Faces of
Malaysia
Kota Bharu

Kota Bharu is the state capital of Kelantan.The name means ‘new city’ or ‘new castle/fort’ in Bahasa Malaysia. Kota Bharu is situated in the northeastern part of Peninsular Malaysia. In 2005, it had an estimated population of 425,294, making it the largest town on the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia.It’s known for its colourful markets and the muslim culture.

Brunei

Tiny state in Borneo, sandwiched between Sarawak and Sabah. After it was a big regional player a few hundred years back, Brunei became rich upon the discovery of Oil in the 1940s. For a period time the Sultan of Brunei was the richest person in the world.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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



Related Places

Dataran Merdeka

The Dataran Merdeka (or Merdeka Square) is the old colonial heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was here, in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building that the Union Flag was lowered and the Malayan flag hoisted for the first time at midnight on August 31, 1957. Merdeka = Independence.

Kuala Lumpur City Gallery

The KL City gallery, located in a historical building from 1899 at Merdeka Square, is a free information centre of the history, present and future of Kuala Lumpur including the ARCH work and gift shop. You can also rent bicycles from here.

Petaling Street (Chinatown)

Chinatown in KL is one of the oldest parts of city. The main attractions is the roofed street market along Petaling Street which is popular for selling for fake branded goods like bags, shoes, clothes and watches.

Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

Fernloft KL @ Chinatown

Hostel near Central Market and Chinatown, branch of Fernloft group of hostels Singapore

Red Palm

Our favourite hostel in KL closed 2015. RIP Red Palm. We miss you!!!

Attractions

Royal Selangor Pewter Factory, Kuala Lumpur

Pewter Factory with a visitors center, guided tours and shop, popular stop for tour operators

Po Ling Temple, Kuala Lumpur

Chinese Mahayana Buddhist Temple with a monastery at the back, located very close to KLCC / Petronas Twin Twoers along Jalan Ampang

Attractions

Chinatown Melaka, Melaka

Melaka`s chinatown within the historical city has a very peaceful atmosphere with its narrow streets, especially so at night.

Ipoh Heritage Trail, Ipoh

The heritage trail through the historic old town center is an interesting walk passing many impressive buildings from Ipoh's boom periodic from 1880s to the 1930s.