The only Indonesian city still ruled by a Sultan, Yogyakarta is home to heritage buildings, landmarks and important monuments which, along with classical Javanese fine arts and culture, draw millions of tourists every year.
These sites – all different but equally significant and beautiful – depict the history and lives of the conservative people of Java.
“Beyond exploration, travelling enhances our understanding of the world, other cultures and ways of life, and helps us become better global citizens,” says American travel editor Veronica Stoddart.
Shinta Ratri, the matron of an Indonesian Islamic boarding school, corrects the pronunciation of a group of fellow Muslims as they chant the phrase “only one God” in Arabic and prepare to pray together.
The 18th Asian Games torch is welcomed to the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta, with a military parade and traditional dancing.