Jogyakarta is one of the foremost cultural centers of Java. Located at the foot of the active Merapi volcano, Jogyakarta was in the 16th and 17th centuries the scat of the mighty Javanese empire of Mataram, from which present day Yogyakarta has in heritage the best of traditions. The city itself has a special charm which seldom fails to captivate the visitor. This province is one of the most densely populated areas of Indonesia. Gamelan, classical and contemporary Javanese dances, the wayang kulit leather puppet theatre, Prambanan Hindu temple, Borobudur Buddist Temple, local craft man excel in the arts of batiks, silver, leather work  and other expressions of traditional art will keep the visitor spellbound.