Kidul”. According to the legend, when you enter the area of Parangtritis Beach, you are entering the territory of Nyi Roro Kidul who is known for not being welcoming to newcomers. Because of this, Javanese people never wear green or yellow-green clothes as they believe that this attracts the Queen. This beautiful yet legendary beach is just the perfect place for cheap traveling in Yogyakarta.

Being one of the favorite tourist destinations in Yogyakarta, it is conveniently located in Jalan Parangtritis km 28 at the southern part of the province, about 40 kilometers away from the city. Adisucipto International Airport is always ready to welcome you to Indonesia, wherever you are coming. If you are going by car, you will reach itin  merely around one hour from the center of Yogyakarta. You can also easily reach this beach with public transportation, like Parangtritis bus from Giwangan station. The entrance ticket is IDR 3,500, but you can enter Parangtritis Beach for free if you are coming with a public transportation.

Parangtritis Beach

Parangtritis Beach

The jagged cliffs and the volcanic black sand in Parangtritis Beach make a stunning image. You can find green fauna in the middle of the island which make even stronger contrasts between the water, the sand and the sky. When the sun is leaning to the west in a sunny day, it is time for having fun in Parangtritis Beach. Even though visitors are prohibited from swimming, Parangtritis Beach is not lacking in entertainment. On the beach, there is ATVs (All-terrain Vehicle) which you can rental for around IDR 50,000-100,000 per half hour. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the beach by riding this four-wheeled vehicle across the beach. If you want something more gentle, you can take a horse carriage which will slowly carry you across the beach. At the end of this carriage route, you will reach the end of the coast of Parangtritis beach where the beautiful cluster of rocks can be seen. This very spot is often used as a pre-wedding photo shot spot because of its romantic atmosphere with the dim twilight and golden shade of the sun on the surface of the water. If you are going with your family, you can play a kite-flying with your child. The strong sea breeze on this beach will make your kite flying high.

Yogyakarta is never lacking of tourist spots, with Parangtritis Beach as one of them. With the myth and beauty of this beach, visitors are always crowding this area especially at the holidays. If you are planning to have a cheap traveling in Yogyakarta, Parangtritis Beach is a perfect choice for you.

Keraton Yogyakarta

Keraton Yogyakarta

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Keraton Yogyakarta

Keraton Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is the capital of Yogyakarta Special Region on Java, Indonesia. What makes this city special is because that Yogyakarta is still governed by a pre-colonial monarchy, the Yogyakarta Sultanate. The Sultanate is lead by the Sultan of Yogyakarta, who serves as the hereditary governor of the province. At the center of the city, lies Keraton Yogyakarta, or Yogyakarta Royal Palace, where the Sultan and royal courts resides. The center of Javanese culture consists of a number of low-lying buildings such as audience halls, museums, and the residences of the sultan and the queen. It is a popular tourist destination and will be a perfect choice if you have a plan for a cheap traveling in Yogyakarta. Last year, this placed served as the second pit stop of the popular show ‘The Amazing Race’.

As a major province in Indonesia, Yogyakarta is easily accessible for tourists and travelers. The Adisucipto International Airport here is served by many flight companies, from local to international. If you are going from an international flight, you can reach Yogyakarta by taking a flight from Singapore, Malaysia, or Jakarta and Bali. If you are going from Indonesia, there are a lot of flights going to Yogyakarta which you can choose easily. From the airport, the Keraton Yogyakarta is easily reachable by getting a private or public transportation. Almost all public transportations in the city can take you there. The Keraton of Yogyakarta is situated at the center of Yogyakarta, in between the North Square and the South Square of the city at Jalan Rotowijayan 1. To get inside the building, you have to purchase a ticket which is priced at IDR 7,000 for local tourists or IDR 12,500 for international tourists.

Upon entering the Keraton Yogyakarta, you will be amazed by how well made the building complex is. The palace complex is divided into seven sections in accordance with the Hindu tradition. They are North Square up to North Siti Niggil, Keberen or North Kemandungan, Sri Manganti, Pusat Keraton, Kemagangan, South Kemandungan and South Square up to South Siti Hinggil. The architectural style of the building is also affected by Hindu concepts, where a universe is centered on a round continent which is surrounded by seven spheres of lands and oceans. A tour of the Keraton Yogyakarta starts from the Grand Mosque in the North Square. From there, you will be taken to Siti Hinggil where the Sultan performs formal state ceremonies and private occasions such as observing the army training or watching combats between man and tiger. Right after that area, you will reach Kemandhungan Yard, a space before getting to the center of the palace. Proceeding from there you will soon reach Sri Manganti Yard which is a waiting room for meeting the Sultan. After passing the Kedhaton Yard, you will reach the South Square where you can see the Kepatihan elephant stable and a military fortress.

At the center of the city of Yogyakarta, lies the majestic Keraton Yogyakarta. Gaze the old yet beautiful buildings of this complex with your own eyes and explore every single of them. A visit to Keraton Yogyakarta will not only give you a leisure times, but also knowledge of the history of Java. This historical buliding is just a perfect destination for your cheap traveling in Yogyakarta.

Bale Ayu Resto

Dine the Gouramis’ of Bale Ayu Resto

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Seafoods have long been a favorite dish in Indonesia. This is proven by the number of seafood restaurants established in this archipelagic country. The seafood fever has also hit the city of Yogyakarta, where the residents may enjoy a variety of fishfood in all kinds of eateries. While there were many cheap restaurants in Yogyakarta that served delicious seafood dishes, one particular restaurant named Bale Ayu Resto stands out in the crowd. Where else could you enjoy a delicious and savory Gurame dishes in a comfortable and homey place such as those in Bale Ayu Resto?

Bale Ayu Resto

Bale Ayu Resto

Located in Jl. Ipda Tut Harsono No. 58 Timoho, Yogyakarta, Bale Ayu restaurant enriches the refined culinary of Jogja city which specialized in Gurami or carp dishes. This year old restaurant is a branch of the main Bale Ayu resto located on Jalan Imogiri Timur, south of the Giwangan bus terminal. This restaurant can be easily reached by public transport. From Malioboro, you can use Trans Jogja bus number 1A and drop off at SGM bus shelter. From this shelter, you still have one more route using bus number 4B to get to the next shelter (APMD 1). After dropping off from the bus, you can walk or ride becak (pedicab) about 500 meters to the South. After crossing the parking lot, a gapura (or entrance) bearing the name of Bale Ayu welcomes visitors who are soon greeted by smiling staff in traditional batik uniforms.

It’s noteworthy, if not remarkable, that Bale Ayu Restaurants offer about 20 different gourami dishes, either served in bakar style (grilled), goreng (fried) or kukus (steamed) such as Gurami Saus Bale Ayu (Gourami with Bale Ayu Sauce),

Gurame Saos Bale Ayu Resto

Gurame Saos Bale Ayu Resto

Gurame Saus Citarasa (Gourami with Citarasa Sauce), Gurami Crispy Asam Manis (Crispy Gourami with Sweet and Sour Sauce), and Gurami Bakar Bale Ayu (Bale Ayu Grilled Gourami). It is worth trying the favorite menu in this restaurant, the Gurame Bakar Bale Ayu, as it is grilled and smothered with an orange colored glaze made from different spices. A mixture of grilled tender meat is combined with the rich ingredients to impart a slightly spicy and savory taste. Nila Merah Crispy Asam Manis (freshwater red tilapia) is another fish dish that is also highly recommended. The fish is mixed with wheat flour and deep-fried. A sweet and sour sauce is served separately in a bowl. This particular sauce is made from tomato, soybean sauce, onion, shallot, salt, pepper, sugar and cornstarch and is presented with slices of pineapple and paprika. Many more mouthwatering dishes are on offer in Bale Ayu Restaurants, including soup, bandeng or milkfish, crab, shrimp, squid, shell, duck, chicken, beef and noodles and various kinds of beverages.

In addition to its delicious dishes, Bale Ayu Restaurants also provides cool and comfortable place for the guests. With a capacity of more than 300 people, guests may dine in its various dining areas. Guests may choose to dine in Joglo area, where they could enjoy lunch with colleagues. For those looking for a more private atmosphere with their family, the Lesehan area at the back yard or the four gazebos with water effect and fish pond below are suitable for such occasions. Bale Ayu Resto also come equipped with a large parking area, a meeting room with a capacity of 20 people, a mosque, and internet access.

Wisma Martha

Wisma Martha

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Wisma Martha

Wisma Martha

Yogyakarta is one of the most famous city in Indonesia, because this city has everything you need, from the culture, shop area, to the heritage. If you are still wondering where to stay while visiting Yogyakarta, there are some cheap hotels in Yogyakarta which you can choose. One of them is Wisma Martha in Jl Rejowinangun 15-A, Rejowinangun, Kota Gede. It is an ideal choice for you who bring your family because the guest house provides room facilities catering up to 6 persons in every room. This guest house has also been regularly visited by Jogja Expo Center participants from outer Yogyakarta. Jogja Expo Center itself has been known as an international grade exhibition venue, so Wisma Marta is a busy place while it lasts.

Wisma Marta is located in the center of the city of Yogyakarta, near to the local silver crafter area in Kotagede. While you were there, you can see the making of silver handicrafts and buy them from the shops. You can also visit the old mosque of Kotagede which has a long history in the past and the nearby city walls of the ancient Mataram Kingdom centre. If you are visiting Yogyakarta with your familiy, you may want to visit Gembiraloka Zoo which is located less than 1 km from Wisma Martha. To get around in the city,  you can take the 3A and 3B Trans Jogja Bus route from Rejowinangun Bus Shelter which is only a few footsteps away from Wisma Martha. The bus can take you to some other tourist attractions in Yogyakarta.

As a non-star hotel, Wisma Martha is an affordable accommodation with good facilities and advantages for you and your families or groups. This beautiful guest house has 20 rooms and 5 pavilions, with air conditioner in each of them. To indulge you, Wisma Martha has a swimming pool where you can use to swim and relax. You can also play another sport such as table tennis which is provided by the guest house. For you who want to held a business meeting, Wisma Martha also provides convention rooms with 300 person capacity with affordable full board package options. To accommodate your culinary needs, you can get an affordable yet delicious steak on the restaurant on its 2nd floor. Here, you can also find a cafe & bar where you can enjoy at night. There are also some other room services provided by Wisma Martha, such as laundry, dry cleaning and doctor call. This guest house also can help you with taxi services, valet and travel agents which will make your stay in Yogyakarta easier.

Yogyakarta is well known as one of the cheap city in Indonesia. Everything is cheap here, starting from the food, clothes, transportation and hotels. Cheap hotels in Yogyakarta are scattered around the city. with Wisma Martha as one of them. With its low price and complete facilities, Wisma Martha Guest House can make your family or group feel comfortable while staying in Yogyakarta. For further information, you can call this phone number : +62.274.372462

Chimp in Gembira Loka Zoo

Gembiraloka Zoo

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Gembiraloka Zoo

Gembiraloka Zoo

Do you have plans for your holiday with your family? Yogyakarta may be a good choice for you, as it has several tourist spots you can visit, and most of them are cheap too. Cheap traveling in Yogyakarta can be done by visiting the only one zoo in the city, which is the Gembiraloka Zoo. Besides a zoo, this placeis also categorized as zoological museum or museum for animals. No need to come all the way to the Komodo Island in Flores to witness the uniquely and rare ancient reptile that originally came from Indonesia. All you need to do is just to visit the Gembiraloka Zoo, where you can already see “the world’s largest living lizard” which is included in the UNESCO list of world heritage.

Gembiraloka Zoo is located at Jalan Kebun Raya 2, Yogyakarta. The zoo is located about four kilometers from Yogyakarta Passenger Terminal in Giwangan, or six kilometers from Malioboro. To reach this tourist attraction, you can use a variety of public transport in Yogyakarta, such as rickshaw, carriage, bus, Trans Jogja, or taxi. You can alse take a pedicab or horse cart as an option, but it would be costly. If you want to use the city bus, then choose the bus line 9 or 7. And if you prefer to use Trans Jogja, get the bus stop and ride Trans Jogja 1B lane, this will lead you to the bus stop near Gembiraloka Zoo. The entrance fee ticket is varied depend on when you come to visit. On weekdays, starting from Monday to Saturday, the entrance fee ticket is IDR 12,000 while on Sunday & public holidays it is IDR 15,000.

Chimp in Gembira Loka Zoo

Chimp in Gembiraloka Zoo

Gembiraloka Zoo which was built many years ago has dozen collections of Komodo dragons that scattered in several cages. This zoo has a collection of over 100 species of wildlife including 61 species of flora. In addition to have a collection of Komodo dragon, Gembiraloka also has a collection of snakes, frogs from various countries, Kaiman, soa, turtles, and lizards in the Reptile and Amphibian Park. You can also find other various animals here, such as elephants, orangutans, tigers, monkeys, camels, birds, deer, zebra and hippo. The warm and calm atmosphere with botanical garden filled with shady trees make this place a great place to visit with your family and friends. If you come at the right time, you can see various funny animal show, like a counting parrot, an orangutan who can ride a bicycle and otters playing ball show. You can also witness several inmate elephants giving a birth, parrots incubating their eggs, as well as racehorses having babies in this zoo.

Gembiraloka is an exactly perfect destination for a cheap traveling in Yogyakarta with your family or friends. Not only you can try a variety of rides games and watch the behavior of various animals, you can also witness the greatness of the giant lizard, the Komodo Dragon. As the name implies, Gembiraloka is the place for having fun.

Beautiful Room at Ndalem Suratin Guest House

Ndalem Suratin Guest House

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Ndalem Suratin Guest House

Ndalem Suratin Guest House

Indonesia is a country with a huge variety of cultures, spread from the eastern in Papua to western border in Aceh. Each city in Indonesia has its own culture and uniqueness with Yogyakarta as one of the city. Each year, people from all over the country and even the world come to this unique city to enjoy its culture and tradition. As a major tourism city, Yogyakarta offers a huge variety of hotels spread around the city. It is easy to cheaps hotels in Yogyakarta, one of them is Ndalem Suratin Guest House. Ndalem Suratin Guest House is a historic house with Indische-style architecture which stands firmly with the home-style architecture typical of the Dutch colonial era. Spacious front yard and shady trees around this guest house bring the nuance of peace and calm for the visitors. This guest house offers large and spacey rooms, homey nuance, modern facilities such as AC and free hot spot area, and affordable rates. Spacious front yard and shady trees around this guest house bring the nuance of peace and calm.

Located just right in the middle of city of Yogyakarta, precisely at Jl. AM Sangaji 68, Ndalem Suratin’s position is very strategic for both business and leisure. You can easily spot it right in the side of main street, close to the Jogja Monument (Tugu Jogja). Ndalem Suratin Guest House can be reached with a 20-minute drive from Adi Sucipto International Airport. This guest house is very close to the famouse shopping area, Malioboro, which can be reached in five minutes. You can also easily access the public transportations to go to various interesting places and attractions in Yogyakarta. If you prefer to get around the city by car, you can also rent a car from this guest house.

Beautiful Room at Ndalem Suratin Guest House

Beautiful Room at Ndalem Suratin Guest House

When you enter this guest house, you will immediately feel the homey and comfortable atmosphere, surrounded by gardens and tropical trees. The rooms of Ndalem Surati Guest House are large and spacious, geared towards the requirements of families and kids. Lock tile floors, high ceilings and furniture made of wood and rattan will take you into a different dimension, away from the hustle and bustle of the city atmosphere. Each room in Ndalem Surati Guest House features several facilities for the guests such as wireless  internet access, air conditioner, TV, wardrobe, shared or private bathroom and non smoking rooms. You will be served with a daily breakfast straight to your room. You can also order food of your choise through room service.  To suit your convenience, this guest house also offers you with room service, executive floor, laundry service and dry cleaning. You can also find leisure and sports facilities which are available on the hotel’s property comprise garden.

The Guest House Ndalem Suratin is a perfectly located hotel which will suit both your business and leisure needs in Yogyakarta. Only 500 metres from the Jogja Monument, this historic colonial-style guesthouse offers spacious rooms with several high class facilities. It is indeed one of the good quality cheap hotels in Yogyakarta, staying at this hotel will give you convenient location and tranquil atmosphere. For a reservation, you can contact these phone number : (0274) 716 3092, 741 4935, +62 813 2888 9687.

Kasongan

The Pottery Village of Kasongan

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Kasongan

Kasongan

The city of Yogyakarta never had any shortage in terms of tourism attractions. From the shopping hotspot in Jalan Malioboro and Pasar Beringharjo to a place of tradition in Keraton Yogyakarta, there is always something to see or do in this beautiful city. Aside from the shopping spree and wondrous palace, there is something else that you might want to see while you are at this city, the art of clay pottery in the village of Kasongan.

Kasongan is a famous pottery kampong and one of the Tour Village area located in in Kajen hamlet of Bangunjiwo village, Kasihan subdistrict, Bantul Regency. With its distinctive red gate and lines of pottery workshops and galleries that marks its main entrance, this hamlet is now easily spotted alongside the main road connecting Jogja and Bantul, about some 6 km or 15-20 minutes away from the downtown of Yogyakarta. Although it might be a little less famous than Jogja mainstream destinations such as Jalan Malioboro or Keraton Yogyakarta (Sultan’s Palace) area as well as Kaliurang and Parangtritis beaches, Kasongan offers quite a destination worth visiting. It is one of the most important places of interest in Bantul.

Among locals, Kasongan has been famous since long time ago as the production center of pottery for household need. The skill of making pottery, nonetheless, was begun from a bitter story when a horse belonged to Dutch officer died at the hamlet. Scared of unlawful punishment, the peasant surrendered their right over their farming land and developed the ability of shaping clay.

In the past, the pottery making in this area was limited only for household equipment, such as kendi (earthenware water carafe), kendil (earthenware rice cooker), gentong (earthenware pitcher), anglo (earthenware charcoal brazier), etc. Over the time, craftsmen from Kasongan produce more variations and higher quality pottery. The high market demand made Kasongan pottery handicrafts spread along local and international market. Since this addition of pottery handicrafts, Kasongan area becomes popular as the icon of Bantul Regency and The Special Province of Yogyakarta.

Kasongan is one of the best places to get cheap souvenirs in Yogyakarta, especially if you are after earthen handicrafts. Instead of selling high-value handicrafts, Kasongan remains to be a tourism shopping area famous for its reasonable price and various choices of earthen handicrafts. The pottery handicrafts include earthenware jug with a range of motifs such as peacock, dragon, and flowers, pots of various size ranging from the little one to the one as tall as an adult’s shoulder, souvenirs, photo frames, wall accessories, and furniture such as table or chair. There were also colourful statuettes of people in varying poses; eating, drinking, dancing, smoking a pipe, tilling the farm, playing musical instruments, etc.  The most common would probably the local Loro Blonyo bridal couple sitting together “politely”. It is believed to bring good luck to the household which owns a set, which is the reason why many hotels in Indonesia have them in their lobbies.

In addition to the handicrafts, another feature of Kasongan is the hospitality. The craftsmen welcome every visitor to see, take photograph, and ask about the craft production. With their attractive exhibits, the gentle, unobtrusive and non-aggressive staff of the shops made this place a pleasant one to visit, and the unique environment made visitors who come to Kasongan feel truly welcomed.

Pasar Beringharjo

Beringharjo Market

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Pasar Beringharjo

Pasar Beringharjo

While many, if not most, traditional markets fever in several countries has begun to wane, it is not quite true in Indonesia. Bustling shoppers negotiating the prices, old ladies shouting their goods, and several laughters and chit-chat can be heard quite lively in Beringharjo Market, a huge traditional market located in the city of Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Beringharjo Market is situated at the heart of the city of Yogyakarta, at Pabringan Street No. 1. It is on the southern end of a famous street and another shopping hotspot, Jalan Malioboro, and side by side with Vredeburg Fort, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta and Shopping Center. On the southwest of Beringharjo there is Gedung Agung, while on the south and southeast of it are Taman Pintar and Yogyakarta Palace.

This market has been the center of economy activity as a trading place since 1758 and its existence has philosophical meaning for local residents where it symbolizes the economy functions as one of the ‘four in one’ poles. The name Beringharjo comes from the words Bering means ‘banyan tree ‘and Harjo means ‘expected to provide welfare’. It was originally a banyan forest but after the Kraton Palace was founded it became a centre for business. Although the market function has not changed dramatically, now it has become into a place of great attraction and fun shopping area for tourists.

In general, this market consists of two separated buildings in the west and the east side. The main entrance to the market is on the west side, facing straight to Malioboro Street. This entrance is a building with a colonial feature of an inscription that reads “Pasar Beringharjo” in Roman alphabet and Javanese letter. The entrance connects to the main passage of the market, which is accompanied with open stalls on its both sides. Beringharjo Market is also known as a center of trade in Batik. The batik center is located on the lower ground of the main building where it sells various kinds of batik. Collections of batik materials are provided at the stalls on the northern side of the west market while the collections of batik clothes are sold at almost everywhere in the western part of the market. In addition to batik, the western stalls of the market provide surjan, blangkon as well as woven and batik sarong.

The northern area of Beringharjo, which used to be known as the Chinatown, is the most popular area. Tourists can find cassettes of old records from the 50’s musicians not available in other place. There is also the center for metal crafts such as Buddha statue in many forms. For ancient money collectors, this market provides ancient money from several countries. And just like any other traditional market, the bargaining system is applicable here.

Although it closes at 5 pm, some activities go on until night. The front part of the market offers various kinds of Yogyakarta specialties’ such as martabak, terang bulan, klepon, getuk, bakpia and many other traditional foods. At around 7 pm to midnight, there are usually gudeg sellers in front of the market who also provide kikil and various oseng-oseng dishes. While eating, tourists can also enjoy the Javanese traditional music being played or chats with the sellers who are friendly are always eager to talk.

Malioboro

Malioboro Market

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Malioboro

Malioboro

The sun was beating down as thousands of people crowded along the street. They did not just stand on the sidewalk but some of them also ran over up to the road. The atmosphere was so noisy and hectic, with bubbling laughters, screaming car horns, traders shouting food and toys for children blended are into one. Such atmosphere is one that you might expect when you visited one of the most famous streets in Yogyakarta, Jalan Malioboro.

Jalan Malioboro (Malioboro Street) is a major shopping street in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. It lies in the line between Yogyakarta Kraton and Mount Merapi, where it is significant to many of the local population, as the north south orientation between the palace and the volcano is considered a being of importance. Malioboro was deliberately built at the heart of Yogyakarta by the Indies government at early 19th century as the center of economic and administrative activities. Symbolically, the area also aimed to compete with the domination of Sultan Mataram with his luxurious palace.

Before it turned into a busy street, Malioboro was a quiet road with a tamarind tree growing on the right and left. But the existence of Pasar Gede or Beringharjo Market on the south side and the presence of Chinese ethnic residential in Ketandan area gradually boosted the economy in the region. To add to its charm, the origin of the Malioboro name has long been a mystery and a thing of debate. Some believe the name derived from a word in Sanskrit, where Malioboro means flower bouquets as in the ancient times when the Palace held an event, a mile-long road would be filled with flower bouquets. Others said that Malioboro actually comes from Marlborough, an English Governor General, who ruled in Yogyakarta during the colonial period. Whatever the origin might be, it is unquestionable that now Jalan Malioboro has became a hallmark place for Yogyakarta.

The street is the centre of Yogyakarta’s largest tourist district surrounded with many hotels and restaurants nearby. Sidewalks on both sides of the street are crowded with small streetstalls selling a variety of goods which is a suitable place for tourists looking for cheap souvenirs in Yogyakarta. In the evening, several open-air street side restaurants, called “lesehan”, operate along the street and serve various food includes gudeg, steak, satay, tea, coffee and juice. At the market, you can buy batik fabric by the meter as well as readymade clothes. There’s also an array of handbags (many masquerading as designer brands), shoes and more. Upstairs, there are spices for sale and some antiques.

The bargaining process for souvenirs sold by the vendors lining up the sidewalk is one of the unique experiences you could get when you shop at the myriads streetstalls in Malioboro. These stalls offer various kinds of souvenirs and handicrafts made of silver, clay, batik, wood, and leather. However, just like any other traditional market, the vendors usually overcharge something for a souvenir you are interested in. If you are skilled at bargaining, the price is likely to drop drastically, say from IDR 50.000 to IDR 10.000. Unlike shopping alongside Malioboro walk, tourists can buy interesting things such as batik, handcrafted souvenirs, branded goods, and many more at Malioboro stores, albeit without the bargaining available. In this extent, Malioboro also serves as a modern shopping area.

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