Yogyakarta (Jogja) backpacker's guide

See & Do: UNUSUAL THINGS TO SEE & DO in YOGYAKARTA you never knew existed

The uniqueness of Yogyakarta always charming and invite a lot of visitor/traveler to come. The people are so friendly and the culture are so unique. So if you’re wondering where to go, here’s our take on the unique and unusual that Yogyakarta has to offer.

1. colorful of ‘code’ village (kampung code)

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It just a village in the past time, today is in downtown. Located 500 meters east of Tugu, Yogyakarta, under the Gondolayu Bridge and along of the ‘Code’ river. Just like Rio de Janeiro, the houses colorfully painted, creating an appealing urban panorama particularly from the bridge.

Kampung Code before transformation

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It was a criminal and poor village in the past time. Thieves, robber, hoodlum and no identity people was living in here. Even police think twice before enter and catch them in this village.

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But, after Romo Mangunwijaya (a priest, architect also lecture) launched the area’€s physical reconstruction and its community’€s mental transformation, due to the diverse backgrounds of local people, this village turned into convenient, attractive and peaceful location. You can also visit his museum in this village.

Address: Kampung Code, Kotabaru, Gondokusuman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Opening hours:  am -  pm
Entrance fee: -
Get more info how to get there: 
MAP OF KAMPUNG CODE:

WATCH KAMPUNG CODE FROM VIDEO:

2. visiting ‘bird singing contest’ in yogyakarta

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This unique culture attendance by hundreds old people in the past time. Today it involving young people and grow spread around Yogyakarta. That’s why so many yogyakarta people has a bird in the cage. It become a good business if your bird become a winner in the bird singing contest because the price of your bird lift up rapidly.

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Don’t think the bird suffering inside of little cage. If the bird suffering, they will got stress, didn’t singing, sick and die. This bird has special treatment everyday. Special menu such as larva of ant, apple, an egg until a special vitamin that believed can make a bird singing better (louder and longer). The owner also have to give a special treatment everyday such as taking a shower for the bird, dry it under the sunlight, mate it when the mating season comes.

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BIRD SINGING CONTEST KING HB TROPHY
Date : September 4th, 2016
Location: Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Opening hours: 8 am - till drop
Entrance fee: Rpxxx
Get more info how to get there: Prambanan
PERKUTUT BIRD SINGING CONTEST KING HB TROPHY
Date : September 17th - 18th, 2016
Location: Alun-alun, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Opening hours: 8 am - till drop
Entrance fee: Rpxxx
Get more info how to get there: Alun-alun
DERKUKU BIRD SINGING CONTEST KING HB TROPHY
Date : September 25th, 2016
Location: Alun-alun selatan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Opening hours: 8 am - till drop
Entrance fee: Rpxxx
Get more info how to get there: Alun-alun selatan
PERKUTUT BIRD SINGING CONTEST KING HB TROPHY
Date : September 27th, 2016
Location: Alun-alun, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Opening hours: 8 am - till drop
Entrance fee: Rpxxx
Get more info how to get there: Alun-alun selatan
 2017:
PERKUTUT BIRD SINGING CONTEST KING HB TROPHY
Date : September 17th, 2016
Location: Alun-alun, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Opening hours: 8.00 AM - till drop
Entrance fee: Rpxxx
Get more info how to get there: Alun-alun selatan
BIRD SINGING COMPETITION
Date : September 24th, 2017
Location: Prambanan, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Opening hours: 8.00 AM - till drop
Entrance fee: Rpxxx
Get more info how to get there: Prambanan

*) The location of this event is not always fixed in one place. Sometime it move to other place depend on the event organizer decision.

WATCH bird singing contest FROM VIDEO:

3. VISITING ‘pigeon race CONTEST’ IN YOGYAKARTA

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A pigeon race? What the fuck is that!?

Yes, pigeon race (Balapan Merpati) is local people called it. Until now, local people still love it. Some people use this moment as a gambling time. 

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You need a knowledge before you choose which pigeon has a talent to be a racer. This pigeon has special treatment everyday. Special menu contain high protein until a special vitamin that believed can make the pigeon faster and faster. The owner also have to give a special treatment such as taking a bird shower, dry it under the sun, mating it when the season comes and practice speed racing everyday.

Address: Yogyakarta, Indonesia 
Opening hours: 9 am - 5 pm
Price of cuisine: Rpxxx
Get more info how to get there:
WATCH pigeon race CONTEST FROM VIDEO:

4. WATCHING “Devil’s bucket” (tong setan) IN YOGYAKARTA

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A Devil’s bucket? What the fucking else is that!?
Well, it just a deadly small room that shape like half of ball and designed for a motorbike can rotating inside of room against of gravitation. Still confused? Better you watch these pictures and the video.

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Usually you can watch Devil’s bucket in the night market only or ‘pasar malam’ as the local people called it. The location is not fixed in one place, but always move every week. You need to ask the local to find the night market (Pasar malam) location.

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WATCH TONG SETAN FROM VIDEO:

2 thoughts on “See & Do: UNUSUAL THINGS TO SEE & DO in YOGYAKARTA you never knew existed

  1. Pascal

    Nice article 🙂
    I like the idea of listing things to do that you wouldn’t find as a foreigner.

    Unfortunately there are a few errors so you should probably ask a native speaker to proofread it for you.

    Plus it would be nice if you could mark the specific place on a map. That would help to get a quick impression where it is located in jogja.

    But keep writing 🙂

    1. kunzyogya Post author

      Thanks.
      Well, the location of Bird singing contest, Pigeon race, Devil’s bucket are no fixed location.
      I mean it always move every month.
      So, i can not give the map, date, time, etc.
      Thanks for the advice, Pascal. 🙂

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