Kota Gede
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The old section of the town which contains an old mosque that holds the remains of the first sultan of Mataram.
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David H
Yogyakarta
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018
Kota Gede has always been an illusive section of Yogya.
The front that it puts on for tourists of cheap repetative silver shops and a few random cheap cafe's and warunds, belies the underlying aura of this quite mythical old city.
It's good to reflect while wandering the streets of Kote Gede, on the old days when this really was a separate city, before it was swallowed up by ever expanding Yogya. Till today it retains it's own style, best found in teh small back alleys where silversmiths still work, and where you can still visit, learn to make a ring, or design something and have a bunch of artisans make 1 or 1,000 for you. The old cemetry is well worth a visit and i quite like the old market. There is even a couple of well known restaurants and a growing local cafe scene .

Kote Gede remains an under-developed part of Yogya, that remains hard to get to know, but can be worth the effort. If you don't make that effort or go with a local then it can be boring, repetitive and hot. This is not tourism on a platter, it's tourism you still have to dig for a bit

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Written 22 June 2018
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Joe Pranoto Marselo
Jakarta, Indonesia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2011 • Family
this is the head quarter of silver handicrafts, where buyer can meet the artist / carver / craftsman directly and order a model.
Written 25 December 2011
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justemily
singapore
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Friends
When we told the driver we had hired with the van we wanted to go to Kotagede, we were brought straight to an expensive silver/souvenir shop with a restaurant upstairs. He was truly puzzled when we told him we were looking for an old attraction.

After asking around he managed to bring us to a part of Kotagede compound comprising a few small traditional buildings. There were these huge ficus trees which looked mysterious cos of the setting sun glowing thro it's massive tangle of roots n the offerings at its foot. Within the area, there are some indonesian style doorways topped with the rangda face,beautifully carved wooden doors n old brick walls. It is a quaint area, with cool open air halls, tiny little gardens n elderly local people chatitng quietly.

There is an old mosque there (said to be the oldest in Jogja) n u can go into the compound. As with many other lesser known places of interest, a good guide or informative signs would really help.
Written 20 August 2011
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
When visiting Kota Gede be prepared to spend more on Silver than anywhere else across Indonesia (and Canada). The cost per gram of silver, that the many stores were averaging, was between Rp. 130,000 - 150,000 or Cnd.$13 - $15.
They weigh the ring with the stone attached so the actual weight is skewed.
My girlfriend was interested in a skinny 92.5 silver ring and we requested to know the price. The man lifted the ring off its platform and handed it over saying the cost was 500.000. Confused why it was so expensive I reached over and grabbed the platform out of his hand and read the price stamped on the bottom. It said 175,000. That should've been the starting price to bargain off of, not 500,000.
This happened at every store and the initial profiling immediately grew the price to an outrageous amount. After visiting around 12 different stores, we ended up leaving with no silver. If you wish to purchase silver I recommend going elsewhere as this location targets tourists to pay an extremely overpriced amount. Also be prepared to call a taxi ahead of time because no taxis drive around this area.
Written 28 August 2014
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peen1108
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011
Like the previous reviewer said, I came here just to look at silver and batik. You get a 5-min introduction to how silver/batik is processed. And then you are ushered into a showroom where they hope you will purchase something. If you are not interested in silver/batik, give this place a miss.
Written 9 June 2011
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royindiana
Bangkok, Thailand
2.0 of 5 bubbles
There is nothing here except some silver and batik factory. If this is not your priority just skip this whole town.
Written 9 July 2008
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Solo
Psst here's a little secret. Behind those silver shops are some of the best preserved Javanese houses, from hundreds of years old to 1950s MidCentury modern. Hidden alleys, maze like, snake through courtyards, and little enclaves. There's also an ancient mosque, a traditional market and a few other points of interest. Think of it as Jogja's version of Beijing's old Hutongs, but with a bit more variety and less grumpy people. Visiting Kota Gede only for its silver would be tragically incomplete. Visit before either of these two things happen: (1) Tourists discover it and like Jakarta's Old Town district, the place gets overrun by selfie sticks and street vendors, or (2) More locals discover the joy of renovating. Tip: start at Monggo chocolate factory, walk northwards.
Written 6 February 2016
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Couples
So sophisticated area.calm people, good architecture, there are a lot of artificial mini shops. I liked there really
Written 25 May 2016
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Kool123934
Singapore, Singapore
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
It took us about 30 minutes by car to travel from downtown Yogyakarta to this age-old silver jewelry production centre in central Java. Initially, we visited some big shops along the main street but realized that prices were fixed and not very attractive. As we were about to give-up and leave the town, we stumbled upon a small shop down the street (Jalan Mondorakan) manned by 2 friendly ladies. The shop is built on a hill slope with 3 levels of showcases; prices indicated on the price tag were much lower compared to the bigger shop. My wife selected some items from the showcase on the first level and they were willing offer discount of 10% to 30%. We paid about IRP 2 millions (about USD200) for 13 items. The story did not end there. Upon completion of our purchase, the older lady offered to take us to a workshop (at Kebohan KG) where they offered even more attractive design for selection. At the workshop, we spent another Rp6 millions (about USD600) for 20 bigger items with gemstone setting. My wife being a jewelry lover was very happy with her purchases.
Written 28 May 2013
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wlysolo
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2012 • Solo
located 9km from Jogja, this traditional architecture town actually sound means "BIG CITY". It is all silver business here, with many small store selling silver acessories in reasonable price.

-how to go: by bycle is the most economical way, or aask any Ojek (motobike driver ) to send and wait you there.
Written 28 November 2012
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