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Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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A big, rapidly sprawling city built around the tiny city within the kraton or sultan’s palace, Yogyakarta is thought of as Java’s cultural centre, the best place to see the wayang kulit shadow plays and traditional musical and dance performances and to buy silver work, batik and wayang puppets. One of Indonesia’s oldest cities, Yogyakarta is sprinkled with historic monuments and buildings, centring around the palace. Some of the best known are Benteng Vredeburg, a Dutch fort, Kotagede, the ancient Muslim capital which has some of the oldest architecture in town and Imogiri, graveyard to the royal families. Yogyakarta was in a key position in the Indonesian war of independence from the Dutch so you’ll see multiple military memorials and museums including a large air force museum, Museum Digantara, housing unusual Russian as well as Allied aircraft. It is also near some of the best known of Java’s ancient temple ruins including Borobudur and Prambanan. Most visitors will also want…

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