Brian Doucet

Urban Geographer

Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Yogyakarta is a medium sized city on the island of Java, Indonesia. It is the capital of the Yogyakarta Special Region and a major centre for higher education. It is a royal city, with the Sultan of Yogyakarta being the official head of the region. His palace, or Kraton, is located in the centre of the city. Until recently, Yogyakarta was known as a city of bicycles. Today scooters and, increasingly automobiles dominate the streets. It is developing rapidly, with new hotels and shopping malls opening up each year. Consequently, traffic congestion, pollution and groundwater depletion (due partly to excess levels of water consumption from the new hotels) are some of the city’s biggest challenges. These photos were taken in October 2014 during my time as a visiting lecturer at the Department of Geography Education at Yogyakarta State University.