E! ALL ACCESS INDONESIA: YOGYAKARTA
All Access Indonesia is back! E! has teamed up once again with the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism and this time we bring you on a special cultural escapade to one of Indonesia’s crowning jewels: YOGYAKARTA.
Yogyakarta, located in Central Java, has long been known to be a city extremely rich in culture and history. So much so that some have even dubbed it Indonesia’s Culture Soul. It was an incredible honour for us to take a closer look at its many ancient temples and royal sites.
Where did we go on this exciting episode? We explored the awe-inspiring Borobudur, which was built over 1,000 years ago (mind-boggling!) and is the world’s largest Buddhist Temple. And everyone knows you can’t visit Yogyakarta without taking in the sites of Ratu Boko, the ancient palace ruins which once belonged to the Kings of Sailendra. Last but not least, we visited Prambanan, an impressive collection of massive Hindu temples built in the 10th Century by the Mataram Kingdom. Here, we were lucky enough to catch a performance of The Ramayana Ballet. Set on an open air theatre with Prambanan as a backdrop…we were entertained under the stars and an illuminous full moon, perfectly framed at the center of the ruins. It was sensational. Today, Borobudur and Prambanan continue to be holy monasteries and places of spiritual pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus around the world.
When you spend time roaming these locations, your jaw literally drops…you can’t begin to fathom how megastructures as beautiful and architecturally magnificent as these were built over 1,000 years ago. Between the abundance of art, culture, history, and spiritual ambience, the whole city is coated with a delicious mix of mystery, awe and intrigue. This is what makes Yogyakarta a city of endless wonder and fascination.