Kuala Lumpur is one of the most Instragram-worthy cities in the world, known for its detailed and historical architecture, stunning nature and beautiful cultural sights. Here are the wonderful places to take photos of the old and new in Kuala Lumpur.
Petronas Twin Towers
Kuala Lumpur’s iconic structure, Petronas Twin Towers, stands majestically day and night. The 88-storey twin structure, connected with Sky Bridge, represents Malaysia’s ambitions and aspirations. Make your way to the KLCC Park to take a photo together with the country’s symbolic building and/or head up to the 86th floor to see the panoramic views of Kuala Lumpur.
KL Tower is the seventh tallest communication tower across the world (after Tokyo Skytree and Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower, amongst others). Take the elevator up to the highest floor to enjoy the amazing city view of Kuala Lumpur. Enjoy your meal at the revolving restaurant while admiring Kuala Lumpur’s night view.
Once a tapioca flour production base during the Selangor Civil War, Petaling Street is now a shopping haven for tourists. Here, you will see red lanterns hanging across the shopping street. The locals sell their goods, produce and hawk food every day.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple
The splendid Sri Mahamarianmman Temple is situated at Jalan Tun HS Lee. It is a sacred place for Hindu devotees who visit to perform their daily prayers. The colourful detail statues of Hindu deities and mosaics on the ceilings and pillars are simply stunning.
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An old brothel in Petaling Street was turned into one of the most Instagram-worthy cafes (with an extensive menu of fusion and Malaysian delicacies) in Kuala Lumpur. The cafe is decorated with oriental interiors and hints of tropical plants. It is a perfect retreat away from the busy city.
PS150 takes you to the various nostalgic eras of Indochina, thanks to its classic cocktails and detailed interiors. There are three different seating areas decorated with vintage artefacts and furniture.
APW Bangsar was once an old family-run printing factory. It was passed down to the family’s young generation who then transformed it into a culture and lifestyle hangout area. It is a popular event venue consisting of eateries. A popular photo spot is at the concrete stairs near Japanese burrito restaurant Makirito.
Known as the Little India, it is the colourful maze filled with textile shops, jewellery stores, spice shops, grocery stores, flower shops, restaurants and food stalls. There you will find wonderful Hindu temples and beautiful century-old churches. Don’t forget to savour the local Indian delicacies.
Batu Caves features various caves and cave temples frequently visited by Hindu devotees. They gather at the holy place to celebrate Thaipusam every year. The golden statue of Lord Murugan welcomes you before you climb 272 concrete steps up to the caves. The Kuala Lumpur city skyline (including KL Tower and Petronas Twin Tower) can be seen from afar while taking a short break from walking.
Batu Caves, one of Kuala Lumpur’s most frequented tourist attractions, is a limestone hill comprising three major caves and a number of smaller ones. Located approximately 11 kilometres to the north of Kuala Lumpur, this 100-year-old temple features idols and statues erected inside the main caves and around it. Incorporated with interior limestone formations said to be around 400 million years old, the temple is considered an important religious landmark by Hindus.
The pink-domed Putra Mosque is built with rose-tinted granite. It consists of three areas – prayer hall, courtyard and learning facilities and function rooms – to be provided for Muslim devotees. The detailed architecture and design is inspired by Morocco’s King Hassan Mosque and Baghdad’s Sheikh Omar Mosque.
KL Forest Eco Park
Enter into the luscious nature in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Explore the park’s nature by walking along various canopy trails. You can see the KL Tower in the distance while strolling in the oldest protected jungle.
Bukit Bintang Intersection
The intersection connects Jalan Bukit Bintang and Jalan Sultan Ismail. It is one of Kuala Lumpur’s hot spots catering to shoppers and travellers. Feel the city vibe – bright city lights and billboards, people walking across the roads, rushing cars and railing sounds of the monorail. Shop till you drop at Pavilion, Lot 10, Fahrenheit 88 and Sungai Wang Plaza.
Heli Lounge Bar
Couldn’t resist looking at Kuala Lumpur’s skyline? Heli Lounge Bar is the ideal place to soak in the sunset and night view in Kuala Lumpur. Order your drink at the bar and head outside to the helipad to enjoy the night life.
One of the 1950s interconnected shophouses in Kampung Attap, Zhongshan Building, is refurbished into an independent arts hub. Funded by Think City, it is the home to local artisans creating their unique art pieces. It also welcomes visitors looking to discover art, culture and music. The art space has a gallery, a risograph printing studio, a small standing cafe/bar, a record store, a tailor shop and a bookstore.
Thean Hou Temple
The oldest six-tiered Buddhist temple is known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven. Buddhist worshippers also come to the shrine pray to the Goddess of Mercy and celebrate Chinese festivals including Wesak Day and Mooncake Festival. The temple has contemporary and traditional architectural designs of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
Lake Gardens has various parks and gardens to explore such as Orchid Garden and Butterfly Park Kuala Lumpur. It is a great place to be away from the concrete jungle and become one with nature. You could have a run along the jogging tracks while sinking into the luscious greenery.
The Bee, Publika
Not only is The Bee the must-see place to catch live music performances, it is great to take some photos together with your friends in a vibrant environment. The walls are decorated with neon light signs and posters of live performances. Strike a pose with the retro pinball machines right next to the bar.
Pavilion is a shopping sanctuary, but shoppers always grab the opportunity to take photos of their fashionable poses. You may spot people posing in front of the LIULI Crystal Fountain, Couture Walkway and Spanish Steps. Every festive season, wondrous decorations are added everywhere, including the centre of Pavilion welcoming you to celebrate together.
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Jalan Alor has plenty of hawker stalls and seafood restaurants for you to relish a diverse range of Malaysian delicacies. The bright restaurant signage and congested crowd bring out the busy street vibe. It is also a foodgram-worthy location to take photos and videos of delicious Malaysian food.
This serene restaurant has its authentic and charming interior elements. Make yourself at home with contemporary furniture, antique lighting and relaxing courtyard. Quench your thirst with a pot of Chinese tea, and imagine yourself going back in the early days in Petaling Street.
Leaf & Co.
The old mess hall is built into the Leaf & Co. cafe which is below a boutique hostel, Mingle. The cafe is renovated with reinforced old wooden beams; classic tables and chairs are placed around the cafe. A small garden of potted herbs is added in front of the concrete brick wall. It is kept in a colonial setting with contemporary designs in the old Kuala Lumpur.