The Jakarta Post
Yogyakarta's Beringharjo Market in October 2017. The market is testing whether extending opening hours from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. will pay off for vendors, residents and tourists. (Shutterstock/Jaya Tri Hartono)
One of the biggest batik markets in Yogyakarta has begun a trial to extend its opening hours into the evening.
Beringharjo Market on Jl. Malioboro used to operate until 5 p.m. Since Wednesday, part of the market is open until 9 p.m.
The trial was officiated by Yogyakarta Mayor Haryadi Suyuti and his deputy, Heroe Purwadi, as reported by Tempo.
At the event, sellers in the main hall of the market’s western area kept their stores open. Meanwhile, tourists looked excited and wasted no time to scour the premises when the trial started.
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“The opening hours were extended because of requests from tourists,” said Heroe.
He added that tourists usually visited Yogyakarta’s landmarks in daytime and spent the evening at Malioboro, including Beringharjo Market. “Before, when they arrived at Malioboro to buy batik, the market was already closed,” he said.
Heroe noted that the extended opening hours was still a trial to ascertain whether the program benefited Yogyakarta residents, the sellers as well as tourists.
The trial is limited to the atrium’s west side. There are around 1,500 sellers in the area, some 60 percent of whom are participating in the trial.
Rujiyanto, a seller at Beringharjo Market, said he supported the program, as other sellers in Malioboro were working until late in the evening. (wng)