Shopping at Central Market, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is one of the world’s most well-known tourist capitals. They have everything here. From skyscrapers that can be considered architectural marvels to a rich culture that attracts people from all walks of life.
Central Market located in Jalan Hang Kasturi in Kuala Lumpur falls as a landmark that has earned its reputation as a cultural meeting place. Visitors get to see the thousands of handicrafts native to Malaysia on display.
It houses hundreds of boutiques, stalls, and stores that sell all kinds of prints and materials. There are authentic Batik sold here as well as a ton of other artistic clothing items showcasing the maker’s heritage. Here is some tips from the crew.
The place falls under the heritage site category. Visitors will get to experience Malaysia’s rich culture if they wander around Central Market for even a couple of hours because the place is like the center of trading in the city.
An art deco design was adopted to fully capture the cultural heritage of the city. It was once a wet market that still retained the level of trading but instead of meat and fish, the trade has turned to a marketplace for gifts, traditional textile, and souvenirs.
Artsy can be a word that best describes Central Market. People who love art handiwork will be amazed at the volume of handicraft found inside. There are simple accessories made from indigenous materials while expert woodwork is also sold here.
Many thinks of it as the Chinatown for handicrafts in Malaysia. Locals and foreigners alike find time to visit the place since it’s an already identified place for shopping in Malaysia. It has almost become mandatory to include this in the itinerary especially for those who came to KL just to visit.
Thousands pay a visit because it is where one can purchase cheap stuff. There are unique carvings and sculptures that would be perfect to bring home as décor. Designer labels can also be bought here for those looking for those kinds of stuff.
Aside from the stuff being sold in Central Market, a space for art works can be found in Annexe. This space is located atop the small auxiliary building. Viewers can come and visit the place to view the art pieces that will be featured.
As a cultural marketplace, the place has embraced the arts like no other place in Malaysia. The ground floor plays host to artists who want to both show their talent and earn some money for the art pieces they finish.
Annual Events are also held here. Deepavali and Hari Raya are common festivals celebrated within the area. The vendors actively participate in the celebration by selling products that are keeping with the theme of the celebration. Sweet cakes and traditional Chinese items are sold during the Chinese New Year by vendors inside Central Market.
There are several stores that sell the best stuff inside. Opening time is at 10 am and it stores close at around 10 pm as well. A visit to Kuala Lumpur won’t be complete without a visit to the cultural hotspot of Central Market.
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