|Yogyakarta, with its ancient history, its thriving traditions, and its reputation as a center of arts and education, has long been known as Indonesia’s cultural capital. It is here that the heart and soul of Java’s mystical philosophy, mixing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and local animism into a colorful cultural tapestry, has been preserved against the onslaught of modernity. And it is here that the classical Javanese arts, from the sweet tones of gamelan music to the subtle movements of Javanese dance to the patient art of wax dyeing cloth into intricate batik patterns, can still be seen resplendent in their glory.|
In Yogya, visitors can witness a range of cultural attractions, while enjoying the international standard comfort of the city’s hotels and the eclectic range of its restaurants. The areas surrounding the city are equally fascinating, especially the restored 9th century temple of Borobudur, one of the most important and awe-inspiring Buddhist temples in the world, and the 8th-10th century Hindu temples of Prambanan, where on nights leading up to the full moon, dance performances of the classic Hindu epic of the Ramayana are held. South of Yogya, the beach of Parangtritis, with its soft sand and pounding surf, attracts travelers searching for tropical tranquility.