Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

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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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    Central Market: Local Handicrafts

    by Ines28 Written Sep 26, 2004

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    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!

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    Central Market: Formally a wet market

    by mary2u99 Written Jan 29, 2006

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    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.

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    Central Market: Pasar Seni

    by dragontml Written Nov 14, 2003

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    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.

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    Central Market: Central Market - 1 Stop Centre for Souveniers

    by mansionion Updated Nov 17, 2003

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    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.

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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: 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: 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: 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: Central Market

    by phil_uk_net Written Mar 10, 2003

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    An indoor bazaar that used to be a wet market. There are numerous specialty shops inside that offer a range of handicrafts, antiques, curios, and works of local artists.

    What to buy: Handicrafts, souvenirs and art.

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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: Kites!

    by tayloretc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    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.

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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: Paintings

    by tayloretc Written Jul 22, 2006

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    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.

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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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