Hindu temples, bird markets and theatre.

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Looking back I wish I had more time in Yogyakarta, but I knew my 5 months were coming to an end so I had to make best use of my time. After Borobudur a must see was the Prambanan Hindu temple, the largest in the Java region. Here is some detail from Wiki.

Candi Prambanan or Candi Rara Jonggrang is a 9th-century Hindu temple compound in Central Java, Indonesia, dedicated to the Trimurti, the expression of God as the Creator (Brahma), the Preserver (Vishnu) and the Destroyer (Shiva). The temple compound is located approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) northeast of the city of Yogyakarta on the boundary between Central Java and Yogyakarta provinces.[1]

The temple compound, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest Hindu temple site in Indonesia, and one of the biggest in Southeast Asia. It is characterized by its tall and pointed architecture, typical of Hindu temple architecture, and by the towering 47-metre-high (154 ft) central building inside a large complex of individual temples.[2] Prambanan attracts many visitors from across the world.[3]

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I was very fortunate to have my own private guide in Boy, who I had met on the trip to Borododur. Boy had offered to take me around Yogyakarta. This made it even more enjoyable, especially as Boy had an invite to an Indonesian wedding ceremony that I was lucky enough to join. Here you see some pictures of the bride and groom in their traditional wedding dress.IMG_2443 IMG_2454

Another sight was the Kraton, the royal palace of the Sultan of Yogyakarta. Pictured here are two guards, we had a local guide to show us around who had the Yogyakrta sense of humour, that made it both interesting and extremely funny.

Info from wiki on the Sultan.

His Majesty Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X (also spelled as Hamengkubuwana X, often abbreviated as HB X) (born BRM Herjuno Darpito, 2 April 1946 in Yogyakarta) is the current Sultan of the historic Yogyakarta Sultanate in Indonesia, and is currently also the Governor of the modern Yogyakarta Special Region (Daerah Istimewa Yogyakarta).

Hamengkubuwono X succeeded his father, Hamengkubuwono IX as the Sultan of Yogyakarta when Hamengkubuwono IX died on 3 October 1988. Hamengkubuwono X was formally installed as Sultan on 7 March 1989. However, the position of the Governor of the Yogyakarta Special Region did not go to Hamengkubuwono X. Vice Governor Sri Paku Alam VIII, prince of the subordinate enclave of Paku Alaman within Yogyakarta was instead controversially elevated to the position of Governor. This was in contrary to the agreement made at the independence of Indonesia in recognition of Hamengkubuwono IX’s support and role in the Indonesian War of Independence. Under the agreement, the Yogyakarta Sultan holds the position of Governor in the Yogyakarta Special Region, and the Paku Alam holds the position of Vice Governor.

After the fall of the Suharto regime in May 1998, and following the death of Sri Paku Alam VIII on 11 September 1998, the central government required an election be held for the post of Yogyakarta Governor. Hamengkubuwono X was democratically elected as the Governor on 3 October 1998.

On 30 August 2012, following a decade of talks between Yogyakarta and the central government, the national legislature of Indonesia formally enshrined in law the convention that the Sultan inherits the position of Governor.[1]

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Next stop the “Bird market”, housing much more than birds, here we saw, Monkeys, Fish, cats and dogs, reptiles, you name it!

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Then to finish the day I went to see some traditional Indonesian dance/ballet. The Ramayana, featuring both Dance and the most beautifully sung and played traditional music.

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