The areas around Jogja are very intensively farmed. The rice fields cover every inch of space.
Out in the countryside, we passed by a monument in the shape of a pencil, said to be erected in a campaign for literacy.
Motorcycles are, of course, everywhere. They carry a lot of staff, just like everywhere else.
The carrying baskets, however, are the best constructed.
Indonesia is predominately Muslim. Only roughly 10% of the population of Indonesia are Christians (7% Protestant and 3% Catholic). But that amounts to 24 million, or the total population of Australia. Hence churches are fairly common sights.
Roughly 1.2% of the population are ethnic Chinese. That is 2.8 million, the size of Jamaica or Lithuania. Many of the Chinese are also Christians.
At Pasar Beringharjo, a traditional market on Malioboro, there is all kind of stuff, clothing, food, herbs, …, medicine for diabetics, …
At Alun-Alun Lor, a park surrounded by Alun-Alun Utara, there is a statue of General Sudirman, a national hero who fought to end Japanese occupation during the Second World War, and the subsequent fight for independence.
The horse drawn carriages along Malioboro are popular.
This is a vibrant place, with a very diverse culture.