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Muara Kuin Floating Market In The city Thousand Rivers, Banjarmasin

26 September 2010 11,017 views No Comment

Shopping and Dining on the ‘Jongkong’

Banjarmasin, the capital city of south Kalimantan also known as the city of Thousand Rivers. There are many rivers in the city, and river has become part of everyday life of local communities. Including the market, and so there is floating market on the river.

Visiting Banjarmasin Would not be complete if you don’t shop at Muara Kuin Floating Market. It’s called the floating market because the transactions conducted over boats on the river.

Merchants put their stuffs on a small boat that’s called ‘jongkong’ in local language. And so the buyers. The market starts 03:30 AM and ususally ends for about three hours, until 06.30 AM.

Various kinds of commodities commonly found in general markets are also available at the floating market. From rice, vegetables, fruits, up to various food and drinks. Including Banjarmasin special food , soto Banjar. You can imagine the sensation of enjoying soto Banjar on a jongkong floating in Martapura River.

The uniqueness of the floating market in Banjarmasin is not only famous in across the nation, but also among foreign tourists. Realizing this potential, Banjarmasin City Government also provides various facilities for tourists.

One of them is a tour boat that take tourists shopping at the floating market while enjoying the life scene of communities along Martapura River. The route is alont Martapura river, through the Mausoleum of Sultan Suriansyah, continue to the floating market, and finally to the Pulau Kembang(Flower Island).

With a boat ride tour, tourists can actually see the life of residents in the vicinity of the River Martapura. Residents who were bathing, washing, and even the factories along the River Martapura.

For one-way trip, it takes about three hours. The trip usually starts at around 04.00 AM, so the visitors wouldn’t miss the floating market trading activity.

It is not difficult to reach Muara Kuin Floating Market. Many hotels in Banjarmasin offer package tours to the travel market.

An alternative way to reach it is by road from downtown Banjarmasin which is only 15-20 minutes to the Kuin dosck. Suggested way is by river channels that can be taken from many docks there. Including te dock in front of Banjarmasin City Government office.

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