The Indonesian city of Yogyakarta rests in central Java, between the cool breezes of the Indian Ocean and the steamy breath of volcanoes.
The home of kings, sultans, artists and the devout since the 8th-century, Yogyakarta is the gentle epicenter of Javanese classical culture and education.
Follow Jalan Malioboro to the very soul of the city, the Kraton. Since 1785, this city within a city has been the home of sultans and the keeping place of Yogyakarta’s incredible cultural, intellectual and spiritual traditions.
Just 10 miles to the north east of the city, venture back to the eighth and ninth centuries, to a time when Buddhism and Hinduism vied for the kingdom’s hearts and minds.
Visit Prambanan, the heart of a Hindu temple network that stretches for miles, and Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist temple.
Explore the rural back roads and meet the villagers who live calmly and creatively within the shadow of Mount Merapi, whose moods have toppled temples and buried villages with ash.
Despite the tremors of our unsteady, ever-changing world, Yogyakarta is a place that steadies the spirit, and inspires the soul.