Central Market, 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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    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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    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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    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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    Central Market - Cultural Showcase

    by mansionion Updated Nov 17, 2003

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    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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    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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    Central Market (Pasar Seni)

    by SLLiew Written Nov 4, 2008

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    Pasar Seni was the old wet market of downtown Kuala Lumpur that has been converted to souvenir and local arts shopping area.

    Being upgraded, I recommend visiting this place to see and to buy your Malaysian souvenir.

    It has two floors and many shops sell similar items. There are also eating places. Location wise, it is walking distance from Petaling Street, Pudu Bus Station and the LRT station Pasar Seni.

    Do walk to the outside of the building which is along the Klang (Kelang) River. There is a bridge walk to Dayabumi as well the old Railway Station across the river.

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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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    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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    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

    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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    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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    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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