Malioboro: Yogyakarta's perennially legendary street

Malioboro, the most famous street in the city, is stretches approximately 1.5 kilometers from the Tugu Train Station to the intersection near the post office in Yogyakarta. This road is an imaginary axis that connects Mt. Merapi, the Yogyakarta’s Sultanate Palace and the Southern Seas in a straight line.


 has played the roles of business and governmental centers since the early 19th century. 

There are many ancient buildings originating from the Dutch colonial era that still stand. The Dutch residency office is now a presidential palace; it is called the Vredeburg fortress. In Malioboro there is also a traditional markets named Beringharjo which comprises some of the historic building that are the signature of the street. 

Malioboro is also often used as a place for arts and cultural performances. Rituals and carnival processions, initiated by the sultan’s palace, usually took place along the street.

Malioboro is like an outdoor gallery and an open stage for Yogyakarta’s artists, where they can display their works to the public. There are art markets along Malioboro that sells a variety of fashion products such as batik, handicraft, painting and other arts and crafts.

Malioboro is also the center of street eating. Yogyakarta traditional dishes are commonly found around the Beringharjo market. Visitors must be willing to hustle and bustle as well as to stand in line in order to taste Yogyakarta’s culinary specialties. Among others, Pecel Ndeso (vegetable salad topped with spicy peanut sauce) and Sate Koyor (beef lard satay with pepper and salt seasoning) became the best-selling menu at that place. Meanwhile, for pastries lover, Bakpia (typical Chinese cake filled with sweet mung bean) and Geplak (sweet pastries made from coconut) are two snacks that you must try.

For more exciting adventures, you can explore the Malioboro by using traditional means of transportations such as by pony and trap or rickshaw. Traditional transportation modes are easily found along Malioboro. They can take the tourists along Malioboro or down to the other tourist spots nearby, such as the sultan's palace and Taman Sari palace. 

Along Malioboro there are several cafes, shopping malls and restaurants that you can visit if you want to escape the rush. There are also luxury hotels, and homestays where you can choose to spend your holiday. 

There are many options presented by Malioboro for those who want to enjoy the cozy atmosphere in Yogyakarta or for those who want to feel the atmosphere of the bustling and crowded streets. In both ways you can still feel the true ambience of Yogyakarta, which is formed by the cultural uniqueness, the beauty of its artwork, friendliness of the people, or the taste of culinary delights.

This is the atmosphere that attracts so many tourists to visit Malioboro, a famous street in the city of Yogyakarta, that is always crowded and always fun.

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