The Central Market conducts heritage walks for locals and tourists every day at 10:30am. Congregate right in front of the market for the Malaysia Heritage Walk, which is a free service that’s carried out by a group of volunteers who call themselves Be Tourist. The main aim of the walk is to promote and highlight the historical aspect of the city. What better way to do so than to experience it first hand – simply take an amble through the city.
Here’s what to expect:
1. The tour guide will start the session by explaining and elaborating on the history of Central Market (how it began in 1888 as a wet market.)
2. Stand at the convergence of Sungai Gombak and Sungai Klang- learn how it played a significant role in the history of Kuala Lumpur. The tour guide will talk about a busy port at the banks of the river.
3. Next, the focus will shift to the architecture of art deco buildings in the old part of the city.
4. Head to Jalan Pasar (Market Street). Admire the 1930s clock tower that stands majestic.
5. Appreciate the Mogul architecture of the Sultan Abdul Samad building.
6. Make a stop at the Masjid Jamek which was built for the Malay settlers and admire its structure.
7. Lebuh Ampang is the next stop – this busy street is a hive of activity. The Chettiar community established their money-lending businesses along this street. Today, you can still spot a few of them plus others like saree shops, Indian spice stores, jewelers and restaurants.
8. Visit Jalan Tun H.S. Lee for some of the city’s oldest shop houses, pawn shops, and temples.
9. Stroll along Jalan Hang Kasturi, which was once dotted with shop houses selling dried seafood and Chinese herbs. Today the Kasturi Walk, next to the Central Market, welcomes locals and foreigners for a more modern shopping experience. You tour will end here, right at the Central Market.
Call 017-989 1031 or 03-2032 1031 or log onto www.malaysiaheritage.net for more information on the tour