Ubud Traditional Art Market might be one of the very few markets out there where shopping is not always about an actual purchase. For a market, it is quite well-reputed, although it receives mixed feedback in the reviews. But, we believe that the mixed reviews shouldn't put you off, as it's definitely one of the best Art Markets in Indonesia - both in terms of size and diversity of items.
Although, to visit this market, you will need a certain skill - the power to bargain. The concept of price tags does not exist in this market. When you are interested in an item, you ask for the price, and try to lower it as much as you can. We strongly recommend you to start with a rough 20% of the original price, and - trust us, you will end up getting some items at 70-75% of the original price.
And, don't forget - Indonesians love bargaining. So, don't feel bad when doing that. After all, it's only part of their culture, and they will enjoy it as much as you and your pocket will do. So, let's dive a little further into the market.
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The Opening Hours & Basic Information of Ubud Traditional Art Market
Ubud Traditional Art Market, also known as 'Pasar Seni' Ubud, is located near Puri Saren Royal Ubud, at Jalan Raya Ubud Street. It's in the center of Ubud Town, so it's easily accessible. It's open daily from 08:00 to 18:00, while some of its stalls stay open until late at night.
It is divided into two sections, the main market found at the western block, and the traditional market found at the eastern block. At the western block, you will mainly find groceries and other sort of necessities, while at the eastern block you will also find souvenirs and other momentos to take back home.
Keep in mind that it's the most popular market in Bali, so it gets quite hectic in the afternoon. We highly recommend you visit it around 9 am, just before the tourist rush begins (usually at 10 am).
The Highlights of Ubud Traditional Art Market
Ubud Traditional Art Market is the best place to hit for all sorts of souvenirs and momentos. Most of the items sold on this market are Balinese, some of which are found nowhere else. There are also numerous unique items, handcrafted by locals, and they can be purchased at ridiculous prices (of course, only after a proper bargain).
The items that you are going to find on this market are crafted in the nearby villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan, so they are completely handcrafted by locals. Its central location opposite to the royal palace and in the center among Bali's art producing villages make it the perfect place to shop handicrafts and souvenirs.
This market is widely known for its high quality of products, while of the products that you will find are beach clothes and shirts, ikat woven skirts, Balinese-style paintings, woodcarvings, woven baskets, bohemians skirts, Moroccan-style oil lamps, and more. In general, there is something for everyone in this market!