Yogyakarta is a city in the island of Java in Indonesia, regarded as the center of classical Javanese fine arts and culture such as silversmithing, batik textiles, and wayang puppetry. The city is also home of the only officially recognized monarchy within the country, so don't miss the royal palace during your visit! Explore one of the greatest Buddhist monuments in the world, the Borobudur complex. Dating back from 8th and 9th centuries, this UNESCO World Heritage site consists of a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms, and an impressive number of stupas.
Kotagede, an old yet charming neighborhood, has been recognized internationally as the center of silverwork in Yogyakarta for tastefully incorporating elements of Javanese culture into simple and elegant jewelry styles. Now, you have the chance to create your own unique pieces in a short silversmithing workshop located right in the heart of Kotagede! With comfortable shuttle transfers right from your hotel to the studio, you won't have to worry about getting lost or the hassle of commuting. Meet the professionals who will be guiding you through the process and get started on your work!
Want to discover more of Indonesia's heritage? Take a short course on batik making, known as one of Indonesia's national treasures and included in UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Along with practicing your drawing and art skills, you will also learn about the deep Javanese philosophy behind some of the more common batik patterns. Under the guidance of a professional, you'll get to make your own batik piece and experience the wax and dyeing process yourself. Plus, a convenient shuttle transfer will take you to and from the workshop venue so you won't have to worry about the hassle of commuting to where you need to be!