International Airport Yogyakarta

Yogyakarta International AirportYogyakarta seems to be very excited about the new International Airport Yogyakarta, located in Kulon Progo Regency. Yogyakarta International Airport is operated by PT Angkasa Pura (The Indonesian Airport Company). The airport is due to replace Adisutjipto International Airport of Yogyakarta, which is currently overcapacity. The airport commenced operations on the 6th of May 2019 with the first arrival, a Citilink flight from Jakarta’s Halim Perdanakusuma International Airport. Commercial flights would be gradually relocated from the old Adisucipto International Airport. Mid of August 2019 the runway and other facilities for international flights are already functioned and there were no international flights. In mid-September 2019, 80 percent of terminal constructions are finished and it is predicted will be completed at the end of 2019, so it will be fully operating in early 2020. Java Bali trip company is ready with all things to welcome travelers and tourists from all around the world.

Yogyakarta International Airport

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The total square land for the terminal will be over 210,000 sqm. which 66 flights will be moved from the old Airport, in the first step. End of 2019 there will be 140 flights at Yogyakarta International Airport (source: inewsDotId). Airnav Indonesia is ready with 300-400 flights per hour in Yogyakarta International Airport.


Prambanan temple green program

Prambanan temple green program is a greenly environment program which is participated by students and stakeholders. Prambanan Temple area on the border of Sleman Regency, Yogyakarta Special Region (DIY) and Klaten Regency, Central Java, on Wednesday, was planted with hundreds of trees and thousands of flowering shrubs.

Prambanan temple Green Program  is a Government’s program to encourage everyone to love archaeological sites, as well the green environment to reduce the air pollution. The program is a joint collaboration between the “Djarum Foundation Community Service”, the Prambanan Temple (TWC) and Yogyakarta Cultural Heritage Preservation Hall.

The activity was attended by Vice President Director of Djarum Foundation F.X. Supanji, Prambanan Temple TWC General Manager Aryono Hendro Malyanto, Head of the DIY Cultural Heritage Preservation Center, Dra Zaimul Azzah, M. Hum, was also accompanied by officials representing Sleman DIY Regent Sri Purnomo and Klaten Regent Sri Mulyani.
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No fewer than 500 students from various universities in Yogyakarta, such as Gadjah Mada University (UGM), State Islamic University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga, Sanata Dharma University, Atmajaya University, Indonesian Art Institute (ISI) Yogyakarta, Duta Wacana Christian University, and others were involved in the tree planting action.

Around 250 trees and 5,000 flowering shrubs consisting of 25 varieties are planted to spread in the Prambanan Temple complex area.

A total of four main temples area in the complex, namely Roro Jonggrang Temple, Sewu Temple, Lumbung Temple, and Bubrah Temple, are planted with various flowering trees and shrubs.

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Yogyakarta Sultan’s Palace

Yogyakarta Sultan’s Palace has a big art project to preserve the high value arts and culture. As the center of Mataram’s Javanese culture, Yogyakarta Sultan’s palace keeps and preserves many high-value cultural and art objects. One of them is ‘wayang kulit’ the leather shadow puppet which are thousands in number. Realizing the importance of saving this heirloom, the palace has began a large project of documenting shadow puppets by forming a documentation team led by masterminds / puppeteers. Javanese culture is represented by Yogyakarta Palace where the cultural events, traditional ceremonies are still held.

Bayu Aji Nugraha, the young puppeteer who graduated from the Indonesian Art Institute, was chosen as one of the people involved in this work and accepted it as a ‘heart call’.
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He began joining as ‘a Palace’s servant’ in February 2019 and had just graduated as ‘Abdi Dalem’ on June 18 of the same year. The granted name from the King is “Mas Jajar Cermogupito”. Apparently this is the answer to his interest in serving the palace and cultural arts widely.

“I was offered to document the puppets belong to the Palace by my senior, puppeteer Susila Madya.”

His grandfather and father’s mother is the Palace’s servant, too. This is a pride for Javanese people to be accepted and granted by Sultan’s to serve the Palace. This is the way to devote their life to preserve the Javanese culture.
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The Palace’s Puppets Documentation
Yogyakarta Palace has around a dozen puppet boxes, each containing about 250 puppets. Documentation in digital form is a must so that this property is sustainable and can be easily accessed by the community. The puppets will be photographed, given a description, and equipped with data about the puppet itself.

“”We made a new data format. It’s a bit difficult because it doesn’t trace the description of existing puppets.”

Puppet images are scattered on the internet, but very few can be used as references. “Images must be proportional because shadow puppets are two-dimensional. So the photographer must work hard, “said the puppeteer who lives in Ambarketawang (west district of Yogyakarta).

Furthermore, he explained the data entered, namely subjective and objective data. Subjective data is obtained from oral narrative, while objective data is obtained from the “weakening” (bottom) of the puppet itself. “On the second leg (puppet) there is a red lane. There are small Javanese scripts there. (We) study again because of the many Javanese murda characters. “Murda characters are special letters that function like capital letters.

“(All descriptions) are appropriate, such as name, wanda, and sungging (color).” “For example Gatotkaca wanda for networking and war is different. If you want to fight, he looks up a bit, if you look down. “Another description that must be contained is the material of the puppets, the conditions, the shape of the limbs, and the accessories that he wears.”

Although worked on by around fifteen people, the project which began in February 2019 is still a hard work that is expected in one and a half years all puppets are recorded. While the masterminds themselves still have routine tasks such as the maintenance of puppets and performing in preparation.