Monday, July 23, 2012

Yogyakarta Day 3

Woke up to a beautiful sunrise!

Since the place that we stayed is opened by a Korean, the girls have a chance to try on Korean costumes after breakfast. I enjoyed breakfast albeit the food sucks, as it was a cool, windy morning and with the view of the beautiful lake.

Our first destination for the day was to the foothill of Mount Merapi. It was a long walk up and along the way, someone's shoe didn't survive the journey.

We got to see some remains of buildings and areas affected by the volcanic eruption in 2010 along the way.

The last eruption claimed dozens of lives and also the life of Mbah Maridjan. He was named the gate keeper", charged by appointment to the Sultan of Yogyakarta with managing the volcano's hidden spirits. He refused to leave when officials came to tell him to evacuate.

Next stop, Malioboro Road, the city’s main shopping street. The pavements here are bustling with rickshaws and stalls selling art, clothing, jewellery and snacks, perfect place to hunt for souvenirs. Too crowded for my liking but we got some great bargains.

Last stop for the day is Parang Tritis beach aka PARIS. It's one of the most popular beach in Yogya and the amount of people there proves it so.

Parangtritis Beach is very closely related to the legend of Ratu Kidul (Queen of South). Many Javanese people believe that Parangtritis Beach is the gate of Ratu Kidul’s magical kingdom who controls the southern sea.

Our day ended with a little surprise party for SoonYeng. We changed our hotel for the next two nights to Yogya Plaza, a normal city hotel.

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