Located at Jalan Hang Kasturi, the Central Market Kuala Lumpur is not just a prominent shopping destination, but also an ideal place to get a glimpse of the Malaysian culture. Having been classified as a cultural heritage site by the Malaysian Heritage Society, the market offers a wide variety of items including souvenirs, handicrafts, art and more. This significant landmark depicting Malaysian heritage and culture is perfectly located with a number of public transport services available nearby.
Small outlets displaying the works of Malaysian artists can be found amidst various stalls that sell souvenirs. You may even get the opportunity to get your own portrait painted onsite or simply make orders for custom-made souvenirs. The market consists of a special section that impressively showcases the nations’ multi-ethnicity, with stalls separated into zones according to the features of each race. The section therefore is comprised of three lanes namely, Lorong India, Straits Chinese and Lorong Melayu.
Even songket, Kebaya, Batik and various dishes of Malaysian cuisine are available at this one stop shopping destination. In an effort to upgrade the facilities of the market, a number of food & beverage outlets were added such as Precious Restaurant, Famous Amos, Kings Confectionary, Old Town Kopitiam and Secret Recipe.
A unique feature of the market is its Malacca Jonker Street which encompasses single-storey and double-storey buildings of Baba-Nyonya architectural style in addition to the Batik Emporium offering popular designer brands along with the finest Malaysian batik items ranging from home furnishing and bags to shoes and clothes.
The market’s outdoor stage is a riverside amphitheatre where traditional dance performances as well as puppet shows referred to as wayang kulit are presented. Central Market Kuala Lumpur eagerly celebrates the festivals related to each ethnicity in the country, in addition to supporting The Annexe Gallery’s local contemporary arts.
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