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.