I've posted before about the traditional market at night. This one is during the day. The traditional market is one of my favorite places to go here in Palangkaraya. You can find some really great deals, it's a great place to people watch, and you really experience the culture of living in the city here.
I went back a few days in a row after finding parts I had never been to before. I found the indoor part of the market which is just as cramped and on top of one another as it is outside. It just has a roof over your head instead of tarps. They sell EVERYTHING here.
I love going to the market because it's never the same experience. There are kids playing, or working, different shops opened and closed at different times of day, and always something interesting to photograph. The people are friendly and every face is one that I want to photograph and post here. I could walk around here for days and still find something new every time I go.
Then I found the food market where they sell fruits, vegetables, chickens, fish, and whatever else they eat here. The chickens are sold alive or dead. I haven't seen them kill a chicken in the market but they do butcher the dead one you buy right there. The fish market is pretty cool. It's all the local women who sell whatever their husbands caught that morning. That have these little pools set up in front of them and you just point at one, they grab it, smack it in the head with a knife to daze it, and then they cut it up for you. I really enjoyed checking this place out. The women loved me there and I heard them all calling me handsome and trying to get one of their friends to marry me. Pretty hilarious.
The fish market is full of life. It's really a photo goldmine. I could stay here all day and shoot thousands of images. I would have too if it stayed open for that long. The lighting hits the moments in such a way that I fell in love with the place.
Sadly, a few weeks after I shot all of these, a large part of the market burned down. The food market is still there and is about a hundred yards from the indoor part that was lost. The top image of the girl and the two girls with the rice was shot in the part that was lost. Most of the images in the gallery below were also shot there. The market is pretty huge so there's still plenty to photograph. No one knows how the fire started but it took out a large portion of the market as well as the homes of the people who lived above it. Business goes on as usual around the burned down part but I don't have any photos as I found out about it well after the fact.
Check out the gallery below for more from the Traditional Market.