New Central Market
Kelantan's Central Market is a riot of colour. It is one of the
most vibrant sites in the country where traders display brilliantly
coloured fresh garden produce.
Kelantan¡¦s Central Market is mainly dominated and ¡§ruled¡¨
by the womenfolk. It may surprise you that a majority of stalls
are run by women. From the early hours of the morning till sundown,
these market queens sit across-legged upon their raised wooden platforms,
guarding their merchandise.
Perhaps this is a throwback to the fact that Kelantan was once
ruled by a princess, Cik Siti Wan Kembang, a female sovereign. Kelantanese
women remain fiercely entrepreneurial and have been known to be
The sights, sounds, and colours are uniquely Kelantanese--women
traders display garden produce, food stands grill delectable barbecued
chicken and craftsmen offer traditional wares like Kelantanese silver
All around the square, or rather octagon, the energy is electric,
effervescent colors swirl, as the fruits and vegetables blush in
brilliant hues of bright yellow, deep burgundy, rich mauve, strating
scarlet, clam olive and stunning lime green.
Baskets dance in the crowd, weaving through the throng of sarong
clad women with spinach kissed snadals, filling with fresh turnips,
cabbages, tomatoes and chilies.
The queens dip their merchandise in refreshing bowls of water whilst
others wave about their contraption of plastic bag attached to lidi
stick, keeping away bugs Piquant scents waft on the moist air, a
mixture of tangy spices, sweet meat floss, chewy 'dodol', a traditional
glutinous rice flour cake made with palm sugar, coconut milk and
pandan leaves, as well as the luscious fried fish paste snack 'keropok
A paradise for browsing and shopping, this market offers a myriad
of local handicraft including batik, leather goods, clothing and
The market is probably the most photographed site in the country
and it is especially lively in the mornings.