If there is one place in Kuala Lumpur where visitors can experience the multi-racial diversity of Malaysia, it is Central Market, a heritage building with an interesting and colourful history. Built in 1888 by the British to serve as a wet market, it was saved from being demolished in the 1980s and is now a designated heritage building.
Go there to soak up the local culture, food and art. Or be entertained by dancers or buskers who perform on the street outside every weekend. If you happen to visit during a major local festival, you can catch traditional cultural performances on the outdoor stage. Take home something Malaysian, be it beautiful local batik, pewter ware or aboriginal handicrafts.
If you are into art, be sure to visit the annex building that has art galleries as well as craft shops. There are activities all year long featuring local and international artists. In addition, they also organise cultural performances every Saturday from 8:00pm to 8:30pm. Don’t forget to take a stroll along Kasturi Walk, alongside the building, where petty traders sell all kinds of local food and souvenirs.
Situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, within walking distance of Petaling Street, Central Market is open daily from 10:00am to 9:30pm and is easily accessible with a light rail train station situated close by.