Beringharjo Market – Traveling to Yogyakarta would be invalid if you didn’t stop by Beringharjo market. This market has been around for hundreds of years and has become a historical shopping icon. It’s no wonder that many local and foreign tourists stop by to visit this shopping place close to Malioboro.
Like the urban planning of the Javanese sultanate which adhered to the pillar of ‘single chess’, this market is included in the single chess city of Yogyakarta. Catur Tunggal itself consists of a square as a place for residents to gather, a palace as a government office, the Gedhe Kauman Mosque as a place for people to worship, and a market as the center of the people’s economy.
A Short History of Beringharjo Market
Sultan Hamengku Buwono I founded the Ngayogyakarta Hadiningrat Sultanate in 1758. Near the palace, there is an empty plot of land with lots of banyan trees. Because the empty land was quite strategic, many residents eventually used this place as a place to sell and eventually turned it into a market.
In 1925, finally this market had a permanent building. Sultan Hamengku Buwono IX who came to power after Indonesia became independent gave the name ‘Beringharjo’ to this legendary market. The name of the Beringharjo market comes from the words ‘bering’ which means banyan tree and ‘harjo’ which means prosperity.
What can be bought at Beringharjo Market
This main market is never empty of visitors and sells various goods needed by local residents or tourists. There are also many stalls selling Yogyakarta souvenirs in this market.
There are many choices of souvenirs for sale ranging from batik cloth, antiques such as old money, typical foods such as bakpia, dodol and others. Apart from that, Beringharjo market also sells a variety of spices as raw materials for traditional herbal medicine. You can also taste a variety of traditional herbal medicines which are sold around the market.
Apart from shopping for souvenirs, don’t miss out on hunting for culinary tourism here. This market has many legendary culinary tourist spots that must be tried. Starting from Mbah Suwarni’s Kere Sate, Bu Nur’s Pincuk Beringharpo Pecel, Bu Darmini’s Jenang, Warung Bu Mala’s Flower Soup, Mbah Hari’s Es Dawet, and many more.
For culinary tourism, the prices tend to be cheap and easy on the pocket. Shopping for souvenirs is also still affordable. But don’t be immediately tempted by cheap prices, you should first check the quality of the item. Then, when you come across good quality goods but the prices are expensive, it’s time for you to use your bargaining skills in this market.
Location, Opening Hours, Entry Tickets to Beringharjo Market
This legendary market is located at Jalan Margo Mulyo No. 16, Ngupasan Subdistrict, Gondomanan District, Yogyakarta. The location is close to the famous Jalan Malioboro. So, when visiting Malioboro, you can take the time to visit here.
To enter the Beringharo main market, tourists who visit do not need an entry ticket. You can just enter the market area directly like other markets. All you need to prepare is a parking ticket fee and a shopping budget, because it’s impossible not to go crazy shopping or culinary tourism when you stop by this market.
Officially, Beringharjo market operates every day starting from 8 am and only closes at around 9 pm. However, there are also many traders who have opened their stalls since morning, and even at 4 in the morning there are already people selling.
That’s a glimpse of information about the iconic Beringharjo market in the center of Yogyakarta City. Don’t forget to stop by to shop at this market when you visit Yogyakarta.