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Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple

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Sri Mariamman Temple

Sri Mariamman Temple

There are many attractions that has low budget cost to actually free, making cheap traveling in Singapore is possible. One of such places in Singapore is the renowned Sri Mariamman Temple. As Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, it would be such a waste to not visit this beautiful temple.

Sri Mariamman Temple is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore, located at 244 South Bridge Road in the downtown Chinatown district. To get there, you can take the MRT to City Hall Station and then take the SBS Transit bus (103, 166 or 197) or the North Bridge Road SMRT (Bus 61). It is opened daily from 7 am to 12 pm and costs no admission fee, which is a breeze for those who went to backpacking in Singapore.

Sri Mariamman Temple, Mariamman Kovil or Kling Street Temple as it was popularly known then, was constructed by immigrants from the Nagapatnam and Cuddalore districts of South India. The temple is a dedication to the goddess Mariamman, worshipped to prevent sickness and death. The Sri Mariamman Temple was a shelter for the newly arrived immigrants, providing refuge till they got permanent shelter and work. The temple was also the main place of worship and now it is a famous national and cultural heritage center.

It is an agamic temple, built in the Dravidian style and it serves mainly South Indian Tamil Hindu Singaporeans in the city-state. The temple’s ornamental tower entrance or gopuram, has been a landmark to generations of Hindu worshippers and Singaporeans alike. The temple also reflects South Indian architectural influences, as seen by its pagoda-shaped tower. While you’re at the entrance of the Sri Mariammam Temple, look up and see the tower covered by figurative sculptures of gods, goddesses and mythological beasts. Visible from afar, this temple will be hard to miss.

Of all the Sri Mariamman Temple’s beautiful features, the gopuram tower, which hovers above the entrance on South Bridge Road, is perhaps the most visually outstanding. It has a variety of ornamental decorations and six levels of Hindu deity sculptures made of plaster. The sculptures have very fine details and the sculptures get smaller on each level as one looks up. This makes the building look significantly taller than it really is. On each side of the gopuram are Murugan and Krishna, and the importance of this temple is highlighted by the very bright colors covering its facade. After entering past the large timber doors, embellished with small golden bells, the gopuram entrance puts the sacred into perspective through its sheer size. Humbled devotees would leave their footwear outside and would ring the bells as they entered. The ceiling reveals a painted mandela and the temple is brightened with natural light.

The firewalking festival, Thimithi, is celebrated here annually around October and November each year, and it’s also a choice venue for Hindu weddings. Come here in the early evening and make sure to take off your shoes and dress a bit conservatively. You’ll see priests, worshippers, and musicians taking part in sensual, centuries-old rituals. You’ll see many offerings, all beautifully arranged. Mango and coconut leaves are signs of purity; and bananas, signs of abundance. If you only have time for one temple, make a visit to Sri Mariammam as you explore the Chinatown Trail.

The Esplanade Singapore

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay

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The Esplanade Singapore

The Esplanade Singapore

The city of Singapore might seem to be daunting at first, what with its glamorous buildings and all. However, with a recent rise of backpackers the Singapore Tourism Board had made cheap traveling in Singapore a wee bit easier. Now backpacking in Singapore is not impossible anymore. With the addition of free tourist attractions such as the Esplanade, backpackers will be delighted to visit this city.

Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay is one of many iconic site of Singapore. Lit is located right next to the Merlion statue, another Singapore’s national icon, at the Merlion Park in 1 Esplanade Drive. The Esplanade is one of the world’s busiest arts centers, officially opened on 12 October 2002. The Esplanade is easily accessible via public buses, taxi services, or MRT. By using the MRT, Esplanade is just a 10-minute walk from the City Hall and Esplanade Circle Line (Exit D) Stations through an underpass, which also links four shopping centres; Citylink, Raffles City, Marina Square, Suntec City and Millenia Walk. The nearest bus stop is also located along Raffles Avenue, outside the Esplanade Mall entrance. The taxi service stand is located at the Esplanade Mall entrance along Raffles Avenue. There is also free weekday parking for the first 3 hours between 12 to 5pm with minimum spend of $30 at any Esplanade Mall outlets. A basement car park in is also available in 808-lot park, situated below the centre, that can be accessed from both sides of Esplanade Drive. Alternatively, should the car park already be full, there is ample parking at Marina Square.

Sitting on prime waterfront at Marina Bay, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay was Singapore’s “Central Park” of the day, a popular place for residents to meet, relax, take walks and find recreation. It had been a place for social gatherings before colonialism, with Malay and Indonesian seafarers racing their boats off the coast near the Padang. Nowadays this place offers a complete lifestyle experience in dining, shopping and the performing arts. It was completed in 2002 and is well-recognized for its “prickly” exterior similar to the durian, a popular local fruit. There is no admission fee needed, except for ticketed events, to visit this place. Most people visit the Esplanade to see its striking architecture, or drop by the concert hall in the early afternoon to catch a lunchtime concert for a taste of what’s on offer here. A hotspot for many recreational activities, live music and arts performances, the Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay programs is full of line-ups through the year, ensuring that you’ll get your art fix in the form of live music, dance, theatre, visual arts and performance art. The building has a concert hall that seats 1 600, a performing arts theater that seats 2,000, studios for rehearsal, and multiple recital rooms. Its library is located on the 3rd floor of the building and there are centers for performing outdoors, and food and retail space at the building’s Mall. On the 4th floor, there is an open air space. The outer part of the Esplanade makes for a romantic walking place along the city’s waterfront at night. To see the famous symbol of the country, the Merlion, all you have to do is take a short stroll from the Esplanade. For boat trips across Singapore River, river taxi booths are available in the area.

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.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens

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Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

If you are on a low budget but still wanted to see wondrous things out there in the world, why don’t you try cheap traveling in Singapore? With a lot of cheap hotels, restaurants and attractions, backpacking in Singapore is not as hard as everyone thought it would be. As an addition, many of Singapore’s attraction cost less and even free of admission, such as the Singapore Botanical Garden.

Singapore Botanical Garden is located in 1 Cluny Road and it is open daily from 5 am till midnight for the main Gardens. Entrance to the Gardens is easy through the Gardens’ major entrances: Tanglin Gate, Burkill Gate, Nassim Gate and Cluny Park Gate, and through the Bukit Timah Entrance. If you are going by Mass Rapid Transit, alight at Eco Garden, the North end of the Gardens, via the Botanic Gardens Station. This new station along the Circle Line brings you closer to the junction of Bukit Timah and Cluny Park Road and provides you access to the NUS School of Law. Car Parking Facilities are also available at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Visitor Centre, Bukit Timah Car Park at Bukit Timah Core, Botany Centre, Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden and Public Parking along Tyersall Avenue for those who prefer going by cars. You can also get to the Gardens by Public Bus via Holland Road or Bukit Timah Road.

Singapore Botanic Gardens

Singapore Botanic Gardens

The Singapore Botanic Gardens is a living monument to the the founding fathers of Singapore. The Gardens at its present site was founded in 1859 by an Agri-Horticultural Society. The first Botanic Gardens, initiated by Raffles, were located on the slopes of Government Hill (now known as Fort Canning Hill). Its purpose then was the experimental cultivation of plants, such as nutmeg and clove, to evaluate their economic value and suitability as cash crops. Now it has became a revered horticultural masterpiece and verdant oasis lying close to the busy Orchard Road area. It is beloved by early morning tai chi exponents, families, joggers and nature enthusiasts. Besides playing its role as a botanical institution, tourist destination, and regional park, the Singapore Botanic Gardens also function as an international Gardens and a regional centre for botanical and horticultural research and training.

Located here also is the National Orchid Garden, lauded as the world’s largest orchid display featuring over 60,000 plants and orchids, with 700 varying species and more than 2,000 hybrids. The National Orchid Garden is opened from 8.30 am to 7 pm daily and while admission is free for entering the main garden, a small fee is needed before entering the National Orchid Garden. The admission to the National Orchid Garden is $5 for adults, $1 for senior citizens (60 years and above), $1 students (please produce your student pass), and free for children 12 and below of age. Besides enjoying the flora and fauna on show, you can also wine and dine in award-winning eateries like Au Jardin and Halia. The Library Shop and Garden Shop are also excellent places to pick up souvenirs, books and plants for your loved ones. When you’re done enjoying the scenic views of the gardens, hop into the food court near Tanglin Gate for a traditional local breakfast of soft-boiled eggs, coffee and toast slathered with coconut jam.

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.

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.

Haw Par Villa

Singapore’s Haw Par Villa

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Haw Par Villa

Haw Par Villa

If you are traveling to Singapore, you don’t have to be afraid that you won’t be able to travel in budget. In fact, cheap traveling in Singapore is highly accommodated by its varying cheap hotels and attractions, one of such that you will encounter in Haw Par Villa.

Haw Par Villa is a Chinese mythological theme park in Singapore, located along 262 Pasir Panjang Road. You can get here with 10-minute bus ride from Harbour Front MRT Station then walk for 2 mins from Exit A to Haw Par Villa. It opens daily from 9 am to 7 pm and it costs no admission fee at all, which is the reason why backpacking in Singapore is not impossible.

Originally known as Tiger Balm Gardens, the park was founded in 1937 by Aw Boon Haw and Aw Boon Par, the Burmese brothers and businessmen behind the popular herbal ointment Tiger Balm. Wanting to give back to the community, they designed the park as a place where children could learn about traditional Chinese values as expressed through myth, legend and the tenets of Confucianism.  So was born the idea of extending the place to incorporate a garden in which Chinese legends would come to life. In 1979, this place was sold by the Aw family to the Singapore Tourist Board.

Haw Par Villa is like no other place in the world, with over 1,000 statues and 150 dioramas that dramatize Chinese legends and folklore. Founded on Chinese legends and values, this historical theme park has large, imposing statues from famous legends of old – featuring characters like Fu Lu Shou, Confucius, statues of the Laughing Buddha and the Goddess of Mercy, as well as dioramas of scenes from Journey to the West. Prepare to be fascinated by stories and images of ancient times, told vividly through storytelling here at Haw Par Villa.

The most well-known is probably the Ten Courts of Hell exhibit, which depicts gruesome scenes of punishment and reincarnation popular to Buddhist belief in Chinese mythology, all set in a 60 meter-long trail of a Dragon. While it’s questionable if a visit to Haw Par Villa will make your children better behaved, it will almost certainly give them nightmares. The dioramas in the Ten Courts of Hell illustrate the extremely specific punishments for different sins in extremely gruesome detail. This is followed by Journey into the West, which retells the classic Chinese legend of monk Xuanzang in his search of Buddhist scriptures.

Of course, the Ten Courts of Hell is just one of the many things to see at Haw Par Villa. Most of the space is hilly gardens containing large sculptures and dioramas reflecting the art movements of the late thirties, with a strange mix of art deco and surrealism. It ranges from violent depiction such as a war between fish-men and a boy who’s been hit by a car, to out of place statues like the Statue of Liberty and a kangaroo, even to downright perplexing such as a wolf speaking on the telephone and a crab-lady. While these creatures’ statuettes must make sense to someone who already knows the original Chinese mythology, there are no signs explaining the story or significance behind them. Although it might seem weird, the Haw Par Villa is one quirky experience you must do while in Singapore.

Singapore’s Chinatown

Shopping At The Street Markets of Singapore’s Chinatown

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Singapore’s Chinatown

Singapore’s Chinatown

For the individual that focuses on shopping, there is no better location in Singapore than this particular area, especially when it comes to the numerous street markets that are so popular with locals and tourists alike in Chinatown. The Chinatown street markets are colorful, vibrant and interesting for the millions of tourists that are looking for cheap souvenirs in Singapore.

The Chinatown street market is quite huge. The markets are open 7 days a week 11am – 11pm and line Pagoda Street, Trengganu Street and Sago Streets. The easiest way to get to Chinatown is to take the MRT subway train to Chinatown station on the North East Line (purple line).  Once off the train at Chinatown station, head towards Exit A which will bring you right in the heart of Chinatown at Pagoda St.

This is probably the first place most people explore in Chinatown. Pagoda Street in Chinatown was named after the entrance way to Sri Mariamman Temple, Singapore’s oldest Hindu temple, which is not actually a Pagoda but a gopuram. The first thing you will see once you get to Pagoda Street is a whole stretch of touristy stalls selling souvenirs.  The street markets surrounding Pagoda St is definitely less lively than the ones you see in Taiwan, Hong Kong, or even Kuala Lumpur.  The souvenir stalls sells your typical “I visited Singapore” goods, plus ”I visited Chinatown” goods, such as Chinese style fans, lanterns, and shirts, and you can find many 3 for $10 shops along Trengganu Street..

From Pagoda Street, make a right onto Trengganu Street where you will find more street markets.  Electronics shops and numerous souvenir stalls dot the landscape on this street. As a heads up, you might actually find better values on electronics in other areas of the city. However, if you look above the shops, you will notice the colorful, quaint and gentle colonial buildings, a reminder of its beautiful past.

As you walk to the intersection of Trengganu St and Temple St, on the left you will see the financial district marked by the skyscrappers in the background, and on the right you will see the strikingly lime green People’s Park Complex. The People’s Park Complex and the skyscrapers are worth viewing but you’ll only want to take a break from the action here.  Get back on Trengganu Street until you reach the Chinatown Food Street.

Chinatown Food Street is a street that is lined up with street food serving some of Singapore’s most popular local dishes. Located along the left of Smith Street, it becomes a street for pedestrians only, no vehicular traffic allowed even bicycles.  The street is lined on both sides with one food stall after another selling some of Singapore’s most popular local dishes. Try some of the cheap and yummy Hawker Food that is being offered at the Maxwell Food Centre and the Chinatown Complex, including the renowned Tian Tian Chicken Rice and Sichuan Hot Pot. However, as it is geared towards the tourist crowd, the prices are slightly higher.

Finally, end the Chinatown trail with a bit of shopping at Ann Siang Hill. The elegantly restored shophouses on Ann Siang Road are now home to chic boutiques such as Asylum, as well as wine bars and eateries.

Bugis Street

A Different Shopping Experience in Bugis Street

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Bugis Street

Bugis Street

If you are looking for quality but cheap souvenirs in Singapore, then why don’t you head out to one of the most popular souvenir market in Bugis Street? Not to be confused with Bugis Junction, a pedestrian shopping mall in Singapore, Bugis Street is a pulsating shopping and bazaar village that could always thrill every budget shoppers at every turn with its vibrant colors and unbelievable deals.

Located along the road of Queen St. and Victoria St. in Rochor Rd., Singapore, Bugis Street is easily reachable by cars, buses, or MRTs. You may use a map or GPS to find your way around if you are driving here or ask the driver to get you there if you are using taxi services, albeit more costly. The Bugis and Lavender MRT stations on the East-West line are the primary entry points into the district. If exiting at Bugis, the key roads are Rochor Rd and Victoria St. Walk north on Victoria St until you spot the golden domes of the Sultan Mosque; turn left here for Arab St, or keep walking north for Lavender MRT. Bugis Street is directly opposite Bugis Junction.

Even before becoming a well-known shopping attraction, Bugis Street has already renowned internationally for its notorious night activities where flamboyantly dressed transvestites would gather and parade themselves, attracting sailors and military personnel from overseas. In the evening, the entire street would come alive as push carts gather to offer a wide selection of cheap goods and hawker foods, hence earning its night market or “Pasar Malam” namesake.

Today, Bugis Street has become a unique retail shopping location. Opened from 11am to 10pm daily, Bugis Street is truly shopper’s paradise. After undergoing a major facelift, it is now houses of almost 800 shops, and is the largest street shopping location in Singapore. The shops at Bugis Street offering wide range of goods and services, ranging from fashionable clothing and accessories to beauty services like manicure parlors and hair salons. Many interesting shops are scattered throughout the indoor and covered outdoor areas here–some climate controlled and some not. With many stores compete with each others to offer the most interesting prices as possible here at Bugis street, expect to find anything from $3 – $15 for clothes, bags and shoes, and watches. Even accessories can cost as low as $1 – $2 typically. Midway down Bugis Street is the relatively new Bugis Plaza, a granite-tiled plaza featuring a dancing fountain–a great place to take a break.

Some recommended stores to look out for are: His Closet – selling Korean-inspired fashion apparels and accessories designed for men and all specially brought in from Hong Kong; Toy Zenz – a store selling miniature figurines of food items such as kitchen stoves, tiny tea cups and biscuit tins, and also robot and anime personas for the avid collectors; and Coolbag Talk – with mostly handmade bags of all colours, shapes and sizes to match your dressing and to suit any occasion. To end your Bugis Street shopping trip, visit the sit-down Bugis Cafe, where you can order yourself something nice to eat like their golden crisp Fish & Chips, sandwiches, or their tea-time bites like the nuts and raisin muffin and seafood pie.

Benteng Vredeburg Museum

Benteng Vredeburg Museum

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Benteng Vredeburg Museum

Benteng Vredeburg Museum

If you are looking for a cheap traveling in Yogyakarta, you will not want to miss the famous street of Malioboro. Here, you can find almost everything with low prices. While you were there, it would be perfect if you take another stroll around the street to the south. In this area resides several historical buildings that played an important role on the history of Yogyakarta, even Indonesia. One of these buildings is the Vredeburg Fort, or Benteng Vredeburg Museum. The fort was built in 1765 by the Dutch to protect the residence of the Dutch rulers of Yogyakarta from civilians attacks. Until today, this beautiful Dutch architectural buildings are preserved as a historical site in Yogyakarta. You still can see its surrounding walls, gates, armory, hall, kitchen, barrack and residential area.

Vredeburg Fort is located across the President’s Residence, Gedung Agung, at Jalan Ahmad Yani no. 6, Special Region of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. You can easily access Vredeburg Fort because it is located at the heart of Yogyakarta. From Adi Sucipto International Airport, you can take Transjogja Route 1A and 3A and get off at Gedung Agung shelter. If you are departing from Jombor Bus Station, take Transjogja Route 2A or the city bus lane 18 and 19. Or if you depart from Giwangan Bus Station, you can take Transjogja Route 3A or the city bus lane 4 and 10. From Malioboro or Tugu Train Station, you just have to walk southward to reach this fort. If you do not want to go there by foot, you can take a becak or andong. The entrance ticket to Vredeburg Fort is very cheap, which is IDR 2,000. If you are lucky enough to come here while there are an event inside the fort, you do not have to pay for additional fee.

If you imagine Benteng Vredeburg Museum as a moldy, rusty and abandoned old building, then you are mistaken. This great fort is clean and well taken care of by the government of Yogyakarta. There are some areas of this fort that has been renovated, but it still presents the sense of greatness of the past. This fort has control towers on each corner and entrenchment which you can climb to see the stunning view of the city from above the fort. Going inside the fort, you will find thousands of dioramas portraying the Indonesian struggle against the colonialization of the Dutch. You can also find collections of historical objects, photographs and paintings about the national struggle to reach independence. Information on the events are equipped on the dioramas and historical objects so you can get a better picture of what has happened at that time. Various rooms of this fort are often used for events, such as seminars, painting exhibitions and other cultural events. This fort is also act as the host of annual events like Yogyakarta Art Festival and Festival Gamelan Gaul. You can also rent a traditional bicycle called onthel to cycle around the fort.

Are you planning for a trip but low in budget? Do not worry, because Yogyakarta in Indonesia will always welcome you where everything is cheap. Cheap traveling in Yogyakarta can be done in several places including the Malioboro street. South of here, you can also find a historical building of the Dutch era, Benteng Vredeburg Museum. While you stroll around this majestic fort and enjoy the scenery, you can also get new knowledge by seeing the historical objects and dioramas which you can found here.

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