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Contrary to what the name suggests, the Gangs of Yogyakarta aren’t hordes of heavily-tattooed Indonesian men roaming the chaotic, trishaw-ladden streets of the city. Gang I and II are in fact two narrow and incredibly artistic alleys just off the busy Malioboro street, in a city that is famous for its art culture and local handicrafts.

Art in Gang 2

They are two small havens from the bustle of a sizeable Indonesian city, the trashthe scams and the constant hassle by touts and street sellers. Instead, they offer cozy cafés, family-owned laundry places and little trinket shops, street food carts and of course, artsy hostel after hostel. Our place, called the Setia Kawan, was painted from top to bottom in colourful designs, sold handmade little books and pouches and operated completely based on the honour system. It’s not hard to imagine, that after a scammy few weeks, this was a nice change.

With work piling up around me and being quite fed up with people left and right trying to extort ridiculous amounts of money from me, I have to admit that I didn’t venture out into Yogyakarta much. Instead, I opted for staying put in the Gang’s and catching up on some writing and design work. I enjoyed watching the birds chirping in their wooden cages, artists sitting crosslegged on the floor and painting colourful scenes on white canvas and spending the money I saved on entirely too much papaya juice and ginger ice tea. But what I loved most about wandering the Gangs was the street art, which can be found on almost every wall.

Enjoy the best photos from the Gangs of Yogyakarta:

Bird Cages

Street art in the Gangs

Street art in the Gangs

Street art in the Gangs

Painted umbrella

Street art in the Gangs

Street art in the gangs

Street art in the gangs

Street art in the gangs

Street art in the gangs

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colourful scooter

Street art in the gangs

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trishaw driver sleeping

Street art in the gangs

About The Author

Tiffany is a Swiss travel writer, digital nomad, and photographer, who, after a fateful journey through Africa, has decided to get her passport renewed, sell all her junk, and live out of a suitcase in various corners of the world, as well as share the experiences with other travel enthusiasts. This blog is intended to inspire you to pack your bags, leave everything behind for a while, and make you go discover the world. Check her out on .

7 Responses

  1. Jim Conkle

    Now this is what a great blog looks like. From the title to the text to the photos.
    A most interesting place to visit.
    Thanks you for sharing.

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  2. Calli

    Beautiful photos Tiffany! This little neighbourhood looks absolutely lovely, I can’t blame you one bit for not wanting to leave! Sorry to hear that Indonesia still isn’t sitting well with you but I’m glad you were able to have some down time – and I’m more than a little envious of the fresh fruit juice 🙂

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    • Tiffany

      Phew late reply from my side. Thanks for your comment Calli 🙂 I’ve had some time away from Indonesia and I can look back at it more objectively now. Every country has it’s positive and negative sides, and I guess that one just mesh with me too well. But I have since found places I absolutely adore, so more to come soon. Happy travels to you and Travis!

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  3. Charlie

    Wpw, great photos! I love street art, and I love how it’s just all over the world, in all these different cities and places you wouldn’t expect.

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    • Tiffany

      I love seeing the street art in different corners of the world and the ones in Yogyakarta were very surprising, I honestly didn’t expect it to be so colourful.

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