A marketplace that was set up in the 1980s to provide Filipino refugees with work has evolved to become a popular tourist destination...
Scenes from Jalan Raja Bot Night Market
Come nighttime, the area near Jalan Raja Bot becomes an unassuming flea market for pre-loved and vintage items.
Jalan Raja Bot is probably one of the few night markets in Kuala Lumpur where you can get a good view of the Twin Towers. Easily accessible via the KL Monorail, the street itself is connected with other famous streets in the area like Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR) and Chow Kit Road.
In the daytime, most of the stalls here cater to the breakfast and lunch crowd, but at night, the area morphs into an unassuming flea market district where you can find vintage and pre-loved items from shirts, jackets, boots, watches and more. There are even shops where you can buy clothes by the kilogram. The prices here range from RM10 to RM180 for the better quality/rare goods, and like any pasar malam, prices are negotiable if you’re a skilled haggler.
The atmosphere may not be as loud or crowded as other night markets in Kuala Lumpur, but the Jalan Raja Bot market is quiet and focused; the only sounds coming from polite chatter between sellers and their regular customers looking to cop more vintage treasures.
While the actual Jalan Raja Bot stretch itself has more shops than stalls due to ongoing construction works nearby (some vendors have even relocated to the livelier Lorong Haji Taib near Jalan TAR), just off the street on Lorong Haji Hussein you’ll find more vendors; it’s not uncommon for T-shirts and jeans to be laid out on a mat on the ground, forcing one to squat down for a closer look.
A long row of shops selling mostly jamu (traditional Indonesian medicine) facing tall buildings is a peculiar sight, but adds to the area’s charm.
Even with the fate of the area threatened by the growing presence of construction and development, some shop owners are pretty confident that they’ll continue to operate. Yus, a friendly father of two who runs a leather shoe store and repair shop, says his store has been around for years servicing faithful customers. “Of course we’ll stay here – we have license, permits and everything,” he says.
Despite small crowds, the vendors here are content with business, as they continue to sell well into the night. It’s common to see a motorcyclist passing through, stopping to buy stuff from sellers without even having to dismount.
Also known as Vintage Night Market, shops and stalls here open daily from 6pm until late; weekends are a popular time to visit. With friendly sellers peddling rare, unique goods, Jalan Raja Bot is one of the cooler night markets in town.
Address: Jalan Raja Bot, Chow Kit, 50300 Kuala Lumpur.
Text by Qayyum Jumadi
Photos and video by Teoh Eng Hooi
Three young Malaysians are working to empower refugees living in Malaysia with a catering and food delivery business. A chance mee...
With the longevity of family-run businesses and the rise of a new generation of young tailors, tailoring is most definitely not a dyi...
Pioneered by a streetside burger vendor with a vision, the Ramly brand is now a quintessential part of Malaysian life. We chart the g...