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Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur 50050, Malaysia
Phone Number:
+60 3-2031 0399
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10:00 - 21:30
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 21:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Central Market began life as a wet market in 1888, built by Yap Ah Loy, the...

Central Market began life as a wet market in 1888, built by Yap Ah Loy, the city’s Chinese Kapitan. It served as a prominent landmark in colonial and modern-day Kuala Lumpur. When the wet market was relocated in the 1980s, the Malaysian Heritage Society successfully petitioned against the demolition of the building. Now, Central Market Kuala Lumpur is an iconic attraction and a delightful destination for tourists, shoppers and art lovers.

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AC is an advantage for a hot day around Central Market. Location is near to LRT Pasar Seni. Lots of souvenirs you can find there.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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St. Thomas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What I love most about my 2 hour shopping experience at the Central Market was that I was not constantly bothered by vendors to buy their goods. I was left alone to buy or not buy. There was a large variety of things to see. I got a two Turkish light fixtures for a close friend that would have costed... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

AC is an advantage for a hot day around Central Market. Location is near to LRT Pasar Seni. Lots of souvenirs you can find there.

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Thank Marisa R
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A place where not only for tourist but for locals to buy Malaysian goods and Malaysian snacks. Goods are all in a very good price

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went here late one afternoon. Quite a lot of shops but all selling same kind of things. Nice to stroll round as it has air conditioning. Some nice places to have a drink inside as well.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you just visiting Malaysia and are staying only in Kuala Lumpur this is the best souvenir place to get for your friends and family back home, but if travelling around Malaysia the street vendor there can offer a cheaper exotic souvenir like batik, kain pelekat or key chain depending if your location is a hotspot or not

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You should definitely visit this place if you are going to KL. There are lot of small shops selling lot of things including souvenirs, traditional stuff, clothes etc. You can also bargain to some extent if you are buying more than 1 item. I am sure people will definitely find something to buy for themselves or there homes and especially... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place to get your souvenirs in one area of air conditioned space. The sellers are helpful but not aggressive. You can bargain. We were able to check a lot off our list with an hour in this one stop. It is not a smelly market, but it is very clean.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I guess you have to visit it when you visit KL for the first time. Nothing much to it but you wont know that until you've been...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a very large marketplace, fix prices appear to be the norm. However there can be some bargaining if you want. We were able to get all of our T-shirts souvenirs and much more in one morning. Can get there by either the metro or buy a metered Taxi for not very expensive. Yes they sell souvenirs and a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the main market areas in Chinatown with a good selection of nice items to look at and buy along with places to eat and drink. Set over two floors with a medieval European suit of armour guarding the top of one of the sets of stairs. Don’t forget to haggle. Bit of a market/souk vibe. Friendly staff. This... More 

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