The name of Yogyakarta is utilized to describe the Yogyakarta Special Province (one of the thirty-two provinces within the country of Indonesia), and the City of Yogyakarta (one of the five regencies/cities within the Yogyakarta Special Province). The name of ‘special’ represents the feature of the province where until now, Sultan, who is the king of the Mataram Kingdom (established in 1755), is also the governor of the province. Yogyakarta Special Province is populated by approximately 3,000,000 people with the majority is Java tribe and is a second tourist destination after Bali, known as the education and culture city. The wayang (leather puppet) and gamelan orchestra are outstanding traditional performance/music which could not only be enjoyed, but also be learnt by tourists. Traditional wear of ‘real batik’ is the most commonly worn wear in various events, either as casual or formal events such as meetings, parties, etc.

There are three state universities – one of these is Gadjah Mada University, and more than fifty private universities – one of these is Indonesian Islamic University, making the province occupied by a large number of students. The physiographical condition is very unique, comprising the active volcano of Mt. Merapi at the north, Pacific Ocean at the south, and in between is Sultan Palace, forming one straight line dividing the province into two equal sizes. Hindu temple of Prambanan and Budhist temple of Borobudur located at the adjacent province (Central Java Province) are two symbols of the world miracles which may be visited in a half-day city tour.


 

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Faculty of Engineering,
Universitas Gadjah Mada

Co-organized and Supported by

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Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University

 

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