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YOGYAKARTA -- area code (62-274)

General Information

    Yogya, as it is commonly called, is the fascinating center of refined Javanese court culture and the heir to two of Asia's grandest ancient religious monuments: the Buddhist cosmological model, Borobudur, an exquisitely carved pyramid representing man's ascent to nirvana; and the Hindu temple of Prambanan, whose dozens of Angkor-like stone towers rise towards the sky as if from a dream. At the center of the city is the Sultan's Palace, the elegant seat of power and courtly drama for centuries. Javanese craftsmen still practice the arts of batik, shadow puppetry, and silversmithing in the surrounding neighborhoods. You will also want to explore the nightlife of Jalan Malioboro, with its variety of restaurants, inexpensive shops, and crowds of friendly students from Yogya's many universities and school of performing arts.

    In mid-2012, one Indonesian ISP began blocking websites with gay content. If you want to access your favorite websites on holiday, avoid using SIM cards from Tel Komsel or staying at hotels that use Telkom as their service provider.

    The population of Yogya is about a half million people (that's about 20,000 Utopians).

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Articles and Publications

  • Pelangi
      Email. A bulletin and organization whose mission is the advocacy of LGBT in Yogja and Indonesia.


  • Kebaya
      Jln Gowongan Lor JT III, No. 148, RTII/RW02, Penumping, Yogyakarta 55232, 0819-3119-4960.
  • Komunitas Satu Hati
      PLU organization that has social activities, book discussions, or HIV/AIDS prevention and offering HIV tests at PKBI Yogyakarta. At night, around 10pm, they usually have a small meeting at Taman Pintar, located across the main old post office building.
  • Lentera Sahaja PKBI DIY.
      Surokarsan MGII/558, Email.
  • PLU Satu Hati
      Jln Sakura B no.15 D, Ds Krikilan RT 06/ RW 22, Sariharjo, Sleman, email: plu.satuhati@gmail.com, 081-726-7314, 081-5732-3600. Advocacy and investigation of any case related to sexual orientation violation.
  • Q-munnity Yogya
      Jln Kaliurang KM 5,5, Pandega Mandala, No. 34C, Yogyakarta 55281, 081-7547-4828.
  • Vesta
      Jl. Sukun No. 21, Pondok Karangbendo, Banguntapan Bantul, 743-0959, FAX 489-057, 081-827-805, email: vesta_jogja@yahoo.com.

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Bars and Clubs

    • Hugo's (mixed)
        Jln Laksda Adisucipto (in the parking area of Sheraton Hotel). A new and trendy café club with live music and DJ. Upmarket place with a mix of gay, bi, and straight, but many gays on Sat.


    • Boshe Club (mixed)
        Jln Magelang. A large club. Some gays working as the staff there. Live band every night.
    • Embassy Club
        Sheraton Hotel (behind Hugo's). This is a small club but with quality music. Sometimes international and local DJs spin here. Many gays at special events or on Sat night. Once a month is Gay Nite on the 3rd week of every month with drag queens, dancers and gay tunes!

Meeting Places

    • Alun-Alun Utara (square in front of the Sultan's Palace).
    • Malioboro Mall
        Excelso Café vicinity (although the café itself is no longer so popular, the mall continues to attract gays). Best from 3-7pm.
    • TamanSari food court
        Plaza Ambarukmo at the top floor is a meeting point, especially on weekends.

Restaurants and Cafes

    • ViaVia Travelers Café and Restaurant
        Jln Prawirotaman 30, 386-557, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly travelers café and restaurant within the spirit of community-based and sustainable tourism. World kitchen, alternative tours and courses, loads of information, art exhibitions.

      Comments from Utopians:

      "Went to Banana Café and saw no gay life there, just full of young guys and their girlfriends. Asked about directions to a few gay places and they looked at me like I was from Mars." -- nucag, Dec 13, 2011

Saunas and Fitness for Men

    • Hyatt Hotel sauna on Fri (be discreet).

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