(Malioboro, Tour Viewers)
Yogyakarta. As Indonesia is looking forward to more tourist arrivals in coming years, Yogyakarta apparently is also active in revamping its major tourist destinations including the city’s Malioboro area, one of major tourist enclaves in the province.
Now Malioboro Street is more attractive with a popular arcade and shopping strip in the heart of Yogyakarta.
Tugu Train Station
The street is the centre of Yogyakarta’s largest tourist enclave which is surrounded with many hotels, restaurants, and shops nearby. Sidewalks on both sides of the street are common views for tourists. Malioboro as usual is crowded with small stalls selling a variety of goods. Especially in the evening, several open-air street side restaurants are available offering tasty typical food of Yogyakarta.
The Yogyakarta mayoralty apparently is in constant efforts to transform Malioboro, the Tugu train station and surrounding areas into a more pedestrian-friendly cultural preservation zone.
Malioboro and the supporting areas attract domestic and foreign tourists seeking to experience the region’s rich Javanese culture. The area offers souvenir shops, food stalls, a traditional market, restaurants and street musicians for tourists’ entertainment.
The revitalization of the city also involves the participation of Kraton (Palace) and train operator, PT Kereta Api Indonesia.
The Kraton refers to the Yogyakarta royal palace’s administration, presided over by provincial ruler Sultan Hamengkubuwono X.
Yogyakarta province is the second-most popular tourist destination in Indonesia after Bali. (http://www.bali-indonesia.com)
Foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia including to Yogyakarta have been in the constant rise every year.
Yogyakarta is home to several ancient temples including Prambanan and Mendut. Nearby Borobudur temple, located in the neighboring district of Magelang, Central Java, is also a major tourist attraction.