Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

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    Central Market

    by antistar Written Jun 25, 2015

    The Central Market is a hassle free bazaar set on several levels inside an old British built colonial building. Many of the stalls are overflowing with local merchandise, although much of it looks aimed at the tourist market. There's a few good souvenirs to be found here, though, if that's what you are looking for.

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    Souvenir shopping behind an Art Deco facade

    by Orchid Written Jan 30, 2015

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    The crisp blue and white lines of the old wet market's facade welcome you as you walk across the carpark after being dropped off by taxi (or after a short stroll from Pasar Seni monorail station.

    Inside, there are narrow aisles where small souvenir shops cluster, selling a slightly better class of souvenir than is to be found in nearby Jalan Petaling's infamous flea market. The prices are perhaps marginally higher, but in late 2014, small songket coin purses were 4 or 5 for 10 Ringgit, and pashmina scarves just 10 Ringgit each (the latter not of Malaysian manufacture no doubt!). There are lots or other craft shops, you can even find postcards here (a vanishing species). What is more, the whole complex is air conditioned. So comfortable. After browsing the shops, you can enjoy lunch at the upstairs food court, where the quality is high, and the prices very reasonable.

    The current art deco facade dates from the 1930s, though the wet market operated from 1888 up until the 1980s. Fortunately for visitors, the fine building was preserved and repurposed for our pleasure today.

    Opening hours are 10am to 10pm (though it gets quiet in the evenings)

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    Pasar Seni - Central Market.

    by IreneMcKay Written Feb 15, 2014

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    We returned to Kl recently after our visit to Ipoh. We decided to re-look at the old colonial centre then walk to China Town. The way took us past central market, which we had not visited before. It turned out to be well worth a visit. The market is mainly touristy, souvenir based with batik, elephants, antiques, fake antiques, clothes. The market was colourful and interesting. Upstairs there was a food court where we stopped for a coke float and a pineapple juice. We were not hungry at this point but there were plenty of places to eat. Next door to the food court there was a Thai restaurant that we might visit on a future trip.

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    Central Market

    by cal6060 Updated Dec 10, 2013

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    Central Market is one of the Malaysian Heritage Buildings in downtown Kuala Lumpur. It is a walking distance from the KL Railway Station, Pasar Seni LRT Station and Bus Station. It is located next to the Chinatown.

    It was formerly known as Central Market, or Pasar Besar in Malay. It served the KL's large tin mining community at that time. The original market was constructed in 1888 and 1889 and used as a wet market where vendors sold seafood, meat, vegetables, and everyday items.

    Due to the fast development in the city, there were frequent renovations and extensions of the market. In 1936, under an expansion plan drawn up by town engineer RH Seed, Art deco design was introduced to have the Central Market facade that we have today. Among the special features were a stepped arch and square motif on the walls.

    The KL City Hall earmarked the building for demolition in the early 1980s but the Malaysia Heritage Trust stepped in to save the building. It has become the Cultural Bazaar sells local handicrafts and souvenirs since April 1986.

    Other than selling local handicrafts and souvenirs, you should try the food court on the first floor where you will enjoy the local dining atmosphere with reasonable price tags on local foods. They are many selections of foods, mainly Chinese, Malay and Indian.

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    Central Market in Kuala Lumpur

    by lmkluque Updated Aug 22, 2012

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    Pasar Seni has been located in downtown KL since 1888. In 1970 it was scheduled for demolition until the Malaysian Heritage Society stepped in and had Pasar Seni classified as a Heritage Site. It was last renovated at that time and the current idea was to keep it as is to reflect the historical aspects of this landmark.

    A multi-ethnic market offering almost anything you can imagine, especially interesting to me, the traditional crafts, representative of the vaious ethnic groups in Malaysia. Walking along the stalls is fun and there are some interesting and beautiful things to see and buy.

    Oh, and lets not forget about the food. Check out the food stalls and enjoy the traditional cuisine offered here.

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    by Sharondow Written Jul 1, 2012

    Central Market is full of souvenier shops With arts and crafts from Malaysia and the region. Get ready for an education in the wide variety of scarves, shawls and batiks - sources of wool and silk etc. Try the fish massage for your feet on the ground floor - a tingling experience! Central Market is a great place to visit...

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    stroll around the market

    by davidjo Written Apr 10, 2012

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    Central Market has a mall inside and some stalls outside. Inside you can find handicrafts, a little expensive i thought but a good selection. Outside there are a few stalls offering tasty snacks including juice from this strange type of coconut that i had never seen before.

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    Central Market - Fashion, Food & Fun

    by Mikebb Updated Jan 16, 2012

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    We had visited the Central Market during a previous visit in 2000 when I was brave enough to drive a hire car through the the massive KL traffic. This time we used the public transport system which was much faster and easier upon myself.

    Three or four others from our group tagged along and upon reaching the crowded market we decided to "do our own thing" for the next hour and then meet for refreshments at midday.

    The markets looked much cleaned than a decade ago, maybe the building had been painted but it looked a little less like a market and more like a modern market.

    My wife loved the small stalls and permanent shops and could have spent time in each stall. I found it enjoyable, but not a place to spend half a day. We met up with our friends and had a light lunch, then decided we would visit the Petronas Towers, the others decided to stay at the markets for a few hours more.

    During 1888 there was a wet market on this site which continued in one form or another until 1930 when the present building was constructed. During the 1970s' the Malaysian Heritage Council decided to preserve the building.

    Definetly a place to visit and enjoy the colour and culture of Kuala Lumpur.

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    A GREAT PLACE TO FIND GIFTS

    by DAO Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you can’t find it here – they don’t make it! Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur , the Central Market is a riot of shops, colours, music, art and souvenirs. From kites to wooden masks to clothes – they sell it all. It was built by the British in 1900 and back then its primary purpose was to serve as a wet market. For souvenir and postcard hunters this is a one-stop-shop. Walking around on the different levels is fun enough, but you can get all the gift buying done and then have loads of time left over to explore Kuala Lumpur.

    There is a ‘Malay Village’ inside that specialises in tradition clothes and crafts like the Wau Kelantan kites.

    You can also sometimes find wayang kulit (a shadow puppet show), fortune tellers and portrait artists. There is also an outdoor amphitheatre by the riverside hosting contemporary dance, music and cultural concerts in the evening Thursdays to Sundays.

    Food lovers – you have not been forgotten! There are a variety of cuisines available on the ground floor and a traditional English Pub so you won’t go thirsty either.

    Opening Hours: 11.00am - 10.00pm everyday.

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    Lots to Look at , Buy and Eat

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 20, 2011

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    We spent over 4 hours here. It's a huge market selling every type of Malaysian, Chinese and Indian handicraft. There are two floors of silks ,wood carvings, beautiful batiks,pottery , clothing and jewelery.
    Upstairs there's an interesting food court selling various Asian specialties. We had dinner here and it was really good.

    Outside there was a cultural show going when we arrived and it was stillin full swing 4 hours later when we were leaving.

    Central Market is housed in a restored historic building in the city center.

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    Central Market

    by RakeshKapadnis Updated Nov 22, 2010

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    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.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.

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

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    Central Market

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 21, 2010

    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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    Shop 'til you Drop

    by cafank Written Jun 25, 2010

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    Central Market is well known as one of the places to shop for bargains when you are in KL. A relatively modern market (the A/C was a great relief in the heat!) and you can get just about anything here.

    You can even have your palm read and fortune told.

    Some of the shops are upmarket and not so cheap but lovely goods. I actually did almost all of my shopping here.

    There is a food court too and if you are not keen on roadside vendors or small cafes this is the place to come - lovely food - Chinese, Malaysian, Indian and others. It is cool and very clean.

    There are very clean toilets in the market too - you have to pay for entry but it is worth it.

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    Central Market

    by limledi Updated Feb 18, 2010

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    Central Market is a bazaar-styled arts and crafts centre offering a wide variety of products created by local artists and craftsmen. You can have your portrait sketched, browse through the souvenirs on display or visit a traditional medicine shop.

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    Ärt House Gallery, Museum of Ethnic Arts

    by cafank Written Dec 23, 2009

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    Found this place tucked in behind the Central Markets and enjoyed walking around for half an hour or so. Free admission and A/C, so a good place to learn a bit more about Malaysia...and other places.

    There are three halls (not very sophisticated, but OK for viewing) with different themes:

    Hall 1 for visiting exhibits: when I was there the visiting exhibition was Antiqe Tibetan furniture - some fabulous pieces to be see;
    Hall 2 - ethnographic local arts;
    Hall 3 Art of Borneo

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