Malioboro is the most famous street in Yogyakarta, and maybe in Indonesia. In sanskrit the word ‘Malioboro’ means bouquet or wreath. The city’s main street back in the day used to be festively decorated full of flowers and used by Sultan’s as a ceremonial avenue for Sultan to pass through on his way to and from Keraton. The street is the centre of Yogyakarta’s largest tourist district surrounded with many hotels, restaurants, and shops nearby. Sidewalks on both sides of the street are crowded with small stalls selling a variety of goods. In the evening several open-air street side restaurants, called lesehan, operate along the street. This is the street of the artists. Street musicians, painters, and other artists exhibit their creations on this road. Less obvious to the tourist, but more for the local population, side streets, lanes and structures that lead to Malioboro are as important as the street itself.

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