Central Market

About Central Market

Central Market Kuala Lumpur’s Art Lane is a veritable treasure trove of exciting art and an interesting place to visit. Comprising of 10 unique studios, the Art Lane retains a special charm, making it a great place to explore on a sunny afternoon or a breezy evening.

Whether it is classic or contemporary art, caricature or portraits, you can find it here. With its vibrant atmosphere, the Art Lane is exciting and friendly for both browsing and buying. We invite you to take a stroll!

History About Central Market

The history of Central Market goes back to 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. Ever since then the façade remained unaltered to retain the charm of the yesteryear.

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 map of Kuala Lumpur during the Yap Ah Loy era around the 1880s.The Old Market was initially built by Yap Ah Loy. The British government eventually took over the market and extended it to 250 feet long and 90 feet wide. At the same time, the floor was laid with concrete tiles, the walls were clad with timber and the roof covered with zinc sheets.

 Operating Hour :

  • Central Market : 10am – 10pm
  • Kasturi Walk : 10.30am – 10.30pm

Parking rate (start from 5july 2011) : 1st Hours – RM3.00 *Subsequent hour remain unchanged

Flat Rate – RM4.00  5pm – 7am

Place Categories: Attraction

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