Ubud Market Set For Upgrade


Ubud’s main market area is set for a Rp3-billion (US$349,300) renovation, though funds are insufficient to add a proposed underground parking lot at the market, according to officials.

Work on the upgrade at the two-storey complex of art and souvenir shops, as well as more traditional vendors, in front of the Ubud Palace at the centre of the town, is expected to start later this year.

Speaking on Wednesday, the head of the Gianyar public works department, Gianyar I Nyoman Nuadi, said that the cramp and chaotic condition of the existing market complex, and the traffic problems surrounding it, required urgent action.

“The funding is available, and we’re making plans for the renovations,” he said, adding that consultations and information sharing with the tenant traders at the market was underway.

During renovation work, Nuadi said, traders would be relocated to the Singakerta Market, adding that he hoped that by listening to concerns of those who work at the market, possible confrontations and problems could be avoided.

“For this reason we are still continuing a socialisation process with the traders,” he said.

Nuadi said that the planned work would make the currently cramped and chaotic market more open and accessible, and would ease traffic problems in the surrounding area, where on-street parking adds to traffic jams and the main intersection of central Ubud.

However, he said, suggestions that an underground car park could be built beneath the market would not be realised, as the renovation budget was insufficient for such a project.

“Besides that, time is also an obstacle, because it would take a long time to build an underground car park,” he said.

The market featured as a backdrop in Bali scenes of last year’s Hollywood movie Eat Pray Love starting Julia Roberts.

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