The Central Market: a landmark for Malaysian Culture and Heritage

One-stop shop fro Malaysian Batik, Souvenir, Collectible and Handicraft

Central Market Kuala Lumpur by Johen Redman via Unsplash

Central Market: Discover Unique Malaysian Craft & Souvenir in every corner

After walking from St. John’s Cathedral in Jalan Bukit Nanas for a few minutes, I finally reached Kuala Lumpur’s famous Central Market. I didn’t research the place; I thought I needed to look for a tall and modernly designed building. After moving back and forth, I realized later that I was in the right place; Central Market is an old building and one of Kuala Lumpur‘s famous heritage sites.

Central Market Kuala Lumpur by Johen Redman via Unsplash
Central Market Kuala Lumpur by Johen Redman via Unsplash

Did you know that this shopping arcade was a wet market in the 1800s? It was founded in 1888 and originally used as a wet market, while the current Art Deco-style building was completed in 1937. Central Market is Kuala Lumpur’s answer to Chatuchak Market in Thailand, being the center for indigenous products that are proudly made in Malaysia.

It has been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and is now a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage.

Lamps and House decors
Lamps and House decors
Wooden Masks from Malaysia
Wooden Masks from Malaysia
Malaysian Rice Cakes
Malaysian Rice Cakes

This 123-year-old Market building is the best place to visit if you want bags made from pandanus, silver accessories, Batik, and other Peranakan garments.

Located near Chinatown, the Central Market is on Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock near the Pasar Seni train station. This Art deco-designed market is filled with rare artifacts like old Craven cigarette tin boxes, oil lamps, century-old Nyonya tea sets, charcoal irons, and Chinese hairpins.

This is the best place to visit if you want to buy authentic Malaysian-made souvenirs, though some items are expensive. If you feel tired, you can have a little foot relaxation at the Fish Spa on the ground floor.

Traditional Malaysian Kites and Collectibles
Traditional Malaysian Kites and Collectibles
Accessories and Malaysian Souvenirs
Accessories and Malaysian Souvenirs
Traditional textile and batik souvenirs
Traditional textile and batik souvenirs

Aside from souvenir shops, there is also a food court located on the second level and Kopitiam (Coffee Shop) on the ground floor. The Central Market has since been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and is now a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage.

Central Market has created a zone to classify the type of products being sold in each zone. The new zone, therefore, would consist of 3 lanes, namely the Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese, and Lorong India.

You may also experience these exciting art and cultural experiences at the annex:

  • Fish Spa
  • Henna Tattoo
  • 3D Art
  • DIY Batik Painting
  • Caricature

How to get there

This shopping area is easily accessible by train, bus, and taxi, and since it is inside an air-conditioned enclosure, you will not feel exhausted after the shopping.

Walking

Only a 5-minute walk from Chinatown and Petaling Street.

Rapid KL Bus

821,822,851,180,640,650,651, 652,772,780,781,782,750,751, 752,770,771,BET1,BET3,BET4

KL Hop-On Hop-Off

This City Tour Bus stops at the station right opposite of Central Market Kuala Lumpur.

GOKL

Visitors in Kuala Lumpur can also travel for free within selected routes in the city with the GOKL free city bus service. The GOKL bus stops opposite Central Market Kuala Lumpur.

Central Market Management Office (Central Market Sdn Bhd)
Address: Lot 3.04-3.06, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur.
Telephone: 03-2031 0399/5399/7399

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