Located at the foot of the active Merapi volcano, the 300 year old city of Yogyakarta or simply Jogja , is one of the foremost cultural heart of Java. Known for its traditional arts and cultural heritage, Jogja / Yogykarta is a city with culture and customs as rich as they were centuries ago.
Yogyakarta offers an abundance of Javanese art, painting, silverwork, batik handcraft, traditional Javanese dances, as well as contemporary art. Gamelan, traditional Javanese dances, as well as contemporary art, the wayang kulit leather puppet theater and other expressions of traditional art will keep the visitor spellbound. From Yogyakarta one can travel easily to the Borobudur and Prambanan temples, which are half-day trips from the city.