IDR – Indonesia Rupiah
The currency in Indonesia is the Rupiah, usually indicated as (Rp). Prices in shops and restaurants are mostly indicated in IDR, although some shops might also listed USD so that visitors may compare prices.
Credit cards are widely accepted and Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) can be found throughout the city. There is an ATM located inside the conference venue area.
For estimation in current exchange rates visit: www.xe.com
The voltage in Indonesia is single phase 220V/50-60 Hz.
Power socket in Indonesia commonly are 2 pins, it might the type C or Type F. Some hotels might provide international power socket. If you are unsure, please check with the place you are going to stay. But even if you don’t have the right plug, an international power socket could be found in some large department store in Yogyakarta.
It is recommended that you take out insurance to cover any potential loss of registration fees, travel and accommodation costs that might result from any medical condition or accident that may preclude your attendance at the conference, or cause you to seek medical advice during your stay in Yogyakarta. Please make sure the coverage with your insurance agent prior to departure.
All conference locations being used by SEARAME will be strictly no smoking. It is also forbidden to smoke in public places. In most restaurants and coffee shops, they provide separate sitting area for smoking and non-smoking visitor.
As a tropical country, the sun is present the whole year. The climate in Yogyakarta in May might be rainy, so you might want to bring an umbrella/raincoat with you. The daytime temperature range is 22° – 32°C (71.6° – 89.6° F).
For up-to-date weather forecast, please follow this link
Foods & Restaurants
All the foods served during the conference are prepared in HALAL way. The vegetarian menu in the assortment will be labelled. In the Yogyakarta and surrounding areas you can find more than 1000 restaurants. Many restaurants are opened on Sundays but not all restaurant open 24-hours. Reservations are recommended in some places, especially during a conference. Many restaurants in Yogyakarta serve halal foods, but there are also restaurants serving pork meat and alcohol beverages. If you are unsure, you can call to make sure prior to your visit. The word pork in Indonesian language is: “babi (ba-bee)”.
Indonesia, khususnya Yogyakarta memiliki makanan khas yaitu Gudeg . Gudeg is made from young unripe jack fruit (Javanese: gori, Indonesian: nangka muda) stewed for several hours with palm sugar, and coconut milk. Additional spices include garlic, shallot, candlenut, coriander seed, galangal, bay leaves, and teak leaves, the latter giving a reddish-brown color to the dish. It is often described as “green jack fruit sweet stew”
Served solely, gudeg can be considered as a vegetarian food, since it only consists of unripe jackfruit and coconut milk. However, gudeg is commonly served with egg or chicken. Gudeg is served with white steamed rice, chicken either as opor ayam (chicken in coconut milk) or ayam goreng (fried chicken), telur pindang, opor telur or just plain hard-boiled egg, tofu and/or tempeh, and sambel goreng krechek a stew made of crisp beef skins
There are several types of gudeg; dry, wet, Yogyakarta style, Solo style and East Javanese style. Dry gudeg has only a bit of coconut milk and thus has little sauce. Wet gudeg includes more coconut milk. The most common gudeg comes from Yogyakarta, and is usually sweeter, drier and reddish in color because of the addition of teak leaves as coloring agent. Solo gudeg from the city of Surakarta is more watery and soupy, with lots of coconut milk, and is whitish in color because teak leaves are generally not added. Yogyakarta’s gudeg is usually called “red gudeg”, while Solo’s gudeg is also called “white gudeg”. The East-Javanese style of gudeg has a spicier and hotter taste compared to the Yogyakarta style gudeg, which is sweeter.
Gudeg is traditionally associated with Yogyakarta, and Yogyakarta is sometimes nicknamed “Kota Gudeg” (city of gudeg). The center of Yogyakarta gudeg restaurants is in the Wijilan area to the east side of the Yogyakarta Kraton (Sultan’s palace).
Gudeg can be packed into a besek (box made from bamboo), kendil (clay jar), or can.
Yogyakarta is a multi-religion city. You can find find religious sites of mainly 5 religious in Indonesia.
Locations of great mosques:
- Masjid Gedhe Kauman
Masjid Gedhe Kauman is one of the mosques with a Javanese style. Symbolically, this mosque shows the Sultan as the war and governmental leader as well as a religious leader in the kingdom. This mosque has three pillars, a veranda, a pool, and a unique front archway, complete with a building in front of it functioning as a gamelan storage.
Address: Jalan Plataran, Kauman, Yogyakarta
- Masjid Kampus UGM
Like its name, Masjid Kampus UGM is a grand mosque located inside the campus complex of UGM. This two-story mosque is surrounded by a very wide park with a fountain and has a uniquely-designed, black, front gate. This mosque may facilitate hundreds of people, has ATMs, a wide parking area, and has an Islamic bookstore on the north side.
Address: Campus complex of UGM
- Masjid KH Ahmad Dahlan UMY
Masjid KH Ahmad Dahlan UMY is a beautiful, three-story, mosque in the complex of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta (UMY). It has a pretty park and has a deposit box facility. The first floor is usually used as a place to study Islam, for meetings, and rented for many purposes. The second floor is used to pray for males and the third floor is used to pray for females.
Address: Complex of UMY, Jalan Ring Road Selatan, Tamantirto, Kasihan, Bantul
Location of great churches:
- Saint Anthony Catholic Church
Saint Anthony Catholic Church is more commonly known as Kotabaru Catholic Church. It is one of many Catholic churches in Yogyakarta and is a relic of the Dutch colonial age. The church building is claimed to be a cultural heritage by the government since 2014. It is located in the intersection between Jalan Abu Bakar Ali and Jalan I Dewa Nyoman Oka.
- The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or Ganjuran Church is a unique Catholic church, fusing European, Javanese, Hindu, and Buddhist architecture. This church is believed to grant wishes and to be able to cure ailments. Visitors from out of town may stay overnight for free in the front pendopo. It is located in Ganjuran, Sumbermulyo, Bambang Lipuro, Bantul.
- Gejayan Indonesian Christian Church
Gejayan Indonesian Christian Church is a Christian church located near many universities and is favored by young people. It is a “miniature” of Indonesia with people from various ethnics come to pray in this church. Therefore, it is known to be a multiculture church. You can visit this church in Jl. Jembatan Merah No. 84D, Depok, Condongcatur, Sleman.
Locations of Buddhist temples:
- Buddha Prabha Vihara
Initially, this vihara was named Hok Tik Bio, a praying place for Hok Tik Sin, believed by Buddhists as the Earth God. However, this vihara also has a praying altar for both Buddhists and Konghucu. In the New Order era, this building was renamed to be Buddha Prabha Vihara, since at that time Indonesia only recognized five religions, so the Buddhist elements were more pronounced. The location of this vihara is in Jl. Brigjen Katamso No.3, Prawirodirjan, Gondomanan, Kota Yogyakarta.
- Vidyaloka Vihara
Vidyaloka Vihara is a vihara located at the center of the city. Most of the people praying in this vihara are settled foreigners, mainly university students. It even as a Buddhist youth organization called Vidyasena. You may find this vihara in Jalan Kenari, GG. Tanjung I No. 231, Muja Muju, Umbulharjo, Kota Yogyakarta.
Location of Hindu temples:
- Jagatnatha Pura
This pura is the pride of Hindu people in Yogyakarta. It is the main temple to pray, not only for the locals, but Hindu people from out of town often come to this pura. The building is unique with roofings in the middle, unlike other Hindu temples. It is a popular religious tourist destination in Yogyakarta. It is located in Jl. Pura, Banguntapan, Bantul.
- Vaikuntha Vyomantara Pura
The architecture of this pura is very beautiful, with many statues decorating the place. When you visit this place, you will feel like you are in Bali. Initially, this pura was built to facilitate Hindu people working in Adi Sutijipto Air Force Base. However, now public also pray in this pura. The routine prays are held very full moon and new moon at 5pm. The location is in the Adi Sutjipto Air Force Base complex, Banguntapan, Bantul.