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Sukawati Art Market to be Renovated

Popular Sukawati Art Market in Bali to be Modernized in 2011.

(7/17/2010) The popular shopping stop of the traditional souvenir and handicraft market at Sukawati, just north of Bali's capital city of Denpasar, is slated for modernization by the Gianyar Regency administration.

As reported by Kompas.com, local government officials have begun planning a modernization program for the crowded market, popular with both domestic and international tourist visitors. The Regent of Gianyar, Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati, told the press that renovations are scheduled to begin in 2011.

Describing the markets current condition as over-crowded and "irrational," Tjokorda said, we have no other choice than to make the market into a traditional art market plaza that is both comfortable and safe."

Tjokorda said every effort would be made to preserve the "people's market" atmosphere of the current facility, while, at the same time, safeguarding traditional elements of design. The new market will not involve any enlargement of the available space for local handcraft vendors, but strive only to improve efficiency, cleanliness and comfort.

"Hopefully, the construction of the market can be realized, bearing in mind that the organization of the market is extremely difficult given the 'pros' and 'cons' that will inevitably be put forth by the vendors," Tjokorda added.