My Aunty from Guangzhou, China, was coming to Indonesia for celebrating my cousin’s wedding and Chinese New Year. And because, I can speak Chinese, so it’s my pleasure to guide her on tour near my hometown.
The first destination is Yogyakarta. Yogyakarta is a city and the capital city of Yogyakarta Special Region in Java, Indonesia. It is renowned as a centre of classical Javanese fine art and culture such as batik, ballet, drama, music, poetry, and puppet shows. Yogyakarta is historically and culturally part of the Central Java region, although it is now a separate administrative entity. It is the only region in Indonesia that is still governed by a pre-colonial monarchy, the Sultan of Yogyakarta, who serves as the hereditary governor of the region.
I took my University degree in Yogyakarta. And I stay in Yogyakarta from 2001 to 2004 for study and 2004-2006 for works. So, Yogyakarta is just like my 2nd hometown. I known most of the place in there.
It tooks 1 hour from my hometown, Magelang by car. Magelang located in Central Java Region. If you want to come here, there’s an international Airport, Adisucipto International Airport. You can take a flight from Jakarta (capital city of Indonesia), Surabaya, Bali and some other big city in Indonesia for domestic, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for International. I took my aunty, touring Yogyakarta, and Semarang.
We visited Keraton Ngayogyakarta which is the palace of Sultan, Taman Sari Watercastle, Benteng Vredebrug, and Malioboro street in Yogyakarta.
Unfortunately, Benteng Vredeburg was closed on Monday. (We toured on Monday, how pity.)
The 2nd destination is Semarang. Semarang is the capital and largest city of Central Java province in Indonesia. A major port during the Dutch colonial era, and still an important regional centre and port today.
source: Wikipedia Semarang
It tooks 2 until 3 hours drive to Semarang from Magelang. When traffic jam, it could took 4-5 hours.
We went to Sam Po Kong Temple, one of famous and oldest temple in Semarang. And then Lawang Sewu (thousand doors), an Nederlandsh old building which used as Railways Station. And last, we visit Vihara Buddhagaya Watugong at Ungaran, outside Semarang.
Let’s see more spesific about those place. ^_____^