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Central Market

address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Phone: +60 3 2274 6542
central-market-kasturi-walk.jpg, The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc.
Kasturi Walk and Central Market (the light blue building on the right)
The indoor market and the Kasturi Walk in front of Central Market is a paradise for souvenir hunters, art and handicraft etc.

The heritage building of Central Market was built in 1888 and served orginally as a wet market. Today, similar to Jonker Walk in Melaka, it is a market for Malaysian souvenirs, handicrafts, textiles (batik, songket etc.) and art. It is also known as "Pasar Seni", which liturally means Art Market  in Malay. There is a also a food court at the first floor as well as a few restaurants (Baba Nonya restaurant, Thai restaurant, Secret Recipe, Old Town Kopitiam).

The Annexe Central Market, located just next to Central Market houses art galleries and art supply and stationary shops as well as spaces for theatre and music performances.
The street in front of Central Market (Jalan Hang Kasturi) is a pedestrian walk that was been upgraded recently with a roof. Here you can find more stalls selling crafts and souvenirs.

Central Market certainly isn't the cheapest place to find souvenirs and handicrafts but it has a wide selection of quality products from all cultures in Malaysia whether it is from Borneo and Peninsula.

Opening Hours of Central Market
10am - 10pm

How to get to Central Market
Central Market is centrally located in the historical / colonial part of Kuala Lumpur between Merdeka Square and Petaling Street / Chinatown. It can be reached within a few min walk when you are in the area. The closest LRT station is "Pasar Seni" (Kelana Jaya Line) which is just 3min away.

Links:

Official Central Market Website


Kasturi Walk
view Kasturi Walk (with Central Market on the left), coming from Pasar LRT station


shops inside Central Market
shops inside Central Market


Cute Fish Spa
Cute Fish Spa, at a price of RM5 for 10 minutes (of tickle torture) this is inexpensive way to test out this treatment, where small fishes (called Doctor Fish) nibble off dead skin from your feet


Annexe Central Market
Annexe Central Market next to Central Market

map and location of Central Market



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