Instead of only known as a student city, Yogyakarta also own a special characteristic of students. The label of “active student” or “creative student” has been attached to Yogyakarta students. The history has noted that many important historical event such as the Reformation movement in 1998 was pioneered by Yogyakarta students. Besides the great contribution of students in political life, the Yogyakarta students are also active in extra curricular activities within various range of interests. The academy, arts, culture, sport, science, IT and social interests are well-developed in Yogyakarta. It is said as the cause of why Yogyakarta is never absence of events. So it is almost impossible to find one day without student events in Yogyakarta.
The major language is Javanese language while the national Bahasa Indonesia is commonly spoken, too. Published tourist information is in English and in certain places such as Sultan palace, there are many local guides speak Japanese, Mandarin, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish fluently.
Yogyakarta has two seasons along the year-the dry takes May to September and the wet is between October to April. The average daily temperature range is between 22ºC to 30ºC (78ºF to 90oF) while the humidity is from 65% to 85%. Generally, there is no rain falls from May to August and the weather is a little bit hot and humid on the day and cool in the night and early morning.
Local Time and Business Hours
Yogyakarta is on Western Indonesia Time : GMT +7 hours. Shops and markets are opened between 9 a.m. until 9-10 p.m. Most local restaurants start to operate from 7 a.m. 10-11 p.m. The office hours start from 8 a.m. for Monday to Thursday and 8 a.m until 12 p.m for Friday.