is an enchanting medium-sized city offering cosmopolitan comforts
such as five star hotels, fine dining, and shopping malls.
But at its core are time-honored traditions and philosophies
that have lasted for generations thanks to its respected sultan
and his royal family. While gamelan, classical Javanese dance
and shadow puppetry remain as they have been for centuries,
the paintings, fashions and handicrafts produced by Jogja
artists are visual examples of the effortless blending of
the old and the new.
Although the formal spelling
of the city's name is "Yogyakarta", for many years it has
been fondly called "Yogya". In recent years the spellings
have been modernized to reflect the true pronunciations "Jogjakarta"
and "Jogja". Nowadays, most people use "Jogja" when talking
about the city and reserve "Yogyakarta" for formal occasions
or when referring to Yogyakarta Special Province.
Offering so much more than the
famous tourist attractions covered by guidebooks, Jogja meets
the needs of all, from luxury travelers, adventure-seekers,
and religious pilgrims to low-budget backpackers.
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