Personally, I think Pasar Burung is more interesting than many of the tourist attractions in Jogja such as palace or fort.
One gets to meet the locals and discover their passion for birds as a pet.
It was an eye opener when we visited the bird market at Yogyakarta.
The variety of birds and pets were amazing.
There is a less visited (by tourist) market at the outskirt of Yogyakarta town – the fruits and vegetables wholesaler market at Giwangan district.
We visited the market by 9am, which was already too late as main activities started early 2am.
This open-air theatrical performance has been performing since 1990.
More than 250 artists are performing twice weekly during the dry season at the open air stage besides the Prambanan temple.
Ratu Boko is one of the archaeological site 3km from Prambanan Temple.
Many foreign visitors may complain that the entrance fee (IRD90,000 per head, local visitor has lower fee) is too expansive because the temple structure remains were ruins and nothing much to see (as compare to other temples nearby Jogja).
Ratu Boko is more well known for its incredible sunset view from the near 200m plateau. The dark horizon on the bottom view was the padi field and valley.
We were rushing for the dance Ramayana Ballet performance at Prambanan, thus only made a 20 minutes stop over. We were lucky enough to see a local lady posing for photo shoot.
The sky already very dark and I have to use the widest aperture to squeeze the little light out of the sky.
Now, we could move on to our quick dinner and watch the dance performance.
note: if you don’t have time and not fancy for sunset, you can happily skip this site.
Sewu temple complex is less than 1KM from Prambanan Temple.
It was high noon with very harsh sunlight, so I experimented using the built in art filter in my camera to take an ‘art-line’ impression of Candi Sewu.
Visitors can walk or take a free tram ride from Prambanan to Sewu. The ride is free of charge for foreign visitors (because they already paid an expansive entrance fee to the complex).
One can finish visiting Candi Sewu within 30 minutes, just in time to ride the tram again to the exit point.
If you don’t like stone temples and relic, then you can skip all the temples around Yogyakarta, and do nothing. That is the same as visiting Seam Reap and skip the visit to Angkor park.
If Borobudur is the famous Buddhist temple, then Prambanan has to be the famous Hindu temple near Yogyakarta.
The center tower is 154 feet tall, it could be the highest ancient Hindu temple.