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Kuala Lumpur Central Market (Central Market or Pasar Seni) was built in 1888, and long served as just the main bazaar for locals. But in the early 80s of the last century, it gradually turned into a place of accumulation of souvenir shops, art shops, workshops of artisans. Now it is no longer like a traditional market, but a shopping center consisting of many shops. Prices for souvenirs here are considered the lowest in the city, and you can buy anything from fridge magnets to Real works of art. Some shops offer completely unique souvenirs, for example, they can make a pendant from a rice grain, on which your name will be written. On the second floor of the market there are restaurants offering various dishes of national cuisine. Trading takes place not only inside the market, but also from stalls on the alley nearby.
This is not to say that from the point of view of shopping this is a unique place: you can buy all the same souvenirs in other stores, especially if you go to the Bukit Bintang shopping district, where the rows of shops in shopping centers are simply endless. In fact, compared to Bukit Bintang, the range and scale here are more than modest. However, the Central Market is a historical and very tourist place, so you should definitely give it at least half an hour of your time.
🕐 Working hours: from 10:00 to 21:30.
💵 Entrance fee / tickets price: free.
🚶 How to get there: the Central Market is within walking distance of Chinatown and relatively close to Puduraya bus station (market on the map), also within walking distance of Masjid Jamek and Pasar Seni metro stations. Free tour buses of the Purple Line of the GOKL system make a stop near the market, it is called Pasar Seni.