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Malaysia Markets (Kuala Lumpur)

Central Market

Jalan Hang Kasturi,
50000 Kuala Lumpur

Central Market or Pasar Seni in Malay, is a main attraction in Kuala Lumpur. It was founded in 1888 and originally used as a wet market, while the current building was completed in 1937. It has since been classified as a Heritage Site by the Malaysian Heritage Society and it is now a landmark for Malaysian culture and heritage. Located on the opposite bank of the Dayabumi Complex along Jalan Hang Kasturi, it is also strategically sited within public transport facilities.

The focus for the city’s artistic community, inside the building is a warren of boutiques, handicraft and souvenir stalls with traders selling local merchandise such as authentic Malaysian batik prints and more.

Central Market has created a corner to display multi-ethnicity and the stalls are zoned based on the features of each race. The new zone therefore would consist of three lanes namely the Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese and Lorong India. The purpose of this new zone is to let the visitors have an insight of the cultural difference of the various races in Malaysia. There is also a Malacca Jonker Street – a street featuring double-storey and single-storey Baba-Nyonya styled architectural buildings, a Batik Emporium which houses well-known designer labels with the best Malaysian made batik items ranging from clothes, shoes, bags to home finishing.

Central Market is a one stop shopping centre for Malaysian products such as handicrafts, art, kebaya, songket, batik and the wide variety of Malaysian cuisine.

Efforts to improvise and upgrade facilities in Central Market also include having a variety of food & beverage outlets such as Secret Recipe, Old Town Kopitiam, Kings Confectionery, Famous Amos, Precious Restaurant (traditional Baba Nyonya cuisine), Ginger Restaurant (traditional Malaysian Thai cuisine) and many more.

Chow Kit Market

Jalan Haji Hussein,
50300 Kuala Lumpur

Chow Kit is a sub-district in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located around Jalan Chow Kit and is enclosed by the parallel streets of Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. It is named after the tin miner and municipal councillor Loke Chow Kit. Today the area features a large Indonesian community, and more recently, a small African community.

Known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit, the bazaar is shaded by oversized, colourful umbrellas and divided into a wet and dry section with the colourful market commonly frequented by locals, especially the neighbourhood’s Malay community. The wet market has stalls that sell a variety of meat, from fish and chicken to beef, mutton and pork. Naturally it stinks, but locals unfailingly frequent this section of the market for the dirt cheap prices. The dry market is without a doubt the cleaner part of the market and more appropriate for tourists: this section has a maze of stalls with fruit, vegetables, tofu, spices as well as clothes, shoes, CDs, DVDs and textiles. Vendors here are polite and this is one of the areas where you can see Malaysian hospitality at its best.

It also features a night market also known as 'Bundle Chow Kit' along Lorong Haji Taib which is known for the sale of used clothings and accessories

The Chow Kit Monorail station is situated in this area and the PWTC LRT station is located nearby.

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