Central Market Kuala Lumpur – Malaysian Art & Craft Centre
Central Market Introduction
Central Market Kuala Lumpur is a center for Malaysian culture, art, and craft located in the heart of the city. As a building with significant historical value, Central Market Kuala Lumpur has come a long way from its early beginning as a wet market built in 1888 to a delightful destination for tourists, shoppers, and art lovers.
Today, Central Market Kuala Lumpur is a must-visit destination offering visitors a unique shopping opportunity where they can relish not just a retail experience but also a heritage experience offering a wonderful visual treat and appreciation of Malaysia heritage and architecture in a glance as they step into its doors.
*Central Market Kuala Lumpur is also one of the best places to get cheap and affordable crafty artwork (includes Malay, Chinese and Indian) in Malaysia.
Little India Street
Little India Street
The little India Street sells literally everything regarding Indian Art & Craft, especially textiles and clothes imported directly from Mumbai or Pakistan.
From here, you can expect some fashionable things to buy such as; clothes, long pants, bags, carpet, home decorations and many more!
*Most of the shop does not provide fitting room service, but fret not, most of the clothes/pants are in free sizes so you definitely can fit in unless you are looking for XXXL! 😉
The most remarkable thing that you can expect in Little India Street is none other than – The Henna Art Drawing (costs around RM20-30 per hand)
Made from the henna plant, this is a temporary ‘tattoo’ is made from natural-dye and washes off in less than two weeks.
You can have the most beautiful hands within a glimpse without experiencing any painful moment, so why not right? 😉
*There are more than 30 types of henna body artwork (for various body parts) that you can choose from the shop, so take your time and be sure you pick the right one before proceeding.
The Malay Street
The Malay Street focuses on traditional Malay’s Hand Crafting which includes the hand kneaded bags, masks (topeng) and paper puppet usually used in a Wayang Kulit (puppet-shadow play).
Paper Puppet – Each limb (hand and legs) on the puppet are movable to ensure that you can experience the real deal on first hand, you can even host your own personal theatre with few of these funky little things.
The Coconut Shop – specializes in turning old coconut shells into a fine masterpiece, we are very astounded with each of their creative artwork, highly recommended to pay them a visit if you are looking for a perfect household decoration.
The best ever souvenir that you can get when you are in short of a budget (only costs RM10), not sure if you friend will get mad at you but they are sure to be “remember” you for the rest of their life! 😉
*Most foreigners also brought straw kneaded bags and scarf with batik pattern as a souvenir in the Malay Street.
Straits Of Chinese
Now here we at the Straits Chinese that basically offers merchandizes with some lovely “Chinese” twist on it, which is considered unique from Malaysia only.
Ever since the early migration from China, the Malaysian-Chinese has developed not only a whole new series of eating habit (Nyonya) but it also affects the art & culture over the years.
As the end result, there is a slight crossover (fusion) art in between Traditional Chinese & Malay Batik.
Jade & Gemstones
For those who are interested in buying Jade and other Chinese Jewellery, do consider on visiting De Jade City that specialized in selling pure jade from Myanmar and gemstones from across the world.
This is one of those few certified shops that sell genuine imported gemstone, but at a very high price in return! 😉
Master Chin Palmistry
Do visit Master Chin Palm Reading (the real person) if you are looking for fresh advice and to uncover good fortune for your life as featured in local TV2, TV3, and NTV7.
Whether you are looking for a fun way to get to know yourself or perhaps you are looking for something more insightful, about your life, work and happiness, make your visit to Master Chin Palm Reading and get some expert advice.
*Some of the old folks around that area told us his advice was very accurate and definitely worth a try, well it’s up to you to decide.
Market Snacks & Other Attractions
Local Classic Snacks
If you are looking for some good classic snack treats then do proceed to the “Lorong Kelapa” situated at the end of the central market.
At here, you can expect lots of Malaysian Beloved Childhood snacks such as; Milo Nugget, Coco Jelly, Lot100, Dodol Kelapa, Kerepek Ubi and many more!
*There are too many options to choose from, so feel free to ask for the shopowner for any best buy or good recommendations.
Sea Cucumber Soap
The very famous “Sea Cucumber Soap” among Korean and Japanese can be found here in the central market as well!
There are a series of fragrant flavor to choose from; Lemon, Lavender, Coconut, Rose, Lemongrass and the list goes on.
*Highly recommend buying these soap in bulk as they offer a special bulk price for six pieces or twelve pieces.
Chinese Calligraphy & Drawing
Chinese Calligraphy & Drawing (sells around RM30-RM50) is usually a hit among foreigners in the central market.
Calligraphy, literally meaning “beautiful writing”, is a form of visual art widely practiced and revered in the Chinese cultural sphere.
We do also notice that ladies who wear a floral pattern dress usually also easily get attracted to those flower paintings! 😉
*Feel like getting a personal calligraphy? You can get a fully customized calligraphy or drawings at a special price rate.
Central Market Annexe
DIY Batik Paintings
Right outside the Central Market is the Painting Gallery, where you can find lots of local artwork painting for sale.
Here, every piece of batik is designed by their in-house artist, so the work is more unusual than you will see in many batik shops in the market.
*For those interested to learn the art of batik, a special DIY Batik Art Workshop is held daily at Ainna Artwork.
Local Artist Paintings
Some beautiful paintings along the central market hallway, you can barely tell if it was a real drawing or printing unless you look closely enough.
The paintings are also created with brilliant designs of colors reflecting the tropical Malaysian landscape which makes it a worth trip to visit! 😉
*All these paintings are also for sale, so in case you are interested, feel free to bargain with the artist themselves.
What is the most creative way to make this trip a memorable one? By having your very own personal drawings, of course!
If you have two to three hours with another RM50 to spare then consider to hire one of the local artists to make your personal drawings.
*Not sure who to hire? You can pre-select who is the best artist (to work) for you by looking at their sketch work right outside of their doorsteps.
From Train (LRT)
- Take off from Pasar Seni Station, walk straight until you reach the destination
From Bus (RapidKL)
- 821,822,851,180,640,650,651, 652,772,780,781,782,750,751, 752,770,771
*Highly recommend visiting “The Kasturi Walk”, a local bazaar which situates right beside for a quick lunch break and some window shopping.
Address: Central Market Annexe, Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: +603-2031 0399
Open Hours: 10.30 am – 09.00 pm (Mon-Sun)