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“they're not just selling bird”

Ranked #110 of 238 things to do in Yogyakarta
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Yogyakarta, Indonesia
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81 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“they're not just selling bird”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

the only animal market in Yogya, they also sell puppies, frogs, turtles, snake, iguana and who knows they add more. u can find various of beautiful cages here, and u can see and touch animals, but remember to wash ur hands after that. Better to visit from 2pm - 4pm, not that hot and not that crowd.

Visited July 2012
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Gladesville, Australia
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“Birds magnificent & insignificant”
Reviewed May 15, 2013

You can walk around a mall, drink a beer at a restaurant or harrass local women, all the same stuff you do at home or visit Pasar Ngasem whilst in town. Pretty much a neighbourhood of pet stores, famous for its native birds & hanging cages. Children will have a great time here as you can touch & see animals, birds & bugs up close without having to pay a single cent. This market isn’t an illegal back alley black-market centre, there’s nothing dodgy or endangered here. This is a people’s market for common creatures magnificent & insignificant, creatures both great & small. This isn’t Australia where dogs are bred in puppy farms for profit & destroyed if not purchased. Pasar Ngasem is a live market, where animals smell like animals. Small cages might bother some foreigners more than Chinese people living in capsule apartments, if only Chinese people had big eyes or were cuddly too you know?

The Indos here take bird-singing contests very seriously. I saw owners training birds to sing on que via whistles whilst they displayed their feathers. Standing in the middle of 100 birds chirping in their own unique calls is very relaxing. There is an annual bird singing contest which would be a magnificent event, the market would be crowded with bird cages of many designs hanging all around like some ancient bird showdown a sight in itself.

In the non-singing category, the stand-out bird here are the owls. These birds are fascinating on a completely different level. Since they are caged it is possible to get right up against the cage for a rare close up view. They are renowned for their powerful eyesight being able to track mice from high above the night sky, it’s a crazy chilling experience looking into those large eyes, some people believe they can peer directly into your soul, that’s the weak draining feeling you have as they stare back at you from close range.

The sultan of Yogyakarta decided the old bird market Pasar Ngasem was way too close to his house when the media went crazy over the 2001 Avian bird-flu panic, so in 2010 he picked up the broom & moved the market 2kms away on the other side of town in amongst a neighbourhood of ordinary people, what a great leader.

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting places to visit”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

Bird Market, This Place more bigger then the old Bird market, they set up this place to make visitor more compertable and enjoyable when they looking around, not far from the city. You can see alot kind of Birds, cats, Dogs, Fish and other Animals, but poor animals, they put animals in small cage. But anyway you can see how Javanese like singing Bird as Pets, and many beautiful Birds, Why Javanese like singing Bird becouse this Part of their culture to Have Bird as Pets..

Visited April 2013
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Pisa, Italy
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“Nice spot”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

The market moved in another place but not so far of pawirotaman street, now is clean and it's full of animal, SNAke, varanus, dog, cat , fish, bird, turtles and etc.great

Visited August 2012
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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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“Not for animal rights enthusiasts, more the morbidly curious”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

I came here out of curiosity and while it's intriguing to see the range of birds and other animals on sale, the conditions the animals are kept in are generally very poor. I saw a huge reticulated python, coiled up, and kept in a box in which it could only just fit, miserable looking tiny owls in a cramped cage and puppies howling for attention. It seems that most animals are either bought or die here. Many stalls, however, did have individual birds in their own cages and it was interesting to see species on sale here that we've seen in people's homes in other parts of the country. It takes about half an hour to go round and is free to enter.

If you're morbidly curious, or are objective about these things, or like me have a "warts and all" philosophy, then by all means come and have a look. On the other hand, if you're at all disturbed by seeing animals in poor conditions, or the dubiously legal trading of certain species (owls, parrots, snakes etc), then I'd give this place a big fat miss. My wife hated it but having said that, I saw other tourists taking photos and enjoying themselves, so different strokes for different folks.

Visited August 2012
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