Central Market Kuala Lumpur 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 it was relocated in the 1980s, the Malaysian Heritage Society successfully petitioned against the demolition of the building, and it was subsequently declared a centre for Malaysian arts, culture and handicraft.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur and its accompanying Annexe have been transformed into an award-winning tourist attraction and shopping destination, while preserving the significance in showcasing the nation’s arts, culture and heritage.
The outdoor stage provides a venue for regular showcase of multi-cultural performances and celebrations.
Strategically located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur and close to the public transportation hub, Central Market Kuala Lumpur is linked to major destinations and hotels. It is also located near the KL Sentral interchange station which provides fast and convenient connections to most parts of Kuala Lumpur as well as the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
Central Market Kuala Lumpur is today a major attraction for both tourists and Malaysians alike.
Central Market Annexe
The Central Market Annexe situated behind Central Market Kuala Lumpur houses several art galleries that serve to nurture a vital and progressive arts culture in Malaysia. It provides an avenue for people from all walks of life to congregate and experience the local arts scene. The various galleries collectively form a colourful platform for artists and audiences to come together in the shared adventure of art.
In affirming its position as a world-class tourist destination, the Kasturi Walk at Central Market Kuala Lumpur opened in 2011. This outdoor and covered pedestrianised lane running alongside the main building is lined with kiosks and stalls, adding a vibrant al fresco ambience to the Central Market Kuala Lumpur shopping experience.
Address: Jalan Hang Kasturi, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan
Business Hours: Open daily · 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Tel: (6)03-2274 6542
Price level: Moderate