Indonesia is famous for having a lot of natural wealth, one of which is a big river in Kalimantan, Sumatra, and Papua. This river has many functions, for example as a water transportation and as a place to find freshwater fish. In addition, in Indonesia, this large river can also be used for the marketplace or usually referred to as floating market.
The floating market in Indonesia, in the modern era, as it is now has a lot of development. Not only as a place to buy and sell daily necessities, floating market has now also become one of the people destinations, mainly for culinary travel.
The major islands of Indonesia, Kalimantan, Sumatera and Papua have long and wide rivers. This river has the potential not only as a transportation route and to fish, but some are used as a floating market. Meanwhile, the most popular and widely exposed because of its uniqueness. The uniqueness is what then lure the other parties to build a floating market. Urban communities also have an alternative people destination.
Here are 10 interesting Indonesian floating market in Indonesia:
1. Muara Kuin Floating Market
Muara Kuin Floating Market is a traditional floating market located above the river Barito at the mouth of the river Kuin, Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan.
The sun rises reflecting light between vegetable transactions and garden produce from the villages along the Barito river and its tributaries.
Here, traders transacted on boats or using Banjar term, jukung. Both fruits, vegetables, food, until household appliances are traded here.
The floating market in Banjarmasin is located at the junction of the Kuin River and Barito River. The uniqueness of this market reflects Banjar culture. You can come here, not just for the photos but also ride jukung and enjoy the culinary and atmosphere of this market frenzy.
Moreover, a floating restaurant or a place to eat on board is also here. If you want to see Muara Kuin Market activity, the visitors must come at 05.00 Wita. Because after dawn, Muara Kuin Market has started to be crowded and become quiet at 07.00 Wita arrived.
2. Market Lok Baintan
Still, in South Kalimantan, this market is located in Sungai Pinang Village (Lok Baintan), Sungai Tabuk Subdistrict, Banjar District.
Meanwhile, this market is known by another name, namely Pasar Apung Sungai Martapura.
Then, not much different from the Muara Kuin Floating Market, here you will also see the traffic of dozens klotok (a kind of motor boat) utilized by traders and farmers. Peak crowds occur at 6 to 7 am.
However, in general, this buoyant market is busy during the fruit and vegetable harvest season on the market day, Friday. Peak crowds in the Market Lok Baintan occurred at 06.00 until 07.00 WITA. For visitors who want to come to the Floating Market, Lok Baintan then can wander around by hiring a small boat from the local community.
3. Market Siring Pierre Tendean
The number of traders in the floating market is getting diminished. This is due to the presence of a modern market in the mainland and the growing number of young people who want to continue the booming economic tradition.
However, the local government is trying to defend it. One of them is by focusing the floating market in Martapura River, near the governor’s office at Pierre Tendean street, Banjarmasin City. The local government is trying to maintain the existence of this floating market by doing various renovations and events.
One of them is to create a dock that is connected with lanting (footpads) of wood so that the buyers can get closer to the traders through the dock. The government also held a people’s art feast at this location so the center of the crowd can be maintained around the market that operates on this Saturday and Sunday.
4. Market Ah Poong
From South Kalimantan, we move to West Java, exactly Sentul City, Sentul, Bogor. Here there is also a floating market on the banks of the Cikeas River.
The idea of establishing this buoyant market comes from Bondan Winarno who collaborated with restaurant management.
Slightly different from the floating market in South Kalimantan, here are two concepts combined, namely open-air restaurants and floating markets with boats in the river.
However, the boats used, according to Bondan Winarno, adopted the boat form of Vietnam as it is safer. Here you can come since morning. However, the latest news, this floating market is sealed because it is considered breaking the river line border.
5. Floating Market Lembang
The floating market that occupies an area of 7.2 hectares is still in the area of West Java. Precisely in Lembang, North Bandung.
This market is opened every day, but the hustle and bustle are much more pronounced on the weekend, starting at 08:00 to 21:00 pm.
You can relax with family and friends in a gazebo lined up by the lake. Here also there are original and ancient houses similar from East Java. There is also a relaxation house with Dutch, Thai, and Betawi architecture. This relaxation house is made floating in the lake.
Floating Market Lembang presents a concept of travel that combines the fascinating combination of natural beauty with traditional floating markets. Every people can feel the sensation of shopping on a boat floating in the lake like buying traditional food of western java, vegetables, fresh fish and others.
6. Floating Market Nusantara
Other Indonesian floating market is called Nusantara. If you visit the area of Batu, Malang, do not forget to stop at Museum Angkut.
One area with this museum is a floating market with 80 food booths and souvenirs.
This floating market is named Nusantara because it presents a variety of areas in it, such as Java, Nias, Lombok, Borneo, and more. Opening from 12.00 – 21.00 WIB, visitors can feel as if they are traveling around the archipelago.
Meanwhile, in this market zone of Apung Nusantara, we can shop for souvenir typical of Batu city or Malang, you can also enjoy the culinary tour which is at the edge of the artificial river. In addition, visitors can board a boat by paying 10.000 thousand rupiahs for one round time around every area in this Apung Nusantara Market, such as Java Island, Kalimantan, Lombok, Madura, Nias and so on. For those who like photographs, it is advisable to come at night
7. Floating Market Langkat, North Sumatra
In Pulau Sembilan Village, Pangkalan Susu Sub-district, Langkat Regency, North Sumatera there is also an artificial floating market. Floating market made by local government and inaugurated by Langkat Regent, Yunus Saragih, on February 9, 2009.
Langkat Floating Market takes a concept similar to the existing market in Kalimantan, the market above the river. This market is intentionally made to keep the price stability of food produce which is the mainstay staple of Langkat Regency.
8. Floating Market Tembilahan, Riau
Tembilahan Floating Market in the area of Lancang Kuning is famous for a long time as a shopping center on boats.
It’s the place where traders sell vegetables, groceries, and various other food and clothing needs in the waters of the rivers in the town of Tembilahan, Riau.
In addition, in this market, there are various types of electronic goods, such as lights, iron and other and various types of snacks which are domestic and local products.
On the other hand, in this market, there are various types of electronic goods, such as lights, iron and other and various types of snacks which are domestic and local products.
In Tembilahan Floating Market there is also available various kinds of fresh vegetables, such as carrots, mustard, cabbage, spinach, beans, beans, soybeans, and many others.As well as, there are also traders selling several types of various fish from various regions, among them, catfish, bait fish, salted fish and so on.
Where the people who come from outside the area who came to this traditional market Tembilahan. They usually make the fish as a souvenir from the famous Floating Market in Indragilir Hilir Pekanbaru-Riau, Indonesia.
9. Floating Market in Musi River
Head to the Musi river. Here as we know the market 16 ilir. Because of the times, the market 16 ilir no longer is a traditional market, but more to the wholesale market.
Meanwhile, not far from the existence of the market 16 ilir precisely on the edge of the Musi river ilir, there are approximately 9 small boats. This is not a boat for water transportation, although there are boats devoted to water transportation, but this is different.
What is the difference? What makes it different is this boat is a boat to trade food. Rice Stall to be precise. There are sold many, for example, typical dishes of South Sumatra that is pindang Centella. Padang cuisine is famous for its spicy there. Not only provide food, if seen carefully and thoroughly, these boats are also offering that provide coffee shops.
10. Floating Market Kampong Rawa
If you want the atmosphere of another tour in Semarang regency, Kampong Rawa Apung Tour is the right destination for you.
It’s named after the people attraction floating market because of this one is indeed 70 percent built on the lake water Rawa Pening Ambarawa.
From game rides to restaurants almost all on the water. You will feel the sensation of being on the boat. Kampong Rawa Floating travel is easy to reach from anywhere because it is in the path of Ambarawa ring road.
Entrance tickets are also quite cheap. For motorcycles, only Rp 2.000, while for the car Rp 5.000.
Floating market is the testament of the rich culture that permeated every society in Indonesia and also brings uniqueness truly Indonesia that will become a high tradition worthy of respect from a foreigner.