When you think which world destinations are most Instagrammable, Kuala Lumpur probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind – although we think that will change soon! Not only are the temples as beautiful as ever, but stunning and colourful recent additions to the city are going to make it a photographic hot spot.
Here’s our guide to the most Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur to ensure that you don’t miss any photo opportunities in Malaysia’s capital. All of which you can visit and capture for free.
If the giant 43-metre gold statue of Lord Murugan, the God of war, wasn’t impressive enough, the 272 steps, which form the entrance to Batu Caves, were painted a stunning gradient of colours in summer 2018.
This recent addition is slowly making waves on Instagram and becoming the one of the most Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur. The vibrant staircase is irresistible but be warned: you’ll have to be there at 7:00am to have the chance of getting a photo with no people in.
If you intend to do more than get your shot on the stairs and want to visit the caves after, remember to dress appropriately as the sacred caves contain the Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Murugan.
COLOURFUL STREET NEAR CHANGKAT
If a photo can speak a thousand words, then any photo of this street will shout ‘Instagram’ a thousand times.
This area has been getting a facelift as of late and the vibrant colours suggest that snap happy tourists are on the mind.
There are plenty of shots to get here – look for angles both of the street itself and the different murals.
THEAN HOU TEMPLE
Temples in Southeast Asia are always high on the beauty stakes and Thean Hou is no exception.
Another vibrant destination in KL, it’s hard to get a bad shot of this Chinese temple. There’s a lot of space and angles, so getting an Insta worthy shot here any time of the day shouldn’t be too hard.
If you want to try some delicious local snacks, visit downstairs for some sesame covered moshi.
Unless you have a wide angle lens, part of the fun of taking photos of the Petronas Towers is finding an angle which doesn’t crop out the top!
These twin towers dominate the KL skyline and make for an impressive photographic backdrop.
Enjoy exploring KL’s modern centre while keeping your eyes peeled for your own unique angle.
You’re probably going to need a coffee break after packing in all these Instagrammable locations, and Merchant’s Lane café in Chinatown is a great picturesque spot to do just that.
The vine covered walls and bird cage-like swing will make for a pretty addition to your feed.
Check out our blog of the Best Cafes in Kuala Lumpur for more information.
The photogenic area of Merdeka Square is where the British colonial history was most present in Kuala Lumpur.
Merdeka directly translates as ‘independence’ and it’s now the site where the country has celebrated Malayan independence since August 1957.
Just make sure you go on a Saturday or Sunday if you want this photo: the council shut the road off, so you can get it without any traffic.
KL ECO PARK
What makes KL Eco Park one of the most Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur is that it is the ideal urban jungle addition to your feed. The canopy walkway gives the feeling that you’re on a jungle adventure, though you have a city skyline backdrop.
COSTS AND HOW TO GET AROUND:
All the locations on this post are free to get.
Most locations can be accessed via the city’s metro line or free public bus system (for example, the KL Eco Park can be accessed for free from the central KL using the Purple Line Bus).
For an easy transport option download the Grab app on your phone – it’s like Uber but cheaper.