Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
Art Deco style building originally was the city produce market, but has now been refurbished to hold a very nice variety of small shops selling mostly souvenirs, clothing, antique bric-a-brac. Additionally there is a nice food court on the 2nd floor.
Most of what is available around the country is offered here. Knowing that you can plan accordingly and either get your souvenir shopping out of the way first off, or wait until your last day so you won't have to lug things around.
Independent stalls: I wasn’t sure whether to add this, because I couldn’t tell whether the gallery was permanent. But in the far back right corner on the first floor of the Central Market were paintings for sale in a variety of styles.
Part of the corner was a small display of lovely Chinese paintings by an artist called Tan Kim Sar (deceased), who appears to have also been a local educator. Anyway, those paintings were for sale, and probably will be until they’re gone. They’re a bit costly (but it’s a limited supply of originals), and you have to pay cash (it’s a small stall, no credit cards).
His subjects appear to have been mostly fish and birds. The photo detail comes from a 3+ x 1 foot panel, with catfish twisting their way up and occasionally escaping into the border. (This one is mine.) On similar panels, flocks of sparrows twist and tumble, or take flight. His paintings seemed to have a frenzied energy within the graceful movement and lines. I liked them immensely.
For U Handicrafts & Souvenirs: Among the collection of kites in this shop are traditional Malaysian “moon kites” like the one pictured. I’m sure these kites are overpriced just for the tourists, but they really are pretty. The shop is in the Central Market, on the upper level towards the back left side of the building.
All the kites are supposed to be hand-made and -painted, and I didn’t see any two alike. The proprietress said all of them fly, and that they’re double paper and much sturdier than the thin balsa supports would lead you to believe. Maybe they do fly, but for the price I’m not too keen on experimenting. The one pictured is about 3 feet wide and cost about RM300. There are all different sizes and intricacy of the paintjobs, though, ranging from less than RM100 to RM700+. It sounded like there was a discount for paying cash.
The kites fold down for transport, and the proprietress will show you how to unfold them and get everything aligned again.
Central Market is a former wet market that has been refurbished to become a centre for handicraft, antique and art sales.
What to buy: This is the best place to look for souvenirs and handicrafts.
Its two-floors building houses shops, hawker centres, restaurants, fast-food outlets.
a big market inside a big building with airconditioning.
What to buy: souvenir, malaysian traditional snack, etc
What to pay: varies.
you need to bargain sometimes. they usually give discount when you come at night before they are closed
Central Market is a place where many come to peruse for handicrafts. I'm not sure why, but I had the distinct impression that I was more likely to be pickpocketed here than any other place in KL - I could be wrong, though.
The quality of goods here varies but it's OK. Some of the proprieters (especially those selling fabrics) can be a little pushy. I'm not sure if they honestly expect us to believe the 'discount' we're supposedly getting, after they all begin by quoting the 'usual' price, seamlessly followed by the special 'discount' price.
We asked the price of a little statuette - the woman brazenly told us the 'special' discount price of 100 ringgitt, when the price tag read 85 ringgit!
Actually pashmina scarves were a bargain - about 20 Australian dollars I think.
Tripods aren't allowed here, I was quickly told by a polite but firm security official whilst hurriedly taking this photo.
What to buy: Pashmina scarves
What to pay: About 70 ringgit
Saved from demolition,the original art-deco style Central Market was converted into a fine "festive hall" and in 1986,reopened as Malaysia's foremost Cultural Shopping Centre showcasing the best local crafts and arts in the country.On the ground floor you will find the Bull's Head,an English style pub, restaurants such as the Chinese Overseas Restaurant, and Hameed's Indian eatery, newsagents,fruit stores,Kelantan Silvercraft, shops selling costume jewellery,arts and crafts outlets, stores selling luggage, art dealers and shoe shops. Most conveniently you will also find several money changers and several ATM machines.
What to buy: There are very many different handicraft items one can buy, for example silver jewellery, paintings or fans.
What to pay: We bought a very large, beautiful fan and paid only around 8 Euros for it. You have to bargain, of course!
Central Market or CM is the place to go if u are looking for local crafts and souveniers as almost everything is under one roof here, from small items like personalised key chains, pewters and t-shirts to antiques and paintings.
It is also lively with activities, even better from some of KL's modem yet soul-less shopping complexes. Check out the potrait artises at work, street performers or its weekly cultural shows at the open air stage.
Generally, its the place to go for shoping, eating, be entertained or simply people watching.
What to buy: Local crafts and souveniers.
What to pay: Reasonable prices quoted here but do bargain for the best deal.
Many years ago, this market was an actual market where they sell vegetables, chicken, fish and etc. A so called wet market. I remember when I was much younger, I visited this wet market and today, it's turned into a tourist attraction which has art & craft to offer.
What to buy: Art & Crafts, potraits...
What to pay: Most things are fixed priced.
Just next to Central Market, you could see Dayabumi building, a beautiful landmark in KL. There's a Central Post Office in the building & a walk inside the building would introduce you many fine arts on display.
I will make some times to capture some sights inside Dayabumi building in the near future...
This is a sight just outside Central Market; On the left you could see lines of restaurants where plenty of foods on display.
On the right side (not on the photo unfortunately..) is a river & just next to it is the Dayabumi building ! Another landmark in KL as you could see from the photo below...
Who likes fans ? That young boy at the back there, you like fans don't you ? Ask your mummy or daddy to buy one for you...
These fans are too big for you to fan your face cool from the heat, but they sure look nice hanging on your bedroom walls,....than those evil Limp Bizkit & satanic Linkin Park posters !
What to pay: Ask your mummy or daddy to BARGAIN for you !
Small small items...like lockets, keychains, whatever exotic you fancy hanging around your wrists or neck, could be found here.
All made intricately by the locals. If these things look cheap to your eyes, so bargain cheap from the vendors !
What to pay: BARGAIN !
Sometimes inside Cantral Market, there's an exhibition going on; cultures from Asia, Books Promotions, Travel Promotions, Traffic Awareness Promotions etc etc...to lure locals, tourists & passers-by to come in to have a look.
On that day, there's this exhibition of art & crafts from Asian cultures; I could see this white elephants mat hanging from the celing, wonder what was it all about ? Beautiful as it was, good for the eyes but zero for my knowledge ! I should have asked...
What to pay: BARGAIN !...maybe some items are for sale...
KITES ! You probably familiar with kites because that's the emblem of Malaysia Airlines System, known as MAS.
Traditional Malay kites also known as WAU originally from Kelantan state in the north of Peninsula Malaysia.
here in Central Market, you can buy the small versions of WAU. many to choose from, take your times...
What to pay: BARGAIN !