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Pasar Badung

Pasar Badung has been the name for the traditional market of Denpasar city until today, although the city of Denpasar has been separated from administration of Kabupaten Badung long time ago. Before the separation of these two administrative areas, Denpasar was the capital city of Kabupaten Badung, so it was logically called Pasar Badung. For the convenience we call this Pasar Badung in this small writing. Pasar Badung is the biggest traditional market in Bali, where all first hand goods are also dropped in this market before distribution to other parts of south Bali or even north Bali for some type of traditional products. The location of Pasar Badung is enclosed by Jalan Gajah Mada, the first main road of Denpasar city, Jalan Sumatra for east border, and Jalan Hasanudin for the south border, and Jalan Bukit Tunggal for west border. The market is accessible from west, north, and east sides. Later development for transportation to this market is that, bigger car such as bus can not enter the area due to the small road with high density of traffic which causing traffic jump every day. For a sightseeing to Pasar Badung it is only able by mini van with maximum 5 seaters or best by small car. This is causing the visit to this market by tourist become smaller in number as the choice can be found at other places. This market has been formed since the kingdom of Badung start to arise, probably around the turn of 19th century. The location of the market is only 1 km west of the previous palace of Badung, which is now the city square and Bali museum.

Denpasar City

With the population of more then 600.000 residents, Denpasar is a big market for both traditional and modern market. Fast development of modern market such as super market, malls, and department stores do not put aside the existence of Badung traditional market, even this market is developing with the new construction of their building by local government and beautiful zoning at the front of the market to look more interesting. The main products that are traded in this market are fish, meat, kitchen tools, farming tools, ritual needs especially for the Hindu, clothing, vegetables, fruits, life poultry, recipes, potatoes, fruits and others.

Type of Products

The building is 3 floors, and the upper floors are the place for the products that can stay long such as ritual needs, mets, basketry, traditional bags, cutterely, and even jewelry. Traditional market like Pasar Badung is known for its art of negotiating. One can down the price for 50% from their offered price, yet one must be very careful since the quality of the products are in great variation. To by a knife for example one has to know the quality of the metal, if not it can only used for a day. The case also with the clothing such as shirt, it looks good no different from special shop, but it is often the seems and stitching is not good, so it can only be used only a day. If you knowing well of how the quality should be viewed then Pasar Badung offers the lowest price compared to any shopping centers in Denpasar city. The most sought products in Pasar Badung are fish, vegetables, meat, and recipes. That is the reason why the influx of the people in the market are all women, and also almost all vendors are women. This is not just in Pasar Badung, but Bali in general, small trade is the skill of women, and mastered by women. Fish which is growing need of Balinese in place of meat can only be found in fresh in Pasar Badung. There are many fish stall indeed around the places in Denpasar or outside of Denpasar, but all come from Pasar Badung. Big fish dealers drop the fish at 4.00 am at Pasar Badung and until 09.00 pm the fish normally finish sold in retail or semi-retail. Fish dealers which bases are in Benoa Port and Jimbaran Village Co-operation Unit also dropped their fish to Pasar Badung before it come to retail offers. Local product suppliers such as vegetables, fruits, recipes and others normally arrive at the market starting 2.00 am, they come mainly from the northern area of Kabupaten Badung such as the highland of Pelaga, and the highland of Kabupaten Tabanan such as Baturiti. Their biggest products are cabbages, various fruits, yam, coffee, and others. While big number of fitters are also come from Java such as peanaples, apples, and banana. Products from lowland are poultry, young coconut leaves, fish, cutlery, mets and various basketry. Kitchen tools are mostly come from Java such as wooden spoon, recipe blender, screen, cutlery, and machine made kitchen tools and farming tools.

Transit Godown

With the construction of transit terminal of goods in Banjar Anyar, north of Ubung bus station now the mobilization of products both local an intra-provinces or islands is much easier, so the dealers drop their products at the cargo terminal, then the vendors from Pasar Badung will take their merchandise here, or there is a new job arises as the liaison between Pasar Badung and Cargo Terminal. The dealers also feel easier from the difficulty of entering Pasar Badung due to the traffic difficulties and road facilities.

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