Central Java is home to most of important Indonesia’s historical heritage sites. Roasters of temples scatter around the area that include Kalasan temple, Ratu Baka temple, Plaosan temple and Mendut temple to name a few.
Prambanan Temple Against the Backdrop of Clear Sky
Most of the temples mainly occur in Yogyakarta. In the downtown of the city, Prambanan Temple Complex is waiting. The temple is the biggest Hindu temple in Southeast Asia that UNESCO listed the attraction as Indonesia’s World Heritage in 1992. What so interesting from the temple is the bloody love legend behind its existence. Do you want to know the complete story? Visit Prambanan temple and discover the famous legend.
“Yogyakarta along with Solo are the center of Javanese culture living museums.”
Several hour-drive from Prambanan temple to the southwest, you’ll find another UNESCO World Heritage named Borobudur Temple. The world largest Buddhist temple has unique architecture. It consists of six square platforms on the lower level and three circular platforms on the upper part. On the top, no less than 72 Buddha statues meditate in perforated stupas. What makes the structure so special is value underlying it. Looking at the relief on each platform, the structure teaches people about journey of life based on Buddhism.
Yogyakarta along with Solo are the center of Javanese culture living museums. In Yogyakarta, you’ll find Yogyakarta Palace where Sultan of Yogyakarta and the family currently reside. The royal house is open for visitors who are curious about the essence of nearly extinct Javanese tradition and rituals. Solo also has sultan who live in Karaton Surakarta. Within the palace there is museum which preserves heirloom of the kingdom.
“Natural attractions in Central Java are as stunning as the heritage sites.”
Woman Drawing Pattern on the Cloth
Batik is another heritage offered by Central Java. The Indonesia’s iconic artistic cloth is originally produced in the area before it becomes widespread throughout the country. Batik production houses can be found almost in every city within Central Java including in the area’s capital city, Semarang. Visiting the production places, you’ll have plenty opportunity to learn the process of making the world-class handwork.
Natural attractions in Central Java are as stunning as the heritage sites. Located in the central part, Dieng Plateau area offers two contrasting views. In one side, dramatic rolling hills of green plantation are everywhere to see. The other side features marshy caldera with several mineral lakes and steaming craters.
Farther to the east, there is deadly mount Merapi which is sacred to people in Yogyakarta. On the slope of this popular volcano, you’ll encounter an eerie ruined house which preserves relics reminding about Merapi’s latest destructive eruption. Kidul mountain along the southern coastal line also becomes more famous these day as more pretty hidden caves and waterfalls have been found. The popular attraction within the area is cave Pindul which features underwater river.
Beach on Karimunjawa Island
Are you snorkel lovers? You must come to Karimunjawa island. The island is beautifully fringed with clean deserted beaches. The water is so clear and the corals are colorful, making snorkeling is must-try activity in Karimunjawa. The island also offers a chance to swim with small catshark in its sanctuary.