Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

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    Central Market

    by SengQuee Updated Jun 19, 2007

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    The Central Market (Pasar Besar) or what it is now known as The Cultural Bazaar (Pasar Seni) was originally constructed in 1888 and 1889 to serve Kuala Lumpur's large tin mining community. It was a wet market which sold seafood, meat, vegetables and everyday items. There were frequent renovations and extensions costing millions of Malaysian ringgit to cater for Kuala Lumpur's growing population. The market acquired its Art deco style in 1936 under an expansion plan drawn up by town engineer RH Seed. Art deco was very popular in the 1930s. Among the new features were stepped arch and square motif on the walls. City Hall earmarked the building for demolition in the early 1980s but the Malaysian Heritage Trust stepped in to save the building. It became the Cultural Bazaar in April 1986 and a popular market for handicrafts. The place is a mojor tourist attraction.

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    A place to pick up souvenirs

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Mar 17, 2007

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    Pasar Seni main entrance

    Central Market, or Pasar Seni in Malay, used to be the largest wet market in central KL, but was converted to an air-conditioned shopping mall in the late 1980s, specialising in local (and Asian) products, mainly handicrafts. These days, mostly tourists visit the place to pick up souvenirs. It's a pleasant enough place, with options for eating/drinks, and a short walk to Chinatown.

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    Excellent Handicrafts Market

    by longsanborn Written Jan 17, 2007

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    Wood carvings from Sarawak

    Previously, the 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. Because of its strategic location, the rapid development of the surrounding area (which led to a decline in its viability as a wet market location) and the need to cater to tourists, the building was later converted into a large arts and crafts centre.

    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. Cultural performances are also regularly hosted here. A wide variety of Malaysian food can be sampled in and around the Central Market.

    The full address is Jalan Hang Tuah Kasturi, (Junction of Jalan Benteng & Lebuh Pasar Besar), 50050 Kuala Lumpur.

    Opening hours: 10am-10pm (Mon - Sunday)

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    Arts and crafts

    by 31Aug Updated Dec 14, 2006
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    Come look see look see at what local crafts generally is like, or buy some things as gifts, souvenir, or for some food.

    Portrait painting, local music instruments demonstrations (interesting when he played Shakira's "Whenever, Wherever", Shakira should listen to it and probably consider a remix with the instruments), jewelry, pewter, etc.

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    Central Market

    by yoolya Written Dec 4, 2006

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    Central Market is ok for the tourists who want to buy traditional type products. Like traditional Malaysia, or Chinese artifacts and sculptures, or clothing.

    They do not sell normal (every day) items of clothing, or shoes, or anything like that.... so don't expect it to be like the market on Petaling Street (Chinatown), although it's practically across the road.

    It's not my personal taste, as I prefer clothes shopping..... but this would be a good place to visit for people who want to buy souvenirs and that type of stuff!!

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    The best market in KL

    by Lyda1973 Written Oct 8, 2006
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    Finally!!!, we found a real market... after going to chinesse an indian market and some other old fashionable shoping malls, we were dissapointing, we thought the only handicrafts that we were going to take home were pewter form Selangor, but affortunately we went to Central Market.
    The booths are much more organized and clean, so the things looks better. We found not only pewter, but also things related with the petronas, and little orchids and roses with some different uses, and many many things from Thailand like inciens and ornaments.
    We took the LRT to the Masjid Jamek station and walked.

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    by Rinjani Written Sep 8, 2006

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    Yes, KL is one of the city of merchants in South East Asia, where you can find spots to satisfy your shopping lust. But, if you are in KL, spare your time to visit Central Market. This is still touristic spot though, but unlike the new and modern shopping malls, with your fave brands, the Central Market offers something ¡¥arty¡¦. There is ¡¥street performance¡¦, handmade collection of fashion and souvenirs, portrait painters and fortune teller (the famous fortune teller was (unfortunately) unavailable when me and many tourists waiting for him patiently for reading our palms, cards or whatever for us to anticipate the goods and bads in our future ƒº.
    The Central Market building is built since 1888 and it used to be vegetables and fish market. No fishy smells left, just art and enjoyable of window shopping that are there now.

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    Visit the Central Market

    by DanielF Updated Aug 17, 2006

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    The Central Market is hosted in a huge art deco building surrounded by a pedestrian area in the very heart of the city. Most of the stalls are currently selling art and crafts, but it was anyway interesting to visit it early in the morning when the stalls were opening.

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    Visit Central Market

    by makiro Updated Jun 20, 2006

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    Lots of food, shopping and its air conditioned
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    This is a great place to visit for the day. I've included pix inside so you get an idea of what to expect. This market is great place to get out of the heat for a while since its airconditioned. There are many stands with food options, small restaurants upstairs, lots of clothes stalls, souvenirs, toys, even a tropical fish store.

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    Swap meat Malaysia style

    by hennanights Updated May 15, 2006

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    In the central markets you can find a wide selection of goods from expensive pottery to secondhand goods. We brought a few nice nick nacks here, although we saw them in Australian shops when we got home, however it is still nice to buy it on holiday as a remembrance. My husband picked up a great rucksack here at a cheap price. We then lugged it around Sabah and it proved a good investment. If you have been to Thailand you may find KL expensive. We saw a silk table we had brought in Phuket for $30 with a price tag $200 in KL. Its a good idea to do the rounds first as many shops sell the same item with different prices. You can haggle but we did not find it as well received as in other Asian areas. Up stairs you will find a food mall where we got a good meal very cheap. If you haven't tried the frozen ice dessert that is very popular with the locals, then you can do that here.

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    Central Markets - touristy trinkits

    by ogb4619 Written Nov 22, 2005

    It's not only the cheap Chinese imports, there's also many examples of local crafts and art.
    You can buy a didgeridoo if you're not heading for Australia or a Malaysian made (beware of the Chinese made) miniature Twin Towers made from Penang pewter (not the more famous and expensive Royal Selangor Pewter).

    The Government has recently made substantial renovations to the lovely old building that houses this 2 story collection of local (when most of them are) arts and crafts and it's a great place to browse on your way to or from Chinatown.

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    Shop at Central Market

    by iris_e Written Jun 10, 2005
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    A lot of souvenirs and local handicrafts are sold here. You can haggle your way until your desired price, if you're lucky. You can also take a break (cold coffee or fruit drinks) at My Friend Cafe located at a colored building at the back entrance of Central Market.

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    Central market

    by Kaynisa Updated May 17, 2005

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    Do u know that it use to be a WET market...
    But now its a must visit place for the tourist to get souviniers and also any other stuffs...

    periodically there are prformances demonstration around and also fortune telling (but my advise : think twice)...
    Many stores at Central Market sell clothing and other goods made from the colorful, traditional Malaysian batik - beautiful and, in most cases, hand-drawn and hand-printed fabrics.
    Riverside amphitheatre located outside of the building is the venue for regular performances of traditional and contemporary dances and musical concerts.

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    The Central Market: Shop under air-conned comfort

    by xuessium Written Apr 23, 2005

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    Folks wishing to shop in comfort, this is the place to be. There are plenty of stalls selling stuff from ethnic clothings, arts and crafts, souvenirs, ethnic food, to furnitures etc all under one roof. There is even a food court within the light-blue coloured building.

    Come during Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, and there will be plenty of food stalls outside the Central Market, selling food items for Muslims to break fast after a whole day of fasting. It will be more noisy and crowded then, and there will be decorations put up in preparation of the festival of Hari Raya Puasa, the Islamic New Year.

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    by Robdaz Written Mar 12, 2005

    This is one of my favourite place to visit while in KL. I love to watch the artist draw potrait as well as look at the various arts and crafts on offer.

    About fifty years ago this was a wet market but today, the art-deco structure of the Central Market is a centre for the display for Malaysian culture, arts and crafts.

    There are also some food outlets here where you can get a bite.

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