Traditional art market in Bali are a key attraction for tourists and serve as a center for local people to meet their everyday duties. The renowned art shops of Gianyar, precisely in Sukawati and Ubud are always filled with national and foreign buyers who are searching for souvenirs with the finest offers.
Shopping may be very crowded in Bali, but it’s worth it. Here is Bali’s top traditional art market, easily driven from Bali Safari and the city of Denpasar.
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Ubud Art Market, Gianyar
Locally known as “Pasar Seni Ubud”, it is one of the most frequented shops in Bali and one of the main attractions of Ubud. The Ubud Art Market is also an significant part of the socioeconomic lives of the district. It is situated in the center of Ubud, opposite the Ubud Royal Palace of Puri Saren.
The traditional art market starts every day where you can discover silk scarves, lightweight clothes, handmade woven clothes, boxes or hats, sculptures, kittens and many more handmade items. On the other side, local people come to the traditional morning market for regular food and family goods.
Sukawati Traditional Art Market, Gianyar
Locally known as “Pasar Seni Sukawati”, it is Bali’s longest-established traditional art market and is considered to be the art markets ‘ mother. Expect a wide range of Balinese art objects such as paintings, sculptures, craftsmanship, traditional handcrafted knickknacks such as traditional kites, handcrafted sacks, sarongs and so on.
In the 80s, this two-story market launched in Sukawati’s Gianyar primary street. If you are heading to Ubud, you can stop by in this market first. Who knows, you find craft items that are suitable for use as souvenirs.
Beside that, Sukawati is famous for its traditional artist, sculptor, painter and dancers groups.
Guwang Art Market, Gianyar
Not too far from Sukawati, “Pasar Seni Guwang” is considered to be the sister market of Sukawati and represents the alternative to Sukawati which is usually packed. It is almost as large as Sukawati and offers similar and comparable goods.
You can find a variety of shops at various kiosks including traditional Balinese warungs, snacks and refreshments. Guwang is also considered a town of art where many workshops, art galleries and many more are located.
Shopping at Jalan Raya Andong
Jalan Raya Andong is located about 1 km from Ubud Art Market. You can halt here during your journey to the renowned rice-field of Tegalalang. There are many souvenir stores and furnishings stores along the road. This location is popular for those who want to purchase in big quantities, so in most of the stores, you can discover delivery and distribution services here. The artist also lives in the town, so that you can see them producing an artwork.
Kumbasari Art Market, Denpasar
“Pasar Kumbasari” is the long-standing market of Denpasar and one of the most important icons in that area. The art and crafts of the market come from different art groups, from central Bali as well as from on-site artists and artisans. Kumbasari was founded in the early 70s and is one of the oldest in the island. The market is spanning four levels with 200 kiosks and more than one thousand shops. Most of the shops open from early hours until midnight.
Besides shopping, you might be interested in spending your holiday in Bali Safari Park to enhance your knowledge of Indonesian, India and African wildlife.