Discover Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market - Kuala Lumpur
When you hear the words “Central Market,” the first image that comes to your mind is probably a wet market, with fresh produce and raw ingredients for sale. However, that’s not the case for Kuala Lumpur—which is why TripGuru recommends a trip to this place.
Located along a pedestrianized stretch of Jalan Hang Katsuri (Katsuri Walk), on the east bank of the Klang River (Sungai Kelang), the Central Market was really once a wet market. Built in 1888, it has been transformed into an award-winning shopping destination aimed at tourists who want to take home the finest Malaysian arts and crafts. The two-story Art Deco building now houses countless stores that sell everything from kitschy keychains and souvenir magnets to ornate handicrafts and traditional garb, coming from all parts of the country. There’s also a busy food court where people can refuel after shopping.
In short, Central Market may be a touristy experience, but it has not lost its authenticity. Feel free to skip the standard souvenir shirt—some choice gift ideas include jewelry, elaborate embroidered blouses, and batik shirts. While it still has market in its name, it’s fully air-conditioned; stalls are well-organized and toilets are clean. Haggling is an option here, however don’t expect dirt-cheap prices for everything. Meanwhile, outside the market is an activity area where various events and even cultural performances are held.
Central Market is in a truly central location—it’s very easy to reach via public transport. Travelers can reach it from Pasar Seni LRT Station from the south, then walking up north along Jalan Hang Katsuri; or from Masid Jamek LRT, then walk south via Jalan Benteng and then Jalan Hang Katsuri. An elevated walkway to the Kuala Lumpur KTM Station is also nearby—just go south to Pasar Seni LRT Station, and from that LRT station, follow the walkway across the Klang River to Kuala Lumpur KTM Station. The Pasar Seni-Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock bus stop is also in front of Central Market. The market is open from 10 am to 10 pm, though it can get quite busy late in the afternoon.