Keraton Yogyakarta is currently utilized as both cultural and governmental center of Yogyakarta Province. It is also the residence for Sri Sultan, a title given to every king and governor of Yogyakarta Province. Keraton has been claimed as the best model for Javanese traditional architecture. This is based on the fact of how every detail and position of each structure in the keraton complex was built according to the traditional Javanese values. The whole Keraton complex was finished in 1790.
Operational hours:Every day (08.30 am – 12.30 pm; Fri-Sat opens until 11.00 am) -Vredeburg Fort
This fort is both a museum and tourist attraction that was built during the reign of Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono I. This fort started our as a very humble clay and wooden structure but was later transformed into a heavily equipped fortress by the Netherlands out of fear towards the Keraton development at that particular era. Nowadays, you could find a collection of various tools and weapons from the revolution period displayed at the fort area. As for the museum, you would discover diorama depicting the conditions of Indonesians during the colonization period by the Netherlands. There is also a movie room that would show a movie about the struggle of Indonesians to achieve their independence.
Operational hours:Closed on Mondays; Tues-Fri (08.00 am – 04.00 pm; Sat-Sun opens until 05.00 pm) -Beringhardjo Traditional Market
The name Beringhardjo is a combination of two words ‘bering’ and ‘hardjo’ which mean both banyan tree and prosperous consecutively. So, the name Beringhardjo could be defined as a banyan area that would bring prosperity to the society. The combination of these words was based on how this market was used to be a banyan forest and has been the center of economic activity since the past until now.
At the market, you could find various batik with unique traditional patterns, traditional handcrafts, and delicacies. This market is particularly famous for its wide selection of spices which are used as main ingredients for jamu (Indonesian herbal drinks) that could help to heal lots of diseases.