Papringan Ngadiprono Market in Ngadimulya village, Kedu district, Temanggung regency, Central Java, is usually flocked to by visitors. The traditional market is famous for its jajanan ndeso (traditional snacks) and is open from 6 a.m. to midday every Sunday Wage and Sunday Pon, dates on the Javanese calendar.
People from different cities, including Semarang, Yogyakarta, Bandung and Jakarta, often visit the market.
On Sunday, Sept. 16, several foreign tourists were seen visiting the market. Joana “Jo” Stevens of Australia was one of them. Jo took her two children and two Australian friends from Jakarta to visit the Papringan market to see the uniqueness of the traditional snacks on offer. The snacks were laid out on bamboo tables made by villagers.
In addition to snack sellers, farmers offered their crops at the market.
Each visitor must make payments using small, rectangular bamboo pieces. Each bamboo piece is equal to Rp 2,000 (13 US cents).
Activities at the traditional market help villagers preserve their clean environment and boost the local economy. [yan]