The one only magical thing about nature? It is how a day starts and ends stunningly and perfectly, and for me, nothing beats the moment of witnessing such beauty regardless of where you are and who are you with. But from where I was standing, what I thought was magical turned out to be something more. With that, nothing will ever make me forget about this moment and my second day in Yogyakarta, Indonesia as we started it by watching the sunrise at the Borobudur Temple.
At exactly 4:00am, we left the hotel and traveled to Borobudur Temple to catch the sunrise. As we arrived the place, there was a quick orientation and a flashlight was distributed. Afterwards, we walked our way up to the temple that was a 10-minute walk from the reception area and approximately 148 steps to climb the 95-foot-high temple – better wear something comfy when going here!
And yes, it was really tiring going up and finding the perfect spot that was afar from the crowd, but to be honest? It was all worth it! Just keep in mind that the most important thing is to take a few moments to look around and watch the sunrise, and forget about taking photo for a while.
By 7:00am, we had our breakfast at Stupa by Plataran. The place has scenic view and it offers authentic local cuisine. It might not be as affordable as the other restaurants that we have tried, but the view and the authentic taste of Indonesian dishes made it all worth it.
Next place we visited was the Ullen Sentalu Museum. Basically, it is a Javanese culture and art museum that displays relics and artifacts from the royal house, and also tackles the Java History. Plus, everything about the royal family is here. Unfortunately, because it is a private museum, taking photos are strictly prohibited. As a result, we were focused on listening to every story and checking out every artifact from the royal house, which I find really interesting.
After the tour, we headed straight to Beukenhof Restaurant & Café where we had our lunch. I love the colonial style interior and how cozy and comfy it looks. It serves Western Cuisine and offers a lot of choices of drinks and desserts. What is more, price is reasonable and the food is really delish!
Once we were done with our lunch, we traveled going to Royal Ambarrukmo Hotel. Before, this hotel served as Yogyakarta Royal palace and garden, but now, it became one of the city’s 5-star luxury hotels. Even so, it still recognizes its history and still continues to preserve the places and rooms where the Royal Family resided.
The highlight of our stay? It is when we experienced the traditional Royal High Tea Ceremony or Patehan at the Pendopo Ambarrukmo hall.
Along with the tea, they also served some local sweets and delicacies.
Afterwards, we went to our rooms to take a rest and to prepare for dinner.
The next day, two things were part of the agenda: to visit Keraton Yogyakarta and to shop at the Batik Mirota.
But first, we had our lunch at Omah Dhuwur, which also serves Indonesian cuisine but for some reason, some food tasted like a Filipino dish!
Then we subsequently went to Keraton Yogyakarta where official functions and political meetings are being held. Also, it is the current home of the Sultan even if it is open for visitors in the morning.
Additionally, Keraton is designed as a reflection of Javanese cosmology. It has a traditional Javanese architecture and has features that come with a special symbolic meaning that is related to Java complex philosophy. Consequently, the palace remains to be a piece of living history and traditions of Javanese society. And when the palace is closed to the public in the afternoon, traditions are still being performed.
After the tour, we went to the Batik Mirota where we shopped for Batiks and other souvenirs. To be honest, traditional markets and handicrafts centers are everywhere, which means, Batik can be found easily and accessibly.
Overall, I can say that our second and third day were much more about Javanese cultures and traditions, and practices and current life of the royal family. All this is something I am really thankful to learn specifically that it was my first time to see and visit Indonesia. For our third day, we ended it earlier than the previous days because our next destination for our fourth day was Bali, Indonesia! And I am really excited to tell you what we did and what I love about Bali!
See what happened on our first day in Indonesia at http://lapetite.ph/trip-of-wonders-a-glimpse-of-indonesias-soul-yogyakarta
Some photos were captured by Seph Cham