Recently I had a short Jogja (short for Jogjakarta, or also can be written: Yogyakarta) trip with my friend Sinthya. It’s only 3 days and 2 nights. We didn’t cover much places, only the popular one, but I think that’s enough for now 🙂
As Sinthya lived in Jogja for quite some time before, she knows Jogja quite well. So she suggested that we had a city tour in the first day, and then we had a Candi (Candi = Temple) tour in the second day, and in our third day we did some shopping 😀 I also suggested to watch the ‘Sendratari Ramayana’ on the first day as we still have somere time in the evening. Yupe, it’s really packed, but we needed to use our short trip to have some fun 😉
By the way, actually we had this trip because we saw a promotion from AirAsia in the previous month. We missed the promotional price tho’ 🙁 , but nonetheless we still got cheaper price than other airline 😀 We chose the first flight which was 5:50AM, so we can start the trip early in the morning. And can you believe that we started from my place at 3:30AM. Lol. Sleep in the plane then!
Arriving at the Adisucipto International Airport, we went to the taxi counter to buy a ticket to go to our hotel. We couldn’t check-in at that time because it’s still early, so we just registered at the receptionist, put our bags at the locker, then went out.
The hotel is located in a alley, called Gang Dua. We could see that in the alley there’re many hostels, tour providers, and restaurants. Even if we walked outside the alley, we saw many eating places (including street foods) especially at night, and hotels. And have I said that it’s located near Jalan Malioboro? Yes, it’s a walking distance.
Before we started our first day, we booked our tour for the second day at the tour provider (Cecko Trans) beside our hotel. It’s an 8 hour tour to Candi Borobodur – Kali Adem – Candi Prambanan. The price is quite cheap if we compare to some in the internet, so good price!
For our first meal in Jogja, of course we should taste the famous food from Jogja, which is Nasi Gudeg (Nasi = Rice). We found nasi gudeg in Jalan Malioboro, I guess there’re some street vendors who sold nasi gudeg too there. Nasi gudeg has rice, jackfruit, chicken, boiled egg, tempe, and many more.
Walking on Jalan Malioboro, we found many becak (rickshaw) that offered to take us around the city for some price. Sinthya said no need to take becak now, because it’s easier for us if we walked, and on our way back to the hotel, then we could take the becak.
Our plan for the first day was to visit Keraton Jogja (Keraton/Kraton = Palace), then Taman Sari.
On our way to the Keraton, we passed Pasar Beringharjo (Pasar = Market). In front of the market, there’re many street food that sold traditional snacks. Then we passed Benteng Vredeburg (Benteng = Fortress). We actually planned to visit this fortress on our third day, but as we thought it’s still early, so we decided to visit this place.
From the name of the fortress, we knew it’s a Dutch fort. Inside, there’s a park, two statues of Jenderal. Sudirman, and Letnan Jenderal Oerip Soemohardjo, restaurant, and some rooms that provides historical diorama, which I thought, showed documentaries videos. If I’m not mistaken there are 4 rooms for this. We didn’t watch the diorama, so we just explored the fortress. Then we went to try the restaurant.
The restaurant itself is a Dutch-style restaurant, called Indische Koffie. It has a very nice interior. We’re lucky that we stopped at this restaurant, because not long after we entered the restaurant, it started to rain lol. I had Ontbijkoek pudding with vla.
Apparently, there’s a fair at alun-alun (= field/plaza), which is in front of the entrance of Keraton. There’re many ferris wheel, carousel, food stalls in this fair. It’s not that crowded at that time, I think it’d be crowded at night. There are two entrances to the Keraton. The one that we entered was the North entrance. The south entrance was the one where you could find two big banyan trees in the alun-alun.
After we paid the entrance ticket at the ticketing counter, we’re guided with one of the Abdi Dalem (= Servants) of the Keraton. That day, the Keraton displayed all the chariots, antique cars that they have, including the ones that was used by previous Sultan. Besides that, we could also saw various clothes that was used by Abdi Dalem (different Abdi Dalem wears different clothes, and has different kind of weapon/sword too). He also told us an interesting fact, that the distance from Keraton to Mount Merapi is the same with from Keraton to south sea (Indian Ocean).
The guide then brought us to some craft stall, where people could buy souvenirs there. There’re souvenirs that made from silver, and brass. There’s also a display on how to make a gamelan. Next place was a room which displayed some keris. Finally, the last stop in Keraton was a museum of Sultan Hamengkubowono IX. There’s photos of him when he studied in Netherland too, and there’s a video that’s shown in the room.After finished with the Keraton tour, he brought us to a batik house. The maker of the batik was the Abdi Dalem themselves. You can buy the batik here if you want, but I think the batik here is for wall display purposes not for cloth. They’ve added another technique in the making, where they added golden colour in the picture, so it would glow when there’s a reflection of light.
Well, this was the end of the Keraton tour.
Next we decided to have lunch first before we continued to Taman Sari.
Sinthya said that there’s a nice restaurant nearby, called Gadri Resto. It’s the house of Prince Joyokusumo. Inside there’s stage full of gamelan, and at that time, there’s someone who played the gamelan. There’s also souvenir shops in the restaurant, including batik shop complete with the batik makers. I ordered something quick which was nasi goreng, with bir jawa (= Javanese beer). It’s actually not a beer, it’s just a name 😉 It made of some spices, including ginger, etc with a lemon grass. It’s quite nice, and healthy too 😉
After we finished our lunch, we then went to Taman Sari, which was a walking distance from the restaurant. Taman Sari was surrounded by the housing complex. This place is for the Sultanate of Jogjakarta. Inside I could see the bathing complex, with pool, and small building for the sauna. Apparently Taman Sari was about to close. I think it’s around 4:30PM or something. Because we kept taking pictures when they asked us to exit the place (oops :P), so we and some other visitors needed to use another exit which went through the housing complex. Apparently some of the houses there, offered a batik painting course too 🙂
To go back to the hotel, we decided to take becak, because it’s gonna be quite a long walk to our hotel.
After we reach the hotel, then took a rest for a moment and prepared ourselves for the Sendratari Ramayana. We agreed to wear batik to watch the show 🙂 For the show itself, we’ve already booked seats some days before this trip, so we could have good spot 🙂
From the hotel we took a cab to the venue. It’s like a trip from the hotel to the airport, because Candi Prambanan is located nearby the airport. So we needed to give some enough time to go there.
Arrived at the venue, we went to the ticketing counter first to pay for our ticket. Our seats was in front of the performance area. (The seats shaped like letter ‘U’). There’s a fee if we want to take pictures and videos of the performance. The fee is cheap, so it’s okay 🙂 The ticket was already included a snack coupon, and we also booked a transportation to go back to the hotel. I think it’s easier if we booked a transportation to the hotel here rather than find a cab later after the show.
I will post about the story and pictures of Sendratari Ramayana in a different post.
After the show, and after we reached the hotel, and before we ended our day … I asked Sinthya to have a supper haha! We went to restaurant in front of our hotel, apparently, not many meals left, so we looked for other restaurant, or street food that still opened. Finally we ended having chicken satay for the supper 😉
So this is the end of the first day in my recent Jogja trip … 🙂
For more pictures of my Jogja trip, please go to my flicker page.
Taxi (Airport – Sosrowijayan): IDR50,000
Gudeg: around IDR10,000
– Vredeburg: IDR2,000 (+ Camera: IDR,3,000/camera)
– Keraton: IDR10,000 (+ Camera: IDR3,000/camera) + tip for the tour guide
Sendratari Ramayana Ticket (VIP): IDR200,000 (+ Camera: IDR10,000?)
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