Shopping in Beringharjo Market or Pasar Beringharjo is one of the things to do in Jogja. Located in Malioboro, this market is easily accessed when you visit this city.
About Beringharjo Market
Beringharjo Market is a part of Malioboro that needs to be explored when you are visiting Yogyakarta. This market has been the center of economic activity since decades ago and the existence has a deep symbolize meaning for everyone in Yogyakarta. The market has been renovated for so many times until today and it is kind of describing the cycle of a human’s life that still needs to fulfill their economic condition. Other than that, this market is one of the main pillars in Yogyakarta that describe the economy function in this city.
The history of Beringharjo Market
The area of Beringharjo Market was originally a forest full of banyan trees. After the Palace of Yogyakarta was established in 1758, the market area was used for economic transactions by local communities and other people around Yogyakarta. Decades later, it has the first permanent building and the name “Beringharjo” was given by Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX that means “an area that was initially the wild forest has now become the source of happiness and prosperity of Yogyakarta”. Nowadays, the tourists love this market because this is like a nice place to shop around.
Things to buy in Beringharjo Market
Batik is one of the Yogyakarta’s icons and if you want to buy batik then this place is the best place for it. The collection of batik is very rich with various materials and qualities along with good prices. You may find so many sellers of batik in the west area of the market. Other than the fabrics and the tailored outfits made of batik, there are also several stores that provide some traditional shirts like surjan, blangkon, and woven fabrics in this area. You may also spot some people offer you sandals and bags with a great deal.
If you go to the second floor of the east area, you will smell some traditional drink made of traditional herbs. All herbs can be found in this section and you can even ask the seller about the benefits of each herb. Shopping in this market is pretty fun which is a must for sure.
Beringharjo Market is also the best place to get the antique stuff since this is like the center of those things for an instance. You can easily find the antique items on the third floor in the east area of this market. This section may also offer you an antique typewriter, oldies helmet, vintage watches and glasses frames, and many more. It is very possible to get the antique item with the best quality for sure. However, you will need a skill and a great insight into this one.
Beringharjo Market is a fun place to get some souvenirs and but some other things. As long as you can speak their language, you will get a better deal. Also, this is the end of things to do in Jogja.