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Jogjakarta, Indonesia



Yogyakarta, also spelled as Jogjakarta, is first Indonesian city I’ve been to. The moment I landed at Adi Sucipto International Airport from Singapore, Jogja (as it is fondly called by the locals) resembles very much a Philippine city. Not that it is not unique, its just that Indonesia and the Philippines share a lot in common, with many Filipino words having its root word from Bahasa.

I went here for a conference on Industrial Engineering which gave an understanding of how an Indonesian state university is like, as well as the Integration of Islam in the academic life of students. In fact, a mosque is in the center of the university I’ve stayed in, next to the library.

Jogja at the present, is Indonesia’s third largest city. The famous street in downtown Jogja, Malioboro St., is like Calle Avenida in Manila, only that there are numerous batik shops instead of pirated DVD shops beside the street. Instead of tricycles, Jogja has becak (pronounced as beh-chak), which cater mostly to tourist who’d like to go around the downtown old city. Overall, Jogja is must see city, along with Prambanan and Borobodur temples.

Photos below.

 

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The library’s façade, at UIN Sunan Kalijaga.

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Me standing close to the Jogja branch of Bank Negara Indonesia

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Governor’s palace at night.

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The famous local delicacy, gudeg,which is sweet stew of jackfruit and beef with chicharon-like fried skin. Yum!

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The gamelan—Indonesian folk music, similar to the Mindanao Kumintang—completed my Indonesian artistic odyssey. The conference was held at the Hotel Inn Garuda—its good, but not really one of the best in the area. Friends have mentioned that Sheraton Mustika is the best in Jogja.

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Along with the conference participants.

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The interiors of the hotel.

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Good thing Inna Garuda is just in front of Malioboro St.

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Kraton Yogyakarta—where the Sultan presently resides.

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With some of the participants in the conference.

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The Garuda-Indonesia’s symbol. Garuda is a mythical bird in the Hindu mythology. Saw this symbol as well when visited Siem Reap just summer this year.

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One’s stay in Indonesia wouldn’t be complete without visiting a Batik shop. We visited one on the outskirts of Jogja.

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On the last day, I visited Vredeburg Fort, a former Dutch fort which is now converted into a museum. It showcases dioramas on the Indonesian independence, as well as some  glimpse during the Dutch colonial life.

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