Pasar Legi at Kotagede is a typical of the traditional market in Yogyakarta. When I am in Yogyakarta, I regularly stroll into Pasar Legi.
Formerly known Pasar Sargede, Pasar Legi is supposedly built in the 16th century when Ki Gede Pemanahan cutting down Alas Mentaok, a land awarded by Jaka Tingkir (Sultan Hadiwijaya) for his defeating Arya Penangsang. Interestingly, a story said that before building a residential area or palace, Ki Gede Pemanahan actually built the market, The Pasar Sargede for Mataram’s people.
Called as Pasar Legi due to the peak is on the day of Legi (Legi is the name of one day in the Javanese calendar). On Legi, the market will be crowded both by the sellers and the buyers. Various types of merchandise, ranging from vegetable, agricultural tools, livestock like chicken, duck, goat, gemstones, various traditional medicinal herbs to furniture can be encountered in the market.
Down the alleys of Pasar Legi, I always amaze with a classical and friendly atmosphere of the market.