Guwang Art Market, referred to locally as ‘Pasar Seni Guwang’, is a traditional art market in Bali that shares much similarity and is near to its more prominent counterpart, Pasar Seni Sukawati. Even the items sold at Guwang are similar to that of Sukawati’s.
Guwang Art Market provides an alternative shopping destination for visitors who wish to avoid the crowds often flocking Sukawati during peak periods. Guwang’s nearby location, only 1km south from Sukawati also adds to this convenience. Besides the art market as a source of Bali souvenirs and handicrafts, the village of Guwang features many art shops and galleries.
Nearly all of the vendors at the Guwang Art Market are also kiosk and stall keepers at Sukawati. Therefore, beachwear, cotton shirts, sandals, and the typical Balinese handicrafts can all be found here.
Visitors will easily find more space here than at Sukawati. For example, ample parking space is just after a large banyan tree with a small shrine filled with daily flower offerings and burning incense. The market itself comprises three main blocks or ‘blok’ in the local tongue. ‘Blok A’ is at the left of the entrance, where kiosks mostly sell wooden carving items and other souvenirs. ‘Blok B’ is at the right, and sells textiles, such as clothes in various motifs and colourful sarongs.
‘Blok C’ resides between A and B, connecting the two blocks with some foliage adding to a more shady souvenir shopping experience. A sitting area here also provides shoppers the chance to relax.
Good to Know about Guwang Art Market
Price-wise, the items sold at Guwang Art market share little difference with those at Sukawati Art Market, but in some ways there are specific items found at Sukawati that cannot be found at Guwang.
You will never find roaming peddlers flaunting their ware to visitors here. If you have ample time on your hands or if you happen to have these two markets on your itinerary, it is a good idea to visit both and compare for yourselves.
For a more airy market shopping experience, come early in the morning when the stalls are just opening and when the huge parking space is all for yourself. Moreover, bargaining is a lot easier with normally cheaper prices in the morning (remember to bargain at least half the offered price).
Guwang Art Market
- Location: Banjar Cemenggaon, Desa Guwang, Sukawati, Gianyar