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    Where to go for a three-day trip in 2020: Yogyakarta, Indonesia

    Often referred to as Jogja, this spot is chockful of traditional arts, cultural heritage and adventure. Its most famous sight is the UNESCO World Heritage Borobudur Temple, a three-tier complex that dates back to the 8th and 9th centuries and had been buried under jungle foliage and volcanic ash before it was discovered and restored. Marvel at its wondrous design of more than 2,600 relief panels and 500 Buddha statues on stacked platforms, but to really soak in its beauty (and avoid the crowds), try to make it before sunrise to catch the moment when sun rays hit the shrouded stupas for a spectacular sight. The Prambanan Temple is another UNESCO World Heritage site and a 9th century Hindu temple dedicated to Hindu deities. It’s a beautiful spot so take some time to wonder around its extraordinary compounds and catch the sunset here. Other things you can do at Jogja include a hike up Mount Merapi, white water raftin, cave exploring or sand-boarding at Gumuk Pasir if you’re feeling adventurous. Visit the 18th century Palace of Yogyakarta and stop by the iconic Tugu Monument, an elaborate obelisk in the heart of the city, not to mention the Taman Sari Water Castle, the site of a former royal garden of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta. Round up the trip with a bout of shopping at Malioboro Road – Yogyakarta’s major shopping street.

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