As we travel around the world, we often hear about cities that have gained popularity and global recognition. However, there are also cities that remain hidden gems, relatively unknown to the wider world. In this feature, we explore one such city: Yogyakarta, an Indonesian city that is a melting pot of history, art, culture, and modernity.

Yogyakarta, aka Jogja, has UNESCO heritage sites like Borobudur and Prambanan temples and a vibrant art scene with batik fabric, puppetry, and street art. It has a strong community and progressive mindset, with a history of resistance and activism. Yogyakarta champions sustainable tourism, eco-friendly transport, and gender equality, with innovative waste management systems and community-led initiatives for a cleaner environment. Visitors can explore street food, markets, arts, and culture, and participate in community projects for sustainable development. Yogyakarta is also a hub for education and research, with several top universities and research centers located in and around the city. This has led to a diverse and dynamic intellectual community in the city, with regular academic conferences, seminars, and workshops taking place throughout the year. Visitors interested in learning more about the city’s academic and research scene can visit the various universities and attend public lectures and discussions.

Yogyakarta may not be as well-known as some of Indonesia’s other cities, but it certainly deserves recognition for its rich culture, history, and progressive mindset. By embracing sustainable tourism and community-led initiatives, Yogyakarta is setting an example for other cities around the world to follow. So, the next time you’re planning a trip to Indonesia, make sure to add Yogyakarta to your itinerary. You won’t regret it!