Art markets to visit in and around Sukawati
Bali art markets are a central attraction for holidaymakers as well as acting as a hub for locals to fulfill their daily tasks. The famous Sukawati and Ubud art markets are always congested with domestic and international shoppers looking for souvenirs with the best deals.
While shopping in Bali can be quite hectic, these art markets are worth the hustle and bustle. Here are Bali’s top art markets, located within easy driving distances of Mara River Safari Lodge.
Ubud Art Market
Locally referred to as ‘Pasar Seni Ubud’, it is one of the most visited markets in Bali and forms one of Ubud’s focal landmarks. The Ubud Art Market also plays an important role in the district’s socioeconomic life. The art market opens daily where tourists can find silk scarves, lightweight shirts, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats; statues, kites and many other hand-crafted goods. On the other hand, locals come to the traditional morning market for daily groceries and household items.
Sukawati Art Markets
‘Pasar Seni Sukawati’ is the most longstanding art market in Bali and is regarded as the island’s mother of art markets. Expect an extensive variety of Balinese art items, such as paintings, sculpted wooden figures, handicrafts, traditional handmade knick knacks like traditional kites, handmade bags, sarongs, and so much more. The two-storey market opened its doors in the 80s on Sukawati’s main road in Gianyar. Sukawati is famed for its communities of traditional artists, sculptors, painters, and dancers.
Guwang Art Market
‘Pasar Seni Guwang’ is considered to be Sukawati’s sister market and poses as an alternative to the usually packed Sukawati. It is nearly as big as Sukawati, offering similar products. Expect to find a load of different bargains in different kiosks, including traditional warungs serving Balinese cuisine, snacks, and refreshments. Guwang is also regarded as an art village that homes many sculptors’ workshops, art galleries, and more.
Kumbasari Art Market
‘Pasar Kumbasari’ is Denpasar’s longstanding market and is one of the main icons in the area. The market sources arts and handicrafts coming from various art communities, the likes of central Bali highlands, as well as featuring galleries of onsite painters and craftsmen. Established in the late 70s, Kumbasari is one of the island’s oldest. Spanning over four floors, the market houses 200 kiosks and over a thousand stalls. Most stalls open from early hours, while other stalls may open by noon.
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