Cirebon has a storied history as an international port, shipping spices and artefacts to destinations all around the world. Today there are four Keratons (palaces) in Cirebon which can be traced back to the 16th century when the sultanate split into four royal houses.
Cirebon prides itself on preserving a unique culture and language, stemming from these royal houses. There is a Batik area in Trusmi where reasonably priced batik garments can be found. Cirebon’s location and transport routes make Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta and Semarang all viable options for weekend trips. There are a number of five-star hotels within the city that allow non-residents to buy a membership to use their gyms and swimming pools.