Central Market began life as a wet market in 1888 built by Yap Ah Loy, the city’s Chinese Capitan. It has served as a prominent landmark since the colonial days of Kuala Lumpur. When the wet market was relocated in the 1980s, the Malaysian Heritage Society successfully petitioned against the demolition of the building and it was subsequently declared as a centre of Malaysian Culture, Arts and Handicrafts.

This iconic building was acquired by Kha Seng Group in 2004. Under the company Central Market Sdn Bhd, the building and its accompanying Annexe have been transformed into an award-winning tourist attraction and shopping destination, highlighting the significance as the centre of the nation’s art, craft, culture and heritage.

The company invested RM10 million in extensive upgrading works whilst maintaining the market’s unique façade charm and character. Zoned shopping areas were introduced along with the upgrading of stalls and kiosks, thereby creating a net lettable area estimated at over 100,000 sqft of retail space.

Central Market Outdoor Stage provides an ideal venue for regular multicultural performances and celebrations, inviting locals and foreign tourists to appreciate the tolerance and diverse integration in Malaysia.


Located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur near public transportation to all major destinations and hotels, KL Sentral railway station is only 1½ km away from Central Market providing fast and convenient connections around the city up to Kuala Lumpur International Airport. Pasar Seni and Masjid Jamek LRT Stations are also at close walking distance from Central Market.


The Art & Soul of Kuala Lumpur
The Central Market Annexe is located behind the Central Market building and houses a collection of eclectic art galleries and interactive Illusion 3D Art Museum. Art Lane, a veritable trove comprising 10 art studios with special charms from classic to contemporary art, caricature, portraits and also sophisticated Malaysian batik.


A covered walkway of exciting kiosks and eateries Developed by Central Market Kuala Lumpur, Kasturi Walk is the transformation of Lorong Kasturi into an outdoor shopping entertainment. Filled with retail kiosks and also food and beverage outlets, Kasturi Walk resonates a vibrant al fresco ambience under a unique wau (Malay kite) arch that makes it a must-visit destination for tourists, shoppers and visitors alike.


Through the years, with the commitment and effort of its Management, Central Market Kuala Lumpur has been accorded a series of accolades and recognition including Kuala Lumpur Mayor’s Tourism Awards in 2011 and FIABCI Malaysia Property Award for Heritage Category in 2012.