Top 7 Tourist Attractions around Yogyakarta

Updated June 9, 2019
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Yogyakarta is packed with World Heritage Sites. Inside the city you can reach one by walking. But a lot of where the best ones are outside the city. To get there easily is by renting a private car with driver. You can get them easily around Malioboro and Sosrowijayan Road on travel agencies in the area. We paid IDR 400,000.00 for a 12-hour tour to anywhere we want.

Fried cuttlefish at a restaurant near Malioboro Road

Fried cuttlefish at a restaurant near Malioboro Road

Punthuk Setumbu

Enjoy the view of Magelang’s sunrise from Setumbu Hill for IDR 30,000. You’d see outlines of multiple mountains and Borobudur Temple nearby. This place is perfect to start your day before visiting Borobudur. Just make sure to bring an insect repellant to avoid the mosquitoes!

Admission Fee: IDR 30,000.00 per person

Gloomy sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu

Gloomy sunrise at Punthuk Setumbu

Gereja Ayam

Most commonly known as the Chicken Church, this unique structure is home to a dove-shaped chapel that welcomes all types of religion. You can enjoy a 360 view of the area from the top of church and eat local snacks at the cafe. This is a must for me because where else can you find chicken building, what more a church? Right… only here!

Admission Fee: IDR 30,000.00 per person with free snacks

Face of Gereja Ayam

Face of Gereja Ayam

Mendut Temple & Buddhist Monastery

A quick stop before heading on to the big ones is Mendut Temple, just 3 kilometers away from Borobudur. The actual temple has a minimal admission fee, but you can explore around the monastery for free.

Temple Admission Fee: IDR 3,500.00 per person

Interior of Mendut Temple

Interior of Mendut Temple

Borobudur Temple

This temple is one of the largest Buddhist structures in the world. Its multi-level built allows tourists to scatter all around itself so you wouldn’t need to worry about taking that crowdless selfie. Although the top level is where most people end up so crowd cannot be avoided there. Get the best value on admission fees when you buy combo tickets with Borobudur and Prambanan. You can buy them at either temples and use with in 2 days of purchase. You’ll be saving a lot of cash that you could use instead to buy souvenirs!

Admission Fee: IDR 540,000.00 per person (Combo Borobudur + Prambanan 2-Day ticket except for sunrises)

Top level of Borobudur Temple

Top level of Borobudur Temple

Prambanan Temple

Out of the two major temples near Yogyakarta, Prambanan is the closer one. We decided to go there on an afternoon so we could go back to the city faster. Inside the complex are multiple temples, all walking distance to each other. It gets really hot at midday so best to prepare yourself if you go there at the afternoon.

Admission Fee: IDR 540,000.00 per person (Combo Borobudur + Prambanan 2-Day ticket except for sunrises)

Me & Sewu Temple at Prambanan complex

Me & Sewu Temple at Prambanan complex

Taman Sari Water Castle

Just south of Malioboro Road is a former royal garden that is open to tourists. Getting there by GrabCar is only IDR 15,000 from our accomodation at Andrea Hotel. But going back, we decided to walk and it didn’t take more than an hour. Plus, the neighborhood is nice and you get to go through Malioboro Road.

Admission Fee: IDR 15,000.00 per person

Photography Fee: IDR 3,000.00

Inside the walls of Taman Sari Water Castle

Inside the walls of Taman Sari Water Castle

Malioboro Road

This road is where you could find Yogyakarta’s heart and soul. It’s a shopping district with  options from souvenirs to antiques. There are also food places and cheap lodgings, so it’s the perfect place to stay at.

Sidewalk full of vendors along Malioboro Road

Sidewalk full of vendors along Malioboro Road

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