4D3N SIGHT OF CITY AND WORLD HERITAGE SITES

Day 01 ARRIVAL

Upon arrival in Yogya airport, meet and greet service by our tour guide then transfer to hotel.

Check in and rest of the day to enjoy the hotel facilities as you adjust with the time different and tropical climate.

Overnight in hotel Yogyakarta

Day 02 YOGYA CITY TOUR & BOROBUDUR TEMPLE TOUR (B, L)

Today trip is to visit the highlight city of Yogyakarta and followed with leisure drive out of town to Borobudur, a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple, the one of the best-preserved ancient monument in Indonesia and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant, a taste of local dishes.

Overnight in hotel Yogyakarta

Highlight of todays:

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Sights and sounds of Yogyakarta

Explore Yogyakarta the city of cultural heritages, The Palace of Yogyakarta, known as the Keraton is a grand complex that was meticulously planned to reflect the Javanese cosmos. This elegant complex of pavilions was constructed entirely on ancient beliefs and each feature of the complex, from the courtyards to the trees, has a special symbolic meaning related to sophisticated Javanese world view. This palace was designed to be more than just a royal residence. It was built to be a focal point of the Sultan’s entire kingdom. Today, the Keraton is a piece of living history and tradition. It continues to be used both as a home of the Sultan as well as for other important ceremonial and cultural functions of the Yogya court. Then continue to Taman Sari, when a traveler is browsing in Kraton, then The Water Castle or known as Tamansari not to be missed, located less than 1 Km west of Kraton, remains as the ruins, pools, arches and underground passages of the former pleasure gardens. It was built in 1758 by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I as a rest house and pleasure park for the Royal family. Tamansari means beautiful garden. It was badly damaged due to an earthquake in 1867. Some parts of it have been restored. Bakpia Pathok factory, see the production a small, round-shaped Indonesian Chinese-influenced sweet rolls, usually stuffed with mung beans, but have recently come in other fillings as well (e.g. chocolate, durian, and even cheese). They are one of Yogyakarta’s specialties named after Pathok suburb in this city where these sweet pastries were originated which commercially packaged in small boxes and sold at many food shops in Yogyakarta. The chocolate production processes at the Chocolate Monggo factory, located in the historical town of Kotagede. Monggo Chocolate is produced in Indonesia and prepared with the utmost respect for the tradition of the great master chocolatiers made of the finest dark chocolate with 100% cocoa butter. Each flavor has a genuine taste of Indonesian ingredients and is a creation of our Belgian chocolatier in our ‘maison de production’ in Yogyakarta. Still in Kotagede, the streets are lined with silver factories, ranging from modest family enterprises to real superstores. What they have in common though, are skilled hands of mostly older men, producing wonderful home ware and exquisite jewelry. These days the fine art of batik is produced at the family compounds in villages surrounding the city. There are very few galleries left in town where the canting and cap are still handled with great care.

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Borobudur Temple

Borobudur Temple is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist Temple, the one of the best-preserved ancient monument in Indonesia and one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world.

Built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD during the reign of the Syailendra Dynasty, the temple was designed in Javanese Buddhist architecture, which blends the Indonesian indigenous cult of ancestor worship and the Buddhist concept of attaining Nirvana where the architectural style has no equal throughout the world.

The temple also demonstrates the influences of Gupta art that reflects India’s influence on the region, yet there are enough indigenous scenes and elements incorporated to make Borobudur uniquely Indonesian. Built as a single large stupa and, when viewed from above, takes the form of a giant tantric Buddhist mandala, simultaneously representing the Buddhist cosmology and the nature of mind.

It stands majestically on a hilltop overlooking lush green fields and distant hills. Borobudur is built of gray andesite stone. It rises to seven terraces, each smaller than the one below it. The top is the Great Stupa, standing 40 meters above the ground. The walls of the Borobudur are sculptured in bas-reliefs extending over a total length of six kilometers. It has been hailed as the largest and most complete ensemble of Buddhist relieves in the world, unsurpassed in artistic merit and each scene an individual masterpiece.

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Mendut Temple

The small Buddhist Mendut Temple in Central Java forms an inseparable part of a pilgrim’s progress to the mighty Borobudur temple.  Serving as an introductory portal before ascending the Borobudur temple, Mendut has an array of narrative reliefs and most important Buddha statues that spiritually prepare pious pilgrims and the general visitors for their journey to the top of Buddhism’s cosmic mountain at Borobudur.

Situated 3 Km east from Borobudur Temple, the temple is on a north to south straight line with the Borobudur and Pawon Temples. Local legend relates that long ago a brick-paved road led from Mendut to Borobudur, closed in by walls with niches built into them. According to Dutch archaeologist JG de Casparis, the temple forms part of a once huge temple complex together with the Pawon and Borobudur temples and, chronologically speaking, is the oldest among the three. The temple was built and completed during the reign of King Indra of Sailendra dynasty. The inscription dated 824 AD mentions that King Indra of Sailendra built a sacred monument named Venuvana which means “bamboo forest”. Casparis connected the temple mentioned in the Karangtengah inscription with the Mendut temple and Bhiku Sri Pannyavaro Mahethera, in the documentary movie entitled “The forgotten gems, Buddhists Temples in Java” mentioned that the original name of the Temple was Venuvana Mandira meaning “The Palace in the Bamboo Forest”.

For Buddhists in Indonesia and abroad, the Mendut temple holds special significance. The existence of the three gigantic Buddha statues holds its own fascinating beauty both as sacred monuments and as works of art. The three statues sitting in the temple are still considered to radiate an aura of blessedness. Today, the temple is visited by many visitors and Buddhists pilgrims from around the world before proceeding to Borobudur. Mendut Temple also becomes the staging point for the annual ritual ceremony of Vesak, where the holly waters from the pristine springs of Jumprit and the torch with the natural eternal flames at Mrapen are kept, before the monks and congregations conduct their ritual procession from Mendut to Borobudur.

Day 03 KOTAGEDE HERITAGE WALKING TOUR & PRAMBANAN TEMPLE (B, L)

Find out whether you can visit one of heritages houses and be transported back in time in Kotagede and see most beautiful Hindu temple in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia of Prambanan Temple.

Lunch will be arranged at local restaurant, a taste of local dishes.

Overnight in hotel Yogyakarta

Highlight of todays:

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Kota Gede Walking Tour

Kotagede is a silent witness of the rise of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom that ruled almost the entire Java.

Today walking tour will start in local traditional market where the city system of Javanese kingdom usually places the palace, the roundabout, and the traditional market on the line that stretches from South to North.

By walking to the South heading the graveyard, the ruins of inner fort, and the fenced banyan tree, then we can find the graveyard area of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom’s forefathers that is surrounded by a tall and strong wall. The portal to the graveyard area has the feature of Hindu architecture.

When walking down the street in this alley, the building looks old house that stands extending to the tip and each house has a unique architecture of its own. Rail Kotagede village we continue towards a point of historically valuable buildings called Traditional House. Although the building is quite historic, this building is

still occupied by their owners. This custom home was built in 1750an using traditional Javanese architectural style with joglo roof, consisting of palace buildings and gandok east. Apart from being home to live on past the house was used for the production of silver. Houses using wood frame structure, using brick wall and some wood. Walking through Kotagede will enrich our knowledge about the history of Islamic Mataram Kingdom that was successful in Java. Furthermore, you can see local people’s daily routines closely. They have been staying inside the strong wall and doing the activities since hundreds years ago.

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Prambanan Temple

Prambanan Temple said to be the most beautiful Hindu temple in the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is the biggest temple complex in Java with three main temples dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities, Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma, the symbols of Trimurti in Hindu belief. Built in the 8th century AD, all the temples compound in the Prambanan archaeological park. In its original form, the temple complex contained over 250 large and small temples. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high (154 ft) central building inside a large complex of individual temples. The temple compound was expanded by successive Mataram kings with the addition of the hundreds of perwara temples around the central temples. It served as the royal temple of the Kingdom of Mataram for its religious ceremonies and sacrifices.

Day 04 DEPARTURE (B)

Morning at leisure, to enjoy the hotel facilities, until your pick up time for your departure transfer back to airport or next destination.

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