Friday, March 25, 2011


Central Market is located at Jalan Hang Kasturi, Kuala Lumpur. Central Market has created a corner to display multi-ethnicity (Malay, Chinese, India and other) and the stalls are zoned based on the features of each race.

Central Market was started in 1888 where the location it now stands was used as an open wet market. Later when the open market continued to expand, a permanent structure was built to house all vendors.

By the 1930s, the permanent structure was further improvised to have the current facade which we can see today and hence on opened its doors to Kuala Lumpur’s growing population as a wet market.

Towards the end of the 1970s, the Malaysian Heritage Society decided to preserve the building under its heritage programme and through an allocation of RM9 million granted by the Federal Government, the building underwent another facelift to renovate the building from a wet market to a Centre for Malaysian Culture, Arts and Handicrafts.

On the 15th April 1986, Melewar Leisure Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Kumpulan Melewar Berhad took over the ownership of the building and used it to promote the Malaysian Culture through the sales of Malaysian Arts and Handicraft products.

 View of Central Market

 postcard on Kuala Lumpur view


 Lorong Kelapa (Malay)

 Straits Chinese

 Little India

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