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Reviewed on 19 Oct 2019
One of Kuala Lumpur’s most famous landmarks sits in the Chinatown area of the city, a neighbourhood of narrow streets, traditional Chinese shops and eateries, and colonial-style buildings. It is a pleasant area of the city to stay in that is also quite convenient thanks to the nearby LRT and KTM Komuter stations.
The Central Market isa historic market that was built in 1888 as a wet market and has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The market was revamped in the 1980s and today is a handicrafts market with shops and stalls set up by local artisans, as well as having restaurants and a food court onsite. It is Kuala Lumpur’s equivalent of New York’s SoHo flea market.
Address and contact:
Jalan Hang Kasturi (Rodger Street), City Centre, tel: (60) 3 2031 0399
Opening times and fees:
Daily, 10:00 – 22:00. Foreigners: free entry
Where to stay
There is a good choice of hotels near the Central Market, as it is in a prime location for sightseeing, with attractions such as SzeYa Temple, Sri Mahamariamman Temple, Merdeka Square, Jamek Mosque and the famous Petaling Street all being close by.
Most hotels near the Central Market are budget hostels and guesthouses, with the exception of the luxury The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur. There are also a few four-star properties in the area, with the closest being Ancasa Hotel & Spa Kuala Lumpur.
This area is known predominantly as a backpacker area, though there are a few more modern, comfortable places to stay near the Central Market, including Chinatown Boutique Hotel and The 5 Elements Hotel. Because most accommodation in this area is more budget-friendly, many of these places to stay do not have much in terms of amenities, though most do offer high-speed internet. For a property with more onsite facilities, like a swimming pool, a gym and a spa, there is the Hilton Kuala Lumpur and Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur, both of which can be found to the north of the market near KL Sentral station.