Kota Gede

Attraction Yogyakarta City, Special Region of Yogyakarta Indonesia Published on: 21-03-2016

4 hours
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11:00 AM
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Kotagede (Javanese for "Big City") is a historic neighborhood in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Kotagede contains the remains of the first capital of Mataram Sultanate, established in the 16th century.

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Why Kota Gede is special ?

Kotagede is a silent witness of the rise of the Islamic Mataram Kingdom that ruled almost the entire Java. The cemetery of Islamic Mataram Kingdom forefathers, the fort's ruins, and the other historical remains can be found in Kotagede.

Kota Gede was the original site where Panembahan Senopati, founder of the new Mataram kingdom established his palace in 1575. The new Mataram kingdom claims direct descent from the ancient Mataram rulers who built the mighty Borobudur and Prambanan temples. In the year 1680 Kota Gede was ransacked by troops from Madura, and the palace of Mataram shifted east, first to Kartasura, then to its present location on the banks of the Solo river,at Surakarta (Solo).

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What to explore at Kota Gede?

Today, Kota Gede is a suburb of the city of Yogyakarta. The town is a maze of narrow streets, lined with tiny, traditional silversmith shops and mosaic-tiled houses, once the homes of the aristocracy and royal merchants. Kota Gede is a great place to come and take a slow wander round. For those who like to shop, come here and browse (or maybe buy) some handcrafted silver. Take in the surrounds of the quaint buildings that years ago, were the homes of wealthy Arab and Dutch merchants. Find out whether you can visit one of these houses and be transported back in time.

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How to get to Kota Gede?

Kota Gede is about 5km southeast of Jl Malioboro. You can catch bus 3A or 3B, or take a becak (about 16,000Rp), or cycle there; it’s flat most of the way.

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Selling points

  • Nice little streets to walk around
  • Unique and special town
  • Heaven for silver lover
  • Traditional Old Town and Great Architecture
  • Historic City of fascinating silver artwork
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Tips for you

  • You should be prepared to call a taxi ahead of time because there's no taxis drive around this area.
  • You can visit the Royal Cemetery of Kota Gede, is a site of ancient grandeur and reflects the cultural heritage of this region. But Javanese dress is required to enter the cemetery and can be hired at the registration post.
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  • You should bring umbrella or hat because the weather is unpredictable.
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  • In Kotagede, you won't be bothered by the hawkers who like to force people to buy their things.
  • You can save your money and either buy from Borobudur Silver or buy much cheaper pieces at Mirota souvenir shop.
  • The key of buying here is to bargain hard. You should start at a third of the asking price and settle on half the marked price. If you can’t get it, don’t buy anything.
  • The sacred tomb opens around 9am-noon Sunday, Monday and Thursday, around 1-3pm Friday and the admission fee is 1000Rp.
  • You should beware of your belongings, it's not really safe here.


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homey ! get out from activity all day

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banyak bgt kuburanna

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Ternyata Shania,Putri,Nurul,Alyssa dateng juga kerumah kuuyy ..

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Today is good trip event I see the dark clouds on the sky!!!

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Kren bgt rmh Joglo nya,,

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when i visit Kotagede, im just explore one side of Kotagede. There'll be some intersting place to learn and see. How to make small jewelry from silver. Actually one of my friend is live in this city, so for that moment i can see some simple work of making jewelry from silver. Comparing silver, i prefer to have some gold actually. But to see, how to make jewelery from silver that interesting. I found there's some quality level of silver jewelry that sold in Kotagede. And for the tourist, they offer special price too. Many shop are sold many kind of silver jewelery.

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While this neighborhood is attractive, the charm of it's old buildings is not much different than the old quarter of most SE Asian cities. You really need to get off the beaten track to find an authentic experience. Also, the gratuitous amounts of silver shops take away from the rustic feel of the place.

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The area is pretty different from a large part of Yogyakarta that i've passed through, there are various temples and sanctuaries to be seen and explored, the alleyways filled with silver craftworkshops and batik factories... pretty interesting area and good way to get some souvernir back home

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Filigri silver in kotagede really nice model,and you can find everywhere, model little bit different like in Bali, but still nice and beautiful !

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Today is good trip event I see the dark clouds on the sky!!!

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