The Effects ‘Share-Economy’ Based Accommodation Service on Vernacular Settlement (Case Study: Yogyakarta’s Sultanate Palace Complex)

  • Trias Mahendarto
Conference paper


As a historic quarter, Yogyakarta’s Sultanate Palace (Keraton) complex is one of the main tourist attractions in the city, while also a perfect case of a modern vernacular settlement. It has developed from being a territory of the Sultan’s Palace to becoming a modern settlement without losing many historical characteristics. While the area is well equipped with hotels and hostels for interested tourists, there is a rising trend of ‘share economy’ type of lodging such as the ones that operates under the Airbnb Company. This type of accommodations is mostly cheaper and easily accessible through website and apps, key features to attract typically young tourists that are adept with such technology. Airbnb rooms are usually located inside regular houses or even historic ones. Yet due to the rising numbers, more rooms and houses are being converted into Airbnb lodgings, including those inside the historic palace complex. A literature study, combined qualitative research, survey, and data gathering from Airbnb’s website, analyse the effects of Airbnb lodgings inside and close to the palace complex. This research will analyse the data to determine the effects of the increased ‘share economy’ type of lodging services inside the historic Sultanate palace complex of Yogyakarta, and if this new type of accommodation will eventually change the Genius Loci of the historic complex, if it is not regulated.


Yogyakarta Keraton Airbnb Vernacular settlement Genius loci Tourism ‘Share-economy’ accommodation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Trias Mahendarto
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  1. 1.Universitas Atma Jaya YogyakartaYogyakartaIndonesia

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