The magnificent temples of Prambanan, 17 km northeast of Yogyakarta, are the best remaining examples of Java’s extended period of Hindu culture. Indeed, the wealth of sculptural detail on the great Shiva temple here is the nation’s most outstanding example of Hindu art.
KRATON (Sultan Palace)
The cultural and political heart of this fascinating, independently minded city is the huge palace of the sultans of Yogyakarta.
TAMANSARI (Sultan Palace)
Just southwest of Kraton is this complex, which once served as a splendid pleasure park of palaces, pools and waterways for the sultan and his entourage.The Portuguese architect of this elaborate retreat, built between 1758 and 1765,was from Batavia – the story goes that the sultan had him executed in order to keep his hidden pleasure rooms secret.
The great ancient temple of Borobudur is one of the greatest cultural icons of Southeast Asia. The temple comprises a wide structure topped by three engraved circular platforms with more than 2000 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.