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Rendang is The Most Delicious Food in the world

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Rendang is The Most Delicious Food in the world
It's from CNNgo site which held a survey to make a decision what kind of the most delicious food in the world. And the result fall to Indonesian food which come from west Sumatera named Rendang. Beef is slowly simmered with coconut milk and a mixture of lemongrass, galangal, garlic, turmeric, ginger and chilies, then left to stew for a few hours to create this dish of tender, flavorful bovine goodness.

The Indonesian dish is often served at ceremonial occasions and to honored guests. It's not only delicious but also comes with a simple recipe.

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Recommended Places to Shop In Yogyakarta

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shopping in yogya
If you're for the the first time to get in and visit Yogyakarta, I'll guide you to choose best places to shop some handicrafts or souvenirs. And they are:

Silver Handcrafts at Kota Gede
Kota Gede, also known as Sara Gede, is famous for its many quality silver shops and factories. It also has a number of workshops where visitors are welcome to observe silver being transformed into beautiful works of art known as 'Yogya Silver'. Most of the shops offer better deals than elsewhere in Yogyakarta. Kota Gede can easily be reached via car, bus, and taxi. Alternatively, try the agdong – a local four-wheeled horse-drawn cart.

Souvenir, Handcraft, and Clothes at Malioboro Street
Malioboro is a souvenir-hunter's paradise. The street is filled with shops, street-stalls, and fresh markets. Shoppers can expect batik, silverware, wooden merchandise, metals as well as clothes and Indonesian souvenirs as they stroll along both sides of the street. Many of the outlets are family-owned stores, so bargaining is acceptable. Also, there are several trendy malls and trade centres. The biggest one is Mailoboro Mall, offering quality products at reasonable cost.

Traditional Market at Pasar Beringharjo
A complete fresh market in the city centre, Pasar Beringharjo sells everything you can think of. The two-storey market is organised into four different zones. At the north side entrance and the western part you will find hundreds of vendors selling fruit, vegetables, food, and delicious traditional snacks. The rest of the market sports a wide range of batiks; most are good quality at good prices. On the second floor, you will find a number of shops selling Javanese spices and herbs such as tamarind, temulawak (a natural liver cleanser), ginger, cinnamon and more. It’s worth a visit.
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Guide to Get in with Map of Yogyakarta

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This map been created primarily to help people who plan to visit Yogyakarta get a general idea of the major areas where most visitors stay. As such, the maps included herein are not intended to be street atlases and are not to scale. That said, you'll find no shortage of good street maps available upon arrival.

Map of Yogyakarta
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culture makes yogya difference
Culture The province of Yogyakarta with its status as a special region lies in the Southern part of Central Java, in the heartland of Javanese culture. As the former capital and the center of several kingdoms in the past, this region and its people are very rich in a variety of cultures. It is widely known from to historical records that the civilization, art and culture had developed well in the center of those kingdoms respectively in the era of the Ancient Mataram Kingdom (8th - 10th Century) the second Mataram Kingdom (17th - 18th Century) and Sultanate Ngayogyokarto from the mid of 18th Century up today.

It can be mentioned here that the cultural heritage in the past are the magnificent temples, the ruins of palaces and monasteries, the various kind of traditions cultural events, traditional folk performing arts, traditional ritual ceremonies, customs, traditional handicrafts, traditional architecture and other traditional activities. Most of them still exist and are coloring the daily activities of life and behavior of the local inhabitants, particularly the Javanese community with its traditional way of life and customs. Because of its richness in culture therefore Yogyakarta has been known for long as the cradle of the Javanese culture.

The Kraton Ngayogyokarto Hadiningrat (the Sultan's Palace) at the present being is known as a center of Javanese art and culture activities. Generally the community of Javanese people still respect their Sultan and are proud of the aristocratic influence of the Sultanate court. The name of the Sultan holds a special significance for all Yogyanese evoking the traditional Javanese aristocrat. As a cradle of the Javanese culture, various art activities still flourish here. There are many traditional events and ceremonies that have been hold regularly such as Sekaten, Grebegan, Labuhan and others.

A lot of traditional art and performances can be found with its daily program of cultural presentations, such as The Ramayana Ballet, Javanese Classical Dance, The Wayang Kulit (shadow puppet play), the Ketoprak (folk drama) and others. Not less interesting are also the old traditional rites of the esoteric custom kept alive by the people, particularly by village inhabitants. In respect of modern art. Yogyakarta excels with a dozen of art galleries and studios of Indonesia's prominent painters, sculptors, modern batik designers and choreographers.

The educational institutions of art and craft both provided by state or private are available here, such as Indonesia Institute of Art, the Conservatorium of Classical Javanese Music and Dance, some of art foundations, art exercise and rehearsals etc. The richness in variations are that this city has in store is one of many aspects that makes Yogyakarta is a city of endless wonder and fascination.
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