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Art Deco Central Market

Art Deco Central Market

The nice thing about countries like Malaysia and Singapore is that they haven’t managed to demolish all of its bygone architecture of early Chinese and Indian immigrants and, that remnants of British colonial buildings are still standing. Malaysia, trying really hard to catch up with Singapore, pays little attention to beautiful but crumbling shophouses and old buildings that reveal Malaysia’s prosperous past. It is a miracle that the Central Market, a fine Art Deco original in Malaysia’s capital, survived plans of demolishment. Once the busy centre of wholesale and wet retail for local citizens and tin miners, it was renovated and reopened to function as a souvenir outlet for tourists.

The construction of Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market began in 1888 under British rule and was completed in 1936, when it acquired its Art Deco style. The new features were a stepped arch and square motif on the walls.

Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

The massive information counter.

Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Shop by ethnic minority.

Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

There is a lot of neat stuff to be found, like original Chinese propaganda posters and pineapple trees.

Souvenir shop Central Market Kuala Lumpur Souvenir shop Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

My kind of things.

Souvenir shop Central Market Kuala Lumpur Souvenir shop Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

I love shops that remind me of the popular weekend flee markets in my hometown Cologne, in Germany.

Souvenir shop Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

‘No camera’. I just couldn’t resist.

Souvenir shop Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Calligraphy and stamp seals made to go.

Souvenirs Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Lucky cat and lucky dragons.

Souvenirs Central Market Kuala Lumpur Souvenir shop Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Souvenir shop that has been in the papers for its remarkable antiques.

Antiques souvenir shop Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Once we get bored of perpetual travelling and stumble upon the perfect place to settle, I will have some old Chinese poster reproductions.

Old Chinese posters Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Most astounding souvenir. A flat wooden plate that, when pulled up by a hidden handle would transform into a basket. It would just as easily fold back into a plate. Magic.

Folding wooden baskets Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Gorgeous creepy hand made key chains.

Creepy key chain souvenirs Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Fake nails and henna art.

Henna Hands Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Pretty café inside Central Market.

Cafe Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Sweets and biscuits in red, green, purple, orange…

Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

I’ m gonna eat this high and become part of the country’s obesity problem.

Sweets shop Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Many shops are looking for shop assistants in Kuala Lumpur and specify desired ethnic descent.

Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Central Market was conveniently located close to our hotel and served as a breakfast oasis, being equipped with a food corner. There were actually food courts on two floors as we found out walking less travelled paths, going up the staircase to find a lookout. Instead we found food court number two, which was a lot cheaper than the one below, with the price adjusted to the lack of aircon, enormous heat and strong kitchen smells.

Food Court Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

The nicer food court with a fresh juice counter.

Food Court Central Market Kuala Lumpur

 

Nostalgia in front of Central Market. ‘Bata’ shoes for sale. Bata, the Czech family-owned footwear business, is very popular in Germany.

Bata shoe market Kuala Lumpur

 

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