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Address: Rantepao, Indonesia

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One of the Biggest livestock market.

Bolu market is located 2 km from Rantepao town you could visit it everyday and see many types of buffaloes and a lot of pigs are sold in the market.we were at the market when it... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
MargaretButler
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Bolu market is located 2 km from Rantepao town you could visit it everyday and see many types of buffaloes and a lot of pigs are sold in the market.we were at the market when it was not the market day during spent 3 days our tour in toraja.if you visit toraja don't miss to visit the market.at that time... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I felt super uncomfortable here as all the buffalo were tied up with no where to go and some of the locals were cock fighting at the time we were there. Not my cup of tea but it was definitely an insight into the culture of toraja and an eye opening experience.

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Thank Carrinperrins
Surabaya
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Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

This is an important market for the Torajas. The animals are important, but the treatment of especially the pigs is not for the faint hearted

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Thank zipzie
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Reviewed December 20, 2016

Pasar Bollu (Bulls' market) is something you should put aside time for. Some websites say that it is held "every 6 days" but something could be lost in translation as it was held on a Saturday. The open-air market is steaming hot and full of noises and smells. It is a fascinating experience to make your way through the various... More 

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Thank TheCoupleWhoTravels
Sengata, Indonesia
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Reviewed October 12, 2016

The local name for the place is "Pasar Bolu". This is the largest buffalo market in Toraja, located at Bolu village, north of Rantepao. The market can be reached using local transport namely "pete-pete" (small microbus) or "Kijang taxi" (kind of 7 seat MPV). Wear anti-slip footwear, a sport shoes is the best. Come around 9 am to see the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed September 29, 2016

Lots of water buffalo, awaiting sale prior to slaughter at elaborate funeral ceremonies. Interesting for five minutes, and then there is the pig market to wander into. Not a personal highlight of the region, but something different. Wear covered shoes.

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1 Thank Simon P
Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

There's a main market where they sell all sorts of food and even a lot of clothes, but the livestock market is really impressive. I've never seen so many buffalo. They're all being cleaned before going on sale and it's quite the sight. Pigs are also being sold this way, although they're tied up when they go on sale. It's... More 

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1 Thank ArneBlonde
Melaka, Malaysia
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

This market is well worth seeing just because it's interesting. There are an awful lot of buffalo for sale and you can see their owners washing them before sale. Many, many pigs, though I didn't like to see them tied to poles ready for transportation. Also, men selling cockerels - for cock fighting!

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Thank Tiara2
Lyon, France
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Reviewed August 13, 2016

The market which is actually in the village of Bolu near Rantepao has the twice daily market for Karbau (buffalo) and pigs. Pretty amazing place with hundreds of karbauw for sale and the farmers who buy and sell. Have a a talk and learn about differences between black and albino (and the incredible prices paid - indeed ATM around the... More 

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Reviewed July 21, 2016

The main Bolu market is held every 6 days, so it is well worth investigating if the market is held on the day of your stay. We visited Bolu on “The market day” and then again during the regular market day. What a difference in the atmosphere. There were hundreds of people gathered, socializing, cheering, selling and buying during the... More 

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