Wherever you go on a trip, souvenirs are a must to show your friends, family and colleagues that you thought about them during your holiday. Kuala Lumpur definitely has its own share for souvenir hunters and tourists. The price of the souvenirs has a wide range, and you will easily find a lot of options that will suit your budget. You can choose from a variety of types, select the make and store, and even decide whether you want homemade artefacts or simple trinkets. Below are the seven recommended places to get your Kuala Lumpur souvenirs. Check them out!
1. Central Market (Pasar Seni)
Pasar Seni, also known as Central Market, located in the middle of Kuala Lumpur city It is a fine example of the Art Deco styles of the 1930s. This heritage building was initially a wet market way back in 1888 and it was later redeveloped into a vital heritage and culture hub for the city. You can choose from a wide range of crafts and souvenirs that originate not only from Kuala Lumpur but all over Malaysia which also includes batik, songket and wau. Take your own time to choose, compare, and grab your favourite things at the Central Market.
2. Flea Market Petaling Street (Chinatown)
While in Kuala Lumpur, drop by the famous Petaling Street. This is where you get to flex your bargaining skills before you buy your chosen souvenir items. The flea market along Chinatown is worth the visit as you can hit two birds with one stone as you shop while admiring the heritage buildings in the area. Whether it is timepieces, fresh flowers, shoes, clothes or bags, there is something for everyone. Before you buy any of the souvenirs, always ask the vendors for the best price so that you can stretch your budget substantially and probably even save more money for buying more of what these markets have got! Be careful about imitation items, as some items may have cheap prices, but it’s always better to know if you are purchasing the branded ones or getting replicas of named brands.
3. Royal Selangor Visitor Centre
If you are into something exquisite or want to decorate your display cabinet, then the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre is the right place for you. Check out the various exhibits at the visitor centre and admire the craftsmanship that goes into the intricate pieces. Aside from popular silver jewellery and pewterware that Kuala Lumpur is known for, you can also drop in at The Foundry or the School of Hard Knocks workshops for woodwork and other art pieces. Imagine yourself getting hands-on experience on pewter. Get ready to unleash your artistic skills and make your very own souvenir at these workshops and bring home your memorable gift from Kuala Lumpur!
4. National Textile Museum
Remember that shopping malls and flea markets are not the only places to hunt for souvenirs. in Kuala Lumpur! You can also buy your souvenirs from the gift shop of the National Textile Museum. Before stepping into the museum, take photos of its stunning front murals as well as its Minangkabau-style roof. After visiting the museum, you can check out the souvenirs at the shops, which are of historical and artistic significance. You wouldn’t be able to get them anywhere else except the museum shop. Among them is the collection of publications, books, and compact discs. Find your way to the shop, which is located near the exit of the museum.
5. National Visual Arts Gallery (Balai Seni Negara)
For art enthusiasts and art collectors, Kuala Lumpur has got the National Visual Arts Gallery for you to look for local artworks and souvenirs. Most of these are sold at a fairly reasonable price, and you’ll definitely want to get them for yourself or gift them for someone special. There are tons of books to choose from if you are into art. If you’re into pop culture don’t miss out to check out the shirts sold at the shops here. You will definitely spot a design that’ll hit your artistic nerve and make you buy a good collection of them.
6. Suria KLCC
Suria KLCC is a shopping mall located in the vicinity of the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. The mall has more than 400 stores where you get to dine, shop, and relax. Plush toys and funky shirts are perfect gifts for little ones apart from jewellery, leather goods and clothing stores, The other place to check out for unique trinkets is Kinokuniya. Here, you can buy not just books, magazines, and stationery, but also mugs, toys, figurines, and many others.
7.Kuala Lumpur Craft Complex
Craft Fan? Don’t Forget to drop by the Craft Complex located at the heart of Kuala Lumpur and discover it for yourself. The complex’s architecture is a sight to behold; it’ll feel like you’re stepping into a traditional Malayan village. Apart from numerous handicraft shops within the complex, you can also find many workshops where you can customise your own crafts. Fancy seeing how silverware is made? Then, this is your chance to make your own trinket. You can take home your own batik piece by designing your own cloth at these workshops. After which, you can get your caricature painted by a local artist on spot. You can hang the picture at home or decorate your living room for a truly memorable keepsake. Apart from these, the pottery-making workshop is another favourite interactive activity you should join.
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