Central Java

Set in the middle of Java, discover the Indonesian province, Central Java starting at Yogyakarta’s 10th century Hindu UNESCO World Heritage site, Prambanan. Just next door, the Buddhist Sewu Temple, built during the 8th century, is another top attraction. Experience Javanese culture at the Royal Sultan’s family home, Yogyakarta Palace (Kraton). Glimpse at keris (daggers), wayang puppets, masks, statues, textiles, and Javanese gamelan instruments at the Museum Sonobudoyo. Shop for traditional ceramics, exquisite batik, and other wonderful handicrafts in Bantul or Kasogan. Otherwise, stroll around the city’s oldest market, Pasar Beringharjo, or learn the art of silver making in Kota Gede.

Wander around the world’s largest Buddhist monument at the ancient UNESCO World Heritage site, Borobudur located in the Magelang Regency. Take an exhilarating trek up to the top of Mount Merapi, or simply marvel at Central Java’s other magnificent volcanic mountains, including Merbabu, Sumbing, Menoreh, and Telomoyo. Immerse in Central Java’s gamelan music, dance, wayang theatre (shadow puppetry) performances, and other cultural arts. Sample delightful Javanese cuisine, and Central Java’s famed gudeg (sweet jackfruit stew), opor ayam (chicken cooked in coconut milk), and lumpia (spring rolls). The soul of Indonesia—Central Java.