I spent only one full day in Yogyakarta. The hotel provideda car and very pleasant, helpful driver: we were going to see four places, but only reached two. We started with the Sultan's Palace, a fundmentally nineteenth century building with much of itsnineteenth century furnishings, and ore recnt ones. The Sultan was the hereditary ruler of this area, an important figure during the Dutch Colonial period, and the family reains importnt today. The last Sultan was a...
a small taste of south asia
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I had arranged for a driver and was somewhat surprised to also get a guide. She suggested going to a silver jewelry factory not far from Borobudur, and it WAS interesting: lots of filigree work. Then we went on to Prambanan. It is a potentially wonderful site, currently somewhat disheveled as a result of the nearby volcanic eruption. Large areas are covered with architectural fragments set out in ordered rows, waiting for conservation. The major temple, the Templ...