Yogyakarta and Central Java are synonymous with ancient antiquities, exquisite batiks, gamelan, sublime dances, and shadow puppet.

Time-honored tradition and values of the Javanese are kept alive in the court of Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat and Pakualam in Yogyakarta, also Kasultanan Pakubuwono and Mangkunegara in Solo.
Java is abundant with spectacular monuments that have stood the test of time. Among other are Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world and Prambanan, a magnificent of complex of Hindu temples dedicated to Shiva.