Central Market Kuala Lumpur

Location: Kuala Lumpur

Location Info

Address: No. 10. 1st - 3rd Floor, Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Office Number: +603 2031 0399/5399/7399
Fax Number: +603 2273 5428
Opening Hours: 09:00am - 06:00pm (Daily)

District » : City Centre


Central Market is a place you cannot miss. It is actually located in this building called the Pasar Seni. Pasar Seni has been around for a very long time. It was first established in 1888. Central Market is exactly at the side of Kasturi Walk at Pasar Seni. A short walking distance away, is the popular Chinatown (Petaling Street) of Kuala Lumpur. Central Market's location is so strategic that there is no way you can miss this place. Public transportation here connects the Central Market to all major attractions and hotels in Kuala Lumpur. In addition to that, The KL Sentral rail station is only 1.5 kilometers away from the market, thus providing easy access to the KL International Airport.


Central Market started off as a humble wet market in the heart of the city center back in the 1940s. It has evolved a great deal since then and now it stands firm as the landmark which symbolizes all the culture and heritage of our multi-racial country. You will immediately notice that the theme of the market is based solely on the various cultures in Malaysia. The shops here are divided based on the groups of races. Representing each of the races in Malaysia are the Straits Chinese, the Lorong Melayu and Lorong India.

There is also a street which represents the Baba and Nyonya community in the state of Malacca. The Central Market is full of stalls which sell handicrafts which are all locally made. You can purchase batik, songket, wood carvings, souvenirs, accessories and much more here. If you get tired or hungry in the midst of all the shopping, do not fret. There are myriads of eating places where you can dine at and take a rest. Once you have filled your stomach and taken the much needed rest, you can move on to the second floor. This floor mainly sells garments and has a few souvenir stalls. There are other activities at the Central Market which are usually held at the stage outside the market.

Art and cultural performances are held every now and then to attract visitors as well as to expose them to the uniqueness of our society. The latest addition to the market is the Annexe Gallery which exhibits contemporary works of our local artists. If you are looking for a place to put up for the night after a long day at the Central Market, there are many hotels in Kuala Lumpur. One of the nearest hotels which you can go to is the Ancasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur.


You can always drive to Central Market but it is so crowded here. If you do not mind getting stuck in the jam, you may opt to drive. The better way would be via the LRT. Get on the Kelana Jaya Line and make your way to the Pasar Seni LRT Station. After a few minutes of walking, you will reach Central Market.