Central Market

+601300228688
Lot 3.04-3.06, Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
www.centralmarket.com.my

Working hours: 10:00 – 21:30

One of Kuala Lumpur’s most popular tourist attractions is the Central Market, which goes by its local name of Pasar Seni. It is situated in the capital’s very heart, close to Chinatown. Visitors flock to the marketplace in order to buy original items and authentic souvenirs at the lowest prices in the city, as well as to get in touch with the multinational Malay culture, which is represented through the masterful arts and crafts that are sold here by their creators.

The market was founded by the Chinese captain Yap Ah Loy, who had been put in charge of law and order in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown back in 1888. Initially the area served as a food market, and it is there that most citizens bought fresh fish, vegetables and fruits. A hundred years later, the market was moved to another part of the city, and its building was scheduled for demolition. However, the Malay Association of Cultural Heritage stood up for unique construction, compelling authorities to recognize it as a valuable monument of colonial architecture with high historical importance. The Central Market has since turned into true center of Malay art and a plethora of souvenir and art shops, as well as craft workshops, have since appeared there.

In the early 2000s, the Kuala Lumpur Central Market was reconstructed, although its unique charm and character have been largely preserved. Today, the building is made up of a two-storey indoor trade center, where visitors can buy any number of original creations: national clothes, handmade items of made of batik and wood, pictures, utensils, and much more besides. In addition to actually buying the goods, guests can also see how these souvenirs are made, how local artists work, and much more besides.

Pasar Seni is organized in a way that allows its visitors to learn the about the cultures of the different nationalities that inhabit Malaysia. Each ethnic group has its own trading zone: for example, the market has Malay and Indian Lanes, as well as a Chinese Strait, the Malacca Street.

The Central Market’s second level features a large food court, which comprises of a great number of restaurants that offer traditional Asian dishes at affordable prices. There is also stage near the market building, where multi-cultural performances – concerts, performances by dance and theater groups, and colorful celebrations – are regularly held.

The Annexe gallery is situated directly behind Pasar Seni. This is a true center of modern art, where fashion shows, art installations and experimental exhibitions are organized in addition to traditional art displays.

Opened in 2011, a market known as Kasturi Walk is adjoined to the Central Market. This is a covered pedestrian street with numerous stands and shops selling authentic goods at far lower prices than at Pasar Seni.

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Reviews: 298
Gregory

I think this market is better for finding cool interesting souvenirs than the china town one nearby. China town seems to pretty much junk and knock stuff with not that much variety

31.12.2017  
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LiLi

Searching for gifts ?? Go there !! Cheaper than china town

11.11.2017  
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Andrew

Not very interesting downstairs, just shops with stuff you don’t need. the foodcourt on the first floor is worth a visit if you’re hungry. lot’s of decent foodstalls up there.!

10.11.2017  
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Soonlung

https://flic.kr/p/218Dy9f

06.11.2017  
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Soonlung

https://flic.kr/p/D7tiXf

06.11.2017  
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Boontarik

First time in this years we come out walk walk and hold hand aging

30.10.2017  
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Annas

View for craft

29.10.2017  
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Amirul Asnawi

Amazing place. Need to know how to negotiate with seller to get a bargain price.

12.10.2017  
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Syazwan

I really love the handcrafts they're selling! They are so amazing arts, affordable price and beautiful. Got souvenirs, local rotan handcrafts, paints and many more! Love the place

23.09.2017  
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riderintaiwan

An air-conditioned tourist trap. Full of over-priced trinkets you don't need. Here every tourist is a sucker soon to be separated from his $. Upstairs food court is more close to actual local prices.

22.09.2017  
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Syra

There's a long queue & crowded with people getting the antique porcelain wares.

03.09.2017  
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Wan

Welcoming all tourists around the world to our one of the beautiful places in Kuala Lumpur

11.08.2017  
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Ling

What to see here

09.08.2017  
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Ling

What's inside

09.08.2017  
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Ling

Signature photo check in spot for tourist

09.08.2017  
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Waty

to buy gifts here

24.07.2017  
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Atif

After a second look at it I think it's pricey for what you get however there is also much to choose from that you will pay the extra for the ease

17.06.2017  
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Walnutcafe

Nasi Lemak with HFC [ Healthy Fried Chicken] really tasty

25.05.2017  
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Walnutcafe

Walnut cafe is located very near to central market and pasar seni LRT station.

23.05.2017  
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Atif

It's nice and clean. Much easier to deal with than #ChinaTown lots of different types of shops and eating places. I prefer this to China Town

21.04.2017  
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