Photo-Essay: Chow Kit Wet Market (Old Building)

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by Authors: Mahfuz Jaffar

Chow Kit Wet Market is also known as Pasar Raja Bot by locals opened since 1955 is the largest and oldest wet market in Kuala Lumpur.

It is located at Jalan Chow Kit (Chow Kit Road) off Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman.

Chow Kit Wet Market is not a place for the faint-hearted, this place is intense. A wet market (for the uninitiated) is one where the ground is perpetually wet with running rivulets of water and ice, which is constantly being splashed on the fish and other foods to keep them fresh. The market is shaded by funky ceilings, sometimes draped with cloth and over-sized, colorful umbrellas.

It’s an olfactory overload at this lively and culturally-enriching market as you wind your way past rows and rows of packed stalls. Fresh produce, exotic fruits, tofu, an abundance of gorgeous chilies, bags of spices, piles of eggs and a staggering array of weird and wonderful things to eat. Then there are the meat stalls, with a variety of animals at every stage of the butchering process, and seafood, still in the tank or flapping on the table where you can get pretty up close and personal with your food here.