Typical of big cities in Southeast-Asia you will find lots of attractions like huge shopping-malls, universities, abandoned ruins and big markets. Denpasar, albeit a smaller version, is no different. One such abandoned place to speak of is what is left of Pasar Badung (Badung Market).
Once a huge market where literally everything was traded, in February 2016 an electrical short-circuit started a blazing fire, leaving only a big, black hole right in the heart of Denpasar. One can only imagine the atmosphere when hundreds of merchants were trying everything to save their goods and protect them from the flames. Luckily no one was seriously harmed. The leftovers of the fire are still visible to everyone that is going to the city centre.
Today, whilst the market itself is no longer in operation, its ‘ruins’ have become a market of their own. The small streets around the area are still full of merchants and their goods, probably selling almost everything the market once traded and sold. All the spaces are filled with shoppers and former market-sellers, it’s like nothing never actually happened. It seems life must continue in Denpasar, the beating heart of Bali.
Almost everything that had been sold inside, is now sold on the streets around the former Pasar Badung.
One can only imagine the atmosphere when hundreds of merchants were trying everything to save their goods and protect them from the flames. Luckily no humans were seriously hurted. The leftovers of that fire are still visible to everyone that is going to the city centre and looking for it.
You will still find probably almost everything the market had to offer traded in its area. As all spaces that the streets and walkways have to offer are busy with former marketeers, there isnt much you will miss nowadays.
Strongly recommended to check it out, get lost and take a deep dive into that vibrant quarter around the ruins of Pasar Badung…
Part 1: Pasar Badung