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[JW] Travel Diary to Yogyakarta- the ancient city of art

An ancient city existed ever since the 8th Century C.E., located in the middle of Java Island, Indonesia. The work of art strengthen the image of the Yogyakarta (Jogja) as an ancient city of art.

1. Night sky of Merapi Mountain foothill, south entrance, Kaliurang.

Merapi Mountain is my priority, upon setting foot on the ancient city, i compare several transportation fares from the airport to Kaliurang, then hop on to the south entrance to Merapi Mountain. There are 2 entrances to Merapi Mountain, south (Kaliurang) and north (Selo), due to the violent eruptions of Merapi Mountain in 2010, outburst of lava had covered and destroyed the south entrance to Merapi Mountain, if you wish to hike, you ought to go north (Selo). Taxi fares to Kaliurang will cost you around Rp. 200,000 to Rp. 250,000 and Selo will cost around Rp. 300,000 to Rp. 350,000.

In the early 19th century, some Duth geologists living in Yogyakarta intended to find a place for their family vacation. They went along north high land and found Kaliurang, 900 meters above sea level, it was enchanted by nature beauty and coolness, they finally built bungalows and make Kaliurang their vacation place. You can still see these bungalows at Kaliurang, well maintained by the locals. i'd randomly selected a Guest House in Kaliurang, Rinjani, Rp. 100,000 a night, it was a 5 stars service from the owner, Rifki. Kaliurang is surprisingly chill at 26 Celcius day time, 20 Celcius at night, no wonder it was chose as a vacation place by the Dutch.

Rest, and lunch, i make my first hike to Pronojiwo Hill, September is a dry season for Yogyakarta, i wasn't able to witness the magnificent waterfall at Pronojiwo foot hill, it was bald dry. No rest, it'll take you about 20-30 minutes hike to Pronojiwo top. Covered with breeze, even when sun over my head, the coolness instill, the air dances through trees, it was refreshing.

2. From the top of Pronojiwo Hill, clouds massed over Merapi Mountain.


3. This woman carries water, hefty loads hike along with me all the way to the top no rest. She had been doing this everyday, at least 2 hikes or more a day, for the past 26 years.


4. Kids frolicking at Pronojiwa foothill.


5. Main income for the Kaliurang people, reaped from running local business (Dagang), restaurants (Warung), plantations, transportation.
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thanks for sharing. are you using filter for pix 2?
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thanks for sharing. are you using filter for pix 2?
thanks Calvin. it was too bright, i stacked 2 Cokin GND together. Can't rmbr the actual series, the marking had all gone off.
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6. Little kids big ride, at Kaliurang.


7. a home feel Warung at the road side.


8. and it serves the best Indomie!


9. the Friendly warung owner.


10. Kue Leker, one of the local snacks.
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11. The Merapi's eruption was said by authorities to be the largest since 1870s, 350,000 people evacuated, however some remained at their homes while the eruptions were continuing from late October 2010 to November 2010, 353 people were killed, resulted from pyroclastic flows. The eruptions plumed south heavily populated and covered the slopes of Merapi, sinking several villages a few meters deep, i took a jeep ride for Rp. 250,000 to Merapi foothill, what used to be the south entrance, the ground zero of the tragic.


12. Sunrise broke the dawn, it gives life to the deserted ground, shower with blessings.


13. Towards Merapi slopes on a 1963's Jeep Wrangler!


14. Rocks were collected for construction purpose.


15. Merapi Mountain breathing gently.
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i left Kaliurang for Borobudur, taxi fares cost Rp. 200,000 to 250,000, 50km for 1 and a half hours trip. The first Kingdom, Mataram who built Yogyakarta some thousand years ago, 8th Century C.E. also built Borobudur Temple, which eventually becomes the biggest Buddhist temple in the world, 300 years before Angkot Wat in Cambodia. Known to the locals, the biggest volcano eruption happended in year 1006, the magnificent temple was buried by the eruption material of Merapi Volcano. It was buried deep for thousand years, only later was rediscovered by Sir Thomas Stanford Raffles in 1814.

Mendut, Borobudur and Pawon, all of which are Buddhist temples, are located in one straight line. There is a mutual religious relationship between the three temples, although the exact ritual process is unknown.


16. West of Borobudur Temple, Built between 750- 842 C.E. by Samaratungga, measured 60,000 cubic meters with height of 34.5 meters, base measuring 123 meters by 123 meters. The shrine was constructed in 3 layers: pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with 3 round platforms and a towering stupa or a bell shaped chamber.


17. Restoration work at Borobudur.


18. Each stupa contained a Buddha Statues, in total of 504 statues.


19. Buddha Statues guarding the west Yogyakarta.


20. Buddha Statues inside the Stupa.
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21. The temple teems with relief sculpture, with 1,212 panels with narrative carvings, a love story they said.


22. Towering stupa, bell shaped tower, points to heaven, a blissful realm beyond form and concept, known as Nirwana.


23. Some 72 smaller Stupa crowned the top of Borobudur Temple.


24. Cloud formation massed over Yogyakarta town.


25. Sunset at Borobudur Temple.
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gees very nice blue skies./

the last pic is stunning!
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Next morning, i rented a bicycle for Rp. 20,000, and venture into a little village before Menoreh Hill. Ohh. By the way, did i mention, the entrance fee to Borobudur Temple for international visitors is Rp. 188,000?

26. Wake up and do the dance!


27. Pretty Young Things!


28. Further up North, lies a village of tobacco!


29. Worker smokes while Sun drying tobacco leaves.
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