Pasar Seni was originally the Central Market. The original market was constructed in 1888 and 1889 to serve Kuala Lumpur's large tin mining community. It was a wet market which sold seafood, meat, vegetables and everyday items. There were frequent renovation and extension costing millions to cater for the growing population.
The market acquired its art deco style in 1936 under an expansion plan drawn up by town engineer, RH Seed. Art deco was very popular in the 1930s. Among the new features were a stepped entrance design, unifying elements at the windows and doors as well as wrought iron panels.
This is a great place to find crafts and ornaments. Definitely a good place to hunt for souvenirs, antiques and collectibles.
The market is air conditioned and equipped with modern facilities to create a comfortable shopping experience.
The ground floor is divided into 3 lanes namely Lorong Melayu, Straits Chinese and Lorong india to give visitors an insight of the cultural difference in this country. The architectural details such as flooring, roofs and lanterns varies along each zone as they replicate motifs and designs of Malaysian culture and heritage.
It is interesting too see a double storey Baba-Nyonya styled architectural building here.