Kuala Lumpur Central Market do you want a Bargain?

Kuala Lumpur Central Market

Once constructed to serve as Kuala Lumpur‘s (KL) main wet and dry market, this two storey colonial market today serves an entirely different purpose.

Kuala Lumpur Central Market

It is hailed as one of the main tourist attractions in metropolitan KL and for good reason.

The market is now a one stop centre for handicrafts that can be found in this exotic country. If you are eyeing a souvenir to take back home as a memento of your holidays here, then this is the place where you will definitely find something worth buying.

Kuala Lumpur Central Market is one of the oldest buildings in KL. The origin of the building dates back to the 1880s and not surprisingly, it has been classified as a Heritage site by the Malaysian heritage society.

Slated for demolition during the 1980s, perhaps due to the recession then, the building was given a new lease of life when it was renovated and turned into what it is today. The locals here have attached several different names to signify its main attraction. The English speaking locals call it the “Cultural Bazaar” while the Malays termed the market as “Pasar Seni” (This is the Malay phrase for Handicraft market or Cultural market).

And true to its various tags, the Kuala Lumpur Central Market is the place where you can get a wide diversity of high quality handicrafts produced by local craftsmen. They range from the traditional native beadworks; traditionally hand weaved gilded fabric called “Songket”, artistic wood carvings from the natives of Borneo to the vibrant and colorful “Batik” cloth.

The batik cloth is said to originate from Indonesia but the Malays here have infused their own designs until it had developed an identity of its own. The T- shirts printed with local motifs are worth a mention, as I find them particularly good value, specially at a cost of only MYR15 each.

Value for money doesn’t just stop at T-shirts.

My recommendation is for you to tour the whole KL Central Market, yep that’s right both floors and see for yourself what is on offer.

Kuala Lumpur Central Market

Occasionally, they hold exhibitions here showcasing a particular type of handicraft. By the way, the place is fully air-conditioned so it makes a splendid reprieve from the sweltering heat outside.

Kuala Lumpur Central Market – Anyone for Food?

If you are looking to grab a bite to eat after all the shopping, there is a hawker centre located on the second floor of the complex.

The choices of local cuisine here is pretty good, but not what I would classify as great. If you are looking for a cold beer, there is a pub called the “Bull Head” located on the ground floor on the left side of the main entrance. The steak and kidney pie is great, better than some of the pies that I have tasted in the U.K.

Kuala Lumpur Central Market – Opening Hours

Opening hours for Kuala Lumpur Central Market is from 10am to 10pm daily but some shops open in the morning a little later around 11am.

Kuala Lumpur Central Market – How do I get There?

To get to Central Market, the easiest way is to take the Putra LRT train and get off at the "Pasar Seni” station. As you exit the station, you will be able to see the market directly opposite the main road.

Travel Tip:
A word of caution, don’t jay walk.

You can get a ticket for doing that. You might be tempted to copy the locals who cross the road but I seriously wouldn’t advise it. They, the locals, have been trained for ages and you are just a newbie to KL’s landscape.

Just use the zebra crossing near the traffic lights or the overhead bridge if are close to it.

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