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Jakarta Post

Traditional snacks main attraction at Papringan Market

Fri, November 9, 2018   /   05:10 pm
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    Kambali pushes his cart filled with bottles of jamu (herbal medicine) to the Papringan market in Ngadiprono village. The jamu was sold by his wife on Sunday. JP/P.J.Leo

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    Yuli carries her grilling tools to the market. She usually grills traditional cakes. JP/P.J.Leo

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    Visitors browse through bamboo crafts that are on display at the market. JP/P.J.Leo

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    Sanah serves a customer who bought a portion of nasi kuning (rice steamed in turmeric and served with side dishes). JP/P.J.Leo

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    Located under the shade of bamboo trees, the market is popular for its traditional snacks. JP/P.J.Leo

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    Joana Stevens, an Australian who lives in Jakarta, exchanges her rupiah for bamboo “money” at the market cashier. JP/P.J.Leo

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    Four boys enjoy grilled corn at the market. JP/P.J.Leo

PJ Leo

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]