Diving Into The Arts

Happy Friday everyone! Hope everyone’s excited for the weekend! As we have been thinking how to expand on the content we want to offer to you (our dear readers), we thought, why limit to the Overseas Business Development Team in the Tokyo office?! We will be including special posts by our lovely colleagues in our Malaysia and Myanmar offices. Today our very lovely Akmal from the Malaysian office will be introducing to you some things you may not know about Malaysia!


“Art is Trash, Trash is Art”
This is a pseudonym by Fransisco de Pajaro from Barcelona

If you’re an art enthusiast or into any kind of traditional culture,it is compulsory to visit Central Market KL or also locally known as Pasar Seni.

A little Malay language lesson :

Pasar meaning Market

Seni meaning Art

Central Market is one of KL’s familiar landmarks and a popular tourist attraction. Built in 1928, it is a short walk away from Petaling Street (or aka Chinatown) , along Jalan Hang Kasturi. Central Market used to be a simple wet market back in the days but in the early 1980s it was revamped into a handicraft outlet.

For travelers visiting Kuala Lumpur, Central Market is an ideal place to shop for traditional clothing, accessories, household items, antiques, and locally-produced art. Another way to describe Central Market is to say that it is similar to New York’s SoHo flea market – the merchandise sold here is cheap and traditional goods such as batik, embroidery carvings, souvenirs, and sculptures are always on offer. Depending on the shop, sometimes you could use some bargaining skills to get cheaper prices.

The Batik Emporium houses well-known batik designer labels and the outside of Central Market is crowded with local artists selling paintings and impromptu song and dance performances take place.

You can decide for yourself on how “Artsy” the floor is in Central Market!

And if you are feeling hungry or peckish, I would suggest heading to Central Market’s food court on the 2nd Floor. There’s a variety of local food for you to discover! Since Malaysia was blessed with hot weather 365 days a year, we recommend Malaysian ABC (Air Batu Campur; shaved ice dessert) to cool down your body while you take a break.

Take some time to enjoy the local dance performances while you are there!

Even if you are not into shopping, you can discover a lot about the traditions and cultures of Malaysians by visiting this marker. Just ask the shopkeepers about anything that interests you, and you could be treating your ears to interesting stories of local lifestyle and history.

Thank you for your time today and we hope you enjoyed reading today’s post. We will share with you more next time, so please stay tuned!

Have a fabulous weekend.


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