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Yogyakarta is a special region located in the middle of Java Island. The beautiful city has been known as an icon of Indonesia for ages. Yogyakarta charms people with its humble atmosphere and cordiality, a rare experience amidst the tide of modernization nowadays.
If you are departing from Surabaya, Yogyakarta is accessible by train. The trip takes approximately 4.5 – 5 hours. Meanwhile, the ticket ranges from 105,000 IDR – 300,000 IDR per person, depends on the service class you choose.
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Being famous with the name Gubeng Station, the biggest station in East Java is located on Gubeng Station Street, Pacar Keling, Tambaksari, Surabaya City, East java, 60272. The place is exactly at the heart of Surabaya, easily accessible by public transportation, which passes right in front of the building.
The station is divided into two sections, the old building, and the new one. The new building is located on the west part, while the old one is on the east, closely positioned to the office of PDAM Surabaya. The new station is exclusively reserved for business and executive classes, while the old one only serves economy class.
Gubeng station has a fairly elaborate facility. It provides check-in service, boarding pass, and electronic schedule/information display similar to the one you will find at the airport. To further serve the passenger, Gubeng Station also provides massage chairs, musical performance, and various restaurants.
The station is more familiar with the name Tugu for the locals. Tugu Station is the primary and the biggest station in Yogyakarta. The grand architectural design which boasts typical Dutch building characteristics often attracts people to capture it on pictures.
Tugu Station is located in Pasar Kembang Street, Sosromenduran, Gedong Tengen, Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta, 55271. Adjacent to this place is Malioboro Area on the eastern and southern side. From there, the tourist area is easily reachable by walking or taking a pedicab. For those who are interested in wandering a little farther, it is recommended to rent a motorcycle or take a ride on Transjogja bus.
This station has a particular characteristic on its lane. On the east gateway across Malioboro, in which a sliding gate is installed, there is a guard house and a road specifically for bikes, horse carriages, pedicabs, and pedestrians.
It is not by arbitrary reason that Yogyakarta is celebrated as the icon of Indonesia. Famous with its batik and gudeg, the city has so many attractions for tourists. Below are the most popular among others.
The palace has two squares, namely the Alun-alun Lor (north square) in front of the palace, and Alun-alun Kidul (south square) which is located behind the palace (Keraton). The most popular is the southern one, due to the twin banyan trees which offers masangin ritual and draws a lot of interests.
Masangin is basically an attempt to pass between the twin banyans with closed eyes. According to local belief, whoever succeeds in walking straight between those trees will have their wish granted. Besides masangin, you can also enjoy Yogyakarta cuisines, rent a bike, mini pedicab, or decorated cars.
Malioboro is the first must-visit in Yogyakarta. This legendary tourist spot is located right in front of the east exit gate of Tugu Station. Malioboro is famous for its batik and Yogyakarta’s street food.
Malioboro offers a complete package for vacation in Yogyakarta. Batik and souvenir shops are lined along the street, not to mention the food stalls. Beringharjo Market, Mirota Batik, Vredeburg Fort, and Yogyakarta Monument are also located on this street and accessible by walking, taking a pedicab or horse carriage.