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For you who like shopping, in Jogja there is one market that you must visit, Beringharjo market. Beringharjo is already well-known as a shopping tour for local and foreign tourists.
Beringharjo market is one of the oldest markets in Yogyakarta, established since 1926, Beringharjo Market is now 93 years old!
Beringharjo Market was formerly was a large muddy forest which its east side was a Dutch tomb.
In 1758, Sri Sultan HB I made this banyan forest as a gathering place for the people, and made ‘Payon-payon’, (like haven) for the shade for the people to gather there
People loved this gathering place so that the interaction of the people in that place was growing. On March 24, 1925, the Sultan commissioned Ngayogyakarta Nederlandsch Indisch Beton Maatschappij (Dutch East Indies Concrete Company) to build market stalls, which was completed in March 1926, from where it started Beringharjo Market.
In 1925, the Beringharjo market was still a palace trading place with traders of agricultural products.
Beringharjo Market is the center of attention of the Dutch colonials to study the lives of Javanese people because in Beringharjo there was a large scale interaction because it was located close to several landmarks of Yogyakarta city, such as Vrederburg fortress, main highway, Dutch residence, Protestant church, house of Chinese residents, and also Yogyakarta station.
Beringharjo market building has reinforced concrete construction in the form of tropical architecture (that buildings designed to adapt to tropical climate conditions).
Every building and story behind Beringharjo is a history for the city of Jogja. So do not be surprised if this market has become an important icon for the citizens of Yogyakarta and can not be replaced with traditional markets and other modern markets.
This makes Beringharjo Market one of the ‘Jogja’s Legacy’ that we must preserve.