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Central Market

Ben van Wijnen

Central Market

The Central Market is situated at the border of China Town. Therefore why wouldn't you combine a visit to the Central Market with a visit to China Town?It's old building (1928), that has won awards for its architectural design
In this air-conditioned market you can find many souvenirs. It's a haven for tourists, where you can buy arts, handicrafts, batik, traditional wear etc. Everything that your heart desires is available here. All at reasonable prices.
The Central Market used to be an old "wet market" (meaning the market floor is wet from melted ice,
water splashes etc) selling meat, vegetable and other local products
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The building has pale blue colour. In front of the Central Market is a square with palm trees. If it's too hot outside you can cool down inside, because there's an air-conditioning.

Inside the building there are two levels. On both levels are shops for souvenirs and handicrafts. At the first level are some artists and you can buy T-shirts.
On the second level is even a small hawker center and you can buy antique items. Notable are two-storey and single- storey buildings resembling the kampong-style houses representing the many ethic groups living harmoniously in Kuala Lumpur.

Amid the stalls selling an array of souvenirs are small outlets where Malaysian artists display their works. Visitors may even have their portrait painted or order custom-made handicrafts.

Central Market has created a corner to display multi-ethnicity and the stalls are zoned based on the features of each race. The new zone therefore would consist of 3 lanes namely the Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese and Lorong India. The purpose of this new zone is to let the visitors have an insight of the cultural difference of the various races in Malaysia.  

At the right: the artist is busy making a portrait from a photo.

 

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Hawkerstalls in de Central Market
 

  Those with an eye for the unusual will enjoy buying or browsing through the market's extensive range of novelty items such as jade trees and blown glass souvenirs.

The hawker center on the second floor is a good place for lunch. There's a lot of lovely food.
On the left you'll see the hawker center. This photo was taken at 10.30 am. They had just opened their stalls.

The opening hours of the Central Market: daily 10.00am - 10.00pm. Some shops are are opening at 11.00am.

Be alert to cultural shows and art exhibitions that are held here from time to time. When we visited the Central Market there was an exhibition of products from Russia.

Central Market is a one stop shopping centre for Malaysian products such as handicrafts, art, kebaya, songket, batik and the wide variety of Malaysian cuisine. Efforts to improvise and upgrade facilities in Central Market also include having a variety of food & beverage outlets. There are many affordable
Kuala Lumpur hotels that are nearby the market for the convenience of visitors.

 

As from second floor you have a beautiful view of what's happening below.
At the right you see some stalls with food. At the left you have some handicraft shops.
There are also plenty of small specialty shops and eclectic gift shops.

The colourful Malaysian Traditional Cultural and Arts events are presented at the Central Market Outdoor Stage. Central Market celebrates all the Traditional Festivals of each race in Malaysia. Moreover, Central Market supports the local contemporary arts in The Annexe Gallery.

The market is now a one stop centre for handicrafts that can be found in this exotic country. If you are eyeing a souvenir to take back home as a memento of your holidays here, then this is the place where you will definitely find something worth buying.

The Central Market is at the junction of Jalan Benteng and Lebuh Pasar Besar.

50050 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: (+603) 2272 9966
Fax: (+603) 2274 9906

Stay duration at the Central Market:
approx. 1 hour

 

Central Market

 

 

Nearest LRT/Monorail : Pasar Seni (Kelana Jaya Line)

 

  Ben van Wijnen

 

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