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Jakarta Post

Handicraft shopping in the countryside

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 26 2009   /  01:58 pm

Yogyakarta's Jl. Malioboro has long been the main souvenir center for tourists visiting the city, with a wide range of souvenirs and handicrafts being available on this less-than-one-kilometer long street. For the adventurous, however, a trip to visit the actual handicraft makers is recommended. Here the products are inexpensive and tourists can enjoy the cool air and panoramic view of the countryside. One can also experience frequent spectacles of local tradition and culture. Before embarking on the trip, one should hire a car because public transportation from one handicraft location to another is not available. Cars can usually be rented through travel agents or hotels. It is best to start off very early in the morning. The first stop is Kasongan handicraft center on Jl. Bantul in Bantul regency, to the west of Yogyakarta. At Kasongan one can see the entire proces...