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Central Market

What other travelers said about the Central Market Kuala Lumpur

“A good place to buy souvenirs”

The Central market is air conditioned. It houses a lot of shops selling local handicrafts and mementos. Nice place to buy your souvenirs to take back home. You can bargain for a better rate. Nearby is China town. So you can kill two birds with one stone.

“Good for serious market goers”

This is a very large covered market (+ a few more outdoors) full of imported goods sold at generally cheap prices. There are very few stalls selling artisan made goods sadly with the notable exception of the batik shop where you could even have a go yourself! There are many shops selling identical items and the only difference will be the price – you are expected to haggle, it is just a case of how strong your nerves are and how good you are at it.

There is a good large foodhall upstairs selling a wide variety of food types and the iced fruit desserts were to die for! All in all, you need to be someone who loves visiting local markets to appreciate this – luckily I do but otherwise you would think it was rows and rows of identical cheap tat with over pushy stallholders trying to entice you to buy their wares.

Visited October 2013

“Giant Flea Market (lots of souvenirs)”

Giant Flea Market both inside and outside near China Town. Couple of guys doing sand art is really cool here as they pour different colored sand in a bottle to make a design or picture and pack the sand down so it doesn’t move around (approx 30RM per bottle).

Lots of little shops to buy souvenirs and little food items. Food court is present but besides the tea the food was so so and other malls in KL have a way better selection and quality.

“Clean and convenient market for tourist!”

All kinds of suveniors are at there. Stuffs selling here seems more unique amd have good quality than things in chinatown.

It is airconditioned market so shoping will be very convenient. Have to bargain around 10%(it is not so hard to bargain though).

Silk malay shirts are available on the second floor. I bought 2 (35 dollars 15 dollars) for my dad.

It is located very close to the chinatown amd sultan abdul hamad(donno spell right) building. So when you make plan put 3 of spot together in a day~!

“Great Place to pick up some Cool Stuff”

Good place to wander through, heaps of different things to look at and buy, the whole place is air condition so its a good place to get out of the heat for a bit. theres a food court upstairs with everything from Thai, Indonesian, malaysia and even african food, for around 5 RM a meal.

“Central Market – Doctor Fish”

Central Market was one of the last attractions we visited, and we wish we had of attended on the firsts day.
Put aside a full day to explore and have a good look around.

We walked from our Best Western KL Sentral Hotel – took approx. 30 mins. it is wuite difficult at times to cross the road – tip is to walk when the locals walk!
Try the Dr Fish, Have lunch, and check out the pottery/ceramics at the markets – well worth a look for unique pieces.

We found the market to be very open to bartering and got some great bargains.

PS Ensure you carry small change to use the amenities.

Visited October 2012

Source: Tripadvisor


The entrance of the Central Market

Why You Must Visit the Central Market KL

The Central Market is the centre for Malaysian culture, heritage, art & craft.

Central Market Kuala Lumpur began life as a wet market in 1888; built by Yap Ah Loy, the city’s Chinese Kapitan. It served as a prominent landmark in colonial and modern-day Kuala Lumpur.

When it was relocated in the 1980s, the Malaysian Heritage Society successfully petitioned against the demolition of the building, and it was subsequently declared a centre for Malaysian arts, culture and handicraft.

Basically, the Central Market is divided into two parts.

Central Market Annexe

The Central Market Annexe situated behind Central Market Kuala Lumpur houses several art galleries that serve to nurture a vital and progressive arts culture in Malaysia. It provides an avenue for people from all walks of life to congregate and experience the local arts scene. The various galleries collectively form a colourful platform for artists and audiences to come together in the shared adventure of art.

Kasturi Walk

In affirming its position as a world-class tourist destination, the Kasturi Walk at Central Market Kuala Lumpur opened in 2011. This outdoor and covered pedestrianised lane running alongside the main building is lined with kiosks and stalls, adding a vibrant al fresco ambience to the Central Market Kuala Lumpur shopping experience.

Source: centralmarket.com.my

Central Market is recommended by Time Travel!

  • Time Travel recommends Central Market as one of the 10 places to visit in Kuala Lumpur.

“Revamped and revived as a huge gifts emporium, the Art Deco wet market, nonetheless provides a focal point for piecing together K.L.’s past, taking in its current artsy-craftsy pulse and exploring nearby Chinatown.

Better still is the Annexe, an alternative free space for the arts, hidden on the top of the market’s small auxiliary building. On the ground floor, portraitists and street artists can be found — giving a dose of old-time character along the long-obscured riverfront.”

Source: Time Travel

Hotels within Walking Distance

Recommended Nearby Attractions

  • Nearby shopping malls – Bukit Bintang area is just around the corner. There are loads of shopping malls around here such as Starhill Gallery, Lot10, Sungai Wang Plaza, Berjaya Time Square, etc.
  • Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) – The KLCC is well known for its Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Suria Mall and the Aqualia KLCC.
  • Chinatown (Petaling Street Night Market) – The famous night market in the city. You can find lots of cheap eats such as hawker stalls and locally run restaurants. Great place to shop for fake designer goods.
  • Little India – This vibrant Indian enclave is a living heritage that can be dated as far back as 100 years old. Some famous attractions at Little India are the Masjid India and the neighborhood of Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
  • Masjid Jamek – Built in 1909, this mosque occupies a historic location at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, the birthplace of Kuala Lumpur. It is the city’s oldest surviving mosque. Nearby is Masjid India, built in southern Indian style.
  • Sze Ya Temple – This is the oldest Taoist temple in the city with a history dating back to 1864. It features an ornate interior and elaborate roof ridges.
  • Sri Maha Mariamman Temple – One of the most elaborate Hindu temples in the country, it boasts a magnificent 22m high gate tower and portico adorned with intricately carved images of Hindu deities.

Origin of the Central Market

The Central Market was once utilized as the city’s main fresh-produce market. The Central Market is one of the oldest buildings in the city dating back as far as 1930. It was heading towards demolition when it was no longer serving its purpose but was remodeled and reopened as a modern shopping complex in the 1980s.

What to see in the Central Market

Currently, the Central Market is also known as the Cultural Bazaar where it is a market place dedicated for arts and craft shops. You can see various array of products such as wood carvings, batik, pottery, paintings and traditional kites on sale here. Besides, there are a number of other outlets that sell an assortment of goods ranging from guitars to ladies’ wigs.

The Central Market Kuala Lumpur is arranged in a stall concept, representing the traditional market that has existed in Kuala Lumpur since the 1800s. Travelers can scroll through the many sections that exists within the Central Market, from the Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese, and Lorong India which is located on the west wing.

The second floor hosts a food court, offering an array of food. Notable are two-storey and single- storey buildings resembling the kampong-style houses representing the many ethnic groups living harmoniously in Kuala Lumpur.

Source: Wikipedia

Bargain is the order of the day!

Tourists are advised to bargain to get reasonable price as prices for art and craft products tend to be high in the first place. Aside from being a market place for art and craft product, the Central Market is also a food heaven where it houses a food court upstairs offering all sorts of Malaysian dishes from different states. There are also a few restaurant scattered around the place.

All in all, the Central Market is worth visiting to get a glimpse of the local art and craft products. Other than that, if you are lucky enough, sometimes you might be able to see some cultural performance at the Central Market as the place is also a venue for free cultural performance.

Visiting Hours

The market place is opened daily throughout the day. The best time to visit the place is around 10am when most of the traders are starting to operate their businesses.

Getting To Central Market Kuala Lumpur

Strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and close to the public transportation hub, Central Market Kuala Lumpur is linked to major destinations and hotels. It is also located near the KL Sentral interchange station which provides fast and convenient connections to most parts of Kuala Lumpur as well as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Source: centralmarket.com.my

The Central Market is located at Petaling Street. It can be reached via LRT and you can stop at the Masjid Jamek LRT station. The market place is within a 15 to 20 minutes of walking distance from the LRT station.

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Arts and crafts at Central Market, KL


Arts and crafts shops at Central Market, KL


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