For Balinese people, witnessing trading activities at Payangan traditional market may have become a commonplace. However, it may be a different case for foreign travelers. They are very impressed with traditional shopping tradition. And the most memorable, foreign travelers can get to know and learn about a variety of crops sold by Payangan society. “Many travelers visiting the Payangan market just want to see the crops of local farmers
Payangan traditional market is located in the heart of Payangan subdistrict town, Gianyar, or about 35 km from the city of Denpasar. As tourism path to Kintamani or Ubud, the Payangan market has become an alternative tourist attraction. Travelers usually drop in after a long trip from Kintamani or from Ubud. They get to know the names of fruits and vegetables. “Travelers can see various things here. Just imagine, they eat fruit slices but do not know the name of the fruit. Moreover, they do not know the trees and its habitat. Well, they can learn here through their tour guide,” he explained.
Each day there were about 10 to 15 travelers usually walking around the Payangan market. Some intentionally came to the market, while others dropped in by chance when passing the market. “Tour guides have made the Payangan market a destination because many of them will put offerings and donations on the temple birthday (piodalan) at the Melanting Temple,” said this athlete.
When compared to other traditional markets, the Payangan market is probably not much different. It sells food and clothing as well as a variety of crops such as rice, vegetables and fruits. Besides, it also sells different kinds of meat, such as beef, pork, lamb, chicken and fish. “The Payangan market mainly sells groceries for daily use,” he said.
Meanwhile, there are also traders selling a variety of herbal drinks such as daluman, cendol and traditional cakes. This market also sells clothing, school uniform and customary fashion for attending temple worship. Payangan market is open from 04:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Then, it is resumed with night market until 00:00 p.m. and even until the morning when the market is re-opened.
In addition to the community of Payangan, foreigners are also commonly shopping at this market. They are foreigners who have been long living in Payangan because these days a lot of accommodations grow as in Ubud. Besides, hotel employees also purchase food ingredients to be prepared for their guests. Payangan market is the best one as evidenced by numerous awards achieved, such as the champion in the competition of market development across Gianyar County (2011, 2009 and 2010) and as the second runner up in the competition of the market management across Gianyar County (2007)