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Travel Blogs from Yogyakarta
... to visit the palace on our first day, but pretty much everything in the city was closed due to the end of Ramadan celebrations. It's clearly a huge holiday in Indonesia. So we returned the next day to find the palace open. Normally they hold free puppet performances but these weren't on due to Ramadan. So we didn't get to see the puppets after all - apart from in shops.
The palace itself was fine, nothing was written in English so we had no idea ...
We had a slight lie in this morning and then enjoyed our banana chocolate pancakes before heading out into Jogja. We went first to the Kraton (the Sultan's Palace) which is at the end of Malioboro road. This had an entry fee per person plus an entry charge for the camera. Ahead of us was a large group of dental students (they had matching backpacks) and they drew away most of the photo requests and so we had a free wander around the palace. It was quite magestical ...
... looking temple sewu at the extreme end looked pretty nice.
Prambanan was made up of 6 main temples housing 3 gods and in front of them - their transport. The largest was Siva and his goat. The other 2 were Vishnu and brahma. The reliefs all around the 3 gods temples told the (very long) story of Ramayanan. (The story being told in the form of a ballet within the grounds but we didn't watch since we saw versions of it in Bali).
Next was to ...
... to Surabaya, a heaving city of 2.3 million people. From there I need to
work out how to get to the highly active Gunung Brumo volcano and the highest
mountain in Indonesia. I have high hopes that this could be one of the
most spectacular sights of my life.
I plan to stay on the lip of Bromo's crater tonight, then tomorrow,
assuming the volcano doesn't erupt, I will try and get from there back
to sea level and ...
... Chelsea, on the other hand, was forced by her team to postpone the appointment until after the hunt. Neither of our team won the hunt but my team finished in second place which awarded us a nice cold Bintang.
Let's just say we were happy that we were heading to Lombok island the following day, where we would hike Mount Rinjani. Yogyakarta was a nice little city but we were looking forward to seeing some natural ...
Other places to stay in Yogyakarta
Jalan Prawirotaman I/15a, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $32
Jl. Gerilya (Jl. Prawirotaman) MG III/595, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $12
Jl. Prawirotaman 2 No.71, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $10
Jalan Prawirotaman 1. No 40, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $10
Jl. Prawirotaman 37, Yogyakarta | Hotelfrom $15