Malioboro and Kraton Complex, Yogjakarta, Java, Indonesia

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My overseas professional career started at Jakarta, Indonesia thus the country will always have a special spot in my heart. It was the perfect place to introduce myself for all the adjustments needed from being away from home and it feels like home indeed that I found myself spending a good three years of my life.

With my minimal Bahasa speaking skills, I expertly moved around the city using microlet, found myself DVD shopping at Ambassador Mall, Kuningan and celebrated a work accomplishment with a bottle of Teh Botol and a bowl of Bakmi Special GM, my comfort food.

Three years and never took the opportunity to explore this wonderful country, that will always be one of my regret. Back then, I was so busy working and saving money, completely shutting down the idea of travelling across Indonesia or anywhere else. If I only knew that travelling will somehow keep my sanity over the years, I should have started ten years ago.

It feels like I need to make up for those lost opportunity to see parts of Indonesia once again as much as possible and then one day found myself purchasing a ticket bound for Yogjakarta, Java, Indonesia.
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Like many other tourists, Borobudur Temple is the main reason why I travel to Yogjakarta, however as what the souvenir t-shirts says “You really never been to Jogja unless you been to Malioboro Street”.

Jalan Malioboro or Malioboro Street is the center of Yogjakarta tourist district or what the locals fondly call as “Jogja”.
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Stretching from Tugu Railway Station towards Sultan Square, the 2km Malioboro is a one way street for the city public bus way, private vehicles and a small dedicated section for becak (three wheel pedal power cart) and andong (horse drawn carriage).
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If only the streets are cleaner and shops are lesser, there is a romantic vibe to Malioboro, the ornament street lamps and horse carts.
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It must be the most crowded place across the whole Yogjakarta, a well-known shopping complex for both locals and tourists particularly priding itself for authentic batik and Javanese handicrafts, though the most frequented shops are those selling souvenir t-shirts.
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My Bahasa speaking skills came handy when negotiating at shops around Malioboro. Somehow it also helps to scare away pickpockets who lurks around the crowded street targeting unsuspecting tourist. Though it is generally safe, one thing that will make your walk across Malioboro a good experience is to sling your bag across your body or carry it in front of you.
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A few meters walk away from the intersection that connects Malioboro Street to the white building of Bank of Indonesia passing by Vrederburg is the Kraton Complex (Keraton).
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malioboro-kraton

Keraton Kasultanan Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat or commonly known as Kraton is the royal palace of Yogjakarta, an important Javanese heritage site.
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A complex of low-lying buildings of museums and halls built with the flourish of Javanese architecture and decor, Kraton is divided into two separate entrances of the Main Court and the Residence.
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Inside the complex, there are many things to see and experience apart from the displays relating to the rich lives of Javanese Sultans, it a complete compound showcasing what Javanese culture is all about- the decorations details, the Batik museum, the musical performance at Pendopo (pavilion) and the palace servants on traditional clothes performing their daily chores.
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I’m not sure about this information but I learned that a palace servant wage is very small though they perform their chores wholeheartedly with a heart of servitude for the royal family.
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Don’t let the becak driver overcharging you for a ride to Kraton or the chaotic scenes outside the complex gate deter you from entering the palace. I believe it is worth visiting if you want to learn about Javanese culture, though be reminded that it is only open between 8am to 2pm with entrance fee of 5,000 Rupiah plus a camera or video permit of 1,000 Rupiah.
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malioboro-kraton

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7 thoughts on “Malioboro and Kraton Complex, Yogjakarta, Java, Indonesia

  1. Pretty nice post 🙂

    Feels like I just had a stroll through those streets 🙂

    The place looks so rich in culture and diverse in architecture, a place to be for a photographer, right?

    Thanks a lot for sharing, have a great time 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing this colourful insight into Yogjakarta! I’ve not been there yet, but would like to see more of Indonesia someday (it would have been much easier to do so when I was still living in Singapore!)

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