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Pasar Seni (Central Market)


Located strategically along Jalan Hang Kasturi, Central Market has seen the ups and down of Kuala Lumpur. It was founded in 1888 as a wet market, continued to expand and caterto the constantly growing inhabitants until a permanent structure was built in 1937. Towards the 1970s, plans to demolish it emerged. This sparked protest from the Malaysian Heritage Society, declaring the site as a national heritage. Central Market was renovated into the building it is today, and since then has become the centre of promoting Malaysian culture and heritage.

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Central Market has stalls representing the different items and ethnic groups living harmoniously within Kuala Lumpur. Travellers can have a glimpse of Malaysian culture by walking through Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese and Lorong India located on the West wing of the building. Notable are two-storey and single- storey buildings resembling the kampug-style houses.

As a cultural centre for Malaysia’s arts and crafts, it features handicrafts, songket, kebaya, keris, Indian textile. There is also the famous restaurant Old Town Kopitiam which serves traditional Baba and Nyonya food.

In 2006, the Annexe Central market was opened to the public. The building is located at the back of the main building. The Hang Kasturi Street facing the Central Market is famous for housing musicians and buskers which attract tourists and locals alike.

How to get there: The Central Market is conveniently located next to the Pasar Seni Station on the Kelana Jaya LRT Line. It is also a hub for busses that goes although out the Klang Valley.

City Centre,
50480 Kuala Lumpur




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