WALKING FROM THE KALIURANG ROAD TO MALIOBORO YOGYAKARTA
I so excited finally arrived in Yogyakarta yesterday.
I couldn’t wait to explore the city. So I decided to walk from Jalan Kaliurang to Malioboro. By the way, I rented a room for a month near Gajah Mada University. Aside from being close to a bus stop, Jalan Kaliurang surrounded by cheap eateries.
I walked past the Gadjah Mada University. According to Google Map, I walked straight from Jalan Kaliurang to Malioboro. The roads at Yogyakarta is not as complicated as my hometown, Malang. There aren’t many detours.
Yogyakarta is effortless to navigate.
Malioboro is a street name that has been around since the 19th century. The Dutch East Indies colonial built Malioboro as the center of Yogyakarta. It used as the center of government and economic activity.
There are several versions in which the name Malioboro originates. One version was the name of a British colonial member named Marlborough. He occupied Yogyakarta in 1811 – 1816 AD. Even people said the name came from cigarette brand billboard displayed at that place.
The center of the biggest tourist district in Yogyakarta. Surrounded by many hotels, restaurants, and shops nearby. Sidewalks on both sides of the road jam-pack with small kiosks. Vendors sell various souvenirs from key chains, t-shirts to food.
Good thing I visited when the school year was still ongoing. But I still saw buses with the students coming out of their hotel in the morning.
I walked about one hour (5 km). As an exercise to stretch my legs, I would walk a lot when I visit Egypt, Israel, and Jordan.
The Dutch colonial built Malioboro also intended to rival the splendor of the Yogyakarta Palace.
The Dutch Colonial Government also founded Fort Vredeburg, which founded in 1765. It used to a Dutch army barracks, now the fort remembers as an art and painting exhibition center.
The Colonial Residency Palace founded in 1832. Now the President’s Grand Palace.
The oldest market in Yogyakarta. Become a very famous tourist attraction. Tourists always invade the market to buy various types of souvenirs. They can shop for various types of batik, t-shirts, accessories and other items. They can also enjoy typical Jogja food in front of this market.
In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the market, in one section (corner) there are many food stalls. At first, I loved to buy food in front of the market before. But since I knew this place, I preferred it here. Larger portions, tasty and comfortable.
Stalls like this are more visited by locals.
Tourist activities in Malioboro are not only during the day. The streets come alive with traders selling all types of local cuisine at night. The customers must sit cross-legged (lesehan) to enjoy their dinner.
Stalls popped up especially after 9:00 p.m. The vendors do not offer seats, customers must sit cross-legged (lesehan). While enjoying their dinner, the customers entertained by street musicians.
When I was walking to Beringharjo Market, my trip stopped by a pedicab driver. He discussed prices with prospective passengers. While waiting, I looked up and saw a solid and beautiful bright red gate from wood.
The red giant gate drew my attention.
I entered the road away from the bustle of Jalan Malioboro.
Ketandan village developed into a Chinatown. It began with the transfer of Captain Tan Djin Sing from Kedu to Yogyakarta in 1803. Chinatown said as one of the important points for the economy of Yogyakarta. Especially in Malioboro Street.
The shape of the building also has Chinese characteristics. Historical records the existence of ethnic Chinese in Jogja. It existed since the reign of Sultan Hamengkubuwono VII around the 19th century.
I walked out and tried to go further, but my feet began to protest. Apparently, my training was too ambitious. I stopped at the nearest bus stop and took a bus back to my lodging house.
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