Friday, June 18, 2021

Uniquely Floating Market Above the Lok Baintan River Banjarmasin

Banjarmasin is known as the city of a thousand rivers. The capital city of South Kalimantan Province was once a delta area surrounded by the Barito River, Kuin River and Martapura River. Banjarmasin can be easily and quickly reached via Surabaya either by sea or by air.

If you want a vacation with a different atmosphere, you can try visiting Banjarmasin. There are exciting and fun tourist destinations for your vacation. One of them is a floating market.

The Floating Market is an icon of Banjarmasin City. There are three floating markets in Banjarmasin, Muara Kuin Floating Market, Siring Floating Market and Lok Baintan Floating Market. All of these traditional markets have a unique characteristic, namely that the traders sell their products on "jukung" or traditional boats.

Lok Baintan Floating Market or Martapura River Floating Market is a traditional floating market located in Sungai Pinang village (Lok Baintan), Sungai Tabuk sub-district, Banjar. In general, the Lok Baintan Floating Market is no different from the Floating Market at the mouth of the Kuin River/Barito River. Both are traditional markets on a jukung that sell a variety of merchandise, such as agricultural/plantation products and don't last too long, about three to four hours at most. This floating market has existed since the days of the Banjar Sultanate.

Along the coast of the Lokbaintan Martapura River, a convoy of boats can be seen heading to the floating market location. This boat belongs to traders and farmers who will market their garden produce. They come from various tributaries of the Martapura River, such as the Lenge River, Bakung River, Paku Alam River, Saka Bunut River, Madang River, Tanifah River, and Lok Baintan River.

To get to the Lok Baintan floating market from the city center, there are two alternatives. The first alternative is to go down the Martapura river by using a klotok, a type of motorized canoe. With klotok, the journey from the city center to the floating market is fairly fast because it takes 30 minutes. The second alternative is to use land vehicles such as cars. However, for the second alternative, it will take longer, namely one hour to reach the floating market. This is due to the terrain that tends to be heavy and tortuous.

What makes Lok Baintan Floating Market different and more unique is usually the buyers using the barter method. Currency is not the main means of payment here. So generally, people will exchange their produce such as vegetables and fruits and the amount of exchange depends on the agreement between the buyer and seller.

In addition to its original function as a place for buying and selling food ingredients, in the end the floating market has also become an icon for the city of Banjar to attract many domestic and even foreign tourists. The history of the floating market itself is actually very long, if you draw a red line, the area that is now used as the location for the floating market was once a battleground between the kingdom of Banjar and the kingdom of Daha, which was only triggered by family grudges.

Now the South Kalimantan provincial government has made the floating market a water tourism destination, apart from Lok Baintan there are two more floating market locations, to be precise in Muara Kuin and in front of the Grand Mosque or Siring Tendean. These three locations are the mainstay of tourist visits.


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