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.