Indonesia Traditional Market
Indonesia Traditional Market Riau Reviews
Be ready to bargain in Indonesia Traditional Market .. Not get frustrated with shopping only skills required.!! Dec 24, 2013
Unlike many travelers, I am not a person who likes to spend hours in markets to shop. But like all travelers, when I travel I purchase items that will remind me of my trips or try to find something nice for friends and family. Over the years I have been always interested in shopping at traditional markets. These markets always feature something unique and not near As costly as a store.
Visiting traditional markets in Indonesia , gives the traveler a chance to relive the past ways , but do it today . These kinds of markets are still commonly found in Indonesia, and are generally located in the villages. This enables the producers to meet their potential buyers, People come from the village not only for shopping but also for social reasons.
I love these traditional markets because I meet vendors and people, and enjoy a warm feeling environment. Sometimes in traditional markets we find people wearing traditional clothes that I have not seen before and talking in dialects that are new to my ears. I believe that shopping at traditional markets is a cultural experience with something new to see, smell, hear, taste and learn.
In Indonesia traditional markets are open every day, but there are special days when producers from farms bring in their fresh produce. Those days the market is a beehive of activity..The streets are congested with itinerant merchants peddling every kind of product you really do not need need or perhaps even want. The traditional markets may be open to the elements or under a roof. Merchandise is piled like colorful mountains.
Bargaining is a way of life to getting the cheapest price and it is a challenge of wits. Sometimes vendors ask a price based on the customer perceived ability to pay. Usually much more than the value. Prices are not likely to be posted. Where prices are marked, you may be able to negotiate a price by simply protesting that it’s too high. Some people consider bargaining to be time-consuming and hopeless, but it is also a game and if you know the rules it can be fun. You have to consider it as socializing.
The photos show a traditional market, as the reflection of Indonesian traditions still maintained and preserved . The warmth and the hospitality of the people always color the atmosphere. It is a beautiful experience of seeing traditional shopping in Indonesia.
A visit to Indonesia can not be considered complete unless you've availed yourself of the opportunity to visit such a traditional market. The visit of a foreigner will be welcomed with many smiles and much sincere interest. Indonesians are generally appreciative of a foreigner's interested. Your questions and attempts to speak in Bahasa Indonesia will certainly be met with a smile, in between bargaining with other customers of course.
You would miss a great cultural experience if you did not spend some time with the people in the traditional market. Its called cultural immersion…!
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