Kotagede, Treasure Trove Of Yogyakarta

Explore the unique heritage of Java

Kotagedhe – meaning ‘big city’ in Javanese - was once the capital of the Mataram Sultanate, established in the 16th century. The area is still home to many intriguing old constructions such as the royal cemetery, royal mosque, defensive walls and moats. This charming neighborhood is also internationally renowned for its silver crafting.

This excursion is the perfect way to get lost in the old history of Yogyakarta; simply take your traditional Dutch bicycle and discover each quaint corner of this fascinating city, whilst getting to know the colourful characters of the local people. You’ll also get to see some intriguing homespun workshops, where locals sculpt the traditional Keris, which is a traditional sword that is considered by Javanese people to possess magical powers. In 2005, UNESCO gave it the title ‘Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity’. Another workshop that you will visit is a traditional bakery making “Kembang Waru” cake, which is a specialty of Kotagedhe.

Next, it’s on to the traditional market, then from there you’ll visit the royal cemetery of Mataram Kingdom, where you should wear Javanese dress in order to show respect for local wisdom. The cemetery is located next to the royal mosque, where you can see architecture that blends Islamic and Hindu imagery dating back many centuries.

Get some refreshment at nDalem Natan - a beautiful Javanese house built in 1857.


  • UNESCO- World Heritage
  • Dedicated guide with good knowledge in art, history and culture
  • A quaint bicycle ride through the village

What you will do

  • Drive from your hotel straight to Kotagedhe, where you will meet up with your local guide for a small briefing before cycling. Next, make a stop at the traditional Keris maker, then get going to Kembang Waru cake factory. Learn about the cake-making process and chat with the bakers whilst sampling the sweet treats!
  • Continue your ride until you reach the traditional market, where you can see the hustle and bustle as locals barter for their daily commodities. After that, you will don traditional clothes and enter the royal cemetery and the royal mosque. Head to nDalem Natan for some refreshments before making your way back to the hotel.


48 Hours
Full Day
Hotel Pick-up/Drop-off
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Operating Hours

Departure Time: 07:00am

What You Get


  • Return transfer from/to hotel (joined transfer)
  • Entrance fee
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Insurance
  • Prevailing government tax & service charge
  • Rent Javanese dress
  • Dutch bicycle rent
  • Local guide


  • Alcoholic beverages, tipping for driver/guide
What To Wear
  • Comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes (sneakers) or sport shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
Additional Information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Pick-up & Drop-off within Yogyakarta
  • A minimum of 2 person required for the tour to operate
  • Children (4 – 11 years old) must be accompanied by an adult
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
How To Use
  • Present either a printed or mobile voucher to the guide to verify
  • This tour is only valid on the date specified
How To Buy
  • After purchase, kindly email the following details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg
    • Name of Hotel

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

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  • Tours/Experiences subject to cancellation without prior notice due to unforeseen circumstances, and (or) when there is an official request from the authorities
  • Refunds will be given to customers under these circumstances:
    • No refunds will be entertained for cancellation made 4 days or less prior the departure date
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

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  • All amendments are subject to availability
  • Additional charges may apply for amendments

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After purchase, kindly refer to "How To Buy" and email the necessary details to attractions@changirecommends.com.sg