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Pasar Seni Sukawati, Bali Overview

If you are an art-enthusiast and keen on exploring and buying the Balinese art items, the Sukawati Art Market, also known as the Pasar Seni Sukawati is a must-visit. Located in the Gianyar area, it is one of Bali's most distinguished and long-standing art markets in Bali, and is a famous tourist hub for shopaholics as well as the locals shopping for art and in search of great bargains.

The history of the market goes back to the 80s when this two-storey establishment came into existence.  Being an ideal choice for inexpensive commodities and classy souvenirs, the Sukawati Art Market is a must-visit tourist attraction of every itinerary.

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Things to Buy at Sukawati Art Market

Some of the unique items that you will come across at the Sukawati Art Market are handicrafts, curios, framed paintings, handmade bags, silver jewellery, Balinese woolen clothing, kites, women’s accessories, sarongs, shirts, wooden figures and the handmade items produced by the local artisans.

The ground level of the market boasts of colourful Balinese clothing, hanging from the top of the ceiling to the bottom in vibrant patterns and spectacular designs, aromatic products such as incense sticks, fragrant oil-infused fans and colourful jelly candles are all available at the back side of the art market.

For those who want some fancy or abstract art on their bed covers must check out at the front stalls of the art market. These bed covers boast a wide variety of colours, creativity and art forms on them, ranging from birds to the faces of famous personalities from different walks of life. Don’t forget to pick a t-shirt that has the famous Barong screen painting or the Balinese Batik.

Best Time to Visit Pasar Seni Sukawati

The ideal time to visit the market is during the early hours of the day when it is less crowded and the merchants often offer great deals to the early birds visiting the Sukawati Art Market.

How to Reach Sukawati Art Market

Pasar Seni Sukawati is located along the Jalan Raya Sukawati main road, 20 km from the popular tourist spots Denpasar and Kuta. Most tourists prefer to stay in Ubud and the travel to the Art Market by a taxi.

Tips

  • The key to getting a good deal at the Sukawati Art Market is in knowing the tactic to negotiate. Thus, the idea is to never settle on the first price the shopkeeper tells you of an item.
  • It will be helpful if you stroll through the market to get a general idea of the prices of various items and then decide on the ideal deal.
  • Some peddlers might come to you time and again to sell their ware which might become overwhelming. Be patient while dealing with them.
  • If your tour bus driver tries to convince you to get the best deal for you, pass it because this is a sign of a commission deal between him and the store owner.

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