Beringharjo is the traditional Jogja's main market, 800m north of the Kraton Palace, is a lively and fascinating place. The front section has a wide range of batik – mostly inexpensive batik cap (stamped batik). More interesting is the old section towards the back. Crammed with warungs and stalls selling a huge variety of fruit and vegetables, this is still very much a traditional market. The range of rempah rempah (spices) on the 1st floor is quite something. Come early in the morning for maximum atmosphere.
Region Beringharjo at first is a forest of banyan. Not long after the foundation of Yogyakarta Kingdom in 1758, the area was used as a transaction economy by the people of Yogyakarta and surrounding areas. Hundreds of years later on March 24 1925, the Sultan Palace Indisch Nederlansch commissioned Beton Maatschappij (Dutch East Indies Concrete Company) to build stalls market. In late August 1925, 11 kiosks have been resolved and the others gradually followed.
Beringharjo name given after the reign lane VIII on March 24 1925. Sultan Hamngku lane VIII ordered that all agencies under the auspices of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta using the Java language. The name Beringharjo been meaning forest area of the original banyan ( bering) which is expected to provide welfare (Harjo). The name Beringharjo itself considered appropriate because the market place is the former forest of banyan and the banyan tree is a symbol of greatness and shelter for many people.
Beringharjo has a philosophical and historical value with the Kraton because it has gone through three phases, namely the period of empire, colonialism, and independence. Development Beringharjo is one part of the design pattern layout of the city of the Sultanate of Yogyakarta called Catur Tunggal. The pattern of urban development include four things that the palace as the seat of government, the plaza as a public space, the mosque as a place of worship, and the market as a center of economic transactions.
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