If I had to cast a vote for the best city in South East Asia, I might vote for Yogyakarta.
Ancient religious monuments, natural beauty, a rich and artistic culture, excellent food, and a hospitable people. This is a recipe for success.
I could even picture myself living there.
|We spent four days in Yogya (as the locals call it) and saw all the major
I could write about the palace. I could write about the arts (batik, shadow puppets, dances). I could write about many things. But a guidebook will tell you about all of that.
I will tell you instead, about a walk I took one morning.
In a ninety minute walk, I shot three rolls of film. I was fed three
times. I had, according to my notes, 11 conversations. The people I met ranged from 6 to
over 60. Literally.
These were not random acts of hospitality. This was an entire city where the 'lowest common denominator' appears to have had its' charm and grace raised to the level of a royal family member. Amazing.
As for the main sights there: Prambenan Temple, an ancient Hindu structure, and Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist monument, are enough reason to justify any trip to Yogyakarta. Both are filled with intricate sculpture, and will inspire anyone who loves architecture, religion, or culture.