Shopping Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Chow Kit is special ?
Chow Kit is a sub-district in central Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It is located around Jalan Chow Kit (Chow Kit Road) and is enclosed by the parallel streets of Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. One of the highlight of Chow Kit is a daily wet market known as Bazaar Baru Chow Kit which is the largest wet market in Kuala Lumpur and is a tourist attraction.
It also features a night market also known as Bundle Chow Kit along Lorong Haji Taib which is known for the sale of used clothings and accessories. The KL Monorail Chow Kit Monorail station is situated in this area and the Ampang Line PWTC LRT station is located nearby.
What to explore at Chow Kit?
Chow Kit Market
Chow Kit Market is recognised as one of Malaysia’s most infamous landmarks. Located at the northern end of Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, it is divided into two halves: the first half is home to the city’s unofficial Red Light District, while the other part is KL’s most popular local market.
The spotlight on Chow Kit Market focuses on its main street: a lively and culturally-enriching scene. The bazaar is shaded by oversized, colourful umbrellas and divided into a wet and dry section with the colourful souk commonly frequented by locals, especially the neighbourhood’s Malay community.
The dry section is without a doubt the cleaner part of the market and more appropriate for tourists: this section has a maze of stalls with fruit, vegetables, tofu, spices as well as clothes, shoes, CDs, DVDs and textiles.
Vendors here are polite and this is one of the areas where you can see Malaysian hospitality at its best. Meanwhile the wet market has stalls that sell a variety of meat, from fish and chicken to beef, mutton and pork. Naturally it smells quite strongly, but locals unfailingly frequent this section of the market for the dirt cheap prices.
- “Blows your mind"
- "Fresh produce and cheapest clothing"
- “Great Local Street Markets"
- “True wholesale prices”
- “Prepare for alot of People”
Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Tips for you
Go for lunch to the food market. You will not see many tourists but you will find amazing local food like Jack fruit Curry, need rendang, Desserts etc.
Chow kit « wet » market is a place that you must visit while in Kuala Lumpur. It is hot, wet, smelly, looks easily crowded as the alleys are small. But it is a great way to get an idea of the complexity of the local cooking. It is also the place to smell, test local products (taste the Mango if you can), and to buy fruits to bring back (I am bringing back fruits as present for my relatives instead of industrial good that could be found on internet).2 advices: Be careful for the shoes you will use: the floor is wet, and the water running on the floor is dirty. The butcher stall can be quite difficult to support for the vegetarian, and kids.
We took the monorail train to Chow Kit on a Saturday morning without too many expectations.We asked about the wet market, which is around 100-150 metres from the same station.The place is smelly and hot indeed, but umbelievable colorful and busy. We saw numberless of fruits, vegetables, fishes and meat, very nicely displayed all over the place. People are kind and let you take pictures anywhere. They are friendly and it is easy to strike up a conversation with any of the vendors.It is a very genuine place to visit, we did not see any tourist and we enjoyed it a lot.Visit can take just 20-30 minutes, according to how many pictures you take.Easy to get a refreshment just around the market.We did not visit any shop on the streets because those are similar to any other spot in the city.
Certainly a great place for unusual photos and to see a real glimpse of Asia , market is mainly fruit and veg, with some interesting meat and poultary stalls . Not for the squeamish !