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Pudu Market the oldest wet market in Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia

Pudu Market is among one of the oldest wet markets you can find in KL. It’s so old.
Pudu Market even predates Malaysia’s independence in the 1950s!
Even after more than half a century of operating, Pudu Market is still bustling with life as locals continuously visit this place on a daily basis.

 A one stop centre for all produce

Pudu Wet Market competes with Chow Kit Market for the title of largest wet market in KL. The market is separated into two areas, the outdoor section which is shaded with hundreds of large umbrellas, and the indoor section, which is housed in an aircraft-like hangar towards the other end of the market.

 

Amongst locals, Pudu Market is known as THE place to snatch up the best selection of a variety of fish, cockles, squid, prawns, and other seafood. It comes to no surprise that vendors keep an abundant amount of ice on hand to keep the seafood as fresh as possible, at the cost of having customers trudge through wet pathways and mirky puddles.

 

Definitely not for the faint-hearted, Pudu Market can be quite a rough experience, especially so with the practice of open butchering by market vendors. Being your typical asian wet market, all parts of the animal are sold and put on display such as the liver, intestines, hooves, and even the head of the cow! Such is the asian culture of eating all parts of an animal, leaving nothing to waste.

 

If you’re brave enough to dive deep into the local Malaysian culture, check out the food court located right next to the hangar-like indoor market, offering local favourites such as wan tan mee, curry noodles, chee cheong fun, and more. If you aren’t used to eating street food, we advise to approach with caution, as market food isn’t exactly in the cleanest of environments, though they sure taste exceptionally authentic.

 

Pudu Market is the Best place to purchase pet fish

Besides being well known as a haven to purchase fresh fish, Pudu Market is also well known as the best place to purchase pet fish at dirt cheap prices. On the corner where Jalan Pasar Baharu and Jalan Pasar intersect, you’ll find what is known as the ornamental fish market, with several stores selling everything you need to start your own aquarium. From as low as RM10 for 3 koi fish, it’s a perfect place to stock up on all your aquarium needs.

 


We recommend getting here really early in the morning, as market vendors begin to set up their stalls by 3am, and most of the action is over by 8am. The market still runs until the afternoon, though the ambience of the market changes considerably after the morning rush.

Opening Hours: 6am – 2.30pm, Mon – Sun
Address: 38, Jalan Pasar Baharu, Pudu 55100, Kuala Lumpur
Waze: Pudu Wet Market

 

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Vincent Wong

Vincent Wong is an aspiring writer cum photographer and traveller, who loves diving head first into culture and exploring the wonders of the world. Like any Malaysian, Vincent loves food and is always on the hunt for the next best meal. After having spent several years away from Malaysia, this young man realised the uniqueness of his home country and aims to tell the stories of Malaysia and all it has to offer.
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