One of Yogyakarta city’s charm could be seen along Malioboro street. In this area, local people mingle with tourists from all over the world in a harmonic and peaceful atmosphere.
Yogyakarta, has indeed charming quality inviting tourist to come and visit again. The yearning of peaceful charm rarely found anywhere else has made Malioboro one of favorite destinations in Indonesia. Local Javanese culture can be felt strongly around Malioboro, giving a certain refreshing experience in the midst of hustle and bustle of this digital age.
Your visit to Yogyakarta not yet complete yet wtihout a visit to Malioboro area. Malioboro area is about 2,5 Km in length, beginning from Tugu street on the north to the Central Post Office on the south. This area never lacks of visitors every single day. Malioboro Street is also fairly close to the royal palace of Yogyakarta. This road supposedly serves as imaginary line which connects the three Trimurti power in Yogyakarta which are Parangtritis Beach, the royal palace of and Mount Merapi.
Address of Malioboro: Malioboro Street, Yogyakarta
Coordinat of GPS: -7.7930278,110.3659167
History of Malioboro Street Yogyakarta
No one expected that a quiet street with a row of tamarind trees it has now become the most sought-after tourist areas by domestic and foreign tourists. Jalan Malioboro Yogyakarta in the beginning was just a road normally used by local residents to the palace, or to Beringharjo and to Vredeburg
There are two different versions of the story of how Malioboro gets its name. The first, name of Malioboro is cited from Sanskrit language, which means “floral arrangement”. At that time along this street is full with floral arrangement when there is an event or celebration in the palace. The second, the name Malioboro is taken from an English Nobleman, Marlborough, who stayed in Yogyakarta from 1881-1916.
Regardless which version is right, Malioboro now has transformed to a tourism area which catches many people’s attention. Along Jalan Malioboro, you can easily find a variety of souvenirs, ranging from Jogja batik, shirts, crafts, blangkon, to bakpia Pathok and yangko which are typical delicacies of Yogyakarta.
Malioboro Yogyakarta Culinary
If you are currently looking for Jogja culinary, then at Malioboro you can find various special menus which the Gudeg city offers you. The simple yet delicious menus absolutely awaken your appetite when getting lunch or getting dinner.
Gudeg is certainly the main choice because this menu has became obligatory menu to eat when visiting Jogjakarta. Along Malioboro street, you can also taste Ice Dawet, a drink with brown sugar without food coloring which is combined with delicious coconut milk. The comfortable nuance is completed with melodious voice of street musician.
Along Malioboro street, Yogyakarta, you will find a group of pedicab drivers ready to take you to the souvenir center. With a relatively affordable cost, the pedicab drivers will offer packages to various locations around the center of craft and souvenirs or snacks and also the legendary Bakpia Pathok factory. For more exciting experience, you may be interested in riding with horse-drawn wagon.
Another Interesting Place in Malioboro Jogja
Beside souvenir and Yogyakarta royal palace, in Malioboro street there is a fort named Vredeburg fort. This fort serves as a museum and also an attractive tourist spots in Malioboro area of Yogyakarta. There, you can find a number of historical relics during the struggle. There is also a special room for the screening of struggle and dioramas visualize the condition of Indonesia, especially Yogyakarta in colonial period.
Vredeburg fort is open for public every Tuesday – Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and in the weekend from 8 am to 5 pm.
Also located on Malioboro street, Beringharjo is a traditional market and a popular shopping destination in Yogyakarta. At Beringharjo, you can find various kind of batik in various motifs, souvenir, snacks, handicrafts, even the ingredients for Jamu, a traditional herbal medicine.
Beringharjo market was filled by large banyan trees, which gave the name Beringharjo. “Bering” means banyan and “Harjo” means prosperous. In the past, Beringharjo was the axis of economic activity which brings prosperity to the people of Yogyakarta.
In the vicinity of Malioboro, Yogyakarta, there is a district called Ketandan. It is a Chinatown in Yogyakarta. The existence of Chinese ethnic is realized with culture performance which is part of Chinese new year celebration. Performance generally consists of various activities such as culinary bazaar, Mandarin singing competition, Barongsai carnival and cultural exhibits.
To get to Malioboro Yogyakarta, you will find it is easy to reach because it is located in city center. Malioboro is in walking distance from Tugu train station. If you are from Adisucipto airport, the trip will take 10-15 minutes by car.0