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Poor animals

Passing this market under high sun, I remind myself on the similar markets in Europe, because... read more

Reviewed 29 April 2018
Olga V
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Zagreb, Croatia
Awesome

It’s a must see when in Rantepao. The market price for kerbau is sometimes mindstaggering. It shows... read more

Reviewed 4 April 2018
Paul C
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Kontich, Belgium
via mobile
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

Lots of water buffalo, awaiting sale prior to slaughter at elaborate funeral ceremonies. Interesting for five minutes, and then there is the pig market to wander into. Not a personal highlight of the region, but something different. Wear covered shoes.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Simon P
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

There's a main market where they sell all sorts of food and even a lot of clothes, but the livestock market is really impressive. I've never seen so many buffalo. They're all being cleaned before going on sale and it's quite the sight. Pigs are also being sold this way, although they're tied up when they go on sale. It's really a must visit whem in Rantepao.
The market is actually in Bolu, but you can easily walk there ot take a Bemo

Date of experience: September 2016
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

This market is well worth seeing just because it's interesting. There are an awful lot of buffalo for sale and you can see their owners washing them before sale. Many, many pigs, though I didn't like to see them tied to poles ready for transportation. Also, men selling cockerels - for cock fighting!

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

The market which is actually in the village of Bolu near Rantepao has the twice daily market for Karbau (buffalo) and pigs. Pretty amazing place with hundreds of karbauw for sale and the farmers who buy and sell. Have a a talk and learn about differences between black and albino (and the incredible prices paid - indeed ATM around the corner).
There is also the traditional market with fish, veggies, farm equipment (including krisses), and lots of cloths and batik. Cheaper at the back of the market.
But of course, things are still (a bit) tourist directed; more original and cheaper is the Makale market, bit no Buffaloes there.

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Nicolaas H
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Reviewed 21 July 2016

The main Bolu market is held every 6 days, so it is well worth investigating if the market is held on the day of your stay. We visited Bolu on “The market day” and then again during the regular market day. What a difference in the atmosphere. There were hundreds of people gathered, socializing, cheering, selling and buying during the big day. It is a very well-known social event and many people travel long distances to sell their animals, vegetables, fruits and wares. All of which adds to the colorful experience.

The animal market part is very unique and well worth stopping by to see the large variety buffaloes of many colors, shades, horn sizes, all of which is very important for the prospective buyers. As the price of the buffalo can be very high, the sellers do take a good care of the animals and keep washing them, feeding them, all of which is quite interesting sight.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Boleslav
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