Joined: 16 Jan 2003 Posts: 691 Location: Bali Indonesia
Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2007 1:00 pm Post subject: Ngasem Bird Market
Ngasem Bird Market is strategically situated near the Sultanís Palace of Yogyakarta, about 400 meters west of the palace. This market has been operating since 1809. Its location that is not far from the Palace was meant for the noblemen to access it easily.
The area for birds trading is on the left side of the entrance. The turtledove that many noblemen bought in the past is still one of the main commodities of this market. Other best sellers are bulbuls, orioles, starlings and minas, parakeet and small local birds such as emprit and prenjak. Ngasem Bird Market has different nuance from other bird market. Here, visitors do not only enjoy the birdís beauty but also animal show performed by birds lovers, for example demonstration of doves that return to its cage from distant flight and birds chirp contest.
If you go around the market, you will see that many other animals than birds are sold here. Turning right from the birds block, you will come to a kiosk that sells snakes. The seller tells that the snakes were caught directly from its habitat. The snakes range from water snake to cobra and python. Walking westwards of the market, you will see many kiosks selling ornamental fish. The fishes swhich are sold here range from tiny bright colored tropical fish to big size arwana and lou han. The kiosks also sell equipments for taking care of fish such as aquarium of various shapes, coral reefs, ornamental plants to be put in the aquarium and fish feeds. Some kiosks provide services for setting up sea fish cultivation.
Other animals such as dog, cat, civet, various kinds of chickens, hamsters and rabbits with different fur colors are also sold here. In the middle of the market, many people sell crickets. Crickets are the main food for certain birds.
Ngasem Bird Market also houses row of kiosks, which sell various traditional and modern dishes that are ready to serve hungry costumers after having a long walk around the market.
Wandering about Ngasem market seems like a must after visiting Yogyakarta Sultan Palace. In addition to its location that is only 400 meters west of the Palace, this market will give important information on what was considered prestige in the past. _________________ Canon Ixus
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