Jogjakarta always held a special place in my heart. I have fond memories of it since I spent almost two years of my childhood there when my father studied for his Ph.D. Jogja also reminds me of him and his struggle.
Yogya was known as the City of Education. It is home of Universitas Gadjahmada (UGM) one of the top university in Indonesia. My father got his Ph.D from UGM.
Yogyakarta also held a special place for Indonesia music industry. It was the homebase of several prolific band including Kla Project and Sheila on Seven.
Kla Project’s song Yogyakarta is one of my favorite Indonesian song..
Pulang ke kotamu…ada setangkup haru dalam rindu. Masih seperti dulu…tiap sudut menyapaku bersahabat. Penuh selaksa makna…
There are many things to enjoy there while you are in Jogja..the slow almost melancholy atmosphere, the culture, the places, the artistics yet affordable handicrafts…
This time around we went in a big group of my husband’s colleagues and families. We went by train. I always love train journey. In the beginning it was quite comfortable. I read a book that I bought in Harvard bookstore long time a go. But then the air conditioning was turned on and it became too cold. So my advise is to bring warm clothes or you can also rent some blankets.
Our train arrived just after noon. After checked ourself in at the hotel, my husband had a meeting so I thought the girls for a walk. I already checked that it would be the only time I have free time to buy some souvenirs. Afterall, we will buy them eventually.
Our main destination was Malioboro. I checked on the map, and it appeared to be quite close…but even so, I managed to mess it up. Since I took the girls…I decided to take Becak.
Becak is now transformed into Becak Motor. The rider known as Abang Becak, also voluntarily act as tour guide. Be very clear and FIRM on what you wanna do and where you wanna go, otherwise a short ride may turn into shopping spree…just like what happened to us.
The girls enjoyed the Becak Ride so much 🤗
The next day we visited a beach where the girls got an opportunity to dive and see some fishes.
After that we were supposed to visit two places: pine forest and a hobbit place. But, turned out we took longer. By the time we arrived to the place, it was almost dark. So we skipped one place. I was not really impressed with the second place since everything seem to be an outdoor photo studio.
Thankfully on our way back we stopped at a restaurant at the top of the hill, which offer breathtaking view of Jogjakarta at night. The hill is aptly called star hill.
The last day in Jogja we just wanna explore the city. This time my hubby also joined me and the girls so we ended up hiring two Becak.
My plan was only to go to Keraton (The Palace) of Jogjakarta. We hired two Abang Becak to take us there. But the Abang Becak took us to the Bakpia Pathok shop first. Bakpia Pathok is the most popular cake from Jogja. So, in the end we stopped and bought some boxes for souvenirs.
Then, he persuaded us to visit the Museum of Palace Carriage before visiting the Keraton. Again, its not part of the plan since we never heard about the museum. But, we’re glad that the Abang Becak did, because we got to see some grand carriage…
Each carriage safely maintain in the Museum has its name.
The one in this picture is called Garuda Yeksa. It was made by the Dutch in 1861 during the period of Sri Sultan HB VI. This carriage was only used during the King coronation in Keraton Yogyakarta. Kereta Garuda Yeksa was used during the coronation of Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwana VI to Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwana X.
On our way out of the Museum, we saw the Palace staff, called Abdi Dalem, parading. I did not quite get what is the occasion, but Keraton Jogja is one among a few kindom in Indonesia which still adhere to their tradition.
Finally we made it into the palace… First, we must buy tickets to get in. You must also pay for every camera used to take pictures. But the price for both are really reasonable.
We arrived almost noon and was told that there will be a performance inside the palace. Perfect time!
We did not stay long at the Keraton since we must catch our flight. But all in all Jogja always bring certain atmosphere that makes me wanna come back. Until next time Jogja!!