Last Updated on 07/11/2021 by Alfred
When was the last time you visited Yogyakarta? Visiting Yogyakarta is like missing a part of your life and always wanting to stay around to enjoy the city’s atmosphere.
Local cultural wisdom is still available in the city, even in modern times. In Yogyakarta, you can experience Javanese culture that is still alive today.
The Sultan City is home to many exciting tourist attractions, including Malioboro Street, which is very popular—despite the 2.50 km-long distance between Tugu Yogyakarta and Yogyakarta Post Office, tourists are never deserted every single day.
A street near the palace called Malioboro is part of a line connecting Parangtritis Beach, Yogyakarta Palace, and Mount Merapi.
The quiet corner of this street has many acid trees on its edges. Who would have thought? Only residents going to Fort Vredeburg, the palace, or the Beringhardjo Market would travel Malioboro Street.
There are two versions of the origin of the name Malioboro. Its name comes from Sanskrit, which means ‘wreath’ since the palace would fill it with bouquets for events and hajatans.
Another version states that the street was named after an Englishman in Yogyakarta from 1881 to 1916, Lord Marlborough.
Despite the origin of Malioboro, it is the most famous street in Yogyakarta that attracts tourists. A souvenir center typical of Yogyakarta can be found on Malioboro Street.
From t-shirts, batik, blangkon, sandals, handicrafts to bakpia patok and yangko snacks, Yogyakarta offers various typical souvenirs.
At this tourist attraction, several street vendors are offering simple but delicious dishes. You must try Gudeg rice, which has become one of the most popular dishes in Yogyakarta.
Try a serving of iced dawet made with brown sugar and coconut milk that has a legit taste. As you eat, the pangamen will play beautiful songs that will make you want to return to Yogyakarta.
Rickshaw drivers and Delmans wait patiently along the way to pick up customers. This is the perfect time to experience Yogyakarta’s unique form of transportation on Malioboro Street.
The cost of package tours around tourist attractions is usually affordable in Becak. Delman is also a good option if you wish to experience something unique around Yogyakarta.
You can almost always hear Javanese gamelan playing from tapes or being played directly by Yogyakarta street artists on Malioboro Street. The tourist spot is crowded not only during the day but also at night. It is impossible to separate Lesehan and the Angkringan cultures from this beautiful city.
Malioboro Street is still an essential part of Yogyakarta Palace today. Whenever the palace holds an event or a celebration, the street is the venue of Kirab.
Jogja is one of the most exciting cities in Indonesia, so you must visit the areas that are its main attractions. Check out the full review below!
Malioboro Jogja Tourism Review
- Address: Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Yogyakarta
- City, Special Region of Yogyakarta
- Opening hours: 24 hours non stop
- Admission price: Free
In the center of Jogja, there is a street called Malioboro Jogja that stretches approximately two kilometers. There are three streets in the Malioboro area: Margo Utomo Street, Malioboro Street, and Margo Mulyo Street. In Yogyakarta Palace, these roads serve as axis lines for the building.
In Jogja, Malioboro has always been a tourist center that is always crowded with tourists. Malioboro offers a variety of tourist activities.
Best Things To Do In Malioboro Jogja
1.Capture beautiful photos on the street
If you have the opportunity to visit Malioboro, be sure to explore the streets around the area. Malioboro is also home to many street photography opportunities. A portrait must be taken of every place along the road that shows off your uniqueness.
During this time, you can sit on the provided seats if you are tired. Every so often, you’ll hear street musicians playing musical instruments and singing. Malioboro has a more beautiful atmosphere when the sun is down.
A fusion of street lights and the floodlights of passing vehicles further intensifies Malioboro Jogja’s allure.
2.Cycling or riding a delman
Around the Malioboro area, you will find many places to rent bicycles. Malioboro is an ideal location for touring by bicycle or for visiting various tourist attractions.
You can also ride the Delman to see various tourist attractions in Malioboro if you are tired of riding a bicycle.
3.Search by – by
The Malioboro area is known for being a suitable hunting ground by – by. There are many shops here that sell souvenirs, including the legendary Bakpia Pathok of Jogja, Jogja batiks, pottery crafts, etc.
Besides, the Malioboro shopping area also has another hunting ground for souvenirs, known as Beringharjo Market.
A fascinating aspect of Beringharjo Market is that you can negotiate whether you are buying food, clothing, or handicrafts. Additionally, you can get a discount if you buy in bulk.
4.Enjoy the unique culinary tours
The culinary tourism industry in Jogja is centered around Malioboro Jogja, which is known for its affordable prices. There are several cheap and delicious culinary attractions around Malioboro, including:
- Gudeg Yu Djum, Jogja’s authentic culinary that you must try
- Pecel Madiun Berkat, the most delicious pecel in front of Malioboro mall
- Cilok Gajahan, cilok with meat stuffing that can be purchased for only Rp 5.000,00
- Sego Empal Bu Warno, rice filling right in front of Beringharjo Market
- Gado – Gado Bu Hadi, a typical Jogja vegetable salad on the second floor of Beringharjo Market
- Suitable for relieving thirst after wandering on a tired street, Es Dawet Mbah Hari
- The Lumpia Samijaya snack food consists of a variety of fillings that are suitable for procrastinators on the go
- Angkringan Coffee Joss Lek Man. If you are seeking a culinary night out, then don’t miss this angkringan.
In addition, there are many culinary options around Malioboro that you can try.
5.Visit Malioboro Surroundings
It is possible to visit many tourist attractions in the Malioboro area when discussing tourism. It is also straightforward to reach nearby tourist sites from Malioboro, thanks to its strategic location.
Among the tourist attractions that you can find around Malioboro are:
A. Yogyakarta Palace
A government and cultural center in YOGYAKARTA, the Yogyakarta Palace is popular among visitors. During the Sri Sultan’s reign, Keraton became the kingdom and residence of his family.
Keraton was built with exceptionally sophisticated calculations. The whole building is designed according to Javanese cultural philosophy.
The building of Keraton facing north was not a random decision. It is said that the palace faces Mount Merapi when facing north. If you draw a straight line from north to south, an imaginary line will connect Mount Merapi, Yogyakarta Palace, and Parangtritis Beach.
Yogyakarta’s palace is the seat of government and residence for the Sultan and his family and a cultural attraction. Every day from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Keraton is open to the public. The palace closes early on Fridays and Saturdays, at 11:00.
B. Fort Vredeburg
On Malioboro Street, there is a museum and tourist attraction called Fort Vredeburg. The castle houses a museum displaying various relics from the period of the struggle. In addition, a screening room shows films and dioramas showing Indonesian history during the colonial era.
Originally the fort was built by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I and was made only of clay and wood. In response to the progress and development of the palace, the Dutch eventually took over the fort and named it Fort Rustenburg. This was later changed to Fort Vredeburg or Fort Perdamaian.
Opening hours for Fort Vredeburg are Tuesday – Friday from 08:00 to 16:00, and Saturday – Sunday from 08:00 – 17:00. Every Monday, Fort Vredeburg is closed.
You only have to pay 2,000 Rupiah per adult and 1,000 Rupiah per child for admission. There is a different rate for foreign tourists, which is 10,000 per person for adults and children.
Beringhardjo Market is one of the traditional markets and tourist attractions in Yogyakarta that are crowded with tourists. Here, you can find batik with various motifs, handicrafts, snacks, accessories, and spices essential for traditional herbal medicine.
The location of this market was once a forest filled with banyan trees. The name beringhardjo was also derived from this. ‘Bering,’ which means banyan tree, and ‘Hardjo,’ which means prosperous. Beringhardjo Market, as one of the economic activities of Yogyakarta in ancient times, is expected to bring prosperity to the people of Yogyakarta.
D.Yogyakarta Chinese Culture Week
The Ketandan area around Malioboro Street is a Chinatown district in Yogyakarta. It is impossible to separate ethnic Chinese from the history and development of this city.
As part of its Chinese New Year celebrations every year, Yogyakarta holds a Chinese Cultural Week to celebrate ethnic Chinese people. This event was held in Malioboro Street and the surrounding area.
There are also carnival barongsais, culinary bazaars, cultural exhibitions, and Mandarin song karaoke competitions.
Tourists who come to Yogyakarta are never disappointed. Malioboro Street is always ready to welcome you when you visit.
You will find Taman Pintar east of Fort Vredeburg, a place to play and learn about technology.
F. Taman Sari
It takes approximately 15 minutes to walk from Malioboro to Taman Sari, a museum of historical significance. As Sultan Hamengkubuwono ruled, Keraton Jogja Park was built with an evocative atmosphere.
G. Kilometer Point
Zero Kilometer Point is the center of Jogja’s crowds, often a photographic landmark for young people on vacation in Jogja. Here, you can take photos of iconic buildings as the background to your photos. Moreover, there is a pedestrian area that can be enjoyed as a place to relax.
H.Alun – Alun Kidul
When you are done with Malioboro in the day, you can spend the evening in Alun – Alun Kidul to enjoy the crowded atmosphere. You can buy various snacks here, ride a happy bike, ride a Delman, or cycle.
In addition to the tourist attractions detailed above, there are many other attractions in the surrounding areas of Malioboro.
6.Transportation route and access to Malioboro Jogja
To access the Malioboro area, you can take a bus, rickshaw, or even a private vehicle. Transportation n Jogja has at least four bus lines that can take you to Malioboro, including:
- Line 1A: from Adisucipto and Prambanan Airports
- Line 2A : from Jombor Terminal and Jogja Kembali Monument
- Line 3A: from Condongcatur Terminal and UGM
- Line 8 : from Jombok and Demak Ijo Terminals
If you’re coming from outside the city, there are many hotels in and around Malioboro. Although the prices vary, you can choose according to your taste.