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Central Market / Pasar Seni ~ Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
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Situated in the heart of KL, the colourful Central Market has a wide range of shops in an air-conditioned atmosphere which sells an assortment of merchandise that ranges from handicrafts and souvenirs to authentic
Malaysian batik prints.

Central Market is the place to go if you are looking for local crafts and souvenirs as almost everything is under one roof here. Located in a very busy area with traffic everywhere, it is safe and pleasant place to cool off with plenty to see.


Built in 1928, it was once the largest wet market in the city. In 1986 it was converted into a large cultural and crafts centre, with many arts and handicrafts shops showcasing the work of local artists and craftsmen.

Originally designed by RH Steed, this building is situated on the east bank of the Klang river and just south of its confluence with Gombak river, the market frontage measures 58 metres and the depth is 122 metres.

Now refurbished for altogether another intent, it is clean, well organised and spacious, making it easy to navigate around the many shops and stalls here. It houses more than 130 shops, 30 food outlets, 140 small kiosks allowing visitors to comfortably browse for anything from small items like personalised key chains, pewter and t-shirts to antiques and paintings.

The many shops housed in this heritage building offer items such as antiques, curios, batik, pewter ware, woodcarvings, gems, handicrafts, souvenirs as well as traditional goods such as Batik, embroidery carvings, souvenirs, sculptures, clothes and other interesting items

Visitors can also see local craftsmen at work - portrait artists, batik painters, glass craftsmen, T-shirt artists, souvenir makers, cobbler, key maker, seamstress, etc.

 

On the ground floor, visitors can request local artists to paint caricatures of them or even make full-blown portraits - cheap and nicely done.

The 2nd floor has some food courts, ranging from local Malaysian to European food at reasonable price and free WIFI .

 


The Annexe Central Market, located at the back of main building that formerly housed a cineplex, was opened in 2006. The Annexe houses art galleries, theatre and music performance spaces, and arts and craft shops. It features artworks and performances by local, regional and international artists.

 

RECOMMENDED
Collectables Centre - cluttered with every imaginable collectible from old Craven cigarette tin boxes, charcoal irons and oil lamps to century-old Nyonya tea sets and hairpins.
Songket & Sutera Asli - For beautiful songket (richly woven silk) fabric from the East Coast.

Near the entrance stands an antique (and still in use) red colonial post box, with the British crown and manufacturer's name cast in the metal. A section of street next to the Central Market has been made into a pedestrian mall, with other assortments on sale.

Opens 10.30am daily till late (10pm), and easily accessed, it is the place to go for shopping, eating, be entertained or simply people watching.

Note
Other sights nearby is Chinatown and the Mahamariamman Hindu Temple


Best Way to Visit - Take City Tour
A Full or a Hull day private tour which includes private vehicle with driver / guide at your disposal that allow a visit here and other places of interests of your preference.


PLACES & SIGHTSEEING ~ KL CITY CENTRE
  CHINATOWN    CENTRAL MARKET    JAMEK MOSQUE    MARIAMMAN TEMPLE
  THEAN HOU TEMPLE    PETRONAS TWIN TOWERS    KL TOWER    INDEPENDENCE SQUARE
  KINGS PALACE    CHAN SEE SHU YUEN TEMPLE

 

 

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