Kuala Lumpur Central Market

Kuala Lumpur Central Market

A cultural centre/market in the heart of KL which dates back to the 19th century. A great place to experience the cultural and culinary traditions which have blended together to make Malaysia what it is today!

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The history of Central Market goes back to 1888 when an open wet market was built on Jalan Hang Kasturi (now Rodger Street) in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. A permanent structure and facade were later added, and in the 1970s a government grant allowed to market to transition into a Centre for Malaysian Culture, Arts and Handicrafts. Ever since then the facade has remained unaltered to retain the charm of Malaysia's past.

Recently, Central Market has been fashioned into a one stop shopping centre for Malaysian products, such as handicraft, art, kebaya, songket, batik and the full range of Malaysian cuisine.

In order to celebrate the cultural diversity from which contemporary Malaysia has emerged, Central Market has created dinstinct areas for stalls which represent the Malay, Chinese and Indian cultures: Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese and Little India. The purpose of these areas is to provide visitors with an insight into the various cultures in Malaysia.

Other areas of the market include the Malacca Jonker Street - a street featuring double storey and single storey Baba-Nyonya style architectural buildings similar to those found in Malacca itself, The Blue Mansion filled with beautiful Malaysian antiques, and a Batik Emporium which houses well known designer labels alongside the best Malaysian made batik items ranging from clothes, shoes, bags to home finishing.

A new outdoor stage showcases Malaysia’s multi-cultural festivals, celebrations, weddings, dance and music. This stage is meant to give Central Market, a building filled with over 120 years of history a new face to attract younger generations and to foster an appreciation racial tolerance and integration.

The Central Market Annexe, situated behind Central Market, is an arts centre which aims to nurture a vital and progressive arts culture in Malaysia. The location of The Annexe in the centre of the city, sitting between offices, cultural markets, heritage buildings, and bus terminals, makes it accessible to people from all walks of life. Its proximity to two LRT stations and bus stations means that students and youth can access it easily, giving the arts scene the vitality it needs. The Annexe is meant to provide opportunities for both artists and audiences to come together in the shared adventure of art.

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