Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

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    Central Market: Art Market

    by tenluk Written Mar 25, 2014

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    Shopping in China Town is one package with shopping in the Central Market, it is located nearby but different style, in China town mostly street vendors selling Tshirt, wallet like what we can find in all street market in Southeast Asia but in Central Market more to art and antiques. So we can do shopping .. shopping .. eating..

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    Central Market: Wonderful place to browse (& it's airconditioned)

    by stevemt Written Mar 16, 2013
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    Great covered market that is clean, varied, has a food court upstairs, and a good variety of shops.

    There is also an outdoor section to the side.

    Well worth a browse, something here for everyone.

    What to buy: Have a look, should be something here for you

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    Central Market: Bartering at the Markets

    by aussirose Updated Dec 1, 2012

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    A trip to Asia is not complete without bartering at the markets so we headed on down to Central Markets for a session :o)

    I bought a few gifts for the family and Janine bought two nice leather bags for a very cheap price. Not as good as Ho Chi Minh City for bartering though. I think the locals have cottoned on to us knowing how to work the system :o) ....but we had fun anyway.

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    Central Market: My kind of place!

    by HebaM Updated Nov 9, 2012

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    Central Market is a main attraction in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Central Market is located at Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock (Foch Avenue) and the pedestrian only section of Jalan Hang Kasturi (Rodger Street), a few minutes away from Petaling Street.

    I like Chinese culture and everything has to do with it so it's the right place for me !

    The antiques shops were amazing, I wanted to buy everything but then I realized I need to win the lottery to do so!

    I bought a very nice Chinese tea set and accessories, my friend was sick so she get a Chinese medicine for the flu. the owner of the shop was very nice she allowed us to stay at her shop until the rain stopped. it was raining cats and dogs!

    They have a fish spa, my friends tried it and like it. not much of eating places but who go there to eat.

    Central Market is accessible through Pasar Seni LRT station on the Kelana Jaya Line.

    What to buy: Antiques, souvenirs, accessories, local craft, batik , Chinese medicine

    What to pay: A LOT!

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    Central Market: More likely a touristic market!

    by sirine Written Aug 18, 2011

    I was hoping for a more local style open market,like the weekend markets in Bangkok, but it turned out to be more like a 2 storey mall, offering products from India ,China and Malaysia.Bargaining is not very possible, as most shops offer fixed prices but you find a wide selection of handicrafts, traditional clothes , accessories and jewllery especially at reasonnable prices.Shops are clean organized and the area is not so big..Recommended for tourists.

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    Central Market: The central market.

    by cachaseiro Written Nov 25, 2010

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    The central market is a collection of shops, cafes etc that is all in the same huge building.
    It´s a real nice place to stroll around even if you don´t plan to buy anything.
    You have different sections there with one part being indian, one part chinese, etc.
    There are also some good cafes there aswell as places to get a bite to eat.

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    Central Market: Former wet market now selling souvenirs

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010
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    This former "wet" market which used to sell meat, fish, vegetables and other local products, is located across the river frm the British administrative centre. Another fine Art Deco building, it was built in 1936 after the original market (built in 1889) was modified. In 1986, it became the Cultural Bazaar and is home to many souvenir stalls and shops that also sell arts and crafts.

    Open: 10am-10pm.

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    Central Market: Browsing the markets

    by Flying.Scotsman Written May 31, 2010

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    We love visiting markets. Kuala Lumpur has them in abundance, in fact, the whole city is like one huge marketplace ranging from the shabbiest crowded cowshed-like structures to the ultra modern shopping malls. The 2 we found the most interesting were the Chow Kit market and the Central Market. The Central market is a kind of halfway house, with Art Deco architecture, and a variety of crafts and souvenirs in pleasant surroundings. Chow Kit was more of the cowshed variety with stallholders shouting out along the crowded aisles. We were fascinated by watching jewelery being electroplated using a battered kitchen pot, boiling liquid and a car battery. Great fun.

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    Central Market: Not such a bargain market

    by cafank Updated Dec 23, 2009

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    Don't get me wrong I like Central Market and usually end up buying here but it is not the cheapest around...and the items for sale can be found in many places at the same - and cheaper - prices. But, if what you want is here go for it.

    You can easily spend a couple of hours here and I usually go when it is wet, or too hot to be walking around.

    The food stalls are OK - dearer than out in the streets - but if you are dubious about street vendors this is a great place to come.

    What to buy: My favourite purchase from the markets is a 3D Laser Crystal paper weight. I had a picture of Telly (my dog) put into the paper weight and I just love it. If you have a favourite picture take it along and have it made into a crystal piece Ground floor Lot G 37/38

    I have also had my fortune told here - an interesting experience.......

    What to pay: Items are not that cheap here but everything under the one roof makes it easy....especially for last minute gifts

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    Central Market: Shopping in KL

    by Penelope4 Updated Jan 1, 2009

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    Open from 10 am to 10 pm everyday, Central Market attracts tourists and locals alike. Built in 1888 as a wet market, it has become a landmark for the country’s culture and heritage.

    What to buy: Shops offer a wide range of Malaysian arts and handicrafts, paintings, batik clothes, spices, and nice souvenirs you would like to bring home.

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    Central Market: Batik selection @ central market

    by SangAji Written Aug 20, 2008

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    central market first floor has many shops offering a variety of batik fabrics and ready-made clothings

    one with green theme

    What to buy: bought a pair of baju cara melayu in batik fabric

    plus eco-friendly batik shirt made from natural fibres and dyes

    What to pay: paid rm$160 for batik shirt

    and rm$200 for cara melayu

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    Central Market: shopping around central market

    by SangAji Written Aug 20, 2008

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    shops around central market offers a wide variety of local art and craft

    ideal for gifts

    or as fashion statement

    What to buy: customised art on tiles etc

    as remembrance of visit to central market

    What to pay: a few dollars to hundreds of dollars!!

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    CENTRAL MARKET

    by ancient_traveler Updated Apr 4, 2008

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    Central Market, a cultural and shopping center, is the best place to witness Malaysian culture, art and craft.

    What to buy: A variety of goods are sold here, including handicrafts, souvenirs and art, all at reasonable prices. Amid the stalls selling souvenirs are small outlets where Malaysian artists display their works. Visitors may even have their portrait painted or order custom-made crafts.

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    Central Market

    by cs_zee Written Oct 24, 2007

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    Central Market was the largest wet market in the city. Built in 1928, it is also a very old building that has won awards for its architectural design. Now, the building is home to many arts and crafts shops showcasing the work of local artists and craftsmen. This is a great place to pick up souvenirs and T-shirts in addition to more elaborate handicraft and artwork.

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    Central Market: A nice covered market

    by xaver Written Nov 15, 2006

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    A bridge across the Sungai Klang links the Dayabumi Complex to the central market. 50 years ago at this place there was a wet market. Today, the structure of the Central Market is a cultural center for the display and development of Malaysian culture, arts and crafts as well as a site for local artists and craftsmen. The specialty in this large covered enclave is Malaysian handicrafts. Portrait artists and small-time craftsmen set up shop in various corners and proceed to work, oblivious to the stares of curious onlookers. The riverside amphitheatre outside is the venue for regular performances of traditional and contemporary dances and musical concerts. There are many performances, demonstrations, and activities offered here, including batik painting, fortune telling, shadow puppet plays, glass blowing, dance classes, art classes, and many others. A unique place to venture and perhaps pick up curios and antiques for a bargain.

    What to buy: Many stores at Central Market sell clothes and other goods made from the colorful, traditional Malaysian batik - beautiful and, in most cases, hand-drawn and hand-printed fabrics. Batik makes really nice shirts, dresses and ties . The shops and stalls within the extensively renovated building offer a heady variety of antiques, asian artifacts, handicrafts and souvenir items.

    What to pay: A silk hand painted batik around 90 ringit, a batik table set around 30 ringit.

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