CONCEPT AND THEME
Public space play a vital role in social life of communities. Public space is a place
where people display their culture and identities and learn awareness of variety and
difference.The success of a space is relied on how the people are adopting, using and
managing the space. People make space , a particular space creates local attachments which
connect one with another.
Malaysia’s multi-ethnic and multicultural make up has influenced its culture and
business. Morning markets are one of the sites of interest to see the ‘real Malaysia’. Morning
markets are more frequented by the older Malaysian, the young people tend to prefer the
cleanness and convenience of advanced market. Malaysia’s traditional morning markets can
be differentiated into two parts which are wet market and dry market. Basically, wet markets
are the places that sell fresh meat while the dry markets are the places that sell dried goods
and cooked meats. The fresh meat and fish sections are separate from the fruit and vegetable
stalls. Besides that, indoor markets are more organized than outdoor markets. From the goods
of every stall, the stage of colours can be stated. The cool colour at fish stall and the warm
colour at fruit stall are the best example. Different races will have different ways to arrange
their goods according the colours.You may not find this kind of colourful scene outside
Pudu Market which located along Jalan Pasar Baharu is one of the largest wet markets in
Kuala Lumpur. According to the history of Pudu Market, it started operation before Malaysia
independent and started in year 1940. This a large paved area ringed by two and three-story
apartment buildings and shop lots. It’s opened to the sky but almost seamlessly roofed by
hundreds of red, yellow, blue, and green market tents. The variety of products is offered to
satisfy the costumers from difference races. While walking around, you can look at the nature
of colours which you can’t get in the supermarket.
Here is a great video that show the different cultures and people in Pudu Market.
Floor map of Pudu Market.
From Jalan Pasar Baharu entrance, there are just a couple of stalls piled with leafy green
vegetables. Continue on, you can find that the warm colour is slowly replaced by cold colour
and then walk to the end, fruit stalls will wake you up with sharp colour again.
The interesting part is, there is a specific area for non-halal products where is away from
the wet market. Attached is Pusat Makanan Peng Hwa, an old-fashioned 24-hour food court
where you can find the local foods with cheaper prices.Most of the Chinese are running
businesses in the dry market while Malays and Indians are selling fresh meats in wet market.
Green is the most common colour in market. But the way they arrange the goods can attract
Normally, the Chinese run their businesses as dried fishes and herbs in the dry market. In the
first sight, you can only see brown colour.
The fishes are definitely fresh. By walking around, you can hear the fish mongers are
shouting out their bargains.
Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) Market
TTDI Market is over 25 years old with close to 268 stalls and situated at Jalan Wan
Kadir. This 3-stories indoor market is open from 9am till 5pm daily. This probably is the
cleanest wet market in the town. There are plenty of choices with reasonable prices. There are
an abundance of fruit and vegetable stalls as well as a large variety of chicken, seafood and
meat, including butchers selling pork in the car park. Walk up the staircases to the first floor,
crowd gather in front of every stall. Ground floor is occupied by car park while food court
and barber shops on the second floor.
Pharmacy / Grocery Shops
Floor map of first floor.
Every section is organised according to the goods selling. Every trader is given a space
which is a small shop lot to run the business. The traders are friendly and willing to let you
The uniqueness of TTDI Market is there are boards with the name of every trader will place
in the entrance.
Every business is given a particular space and walkway.
They even place those empty baskets beside the walkway.
JALAN UTHMAN MARKET
This Petaling Jaya's Old Town Market is known officially as Pasar Besar Jalan
Othman . This about 30-year-old wet market with about 500 traders is visited by different
races. Jalan Othman Market can be separated into two part. To left, wet and dry market. To
right, food court and car park. You can consume all sorts of delicious foods in the food court
after you shop. Traffic is building up outside the market in the early morning. This place can
get rather crowded, hot and noisy as it is near to the residential area. Juicy vegetables, fresh
fish, accessories and different types of foods add character to this already colourful scene.
Grocery Shops / Tailor Services
You will kind of fall in love with this market because after shop with full bag of fresh
meat and vegetables, you can have your breakfast with just walk a few steps to the next block.
Mostly, there are more Chinese traders running business here. You can get everything with
reasonable prices in the dry market. The first floor architecture is just like TTDI Market
which comes with one by one small shop lots.
You can find the 3 primary colours which are red, blue and yellow in the grocery shops.
There is a passageway between the two blocks.
The fish mongers process the fishes in the open space.
CHOW KIT MARKET
Chow Kit Market is located around Jalan Chow Kit, (Chow Kit Road) and is bordered
by the streets of Jalan Raja Laut and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. Chow Kit Market opened
since year 1955, the market anchored one of the city’s prime shopping and entertainment
districts. It is named after the tin miner and municipal councilor Loke Chow Kit. The narrow
walkways lead through a maze of stalls with seafood of any variety and size, vegetables of
numerous colour, meat, spices and loads and loads of fruits.
Grocery Shops / Others
Floor Map of Chow Kit Market
It’s a combination of permanent structures and makeshift stands, easily over 100
vendors in a delightfully jumbled bazaar-like atmosphere. The wet market’s walkways are
covered by canvas while the dry market is shaded by funky ceiling. Most of the traders are
recent immigrants and just a few of Chinese and Malays traders.
The seafood will always reflect the colour of tents and also the shirt.
For the vegetable stalls, they will arrange the vegetables according to their colour.
The green pail which used for collect money is catching people’s attention.