Bali itself is one of international tourist destinations where the traditional art markets in the region also support the existence of tourism activities that are well packaged by the local government. Many foreign tourists who actually choose to visit traditional art markets in Bali because maybe traveling in traditional art markets does have its own sensation and uniqueness.
The existence of this traditional art market is a contemporary trading place that brings buyers and sellers together so that trading activities can occur. The market is also one place where we can shop for goods to meet the needs of everyday life. Some markets also provide locations to shop for souvenirs and also a place to find traditional culinary that will make us addicted.
Sukawati Art Market
It’s incomplete if you visit the island of Bali without buying souvenirs typical of the Island of the Gods. If you want to buy Balinese art goods, it is mandatory for you to visit Sukawati Market. Sukawati Art Market is a traditional market in Bali which is very popular among local and international tourists.
It is common knowledge in all corners of the world that the Sukawati art market is a paradise for a variety of souvenirs and handicrafts. Remember the film Eat, Pray, Love, starring Julia Robert? Yup that’s right, one of the places highlighted in the film is Sukawati Art Market. There are many items for sale in this market, ranging from art objects, clothes, hats, bracelets, and so on. This market also holds a variety of Balinese snacks that are ready to be used as souvenirs. The price offered is not cheap. But that’s where bargaining skills become exciting between the seller and the buyer.
A little advice, come to the Sukawati market between 8am and 10pm WITA, after the sellers have finished praying. Usually at this hour the prices are going to be lower and of course those who shop here should be good at bidding yes. You must dare to cut the offered price by 50 percent. They will probably pout or mumble in front of you but Sukawati art market is well known as a wholesale heaven so it should be that cheap; especially if you buy in bulk.
Ubud Art Market
Ubud not only famous for its beautiful views of rice fields and beautiful landscapes, it is also one of the best places for tourists to look for beautiful souvenirs. Want to find any craft here with a complete collection. About the price? It’s definitely cheap, as long as you’re very good at bargaining. Not only that, the place that is instagramable.
In this market there are many art objects that are sold for souvenirs. Various sculptures, paintings, souvenir clothes, woven bags, bags. With the development of tourism activities in the Ubud area of Bali, the existence of ethnic tourism typical of traditional markets has also become an attractive tour package for tourists.
Location: Jalan Raya Ubud No. 35, Ubud, Bali
Opening hours: 08:00 to 16:00 WITA
Guwang Art Market
One area in Gianyar that is quite popular among souvenir hunters is the Guwang Art Market, located in Sukawati sub-district. Guwang art market sells various types of souvenirs, clothing, and paintings which are quite cheap and affordable prices, guys. Usually this guwang art market becomes the second choice if you don’t have time to stop by at the Sukawati art market.
Guwang Art Market is one of the traditional markets in Bali which is located close to Sukawati Market. However, due to the more famous prestige, the Guwang Art Market has not been well exposed to the world of tourism. With this Guwang Art Market, tourists can have an alternative where tourists can buy and enjoy the same atmosphere as in Sukawati Art Market through the existence of this Guwang Art Market.
Location: Guwang, Sukawati, Gianyar Regency, Bali
Opening hours: 08:00 to 18:00 WITA
Kuta Art Market
Kuta area which is famous for its natural beach tourism and economic activities of its people, also has a traditional market that is also capable of being a tourist destination, the Kuta Art Market. Usually while waiting for the sunset at the Most Beautiful Beach in Bali Kuta, tourists will tour the Kuta art market area to shop or just go for a walk.
Kuta Art Market is the main attraction for tourists among the frenetic progress of the Kuta area which is already widely known by the world of tourism and is one of the mainstays of Bali tourism. Although around Kuta Beach there are many shops that sell expensive objects, but the market traditional Kuta still attracts the attention of tourists.
There are many things that can be bought there as souvenirs. Such as clothes, sculpture, carving, and other interesting arts. Souvenirs that are sold are quite diverse. The quality of the goods can be said to be commensurate with the money spent. So, don’t forget to bargain.
Location: Jalan Bakung Sari, Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali
Opening hours: 08:00 to 22:00 WITA