After visiting the largest Buddhist monument in the world, it is not hard to see why this is the most visited tourist site in Indonesia. The list of the Seven Wonders of the World has changed many times over the years, and often Borobudur has been included. UNESCO added the monument to its list of World Heritage Sites in 1991, and has been of great influence in restoring the monument to its former glory.
On a hillside plateau, overlooking Prambanan temple complex and with a view to Mount Merapi behind Prambanan Temple complex, lie the remains of a once grand palace. The palace (kraton) is named Ratu Boko after a King Boko of local folklore, but the real owner of the palace is more likely to have been a king of a local dynasty.
Javanese Dance, or Ballet as it is often called, is a sophisticated art form that saw a great deal of development with the patronage of the sultanates of Yogyakarta and Solo. It has been remarked that the sultanates did not duel with violence, but with cultural supremacy; who could hold the most refined events, the best dance. Many villages of Central Java also maintain a strong dance culture and heritage.