The Central Market art deco in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Located near Chinatown in Kuala Lumpur, the Central Market is an imposing building that was originally opened in 1888 as a large wet market.

For those not familiar with your typical Asian wet markets, they are the places where meats, fish, vegetables, grains and herbs and spices are sold.  Often the poultry and seafood are sold live, and are sometimes butchered in front of you, which can be a sometimes upsetting eye opener for those who think that meat comes pre-packed from a fridge.

The central market is a wet market no more, and is, in fact, quite upmarket, featuring many designer goods that have designer prices to match.

To the casual observer is it difficult to believe that the Central Market is so old because it has a distinctive art decor exterior.  That is explained by the fact that the building’s facade was re-designed in the 1930s, so was, naturally, constructed in the modern lines of the day.

The Central Market ceased being a wet market in the 1970s and today its main function is to highlight Malaysian culture and handicrafts. The market consists of two floors in which there are many vendors selling ceramics, silverware, antiques, clothing, art works, jewellery, souvenirs, and traditional batik cloths.

The market is open from 10.00am until 9.30pm daily and is easily accessible by train, bus, taxi and the Hop On Hop Off tourist bus.

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