Central Market could give Malaysia holidays a cultural kick

The Central Market in Kuala Lumpur may be the cultural hotspot of the city, as it has been around for nearly 125 years and features a host of Asian shops.

Straddling three floors of a complex on Jalan Hang Kasturi, it could provide tourists on Malaysia holidays with somewhere to spend the day, or even several. It is steeped in history and trading has taken place on the current site since 1888.

Back then, it was an outdoor affair that was gradually updated and by the 1930s, it was a fully fledged wet market open to the locals. This was not enough though, as the government poured in nine million ringgit (£1.8 million) to turn it into an important heritage centre.

In 2007, the Annexe Gallery was launched within the building and it is now a place for contemporary arts that collaborates with the British Council and US Embassy, among others.

For those looking to rent their own car while on vacation, parking facilities are available for three ringgit (60p) an hour or four ringgit for an overnight stay.