Wandering through history
One of the districts in south-eastern Yogyakarta, Kotagede, means ‘big city’ in Javanese. The former capital of the Mataram Sultanate (1587-1613) the area is a maze of narrow streets, lined with tiny, traditional silversmiths and mosaic-tiled houses, once the homes of the wealthy, aristocracy, and royal merchants. The perfect place to wander, Amanjiwo offers guided pilgrimages to Kotagede daily.
Celebrating the arts
A catalyst for the next generation of artists, Yogyakarta’s plethora of permanent galleries and art spaces are waiting to be explored. The renowned Sonobudoyo Museum houses a comprehensive collection of historic artefacts, and in the evening, its pavilion hosts performances in the ancient arts of Wayang Kulit (shadow puppetry), Wayang Orang (theatrical dance), and from the gamelan orchestra. Meanwhile, the experimental Cemeti Art House and annual contemporary exhibition ArtJog showcase works from emerging and established Indonesian artists.
Discover two of Java’s ancient arts with exclusive access to their workshops in Yogyakarta. Choose from Wayang Kulit, a form of storytelling with shadow puppets, recognised by Unseco as part of Indonesia’s Intangible Cultural Heritage, or Lurik, an Indonesian striped fabric once reserved for palace guards, insiders and Javanese noblemen.