Friday, June 24, 2016

Yogyarkarta: Malioboro Street of Jogjakarta.

After arrival at the airport and checking in at Ibis, we were free for the rest of the day/night so we had Bakso for tea and set off for Jalan Malioboro.

Arrival at Adi Sucipto Airport of Yogyakarta (JOG). You will be met & greet by local representative and transfer to check in hotel in Jogja. The rest of the day is free

Jalan Malioboro (Malioboro Street) is a major shopping street in Yogyakarta, Indonesia; the name is also used more generally for the neighborhood around the street. It lies north-south axis in the line between Yogyakarta Kraton and Mount Merapi.
The street is the centre of Yogyakarta's largest tourist district surrounded with many hotels, restaurants, and shops nearby. Sidewalks on both sides of the street are crowded with small stalls selling a variety of goods. In the evening several open-air street side restaurants, called lesehan, operate along the street. This is the street of the artists. Street musicians, painters, and other artists exhibit their creations on this road. Less obvious to the tourist, but more for the local population, side streets, lanes and structures that lead on to Malioboro are as important as the street itself.
Pretend Street of Jalan Malioboro in the Mall!
This is the real street!!!
It was drizzling and we got slight wet! 
But Papa was so excited to see the road sign and we took photo with my selfie stick and my hand shook from the wetness and cold, hehehe!!
Before that, we walked down the lane after eating Bakso to the main street of Malioboro. If you think it sounds like "Malboro" it does, it is the Yogyakarta corruption of Malboro.
 Note to all young non-Muslim not to dress on the streets of Yogyakarta. She wore the sundress she bought from Ko Samui and it was strappy with bra straps peeking which is a definite no-no!!!  While walking along the corridors, right in front of my eyes, this man seated at his stall reached out to touch her shoulders and the bra straps!!!! I was flabbergasted but all I could do was glared hard at the man who averted my "angry mother" gaze and looked nonchalantly away!!!
She had already felt uneasy and felt so inappropriately dressed: CUE : look at how the other local girls/women are dressed.

Anyway....we walked along this backlane (later we took a rickshaw back as it rained) and took in the sights and sounds of Yogykarta in the evening. We are dressed so like tourists: he in his perennial formal clothes and camera gear, she in her swingy tiered sundress.

Rows of  rickshaws offering you an inexpensive ride.

Soon we reached the main road as the arch signified.

Lots of trinkets for sale by the roadside.
Men playing dominoes.
Tourists taking selfies/ussies.

Papa was so excited to find Mc Donald's but it was only a stand, and sold only ice-cream!

Now we are at the corridors where all sorts of clothings, bags. etc can be bought.

Most of them costs Rupiah 300,000 or 10 ringgit.

She loves these baggy pants, like the ones in Ko Samui because they are extremely comfotable!

Then we saw horse carriages, which are iconic of Yogyakarta streets!
 so we posed and took photos like mad! hahaha!!!

back to serious buying
these school girls took our photo, so we took back theirs!
Street was starting to get more and more bustling

Soon, the locals all came out
school girls still in uniforms!

Quite happening and lots of people milling about!

whole families sitting by the kerbs snacking and relaxing.

See how this guy can make himself comfortable on the road!

This is the other exit from the castle, the one that opens into Malioboro Road.
Gate to Kraton Palace, which we would visit the next day.

Should have bought a selfie stick, because mine broke from my heavy use!!!

We could go on and on, but that's Malioboro Street for you!

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