Central Market 101 – Kuala Lumpur’s Ultimate Shopping Hub

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By: Iza Sanchez

A holiday would not be complete without the standard souvenir shopping spree. Usually done on the last day of your trip after you’ve worn-out your shoes in a mad dash to visit every attraction in the city. In Kuala Lumpur, the Central Market is your ultimate souvenir hub, smack at the center of Pasar Seni and beside Kasturi Walk. – The Kasturi Walk is a pedestrian lane with stalls selling food, clothing and other novelty items. Simply stated it is an outdoor extension of the mall.

Pasar Seni is a strategic location for backpackers on the hunt for the cheapest hostel deals. Also, there is the advantage of the close proximity of tourist sites like Merdeka Square, Petaling Street and the Central Market.

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The Central Market is a major shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur. It was once a wet market which has evolved into a center for Malaysian arts, culture and handicraft. The complex has two levels lined with stalls selling every possible Malaysian trinket or handicraft you can think of. You can expect to find all-time favorite souvenirs like ref magnets, key chains, I love KL mugs and of course the I love KL t-shirts. Haggling is acceptable and highly recommended.

Every night a 30-minute cultural show is held at 9:00 pm in front of the building. This is a lively performance organized by Malaysian tourism groups to showcase traditional Malaysian music and dance. Special activities are also organized during holidays like the lantern display.

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The Kasturi Walk

Below is a quick glimpse inside the central market for Kuala Lumpur visitors.




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Iza Sanchez

Iza Sanchez is a freelance ESL Teacher, adventurer and moderator of Take The Travel. She writes about solo-backpacking, travel saving tips and other awesome travel resources.

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  1. 18 February, 2014

    […] in Kuala Lumpur but I didn’t want to end the day yet so I kept on wandering aimlessly around the Central Market and Kasturi walk in Pasar Seni. Although, I’ve seen everything there was to see in the area, […]

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