Via Tejakula and Batur
This shopping trip brings you to the area of Ubud which is known as the cultural heart of Bali. In Ubud you can find a wide range of shops, boutiques, galleries and local markets. Apart from traditional clothing (like sarongs and batik shirts) you can buy surf wear, stylish clothing and of course, many kinds of souvenirs (silverware, woodcarvings, interior decorations etc.). You will also visit Celuk which is the centre of exquisite silver works and Mas which is known for fine woodcarvings. Another stop will be at the Sukawati market where you can purchase different kinds of souvenirs and learn how to bargain!
Ubud used to be a quiet village. Now it is one of Bali’s biggest tourist attractions with a lot of hotels, restaurants and shops. There are many shopping possibilities at Jalan Raya Ubud, Jalan Monkey Forest, Jalan Wanara Wana and Jalan Hanoman. Shopping for arts and crafts is a major pastime in Ubud. You can find all kinds of art, books, clothes, jewellery, accessories, etc.
Celuk is known as the “silver village” since it is a major centre for jewellery production. Local silversmiths have extended their homes to include workshops and salesrooms and to welcome both retail and wholesale customers.
The lively market town of Sukawati, 4km east of Celuk, is an important commercial centre for local villagers and a main stop on the tourist arts & crafts shopping circuit.
Sukawati’s main attraction is its art market (Pasar Seni) in the heart of the village. The traders sell their goods every day from dawn until dusk inside a traditionally covered two-storey building on the main road. Here you’ll find a wide range of artefacts, paintings, fabrics, clothing and basket ware piled high on stalls that are crammed together so tightly that you can barely walk between them. Sarongs of ikat cloth are excellent buys, as are the ceremonial temple parasols and huge decorative fans made from gold-stamped perada cloth.
Long established as a major woodcarving centre, Mas is a rewarding place both to browse and to buy.
The woodcarvers of Mas received great inspiration from the Pita Maha arts movement during the 1930s, which encouraged the carving of secular objects as well as the more traditional masks & religious images. Today the range of carvings on display in Mas shops is enormous: you’ll find superbly imaginative portraits of legendary creatures and erotic human figures alongside tacky cats, dogs and fish. Some of the woodcarving outlets are managed by carvers and their families while others buy their pieces from less commercially minded villagers.
Departure time from Siddhartha: 08:00 am
Return to Siddhartha: approx. 4:00 pm
Included: Guide, entrance fees, soft drinks
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