Saturday, January 30, 2010

Beringharjo market,Yogyakarta,Central Java,Indonesia

Beringharjo market became a part of Malioboro love to pass up. How not, this market has become the center of economic activity for hundreds of years and its existence has philosophical meaning. The market has restored many times it represents a stage of human life are still struggling to meet the needs of its economy. In addition, Beringharjo also one of the pillars 'Catur Tunggal' (consisting of the Palace, North Square, the Palace, and Market Beringharjo) which represents the economic function.

Market Area Beringharjo originally a forest of banyan. Shortly after the establishment of the Kingdom Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat, precisely in 1758, this market area where economic transactions made by the people of Yogyakarta and surrounding areas. Hundreds of years later, in 1925, before the economic transaction has a permanent building. The name 'Beringharjo' itself is given by Hamengkubuwono IX, means the original area of banyan tree (bering) is expected to provide welfare (HARJO). Now, the tourist market interpreted this as a fun shopping.

The front and rear of the building west of the market is a great place to pamper your tongue with a hawker market. In the north the front, can be found Brem round with a softer texture than Madison and krasikan Brem (such lunkhead from rice flour, sugar Java, and the destruction of sesame). In the south, can be found bakpia green beans usually sold still warm and moist cake like hung and nagasari kwe. While the back is generally sell snacks durable ting-ting as a caramel made of mixed nuts.

If you want to buy batik, Beringharjo is the best place for a complete collection of batik. Started batik cloth and ready-made garments, raw cotton to silk, and the price of tens of thousands to nearly a million available in this market. Collection of batik cloth found on market stall to the north western part. While the collection of batik clothes are found almost everywhere in the western markets. Besides batik clothes, western market stall also offers surjan clothes, headcloth, and weaving and batik sarong. Sandals and bags that are sold at low prices can be found around the western part of the escalator market.

Walking to the second floor of the eastern part of the market, do not be surprised if jejamuan smell. It was a sales center Javanese herbal ingredients and spices. Materials are sold as herbal medicine turmeric is used for making acid turmeric and ginger are used to make a famously bitter herb. Spices are ginger offered (usually treated with a round of drinks or simply burnt, boiled and mixed with rock sugar) and wood (used to enrich the flavor of beverages such as wedang ginger, coffee, tea and sometimes used as a substitute for cocoa powder in the cappuccino).

This market is also a great place to hunt for antiques. Antique sales centers located at 3rd floor of the eastern markets. In place, you can find an old typewriter, a helmet made in the 60's that the front has a mica limited to the nose and so forth. On the same floor, you can hunt for good quality secondhand goods if you want. Various kinds of imported used goods such as shoes, bags, even clothes are sold at a price far cheaper than the original price with good quality still. Sure need carefulness in choosing.

Satisfied around the inside of the market, it was time to explore the area around the market to offer not less interesting. Market Lor area formerly known as Village Chinatown is the most famous region. You can find oldies tapes from musicians in the 50's that are rarely found in other places with the most expensive price of Rp 50.000,00. In addition, there are also crafts metal statue of Buddha in various positions for Rp 250.000,00. For collectors old money, this place also sells old currency from various countries, even the use of 30's.

If thirsty, drink ice cendol of Yogyakarta is a telling choice. Ice cendol Yogyakarta has a richer flavor than ice cendol Banjarnegara and Bandung. It contained not only cendol, but also cam cau (sort of gelatin made from the leaf cam cau) and the white cendol made from rice flour. Other beverages available are young coconut ice with sugar syrup and herbs such as Javanese turmeric and tamarind rice kencur. Beverage prices were not expensive, only around Rp. 1000 to Rp. 2000.

Although the official market closes at 17:00 pm, but the dynamics of traders do not stop at that hour. The front of the market still offers a unique variety of snacks. Martabak with various contents, a legit bright moon and nuts mixed with chocolate, and sugar content klepon delicious Javanese can be purchased every afternoon. At around 18:00 pm until after midnight, there is usually at the front gudeg sellers market and also offers a variant oseng kikil-oseng. While eating, you can listen to the Javanese traditional music played or talked with the seller who usually greeted with the familiar.

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