The Amcorp Mall flea market is on weekends 10:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m.
One of the main options to kill weekend boredom in Kuala Lumpur is to head for a shopping mall. We flock to these multistorey, air-conditioned concrete oases to escape the sweltering tropical heat, and for good reason–larger malls in the Federal Territory are a one-stop shop for movies, arcade, good food, shopping, events, performances and groceries. These malls–with their brand label boutiques and ability to hold thousands of shoppers within gleaming, modern facades on any given weekend–are the prominent faces of the shopping industry here, and there are so many that you won’t exhaust your options.
What you might suffer every now and again, however, is mega-mall fatigue, making you crave a more low-key shopping experience with truly one-of-a-kind finds. That desire is what led me to head over to Amcorp Mall last weekend to check out their flea market, which has been dubbed Malaysia’s “best and largest.” At least, by the mall website’s own admission, it was “once the biggest indoor flea market in the Klang Valley area,” and although shoppers “may not find Amcorp Mall interesting but for those who loved antiques and collectibles, this mall is definitely your choice all the time!”
Alright, then. I definitely enjoyed the two hours I spent browsing all the offerings at the flea market tables on all five levels of the mall, clustered outside regular shops that are close to the escalators. Not all sold antiques, but the ones that did provided an interesting glimpse into a Malaysian lifestyle few of us have much to do with now–stamp collections, old money collections, analog telephones, old pocket watches, coal-powered clothes irons, CDs, vinyl and even an antique pistol, are just some of the finds available at this market. Continue reading