The Central Market : a landmark for Malaysian Culture and Heritage

After few minutes of walking from St. John’s Cathedral in Jalan Bukit Nanas, I finally reached Kuala Lumpur’s famous Central Market. I didnt researched about the place, I thought I need to look for a tall and modernly designed building. After moving back and forth, I realized later on that I was in the right place and Central Market is an old building being one of Kuala Lumpur’s famous heritage sites.

Bags and Accessories
Bags and Accessories

Did you know that this shopping arcade used to be a wet market back in the 1800’s. Now Central Market is Kuala Lumpur’s answer to Chatuchak Market in Thailand being the center for indigenous products that are all made in Malaysia.

Buddha Shop
Buddha Shop

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

Coffee Shop inside Central Market
Coffee Shop inside Central Market

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 to century-old Nyonya tea sets, charcoal irons and Chinese hairpins.

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House of Silver
House of Silver

This is the best place to visit if you want to buy authentic Malaysian made souvenirs thought some items are a little bit pricey. If you feel tired, you can have a little bit of foot relaxation at the Fish Spa located at the ground floor.

Kuala Lumpur Central Market
Kuala Lumpur Central Market

Aside from souvenir shops, there are also food court located at the second level and Kopitiam (Coffee Shop) at the ground floor. The Central Market has since been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and it 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.

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.

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