Kids’ Guide to Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is a great place to explore and learn about the classical arts and vibrant culture of the Javanese people.


The most visited site in Indonesia, this amazing Mahayana Buddhist temple – built in the 9th century – is made of more than a million stone blocks that form massive bell-shaped stupas with 500 Buddha statues.

Make your own wayang

Wayang is the Javanese art of shadow puppetry. You can join a local workshop to make your very own puppet, tradition-
ally made of leather, as a souvenir.

Try gudeg

Gudeg is the staple dish of Yogyakarta. Reddish-brown, gelatinous and sweet, it’s made from young unripe jackfruit, boiled down with palm sugar, coconut milk, garlic, shallots, candlenut and other spices. A typical serving includes rice, chicken, egg and, of course, some sambal on the side.


Also built in the 9th century, Prambanan Hindu complex has tall, pointy temples. Be sure to catch the live Ramayana Ballet, a beautiful Javanese music and dance performance that tells an epic and timeless tale using only the graceful motions of the dancers and music.

Kraton of Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta is a Special Administrative Region and still has a sultan. The Kraton is the royal palace of the Sultan of Yogyakarta, who still lives here, and traditional artisans still work within its walls. Parts of the Kraton are open for you to explore to learn about the city’s unique history.

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