Central Market, Kuala Lumpur

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    China Town

    by MikeAtSea Updated Dec 23, 2004

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    China Town

    China Town or Petaling Street as it is properly known offers a very different character. It is a colourful street with plenty of shops, restaurants and street hawkers. Regional Chinese cuisine can be found here in the blend of shops from Chinese Medicine to “Rolex” watches.

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    CENTRAL MARKET

    by BerniShand Updated Dec 20, 2004

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    art deco style

    a great place to shop, we loved the Art Deco features of the central market
    it has been repainted and renovated not long ago
    the market now houses many different sorts of stalls and you can find interesting souveniers here, from kites to jewellery, and you can try your bartering skills

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    Shopping, shopping, shopping

    by tattud_gurl Updated Dec 1, 2004
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    You must get all your souvenirs here. You can get everything from batik to purses, to abayas, to knick knacks, to Cd's, etc. Everything is right here. The place is 2 stories of shops...all different prices. Make sure you bring cash...most merchants do not take credit cards. There are great deals to be had here, and the best thing is...locals shop here too, it's not just for tourists.
    There are a few food booths, if you dare...but there is also a Mcdonalds at the back door. We ate there, and it was great after nothing but Malaysian food for 3 days.

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    Central Market - Cultural Showcase

    by mansionion Updated Nov 17, 2003

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    Central Market

    Build in 1935, Central Market (CM as it is commonly known) was formerly KL's main wet market. It was saved from demolition in the 1980s and converted into what it is today -a cultural market (Pasar Budaya) mainly showcasing the local arts and crafts.

    CM is lively with activities, check out the potrait artistes at work, street performers or its weekly cultural shows at the open air stage. Look out for interesting souveniers here to bring home, from local crafts to pewter and antiques.

    Generally, its the place to go for shoping, eating, be entertained or simply people watching. A visit to KL is not complete without a trip to CM.

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    Central Market

    by keeweechic Updated Aug 3, 2003

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    Formerly a wet market, this building was tidied up for use as a retail gallery for budding craftsmen and artists. A really unique place to visit and I found some lovely little silver trinkets in here. There are all kinds of shops and stalls selling almost everything a visitor to Malaysia would want to find.

    Hours: 10am-10pm daily.

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    by yen_2 Written Jul 27, 2003

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    See that green color?tat is the Market,hehe

    Okey..okey..for this tip..I just took a shot from a far. Actually I've never been there but as I don't have a time to check it out..I asked some people in the hotels about the place and told us that the place is really nice as they renovated it and most of the tourists flock there to buy any kinds of things...Hmm..maybe next time, I'll go check it..

    It was said that, 50 yrs. ago the site was occupied by a wet market. But today, the art-deco structure is a centre for the display and development of Malaysian culture, arts and crafts. 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.

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    Traditional Dance Outside Central Market

    by d_Nasution Written Jan 5, 2003

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    Every Saturday evening, there will be a performance just outside Central Market near the riverbank. Traditional dance and musical play from Malay, India and Chinese community. It is an open air area so if it is raining, they will perform inside. Look for the monthly activities at the information counter.

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    Central Market (Pasar Budaya)

    by sunnywong Written Sep 12, 2002

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    A favorite spot to watch craft making, painting and to buy souvenirs among both locals and tourists. This former wet market has been transformed into a modern, air-conditioned shopping bazaar with a wide variety of local crafts and souvenirs for sale. it is also well-known for its food outlets where the best of local cuisine is served. The riverside amphitheatre outside is the venue for regular performances of traditional and contemporary dances and musical concerts. During the weekends, at 7:30PM, cultural performances are held.

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    Go to Central Market

    by Audrey118 Written Sep 3, 2002

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    I grew up coming to this place when I was a child!!!
    We would come here to do our marketing. It was once a upon a time the city's Wet Market - real huge - with rows of designated things offering for sale. I remember clearly my granma would buy curry ingredients from a tall old Indian man; he had mounds of different coloured paste like thing, which he would pinch a bit of this and a bit of that to cook our curries. You just need to tell him what curry and for how many pax!!! and he does it all!!! Then my granma would go to another alley, and choose her fat chook and then Chinese lady would catching the life bird with its wings, and kill it!!!! bloody affair.
    The market of course stink to me - it was wet, noisy but it was an experience for me to wonder around.

    BUT TODAY it is no longer the wet market I knew.

    This Art Deco styled building built in 1928
    was converted during 1986 to a craft centre housing some 100-odd arts and crafts shops. You see some artist at work, lots of Malay traditional snacks for sale etc. There are some food outlets as well, a Chinese restaurant, some Malay and possibly a Thai food outlets upstairs.
    Jalan Hang Kasturi

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    by o00o Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Central Market >

    Fifty years ago this site was occupied by a wet market. Today, the art-deco structure of the Central Market is a centre for the display and development of Malaysian culture, arts and crafts. 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.

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    If you're a person who love to...

    by Krystynn Written Aug 24, 2002

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    If you're a person who love to blend in and mingle with the locals, I can't recommend you a better thing to do than to go strolling along the streets of K.L..... and do some cheap shopping at the many flea markets found here (they call it 'pasar malam' - a Malay word for 'flea market).

    A good place to head to is the one located just a fifteen minute walk away from Kuala Lumpur's China Town - the spectacular Central Market, opened from 10AM to 10PM (and situated behind the Dayabumi building).

    You would be able to witness local craftmans demonstrate their amazing skills on batik painting, portrait drawing, glass blowing and fine arts. If you're into antiques and rare Asian artifacts, the Central Market is the PERFECT place for you! There are over two dozen outlets (at my last count) that feature this kind of collection from all over Asia!! It is little wonder why Central Market is one of the BEST tourist attraction right here in Kuala Lumpur.

    And just outside Central Market, an open air stage serves as the regular venue for traditional and contemporary dances as well as concerts. Well, all I can say is - HAVE FUN!!! :-))

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    Central Market

    by AlettaCrofton Updated May 11, 2011
    At the Central Market

    At the Central Market one can get the ideal little gifts from Malaysia to take home.
    There are restaurants to relax at when the going gets tough.

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    Central Market.

    by bonio Written Nov 27, 2007

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    Slightly more upmarket than we expected, not the usual chaos of covered markets. Here is a good place to spend an hour or so browsing around stalls selling just about everything you may need.

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    KL Central Market

    by explore_discover Written Apr 24, 2007
    The Enterence

    Its worth visiting for a while specially those who like Oriental Wodden Suvineers and handicrafts dont be shy of bargaining

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    Central Market

    by rebibi Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Many stalls are in a very long hall selling almost everything. We also saw this old Rickshaw there but this was not for sale!

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