A royal graveyard perched on a hilltop 20km south of Yogyakarta, Imogiri was first built by Sultan Agung in 1645 to serve as his own mausoleum. Since then it has become something of an A-list cemetery for royalty. There are three major courtyards – the central one contains the tombs of Sultan Agung and succeeding Mataram kings; the other two are dedicated to the sultans of Solo and Yogyakarta.
Pilgrims from across central Java flock to the tomb of Sultan Agung. You’re welcome to join them but you must don full Javanese court dress, which can be hired for a small fee.
It’s an impressive site, reached by a daunting flight of 345 steps. From the top of the stairway, a walkway circles the whole complex and leads to the summit, with a superb view over Yogyakarta to Gunung Merapi.
To get to Imogiri (7000Rp, 40 minutes), take an angkot to Panggang and ask the conductor to let you off at the makam (graves).
Angkots and buses from Yogyakarta (4000Rp) stop at the car park, from where it is about 500m to the base of the hill and the start of the steps. Note that the only compulsory entry charge is payable when you sign the visitors’ book, inside the main compound.