Central Market is one of Kuala Lumpur most popular tourist attraction. The former wet market was revamped in 1986 into a handicrafts outlet. It was designed with a combination of art-deco style and local ‘Baroque’ features. This 120 year old building has been classified as a Heritage Site by the National Heritage Department. It is located at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock.
Inside the building, there are boutiques, handicraft and souvenir stalls selling local merchandise such as authentic batik, songket, wood carvings, souvenirs, accessories and many more. The stalls are divided into parts that represent the multicultural ethnic in Malaysia. There are Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese and Lorong India. There is also a street which represents the Baba and Nyonya community.
Central Market also hold art and cultural performances at the outdoor stage to attract the visitors from time to time. During the country’s main festivals, the area will be lit up in theme, reflecting the multiracial diversity of Malaysians. The second floor hosts a food court, offering an array of Asian cuisine.
At the back of the main building, There is a section called The Central Market Annexe. It was opened in 2006. It is a home for a variety of art galleries which features artworks by local artists all year long.
Alongside the main building is the newly transformed and pedestrian only walkway known as Kasturi Walk. It was opened in 2011. There are variety of stalls selling tantalizing local snacks and exquisite souvenirs for visitors. It is also a favourite spot for street musicians to perform.
Central market is accessible by public transportation. The nearest stations are Pasar Seni LRT station and Pasar Seni MRT Station.
Image by: Marcin Pieluzek
Daily: 10.00 a.m – 9.30 p.m
There’s no entrance fee.
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When we got there, we tried to look for the dragon dance performance, but we were sidetracked by this store that sells personalized passport holders, wallets, keychains and whatnot. Perfect pasalubong, so we spent around an hour there and completely forgot about the dragon dance!
Petaling Street is depicted as the Kuala Lumpur “Chinatown”. The street is filled with stalls and shops from the Chinese community. It is also a place to find cheap items with a bargain price.