6 Free Travel Options in Jogja for those of you who have a mediocre wallet. Just pay for parking

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If you are tired of work or educational matters, there’s nothing wrong with spending a moment on your vacation. By taking a vacation, you will return to the spirit to face the routine again. However, what if there is no extra money for a vacation? Don’t worry, you can come to the city of Jogja and visit the many free tours offered. As its special name suggests, the city of Jogja also has special tours free of charge.

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There are lots of free tours in Jogja, from the north to the south that you can visit. By setting up parking fees for vehicles only, you can already enjoy the offerings of Jogja city tours and amazing natural attractions. Which free tours are available in this student city?

1. In the south of Jogja City, you must visit South Square which is thick with history

Alun-alun Kidul Yogyakarta | Credit: Christophe95 (CC BY-SA 4.0) via Wikimedia

Visiting the city of Jogja is incomplete if you don’t visit South Square. This tourist location is still in the palace area which is marked by two banyan trees in the middle. Close to the history of the palace, the South Square is said to have been built by Prince Mangkubumi as a training ground for palace soldiers. However, now the place has become a tourist attraction that offers a pleasant atmosphere from morning to night. Here, you can walk straight towards the banyan tree area by closing your eyes, riding odong-odong, to hunting for culinary delights around it.

2. Various museum tours are perfect for seeing history as well as entertaining yourself, one of which is the Fort Vredeburg Museum

Fort Vredeburg Museum | Credit: Sabjan Badio (CC BY-SA 4.0) via Wikimedia

If you are a history buff, walking around museums in Jogja can be a fun alternative to free tours in Jogja. One of the museums in the city center is the Vredeburg Fort Museum. This museum is located around the 0 kilometer point which is a silent witness to historical events in Yogyakarta. Not only historical, this museum also has beautiful architecture nice so it is suitable as a place to take pictures or just take a walk.

3. Become the main icon of this city, Tugu Jogja and the surrounding streets can be a fun tourist spot

Jogja Monument | Credit: CEphoto via Wikimedia

It’s not legal to travel to Jogja, if you haven’t taken pictures at this monument. Even though it is in the middle of the highway, many tourists stop by to just take pictures there. However, it is not only the monument that has special features there, the buildings around the monument are also very iconic and characterize the buildings of the past.

4. Slightly away from the city center, Bukit Bintang is a free tour option that offers views of the sparkling city lights at night

Bukit Bintang Jogja | Credit: Tempo.co

Many say Jogja is a romantic city. To prove it, you can visit this one-of-a-kind economical tour. Bukit Bintang is located in the border area between Bantul Regency and Gunung Kidul Regency. In the afternoon, you can enjoy a charming sunset view. Towards the evening, you will be shown the twinkling city lights at night.

5. As if you were in the desert, Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo presents a beautiful view of the expanse of sand and trees

Parangkusumo Sand Dunes | Credit: Tayuya Karin (CC BY-SA 4.0) via Wikimedia

Gumuk Pasir Parangkusumo is located on Jalan Pantai Parangkusumo, Kretek, Bantul, Yogyakarta. You can visit this place starting at seven in the morning and can play as much as you want free of charge. You can play sandboarding, take pictures at the spot that Instagramable, to enjoy the beautiful sunset.

6. Besides museums, many temple tours in Jogja are also offered for free, one of which is Sambisari Temple

Sambisari Temple | Credit: TeshTesh (CC BY-SA 3.0) via Wikimedia

In Jogja, there are many temples that we can visit. Although not all of them are free, most of the temples in Jogja which are managed by the Cultural Heritage Preservation Center (BPCB) are free of charge. These temples include Sambisari Temple, Kalasan Temple, Ijo Temple, and many others. At Sambisari Temple, we can see the magnificent building that became the historical complex of Hindu temples in the past buried in the ground.

Those are just a few of the many free tours in the city of Jogja. Apparently, vacations don’t have to be expensive, right, SoHip?

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