The Pasar Pabean (spice market) and there abouts in Surabaya

Next
IMG 8228-HDR


Mr Hari (our guide in eastern Java) had suggested we visit the Pasar Pebean, or Spice Market. As we walked down the narrow back streets, it was clear that Westerners were not normally seen in these parts! It felt a little uncomfortable, but as intrepid travellers, we just marched onwards! The roads were crowded and lined with stalls selling fresh fish; it was quite fascinating to see. Note below the lady in a pedicap with fish at her feet.

IMG 8201-HDR


IMG 8214IMG 8208










IMG 8261-HDR











IMG 8205










IMG 8217


What was very noticable in this part of town was the size of the people; the women in particular were probably less than five feet tall. You can see this by compariaon with Lawrence in the photo below right. Although they may have been short in stature, they were clearly very strong, carrying very heavy loads on their heads.

IMG 8253IMG 8225-HDR




















We did not come across too much in the way of spice in this market, instead we saw huge mountains of garlic and onions. The women were all very busy and we were often in their way! The market was a warren of small passageways and we opted not to go too far inside for fear of getting lost.

IMG 8246-HDR


IMG 8235IMG 8243-HDR




















IMG 8231-HDRIMG 8249-HDR





















Back out in the streets, there was still more activity as trucks were loaded and unloaded, and more people to photograph.

IMG 8259IMG 8276




















IMG 8274IMG 8256




















IMG 8279-HDR



Click here to return to Java home page.

Click here to return to Indonesia home page.

Click here to return to Travels home page.

© Helen Gray 2019