Maumere’s Traditional Markets
For those of you who are still looking for some gifts or souvenirs for your loved ones at home, you could visit Maumere’s traditional markets to shop, and to enjoy a uniquely exciting and culturally stimulating experience.
Alok Market or Pasar Alok is open every day but Tuesdays are special because the market will be transformed from a place of transaction into a hub for social gatherings. If you want to see some traditional bartering, make sure you arrive at the market no later than 7am. The market will stay open until midday at the latest. If you want to experience the market at a quieter time, go on Sundays as most people will be at church on this day.
Geliting Market or Pasar Geliting is iconic; trading here dates back 100 years. The market used to be a meeting point for sailors who would come by to get fresh water from a well. Later on, seafaring traders would come by to trade with the locals. Nowadays, the area has turned into an important point for trading goods, especially on Fridays when locals from villages nearby would barter, sell and buy livestock and fresh produce.
Since the time of the Dutch colonial government, the market was expanded and given permanent stalls and shops. The market offers all different kind of goods like fish and fruits but you can also find traditional treasures like the Ikat here. Animal lovers should be prepared; here at Pasar Geliting, aside to seafood, goats, horses and other livestock, dogs are also being sold for their meat.
– Try negotiating the price with the locals when you shop at these markets
– Only use cash to pay for your purchases
– Bring a video camera to record this lively atmosphere!
Photo Courtesy: CAPA Resort Maumere
Article Source: http://florestourism.com/districts/geliting-market/
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