Yogyakarta, on Java, was the home of dynasties founded in the 18th century, when the Mataram Empire was fast fading. Today, Yogyakarta is the busiest city east of Jakarta. Jogja, as it is often called, is a major university town and a royal capital complete with a functioning palace or kraton. Its main thoroughfare, Jalan Malioboro, is a virtual street fair and a shopper's delight. The hindu Prambanan Temple is only a short drive away and well worth the drive.