Central Market A ‘Must-Visit’ For Tourists

Last update: 20/05/2014

By Karthiga Shekumar

KUALA LUMPUR – The Central Market Kuala Lumpur was built in 1888 by the British during the time of colonial Malaya. It served as a wet market for the Chinese tin miners of early Kuala Lumpur. Over the years, the original building was renovated several times until 1937, when the current structure finally took shape.

In 1970 the Malaysia Heritage Society declared the building as a national heritage and turned it into a national arts and handicraft centre. Central Market Kuala Lumpur was given a facelift to suit its main objective to attract both locals and tourists alike. What was once a dirty and smelly wet market was transformed into an Arts and Handicraft Centre.

Subsequently, the Melewar Group took over ownership of the building in 1985 and a year later the building morphed into a vibrant shopping mall that it is today and renamed the building as Pasar Budaya (cultural market), replete with a pedestrian walkway called Kasturi Walk.

Nowadays colorful Malaysian traditional cultural performances are regularly held at the Central Market Outdoor Stage. These and other festive celebrations that are regularly hosted here have made the Central Market Kuala Lumpur a not-to-be-missed attraction for both foreign tourists and domestic travellers.

These events serve to promote the uniqueness of Malaysian culture and further boost Central Market Kuala Lumpur (CMKL) as the all-in-one place to visit and discover Malaysia’s unique heritage.

Apart from the exciting experience, tourists can also shop around for suitable traditional handicrafts as souvenirs to remind them of their visit to Malaysia.

Without doubt, a stopover at Central Market is definitely a worthwhile and enriching experience for any as visitors and tourists get to immerse themselves in the rich Malaysia culture and buy unique arts and crafts.

Get more information about the events at Central Market Kuala Lumpur at: www.centralmarket.com.my or https://www.facebook.com/centralmarketkualalumpur

-- Bernama