Central Market

Shopping Jalan Hang Kasturi City Centre 50050 Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia Open today 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Published on: 16-01-2016

10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Central Market is one of KL’s most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. It's a tourist's gift and souvenir shopping heaven

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Why Central Market is special ?

Central Market is one of KL’s most familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1928, it is a short walk away from Petaling Street, along Jalan Hang Kasturi. 
A Malaysian cultural landmark, it has been classified as a Heritage Site by the National Heritage Department. Similar to London’s Covent Garden or San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, the 120 year-old Central Market has undergone several renovations over the years to attract younger generations and to foster greater appreciation for racial tolerance and integration.
The focus for the city’s artistic community, inside the building is a warren of boutiques, handicraft and souvenir stalls with traders selling local merchandise such as authentic Malaysian batik prints and more. Central Market is located on the opposite bank of the Dayabumi Complex and is an art-deco style building with local ‘Baroque’ trimmings.

What to explore at Central Market?

Central Market hosts a variety of vendors that bring out their best wares during the country’s colourful and exciting annual festivals such as Hari Raya, Chinese New Year and Deepavali. For example, during the Hari Raya festival vendors will sell an assortment of sweet cakes and titbits; at Deepavali, the market has a colourful collection of saris and other Indian merchandise on display, while Chinese New Year sees the bazaar filled with Chinese treats as well as traditional Chinese costumes for sale. For the rest of the year Central Market supports local contemporary arts by hosting art exhibitions.

Another way to describe Central Market is to say that it is like New York’s SoHo flea market – the merchandise here is cheap and traditional goods such as batik, embroidery carvings, souvenirs, and sculptures are on offer. The Batik Emporium houses well-known batik designer labels, while outside local artists painting renderings of the busy street or impromptu song-and-dance performance take place.

Divided into different zones, vendors’ stall zones are distinctive by race: the purpose of this zoning practice is to let visitors get an insight into the cultural differences of the various races in Malaysia. There is even a Malacca ‘Jonker Street’, an area of Central Market that looks like a typical Baba-Nyonya house with Peranakan-style furnishings and fixtures on sale.

Highlights: Arch Collection, Actop Craft, Asli Craft, Borneo Pearls, Cute Fish Spa, Dodo Art & Craft, Fine Batik, House of Silver, Kheng's Antique and Collectible, Success Portrait, Suria Portrait Centre, Swartz Creation.

Source: http://www.kuala-lumpur.ws/attractions/

How to get to Central Market?

You can always drive to Central Market but it is so crowded here. If you do not mind getting stuck in the jam, you may opt to drive. The better way would be via the LRT. Get on the Kelana Jaya Line and make your way to the Pasar Seni LRT Station. After a few minutes of walking, you will reach Central Market.

Source: http://kuala-lumpur.attractionsinmalaysia.com/

Selling points

  • “Great Place to buy souvenirs”
  • "Local clothing, wooden artefacts and food hall”
  • “Tourist shopping heaven ”
  • “Great for souvenirs, gifts, batik shirts and food”
  • “Lots to Choose From at Central Market”
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Jalan Hang Kasturi City Centre 50050 Kuala Lumpur Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia Open today 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

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  • Public transportation here connects the Central Market to all major attractions and hotels in Kuala Lumpur.
  • The KL Sentral rail station is only 1.5 kilometers away from the market, thus providing easy access to the KL International Airport.
  • This is the place where you will definitely find something worth buying to bring home some gift
    Things to do
  • There are some food carts selling food and fruit outside the main entrance.
  • A must go if you need to buys gifts or souvenirs.
  • No. 10. 1st - 3rd Floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Just around the corner from Kota Raya Shopping Centre
  • Prices are a bit steep so you'll have to bargain a little.
  • A short walking distance away, is the popular Chinatown (Petaling Street) of Kuala Lumpur
    Things nearby
  • One of the nearest hotels which you can go to is the Ancasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur.
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  • The Annexe Gallery, located at the back of Central Market, is a popular venue for events such as film screenings, art exhibitions and public discourses.
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This market has pretty much everything you could possibly want to take home from KL! You'll find fridge magnets and handbags and furniture and clothes and camera kit and everything in between. We ate at the food court/hawker centre upstairs and had very good Thai food for very little money then bought some bedside tables and even including shipping to Singapore they worked out much cheaper than buying them locally so don't be afraid to ask about shipping if you fall for something! Well worth spending a few hours just browsing around, an essential part of your trip to KL.

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Your best one-stop for souvenirs and mementos of Kuala Lumpur. Can get a little pricey though. As in every public tourist area, be aware of your belongings.

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The oldest market in KL with some Malay handicrafts, art and fabrics. If you go there look out for the seasonal fruits of buah salak (snakeskin fruit), dragon fruit, guava, pomelo and star fruit.

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Buy all the amazing local finds at this Heritage Site. Unique local and multi-ethnic finds could be found at places such as the Batik Emporium, the Suria Portrait Centre, and Borneo Pearls.

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A unique spot which all the traditional's stuff are available ... Very recommend it

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If you are looking for good, just head over to the 1st floor food court and you will find many food choices from Western, Indian, Thai to Malay.

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We found this an easy place to access from our accommodation but didn't find it very cheap shopping wise. It was nice to wander and not be harrassed by sellers

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Those looking for quality handcrafts in a pleasant and cool environment will find a nice haven here in what is called Pasar Seni, built in 1888. Many artisans are at work and the rangle of goods is significant both in the building and adjacent mall. Silk scarves and stainless steel jewellry are a great buy and eating opportunities prevail, once shopping is concluded. From the location one can easily navigate to Chinatown or Merderka Square. Best to make a day out as I described in my review of Chinatown ( Jalan Petalling {Street} )

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I recommend going to Central Market for buying souvenirs of your trip to Kuala Lumpur; probably the best location to find souvenirs.

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Your best one-stop for souvenirs and mementos of Kuala Lumpur. Can get a little pricey though. As in every public tourist area, be aware of your belongings.

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