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“Pasar Bolu”

Ranked #6 of 17 things to do in Rantepao
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

The local name for the place is "Pasar Bolu". This is the largest buffalo market in Toraja, located at Bolu village, north of Rantepao. The market can be reached using local transport namely "pete-pete" (small microbus) or "Kijang taxi" (kind of 7 seat MPV). Wear anti-slip footwear, a sport shoes is the best. Come around 9 am to see the people bathing the buffalo and feeding them. Look for buffaloes with albino skin, or perfect long horns...because they are valued much higher. Take some photos.

Next to the buffalo market is pig market. I was astonished by the pig transaction here. Each minute there were roaring sounds of pigs which were being tied up on bamboo stretcher, to be delivered for slaughtery.

Visiting Pasar Bolu give me a hint of distinguished Toraja culture.

Thank Adrianus D
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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.

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

1  Thank ArneBlonde
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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!

Thank Tiara2
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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.

1  Thank Nicolaas H
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