Well known for its unique art and culture, Bali provides the visitors with many art markets in almost every district. This can be your alternative if you are looking for typical Balinese souvenirs because you can find various kind of traditional Balinese items. Well, one of the art markets that worth a visit is the Guwang Art Market. It is located on Jalan Raya Sukawati Ketewel, Guwang Village, Gianyar Regency, 16 kilometers from the center of Denpasar and 30 kilometers from Ngurah Rai International Airport. In fact, Guwang Art Market is located close to the Sukawati Art Market, just one kilometer away.
The items sold at Guwang Art Market are almost similar to Sukawati Art Market’s. Besides, the situation at Guwang Art Market is not as crowded as in Sukawati because there are more space here. So, you will feel more free to choose the items you like or just look around. Clean toilets and spacious parking lots are also available here.
Guwang Art Market is the right place to find Balinese souvenirs. Everyone’s favorite barong clothes, beachwear, cute sandals, variety of Balinese handicrafts, paintings, masks, all the typical Balinese items can be found here. Guwang Art Market is divided into three main blocks. 'Block A' is located at the left of the entrance. Mostly, the kiosk sell wood carving items and similar souvenirs. 'Block B' is at the right side, selling clothes in various colorful motifs and sarongs. Whereas 'Block C' is between A and B blocks. The connecting lane sells various kinds of flowers, especially for traditional ceremonies or offerings. If you want to take a small break of walking around, you can relax in some of the seats provided in the market area.
Feel free to bargain if you are intended to shop here because the traditional market is indeed where the art of bargaining is taking place. Here some tips for you for hunting cute items at very affordable prices, don’t forget to bargain more than half of the price offered by the seller and come early in the morning when the shop is just open. If you're lucky, you will get very cheap price. The best time to get around Guwang Art Market is from 09:00 to 17:00.
Some breakfast menu and local snacks are served by the food stalls lined up around the market. Lets give them a try. In addition, you can experience being interacted with the locals. This can be an interesting moment to be observed. Capturing some moments here is also recommended. The surrounding situation of this traditional market is perfect to be used as your photo background.