There is no doubt that Yogyakarta (or Jogja) is one of the most important cities of Java, because of its cultural heritage, history as well as the political influence of the Javanese kingdoms that ruled this area. Yogyakarta is a vibrant city full of tourists, artists, interesting cultural events as well as monuments constituting the base of Javanese identity. Furthermore, it is necessary to emphasise that Yogyakarta is the only region in Java ruled by old, pre-Dutch monarchy. Consequently, the Sultan of Yogyakarta is also a governor of the Yogyakarta Special Region.
Besides its rich history and tradition Yogyakarta seems to be a growing region. The city combines its past with fast modernisation, traditional habits with modern lifestyle, as well as Javanese culture with contemporary art. Jogja is a great option for those looking for the modern face of Indonesia, combining the glorious past of ancient kingdoms with an amazing growth of Asian cities. Moreover, the city has a wide range of attractions such as Keraton (Royal Palace), Taman Sari Water Palace, numerous temples around the city including the magnificent Candi Prambanan, traditional markets full of batik, as well as a large number of restaurants, clubs and pubs where you can relax and enjoy the beauty of the city.