Hotel in Yogyakarta.
Yogya is a place to enjoy life far from the polluted and animated city of Jakarta. You can still take a lift in a becak (carrier tricycle photo above) and visit the Kraton, Taman Sari (Water palace) or Pasar Burung (Birds market).The becak is part of the Yogya life. It is commonly used to transport people, foods, goods or animals.
The Central Javanese cities of Yogyakarta and Surakarta (Solo) are centres of classical Javanese culture.
The ancient arts have been encouraged by the royal families of these two sultanates under whose patronage the performing arts and others aspects of Javanese culture have flourished. There are numerous music and dance schools, brilliant choreographer, drama and poetry workshops, folk theatre and wayang troupes, artists excelling in the plastic arts. See the Wayang and Batik sections.