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Tourist Destination near Malioboro

Malioboro Street is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Jogja, even though it is only a few kilometers long road. But its uniqueness is in the goods offered along the Malioboro road. Along the way, you can find various choices of snacks to souvenirs or souvenirs typical of Jogja or Malioboro.

Besides, if you come on weekends, then not a few, you will see unique street buskers who give their best performances with a variety of folk songs, Indonesian and dangdut. Not a few tourists who are interested in the uniqueness of this particular Jogjakarta. It’s just that to visit it, you need to make the extra super effort because, in those nights, the streets starting from the streets of Malioboro to zero points Jogjakarta will be very full of travelers both local and international. Malioboro has indeed become the last place to visit for those who are visiting Jogja because they want to buy various souvenirs or souvenirs. And as a second tip, if you’re going to shop at Malioboro, make sure you use your bargaining skills. Because indeed, you can get goods that are cheaper than before you bid.

1. Beringharjo Market

At the end of Malioboro street, there is also the Beringharjo market, which consists of four centralized floors.

Pasar Beringharjo (Beringharjo Market)

1st floor is a paradise for batik shopping. Various types of materials and batik motifs have been transformed into very varied clothing models. Starting from stamped batik to written batik, ranging from lightweight prices in the pocket to hundreds of thousands of rupiah. Not only batik that stands out, but this ground floor also has many Jogja accessories and traditional clothing sellers such as blangkon, surjan clothes, and woven fabrics.

Floor 2, especially the eastern market, there are various spices and raw materials for making herbs. Different food raw materials are also available here, such as rice, dried noodles, various dry crackers, and other food ingredients.

Next floor 3 contains a variety of antiques. In Beringharjo Market, there are also items that are not less antique, such as old typewriters, helmets in the 60s, to variations of sword types and ancient keris relics. For those of you antique collectors, hunting or just washing your eyes here should not be missed.

Floor 4 contains various kinds of traditional handicrafts. There are many types of crafts, which, of course, are priced according to quality. Traditional handicrafts sold in this market include various kinds of furniture made of bamboo, colorful flowers from dried plants, and various accessories made of bamboo or rattan.

How to get to Beringharjo Market

The road to the Beringharjo Market location is straightforward because it is a very strategic location, making it easy to access both by private vehicles and Trans Jogja transportation. Drive towards Malioboro Street, because this road is one-way you have to pass it from the north. Approximately 100 meters, Beringharjo Market, is just east or left of the way. For vehicle users, you can take the road just south of Beringharjo Market as a dividing road with Fort Vredeburg. Parking lots are available on the south and east sides of Beringharjo Market. But if you want to take a walk along Jalan Malioboro, you can park at Malioboro Mall or other parking lots. Be careful when driving because this area is always crowded with visitors. Happy shopping!

2. Fort Vredeburg

If you want to see the fortress where the Dutch East Indies Governor sheltered during the colonial era, maybe you should go to Vredebur Fortress. This fort is located on the south side of Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta, or precisely opposite the State Palace of the Great Building.

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Fort Vredeburg was built in 1760 by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono I, whose first function was as a fortress. This fort has 4 bastions, each of which has a name. For the northwest corner, named Jayawisesa. The northeast corner, named Jayapurusa. As for the Southwest corner, it is named Jayaprakosaning and Jaya prayitna in the Southeast corner.

Benteng Vredeburg (Fort Vredeburg)

At first, the fortress located on Ahmad Yani Street No.6 was named Rustenburg, which means ‘Fortress of Rest.’ But after having collapsed due to an earthquake that occurred in Yogyakarta, in 1867, the fort was rebuilt and later given the name of Vredeburg Fort, which means ‘Fortress of Peace.’

Until now, the condition of the Vredeburg Fort is still well maintained. It appears to be still sturdy and well-maintained fortress walls, including the gutters that surround the fort, with beautiful gardens around it. Besides being able to see the dioramas of events during the colonial period, you can also see cultural and artistic activities from artists in Yogjakarta because this place is more often lately used to display art and culture to the public.

3. Zero Point

Located right in the heart of Jogja, this area is always crowded by people every day. Starting from dawn, morning, noon, night, until early morning. The Zero Kilometer Point is the pulse of Jogja.

Visiting the Kilometer Zero Point will take you to Yogyakarta in the past. Because the area around the Zero Kilometer Point is an important area in the past until now. At this intersection, there are art deco-style buildings that become landmarks, call the Bank Indonesia building, Bank Indonesia Building, and the Post Office Building.

Right in front of the Big Post Office building, you will find the March 1 Attack Monument, which is currently often used as a venue for arts and cultural performances. Behind the March 1 General Offensive Monument, there is the Fort Vredenburg Museum, which stands proudly. While opposite the Citadel, there is the Presidential Palace of the Great Building.

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Before functioning as a presidential palace, Gedung Agung was the office and residence of the Dutch Resident. This magnificent building also had changed hands to the Japanese government, before it was finally taken over by Indonesia and made the presidential palace. Until now, if the president of the Republic of Indonesia has a working visit in Yogyakarta, he will stay in Gedung Agung. Besides being surrounded by magnificent indis buildings, in the Zero Kilometer Point area, there is also a green area with shady trees and unique park benches. Various art installations installed in the Kilometer Zero Point area make the atmosphere more lively. When dusk approaches, the area will be filled with young people and residents who enjoy the atmosphere of Jogja. Musicians and street singers are ready to cheer you up when night falls. While relaxing, you can also enjoy a variety of snacks sold by street vendors.

4. Cultural Park

In Yogyakarta, there is a cultural center called Taman Budaya Yogyakarta. Located not far from Beringharjo Market, precisely on Jalan Sriwedani, Taman Budaya Yogyakarta is always enlivened by various activities of Yogyakarta artists.

Based on its history, the Yogyakarta Cultural Park was first built around the Gadja Mada University Area, Bulaksumur, on March 11, 1977. Then it was inaugurated by Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX, who was then serving as Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia.

At that time, Yogyakarta Cultural Park still used the name Purna Budaya. Formerly this place was dedicated to fostering, maintaining, and developing culture, as well as a center for the art of Yogyakarta society.

In 2002 Taman Budaya Yogyakarta entered a new phase. Based on the agreement of several related parties, the Yogyakarta Cultural Park was finally rebuilt around the Vredeburg Fort area. It was then that the Cultural Park in Yogyakarta enriched its vision and mission as a cultural pocket and became one of the art laboratories in Indonesia.

Taman Budaya Yogyakarta has two main buildings, Concert Hall Taman Budaya and Societe Militair. The Dutch-style Concert Hall building usually functions as a place for literary discussion, organizing exhibitions, and training. While the Societe Militair building is specifically used for the purpose of staging theater, dance, music, and other art performances.

If you visit Yogyakarta, it never hurts to stop by the Yogyakarta Cultural Park. Because the cultural center of Yogyakarta city often holds activities related to art. Moreover, at this time, there is a Yogyakarta art festival, which is routinely held at the Yogyakarta Cultural Park every year.

Afwan Anggara

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