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It goes without saying that Kuala Lumpur, the bustling capital of Malaysia, is one of the most happening cities in the vicinity, where everything goes on and everyone goes to. Besides the tempting variety of food that can be found on nearly every corner you turn, you might be surprised (or not, if you’re super trendy and have been to all these places) to find that there are plenty of Instagrammable spots in KL, awaiting you and your aesthetic angles.
1. Sky Deck, KL Tower
As we enter the last few days of July, don’t miss the chance to visit the KL Tower Observation Deck for free! Our nation’s pride and glory, the KL Tower is a prominent landmark symbolic of Malaysia and its rich, multicultural achievements. With an impressive aerial view of the city from 300 metres above ground in a clear glass box (yes, even the floor!), this definitely tops our list of Instagrammable destinations.
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Address: No. 2 Jalan Punchak Off Jalan P Ramlee, 50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Contact: 03-2020 5444
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
2. Jalan Alor Street Art
It’s amazing, and nearly unbelievable how these beautifully vibrant walkways of colour used to be a tangled mess of unappealing, dingy streets scattered with trash and frequented by drug dealers, drunkards and vagrants. Now, this corner of KL is a favourite hotspot to add a splash of colour to your Instagram feed, with fresh designs on every corner you turn. Come here at night to discover another equally aesthetic side of Jalan Alor, but do make sure to come in groups and stay safe!
Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
3. Anjung Spotter
Aerophiles alert! Here you have a wide, spacious open field where you can plane-watch all you like and of course get that impressive shot for the gram. Free of charge to visit, Anjung Spotter lies within the perimeter of KLIA so be prepared to witness planes taking off and landing in close proximity throughout the day.
Address: Kuala Lumpur International Airport, 64000 Sepang, Selangor
Opening hours: 7am – 7pm daily
4. Perdana Botanical Garden
Honestly, symmetrical designs in architecture are such a pleasure to look at. And what’s more, the signature triangular panels adorning the structures in KL’s Perdana Botanical Gardens are reflective, creating a completely unique mosaic of brilliant colours with the different combinations of light hitting it every second of the day.
Perdana Botanical Garden
Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2276 0432
Opening hours: 7am – 8pm daily
5. Taman Saujana Hijau, Putrajaya
Picnics are all the rage now, so what are you waiting for? Grab a mat, picnic basket, your favourite food and of course, your best friends! Rather than complaining about Malaysia’s heat, take advantage of our tropical climate’s warm sun (trust us, natural light is your friend) and take all your #funinthesun #foreversummertime #goldenhour photos in your sundresses and Hawaiian tees.
Taman Saujana Hijau
Address: Jalan P11, Presint 11, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Contact: 03-8887 7770
Opening hours: 7am – 7pm daily
6. Bank Negara Museum
If you want to add a bit more of our national history and culture to your feed but not at the expense of aesthetics, this is the place for you to visit. In the various sections of our Bank Negara’s very own museum and art gallery, you can catch up on the fascinating history and interesting trivia of Malaysia’s banks and economical development all while taking your insta-worthy shots amidst the unique and classy designs.
Bank Negara Museum (temporarily closed until further notice)
Address: Sasana Kijang, 2, Jalan Dato Onn, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-9179 2784
7. National Science Centre
Since we’re on the topic of informative destinations, here’s another spot you should definitely visit – our National Science Centre! With plenty of interactive exhibits and model structures that are also child-friendly, you’ll be taking home a treasure trove of valuable knowledge about science and technology besides the sudden increase of photos in your phone gallery (guilty as charged, but who can resist these pretty walls?)
National Science Centre (Pusat Sains Negara)
Address: Persiaran Bukit Kiara Bukit Damansara, Bukit Kiara, 50662 Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2089 3400
Opening hours: 9am – 5pm daily (closed on Fridays)
8. Astaka Morocco
You don’t even need to fly abroad, because here we have for you the intricate and artistic designs of Moroccan architecture right here in Putrajaya! Built to resemble the royal palaces in Morocco, this international cultural centre contains four galleries, each featuring distinctive traits of Morocco’s oldest imperial cities. P.S. parking and entrance to the main courtyard is free, but there is an entrance fee of RM3 to go inside.
Address: Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya.
Contact: 03-8000 8000
Opening hours: 9am – 6pm daily
9. The Linc KL
We’re on a roll here! You can find more rainbows in this shopping mall located at Jalan Tun Razak, particularly in their unique decorative installation of 40000 colourful cranes. Representative of hope and peace, the message behind these cranes is definitely a timely one, especially in recent times. The floor-to-ceiling murals here are also lovely places to get your Instagram pictures taken – all you have to do is take the LRT to Ampang Park Station and The Linc is within a few minutes’ walking distance.
The LINC KL
Address: 360, Jalan Tun Razak, Taman U Thant, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-9213 0388
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
10. Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Revel in the traditional architecture of Malaysia, starting with this nineteenth-century building and its trademark onion domes. Incorporating Moorish features in its red bricks, white arches and banding, come get your pictures taken at the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, and it will definitely add an oriental vibe to your feed!
Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Address: Jalan Raja, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: open 24 hours
11. Batu Caves
Of course, how could we miss out our beloved Batu Caves? Especially after its recent renovation, these vibrant staircases have become so much more delightful to climb up, and of course to snap some colourful shots on the way up. Watch out for looting monkeys though!
Batu Caves Hindu Temple
Address: Gombak, Batu Caves 68100, Selangor
Opening hours: 6.30am – 8.30pm daily
12. Taman Eko Rimba KL
Return to nature as you hike through the magnificent greenery of KL Forest Eco Park in Bukit Nanas. Situated right in the middle of the city, this natural sanctuary is a lovely retreat away from the noise and dust. The grand hanging bridge is definitely the check-in spot to capture your adventurous Instagram shots amidst a pleasing green backdrop.
Taman Eko Rimba KL
Address: Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2026 4741
13. Thean Hou Temple
The Chinese love red, and you can’t get any more auspicious than right here in one of Malaysia’s oldest and largest temples – Thean Hou Gong, KL. With all the intricate details in the construction of the temples and the endless stretch of red lanterns, this is the place for you to get all your festive #ootds that will certainly meet the approval of your ancestors. P.S. Thean Hou Gong is also famous for being a marriage registration centre, so come take some couple shots with your s/o and pick up some blessings as well *wink.
Thean Hou Temple
Address: 65, Persiaran Endah, Taman Persiaran Desa, 50460 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Contact: 03-2274 7088
Opening hours: 8am – 10pm
14. Saloma Bridge
Up ahead we have two grand bridge walkways for those of you seeking the endless tunnel vibes. Just in case you’re wondering, Saloma Bridge was named after the legendary Malaysian-Singaporean songstress Salmah Ismail. This pedestrian+bicyclist bridge that stretches 69 metres over the Klang River features modern architecure and avant garde designs. P.S. This is also a place worth visiting at night when the colourful lights come to life!
Address: Saloma, Between and Lorong, Lorong Raja Muda Musa 3, Kampung Baru, 50300 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
15. Elmina Valley Park
There, I’ve said what I said – one can never get enough of rainbow lights and bright colours. Besides the stunning rainbow walkway, situated in Elmina Valley Park is another glamorous bridge where photos taken from every angle are sure to look good – the Elmina Iconic Bridge. Besides enjoying various sport facilities, running and cycling tracks at the recreational park, watching the sunset by the lake is also a must to check off your list.
There you go, folks! Have fun exploring all these aesthetic spots in Kuala Lumpur and adding colour to your feed, but of course always remember to wear a mask and practice social distancing in the new normal.