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Jokowi goes batik shopping in Yogyakarta prior to New Year

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Jakarta  /  Sun, December 31, 2017  /  05:52 pm
Jokowi goes batik shopping in Yogyakarta prior to New Year

Jokowi goes night shopping in Malioboro, Yogyakarta, on Dec. 30, 2017. (Presidential Press Bureau/File)

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo spent the last Sunday of 2017 strolling around the Malioboro area in Yogyakarta.

Accompanied by one of his sons, Kaesang Pangarep, Jokowi was seen on Dec. 31 walking around Malioboro donning a white shirt and long black pants after exiting from Yogyakarta State Palace at 9:40 a.m., according to a press release.

"Good morning," he greeted the locals and visitors who immediately flocked to him to shake his hand and ask him for a selfie.

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For almost two hours, Jokowi explored the one-kilometer area on foot and even purchased six batik bags for Rp 20,000 (US$1.5) each. He then returned to the palace in the presidential car while greeting the people again and distributing notebooks and some souvenir packages.

The President posted a picture to Facebook of him shopping in Malioboro the night before.

"Walking along Malioboro, Yogyakarta, last night, I got this from a souvenir shop: three pairs of sandals with 'Jogja Keren' [Yogya is Cool] written on the insole and T-shirts with 'Djogjakarta' motifs. I later came home by andong [horse-drawn carriage] to the State Palace," read the caption.

"The city is still the same, fun to be enjoyed on foot and the people are so friendly." (kes)

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