Pasar Giwangan (Yogyakarta)
There is a less visited (by tourist) market at the outskirt of Yogyakarta town – the fruits and vegetables wholesaler market at Giwangan district.
We visited the market by 9am, which was already too late as main activities started early 2am.
Crowd already dispersed and only few stalls remained open.
We did a quick walkabout and finished our visit within 30 minutes.
If you took a taxi to this market, make sure you pay a little token and request the driver to wait for a while, as there is few taxi in the area to go back to town center.
I think the ideal time to visit this market is around 6am (after sunrise).
There could be more trading activities during the before dawn.
By 9am, the merchants were resting and doing their chores or packing.
Some are selling satay and food for housewives to prepare the open fast dinner in the evening.
The warung (food stall) was closed because this market is for locals and not to entertain tourists (like Malioboro Street).
Some stalls that selling dry goods were still open.
This was my first time seeing a pile of real Buah Keluak. A type of very poisonous fruit if not cooked properly. We tasted the Chicken Buah Keluak a month ago in Melaka, Malaysia. These fruits contain Hydrogen Cyanide, and they are the delicacy to the locals.
Although our visit was brief, it was a nice trip to a local market away from Malioboro.