For centuries yogyakarta has been the stronghold of empires and kingdoms such as the majapahit and mataram empires.
Even today in the established republic of Indonesia, the Javanese, is well recognized.
The keraton (sultan’s palace) whith is today one of the major items in yogyakarta-has been the center of art, culture and wisdom of Javanese kings.
It is the keraton where the sophisticated culture is developed, such as the serimpi dance, the gamelan orchestra, the wayang wong opera, the wayang kulit leather puppet show and even the traditional herbal drink and aristocratic beauty care.
Various fine arts which dated back for centuries like batik designing, silver works, are part of the Javanese way of life still preserved today. Yogakarta is the starting point to visit the 8 th century wonder , the brobudur temple as well as the prambanan temple, although nature lovers may also visit kaliurang mountain-resort and parangtritis beach. Malioboro in the heart of yogyakarta city, is the casual and friendly street of yogyakarta that most people love to go.