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About Yogyakarta
The special region of Yogyakarta (DIY), also known as Jogja, is an area with various tourist destinations varying from natural, historical, cultural, educational, to culinary. Yogyakarta is uniqly one of Indonesia’s most interesting destinations to visit. The uniqueness of Yogyakarta clings mainly on the archeological site of ancient regimes and the exitence of Kraton Ngayogjokarto Hadiningrat, one of the Javanese cultural bases surviving until today. The long history of Yogyakarta as a kingdom makes the city culturally rich. The tradition of the kraton harmonically blends with modern culture, flowing simultaneously into the stream of globalization.

Yogyakarta geographically sits on the south part of Java Island, extending from north, which is marked by Mount Merapi, to south bordering with Indian Ocean, then to west and east bounded by the province of Central Java. In the north, Kaliurang provides ecotourism with its gardens and Mount Merapi while in the south, there stretches Indonesian Sea famous for its myth of Ratu Laut Selatan, the Queen of the South Sea.

About is officially launched on May 20th 2010 in Yogyakarta. It is a bilingual portal, using both Bahasa Indonesia and English. provides comprehensive information about Yogyakarta tourism. The stories and reviews in are presented uniquely, briefly but in depth. employs two approaches in presenting Yogyakarta, based on Geo-cultural Categorization (covering Yogyakarta, Sleman Regency, Bantul Regency, Gunung Kidul Regency, and Kulon Progo Regency) and Types of Tourism Objects (comprising Natural, Historical, Cultural, Culinary, Special Interst, Religious, Sport, Shopping, General, and Educational Tourism). also provides Cultural Event Calendar to inform visiting tourists about what is going on in the city. Moreover the site has Practical Dictionary to help tourists communicate during their visits in Yogyakarta. There is also Encyclopedia menu to fill tourists in on various things about Yogyakarta., therefore, is clearly the main reference for tourists to get Yogyakarta tourism information.

Natural Tourism
The King’s Palace is the center of the kingdom and cosmologically seen as the mediator for two natural forces, volcano and sea. In the west, there stretch Menoreh hills, an ecotourism area wherein we can find a reservoir. The reservoir is a meeting point of several streams and functioned to irrigate surrounding farmlands, typical Javanese traditional environment. In the east, there stands karst providing cave tourism with its natural underground tunnels and rivers. In the south, we can find beautiful beaches. Some of them are relatively natural and untouched by human civilization. Up north, Mount Merapi stands offering various tourism objects such as Kaliurang, Kaliadem, and Merapi’s peak itself.

Historical Tourism
Yogyakarta is also a historical tourist destination for having lots of cultural and archeological heritages from pre-Hindu-Buddha, Hindu-Buddha, Islam, and Colonial times which many of them date back hundreds of years. The temples, palace, and colonial constructions are national historical heritages reflecting cultural diversity. Malioboro central business distric, there is even a colonial hotel still standing and operating until today.

Cultural Tourism
Yogyakarta has diverse kinds of cultural tourism, ranging from traditional practices such as dances, puppets, and traditional ceremonies performed by either the Keraton (royal family and relatives) or common people, to modern practices such as painting exhibitions, modern dance perfomances, theaters, and music of many different genres.

Religious Tourism
Yogyakarta has a wide array of choices of religious tourism thanks to the harmonious religious life of the people that have been so since the kingdom time. There is the Grand Mosque (Masjid Gedhe) in Kauman neighborhood whose construction coincided with the founding of the Royal Palace. Visitors can also go for religious tourism in the pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), famous historical or modern mosques, and also other centers for religious activity. For Christians, places of pilgrimage such as Sendangsono Grotto and Ganjuran Village are the tourism objects visitors must visit. Furthermore, there are also Prambanan Temple, which is used for religious ceremonies for the Hindus, and Borobudur Temple, which is Buddhist’s place of worship.

Educational Tourism
Yogyakarta is a miniature of Indonesia because many people from across the country come to this city to get education. The universities’ facilities spreading around the city are interesting to visit in order to inform students wanting to pursue their education here. The wide, beautiful, and nicely ordered campuses are educational tourist destinations visitors should not miss.

Culinary Tourism
Traditional snacks can be found around the city. The kraton special dishes, which in the past were only served for the kings, are now available in some particular restaurants. Moreover, visitors can find modern food easily. One of’s menus provides reviews on various restaurants as well as the food as a reference for tourists to enjoy culinary tourism in the city.

Shopping Tourism
Handmade handicrafts such as products of batik, silver, leather, bamboo, wood, earthenware, and others are inseparable parts of Yogyakarta tourism. For visitors who love shopping for traditional objects, Yogyakarta is the right place. Malioboro and Beringharjo Market are where visitors can find wide arrays of things sold at competitive prices. Beside those places, there are art galleries, stores, and boutique scattered around the city.

Sport Tourism
Yogyakarta has various sport clubs for tourists who love sports. Their choices ranging from golf, biking, mountain climbing, rock climbing, caving, kiting, beach volley ball, traditional archery (jemparing), and to rafting.

Special Interest Tourism
Special interest tourism in Yogyakarta is certainly unique. Onthel bike tourism, for example, is an antique bike club and collectors regularly gather and then usually go around the city. There are also tourism villages, offering visitors the experience of being farmers for several days. Tourists will live in agricultural environment and be involved in ploughing earth, planting rice seeds, pounding rice, and even washing water buffalos in the river and eating traditional food in the huts near the green landscape of rice field. virtually helps tourists visiting Yogyakarta to get prior knowledge of what Yogyakarta has. It also provides guidance for them when they are in this province and surrounding. invites supports from readers who are concerned about Yogyakarta natural, historical, social, cultural, and touristic abundant resources to enhance the quantity and accuracy of the data.

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