Market life in Ubud, Bali

If the kitchen is the heart of the house, then perhaps the market is the heart of the town or community.

I love walking through fresh markets and supermarkets – looking at local ingredients and supplies. Find out what gets shipped across continents and become a necessity in a foreign land. Mostly finding out what is locally available and locally made.

When in Ubud, make sure to visit the main market. It is at the South-East corner of Jalan Raya Ubud and Jalan Wenara Wana, with the Ubud Palace across the street. It is very busy in the morning with a mixture of regular store owners and mobile hawkers. All happy to help with a smile.

Aerial view of outdoor Ubud market, Bali, Indonesia

Aerial view of outdoor Ubud market, Bali, Indonesia

Old Balinese woman selling homemade beaded containers

Old Balinese woman selling homemade beaded containers

Fish vendors at Ubud main market

Fish vendors at Ubud main market

Hawkers are occupy all available spaces to sell their goods at the main Ubud market in the morning

Hawkers occupy all available spaces to sell their goods at the main Ubud market in the morning

Life beats inside Ubud market

Life beats inside Ubud market

Fresh papaya sold from back of truck in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Fresh papaya sold from back of truck in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Ready made food can also be found – it’s great to snack and shop!

Delicious snacks found at Ubud main market, Bali, Indonesia

Delicious snacks found at Ubud main market, Bali, Indonesia

Spread out all over the market are vendors catering to the important supplies necessary for the daily offering ritual called Canang sari. Balinese are very spiritual and respectful of their Hindu Gods. Every morning little trays of offerings are placed in various locations of their home, vehicle and temple. The trays called ceper are made from palm leaves. Flowers, food, spices, incense and money are offered. Each item has a meaning.

For instance, Shiva is symbolized by lime, Vishnu is symbolized by betel nut and Brahma is symbolized by gambier. As much effort and time is dedicated to the making of these offerings, it is a sign of self-sacrifice for the Gods. It is said a large portion of their monthly earnings are spent on offerings.

Flower vendor at Ubud main market

Flower vendor at Ubud main market

Vendor of flower petals for daily Balinese offerings

Vendor of flower petals for daily Balinese offerings

Pre-made offering trays for sale at the Ubud market

Pre-made offering trays for sale at the Ubud market

Vendor weaving offering tray with palm leave in Ubud market

Vendor weaving offering tray with palm leave in Ubud market

Important household items in a Balinese home - Incense for offerings and Pestle and mortar for cooking

Important household items found in a Balinese home – Incense for offerings and Pestle and mortar for cooking

After all the shopping is done, when people bought all they can carry home – they have to remember where they parked their scooter!

Mother with child takes daily shopping home from Ubud Market

Mother with child takes daily shopping home from Ubud Market

Balinese family of 3 heads home with shopping in Ubud market, Bali, Indonesia

Balinese family of 3 heads home with shopping in Ubud market, Bali, Indonesia

 

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