The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex or Kompleks Budaya Kraf is one of the few tourist destinations that are not only attractive but also visually stimulating. The attractions of the KL Craft Complex lie in its various exhibition areas that showcase locally made colorful handicrafts. In fact, the items on display or sale are authentic unique products which are fully made in Malaysia.
Lately I am sure you have seen a lot of handicrafts stalls occupying the shopping malls alleys, night markets, and are scattered in some popular tourist destinations that sells items imported mostly from Thailand and Vietnam. Rest assured that this is not the case at the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex. All items sold at the KL Craft Complex are truly authentic locally made products!
Located on the eastern edge of the Kuala Lumpur Golden Triangle at Jalan Conlay, the KL Craft Complex is built to showcase a wide range of traditional arts and crafts from the various states of Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysia Borneo. There are as many as four separate buildings that make up the KL Craft Complex. Within these buildings, there are shops, stalls, museum, exhibition areas, and several workshops.
In the exhibition areas and workshops, craft people demonstrate ethnic art and craft skills, such as weaving batik-printing, and silver and copper work. Visitors are welcome to try their hand and can also receive lessons in a particular craft. The museum traces the history and development of age-old crafts and features dioramas of artisans creating their wares with displays of the various tools they used.
The Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex is one of the best places in Kuala Lumpur to buy local handicrafts, with a number of shops and stalls selling pewter, silverwork, pottery, woodcarvings, hand-woven textiles, batik, and beadwork, along side more unusual items such as rattan fish traps, birdcages and tribal blowpipes.
Most of the items sold at the complex have their prices fixed. Therefore, bargaining and price haggling cannot be done here. However, occasionally there will be promotion periods that will drastically cut the prices by as much as 70%. Therefore, if you are avid collectors of traditional arts and handicrafts, do look out for the seasonal promotion periods at the KL Craft Complex as you might be able to find something rare and valuable.
Address and Contact:
Malaysia Handicraft Development Corporation (MHDC)
Kompleks Kraf Kuala Lumpur
Seksyen 63, Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
No Tel: +603-2162 7459 / 7533
Fax: +603-2161 2249
Driving Direction to the Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex at Conlay Street: