Many of us who have visited Jogjakarta familiar with Jalan Malioboro, the north-south axis through the city center.  The street was conceived by Sultan Hamengkubuwono I, (Believed) to connect Kraton (Sultan) Palace with Mount Merapi in the south.
Jalan Malioboro means bouquet or wreath in Sanskrit.  It may have relation in the past, where the street was always full with flowers when the Sultan commemorated an event or have big celebration.  The other theory why the street named Malioboro is because the Marlborough, English duke who lived in the area 1811 – 1816.

During the colonial era 1790 – 1945, the development of the Jalan Malioboro dominated by the activities of the Dutch in building facilities – Vredeburg Fort (1790), Dutch Club (1822), The Dutch Governor Residence (1830), Java Bank and Post Office, Jogjakarta Central Station (1887) to strengthen their economic and power in the region.

Jalan Malioboro also had important roles in the independence era (1945 onward), the independence battle took place north-south along the Jalan Malioboro.

Today Jalan Malioboro is the center of Jogjakarta Tourist district, where you can still find the colonial era building mixed with Chinese and contemporary commercial district.

Other Point of Interest:
  • Pasar Beringhardjo – Traditional market
  • Lesehan – Evening Open Air Food Market
  • Hotel Garuda – The largest and the oldest Dutch era hotel.
  • Small Stalls selling all kind of souvenirs.
  • Traditional Horse Coach
You can find more interesting facts about Jalan Malioboro here:

Mrs.Vattier - Kraane on the way to meet The Governor of Jogjakarta at Grand Hotel (Hotel Garuda) in Malioboro (1933)

The main street - Malioboro, Jogjakarta (1900 - 1940)

The main street - Malioboro, Jogjakarta (1900 - 1940)

Street Scene - Malioboro, Jogjakarta

Hotel De Yogya

Coronation of Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX

Malioboro Street 1948 by A Place4ma head

Jogjakarta Central Station (Tugu Railway Station)