Though you might not initially think it, Kuala Lumpur is a gorgeous city with many hidden gems. Whether it’s sipping cocktails 34 stories high, escaping the chaos in an inner city jungle, admiring unique temples and architecture or simply finding great spots to dine, these are the most Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
All you’ll need is your camera and a bottle of water because Kuala Lumpur is hot guys. Getting Instagrammable images is one thing, passing out from dehydration is quite the other and we don’t want that!
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Most Instagrammable Architecture
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Built in the nineteenth century, this striking building was originally part of British colonial government but is now part of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
The Petronas Twin Towers
Probably one of the most well-known buildings in the entire country, the Petronas Twin Towers are Instagram worthy because of their sheer size and incredible design. While it does remind me a little of the Burj Khalifa, the mirroring aspect and the bridge that connects them makes them a bit more unique.
You can go up the towers to either the Skybridge or the observation deck, but at 85MYR (approximately US$22), I did think the price was a little high for a view.
This is just one of many things you could do regardless of how much time you have. If you’ve got a bit longer, check out this four day guide to Kuala Lumpur.
Old Railway Station
Finished in 1910, this underrated Kuala Lumpur sight is interesting because of its mixture of Western and Eastern architecture. With so many angles and unique perspectives, your Instagram will thank you for stopping by.
Sidebar here for story time. Kuala Lumpur fell in the middle of our Asia trip – after Ubud, Denpasar and Jakarta, but before Singapore – and man were we ever sick. Delhi Belly if you will. We were planning on taking the day train from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore, but unfortunately we did not plan this well and rocked up at the train station only for them to tell us that in fact the train we wanted to take was sold out but we could take the overnight train. Feeling a little queasy and looking at a full day ahead, we looked at flights. Ouch. Night train it was! In the end, we went to a hotel rooftop bar, drank a lot, played Jenga and then got the night train to Singapore. I was not well rested, but I survived!
Lesson learned: book things ahead of time and save yourself the headache and stress. Especially if you’re feeling unwell.
This communications tower is not new. In fact, it was only built 23 years ago, but it’s currently the seventh tallest free-standing building in the world. That’s pretty remarkable! It’s up there in the most Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur, for sure.
Like the Petronas Towers, you can go up to the top of the KL Tower as well. The observation deck is on the cheaper side, at 32MYR (around US$8), but the Sky Deck is a lot more – 105MYR (around US$27).
This Hindu Temple founded in the late 1800s is absolutely stunning and so intricate you’ll be able to stare at it for hours. Now, if you want to really do a double take, there’s a temple in Singapore in Little India that looks almost exactly the same. Guys, I legitimately thought I was going crazy. Luckily, I was not. It’s called Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple – try saying that three times fast.
Thean Hou Temple
Only dating back to the 80s, this temple worships the Chinese Sea Goddess Mazu. I can only hope when I die someone builds me something this extravagant. (Any takers?)
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center
I know what you’re probably thinking, why the heck is a convention center on the list of most Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur? The answer would be because the building is architecturally awesome. Plus it’s got a view of the Petronas Towers, which is just an added bonus.
Most Instagrammable Green Spaces
KL Forest Eco Park
Kuala Lumpur might be an Asian megacity, but there’s still plenty of green spaces that are beautiful and relaxing and the KL Forest Eco Park is one of them. This Instagrammable place is a serene oasis from the roar of the city streets and you’ll be able to enjoy nature and a treetop canopy walk.
Right next to the Petronas Towers and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, this pretty little park is actually not little at all. Coming in at 50 acres, it’s complete with wandering pathways, kids’ playgrounds, fountains and even a wading pool – a welcome respite from the heat that plagues the city on a daily basis.
Perdana Botanical Garden
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Known locally as Lake Gardens (obviously because of all the lakes!), this was Kuala Lumpur’s first large-scale recreational park, opening in 1888. I imagine quite a bit has changed since then (especially the city surrounding it), but it’s a wonderful place to go for nature and a totally different local experience without having to leave the city.
Most Instagrammable Shopping Experiences
I found this shopping mall simply because I went into the first one I looked up that had a dry cleaner in it. (I use the term dry cleaning loosely as we don’t really have a similar concept here. Sort of like a laundromat but you don’t do it yourself.) We had been traveling almost two weeks and with all the heat we desperately needed clean clothes!
This mall doesn’t look like much from the outside but as soon as you walk in, it’s all kinds of awesome.
This mall has everything from affordable, local chains to high-end luxury items so there’s a little something for everything. And I mean, incredible decorations.
The Gardens Mall
Aptly named because of all the foliage around the shopping center, this is a new kind of shopping experience you won’t want to miss out on.
This gorgeous place will look great through any camera lens.
Think of Petaling Street as the local market. Incredibly fresh, delicious street food, handmade local items and colors galore.
This is truly the highlight of shopping and eating experiences and you won’t want to miss it.
Most Instagrammable Views
Heli Lounge Bar
This bar 34 stories high is a helipad during the day, but as soon as nightfall comes the helicopters fly away, the lights are turned on and the drinks start pouring. With incredible views of the Petronas Towers and the KL Tower, it’s well worth the costly price of the cocktails.
We all know a good view when we see one, and this is a view that is well worth the price of one drink. Located inside the Shangri-La Trader’s Hotel you’ll find this bar overlooking the entire city.
While you have to pay and don’t get a drink, the view is still pretty remarkable from the top of the KL Tower.
And you may even be lucky enough to see a rainbow!
Now that you’ve got the knowledge of these amazing Instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur, you’re ready to immerse yourself in the culture of Malaysia armed with your camera and ready for anything. If you have anything to add to the list, comment below!
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