It’s the end of 2018, and Instagram is showing no signs of slowing down. We’re not proud of our addiction to the photo-sharing app, but how else do people share their #OOTDs, travel snaps or mad photography skills, right?
Let’s face it! We’re all hooked to what aesthetically pleases us and with all these beautiful spots offered in Kuala Lumpur, sinful if left undocumented, it’s time to step up and make it harder for fans to stop stalking us and getting the likes we truly deserve (YASSSSS, whom are we kidding! It’s all about the likes) with these 13 Most Instagrammable Spots in KL. Let’s get to work.
List: 13 Most Instagrammable Spots In Kuala Lumpur
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and every corner can be beautiful if you find the beauty within it. But sometimes you don’t have the luxury of time to explore the streets, or to travel to a googled spot just to discover that it’s not as stunning as you had imagined it would be. So save your time and check out our top picks of places to visit, and you’ll end up with an aesthetic feed worthy of envy in no time!
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#1 Taman Eco Rimba KL/ KL Eco-Forest Park
Take a moment to flee from the concrete Jungle of Kuala Lumpur and start this little adventure of yours with a 200m worth of canopy walk and dive into a refreshing greenery offering the best quality of fresh air one can seek for in this fast-paced city! Walking along the jungle, compliment your little feed with the fresh green of the park with the glass and concrete of the skyscrapers surrounding the area giving it the right amount of color to create the picturesque vibe you deserve! Remember, take it all in for just yourself, then whip out the cell phone for the gram!
#2 Thean Hou Temple
Being one of the oldest six-tiered Buddhist temple known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, this Chinese-style temple is dedicated to the heavenly mother, Thean Hou. It is sitting on a hill overviewing the leafy surroundings and is reachable from KL Sentral Station via foot (30 min) or taxi (10 min).
Uniquely combining both contemporary and traditional elements of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, this temple is worth the feed, inner peace and a sense of going back in time to discover it’s beauty carved and done by men before technology took over to create! Best visited during Chinese festival times and the birthdays of the various temple gods to witness the temple to come life through lights!
Climb to the temple’s upper decks, where you can also get close-up views of the mosaic dragons and phoenixes adorning the eaves
#3 Astaka Morocco @ Putrajaya
Resembling the intricate pavilions of Marrakech, this pavilion is tucked away in a corner of the Putrajaya Botanical Gardens, surrounded by landscaped gardens alongside a lake. Skilled Moroccan artists were brought in by the Malaysian government to construct the building, which is a symbol for the strong diplomatic ties between Malaysia and Morocco.
With a built-up area of 18,000 square feet showcasing the Moorish architecture of the sort found in places like Cordoba and Granada, Spain, this place is as exquisite without a price tag of traveling across the world weighing you down! Best visited during sunsets as the light reflects on the luxurious tiles, softly lighting the place offering a romantic feel.
#4 Batu Caves
Representing the convergence of culture and tradition, Batu Caves is a national treasure kept as a secret by the Chinese settlers (who collected guano) and to local indigenous peoples yet later on discovered in 1878 by an American Naturalist named William Hornaday.
Guarded by a monumental statue of Hindu deity Lord Murugan, these limestone caves harbor Hindu temples where dioramas of mythic scenes glow beneath stalactites, bats flutter in the shadows, and monkeys prey on tourists hiking the 272 stairs to Temple Cave making it truly a memory to cherish while discovering Kuala Lumpur!
Recently with all 272 steps of the staircase leading to the Temple Cave were repainted myriad colors, the effect on this spiritual solace doubled in its magnificence and perfect to liven up your Instagram feed! Best time to visit is as early as the Sun rising to avoid seekers and tourist crowding.
Address: Gombak, 68100 Batu Caves, Selangor
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#5 Federal Territory Mosque
With Malaysia being a diverse country surrounded by many religions and cultures harmoniously living side by side, Kuala Lumpur is not short on beautiful mosques. With no cost needed to enter the place, permitted one dresses up according to the venue with a loose headscarf to cover the head and nothing flashy (preferably long loose clothes), leave the shoes outside of the building before entering, immerse in the beauty of perfect symmetry of the building combined with the shiny polished marble floors built in the 1998 up until 2000 with a blend of Ottoman and Malay architectural styles, with gold and blue details that echoing heavily that of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.
#6 Petronas Twin Towers
If y’all remember the days when Petronas Twin Towers were the world tallest building and was proud that moment before Dubai’s Burj Khalifa came on to the scene and low-key took away our momentarily fame, we can relate yet we are nothing but amazed by its beauty of its monochromatic tones and steel panels work as the perfect canvas for your bright, stylish outfits whenever gazed upon and It’s nothing short of romantic to stroll through the double-decker sky bridge between the two towers with the Lake Symphony show stealing the attention of the night with it’s performance.
Address: Concourse Level, Petronas Twin Tower, Lower Ground, 50088, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
#7 Changkat Bukit Bintang
While we can all agree that walking around the streets of Kuala Lumpur can be hot, humid & sweaty, the crowd certainly didn’t mind the scorching heat when this place was officially opened with transformation of the dingy alleys of Bukit Bintang with murals and turning them into “pockets of sunshine”, we see why the craze over it !
This area has been getting a facelift as of late and the vibrant colors suggest that snap happy tourists are on the mind. Depicting a river, the street art extends to the ground as well as its surrounding walls featuring an extremely realistic appeal with the tiny ripple leading to a pool water and different white and blue accents are added to the “river” to make it appear natural. Clearly a lot of effort to make this scene one of the coolest graffiti spots in KL.
Address: 64, Changkat Bukit Bintang, Bukit Bintang, 50200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
#8 Masjid Putra/ Putra Mosque
Facing the glistening Putrajaya Lake, the insanely beautiful pink-domed Putra Mosque was built in 1997 and is one of the most modern mosques in the world and had to be featured as it one the intricate beauty that deserves the attention of elegance seekers. An apparition in rosy-pink granite, Masjid Putra has a captivating delicacy of design capped by an ornate pink-and-white dome and starring a 116m minaret, the mosque is a marriage between graceful Middle Eastern and traditional Malay styles.
With the capacity to hold up to 15,000 worshippers, non-muslims are welcomed guaranteed appropriate wear with the woman offered the mosque’s fetching maroon robes and visited anytime except during praying hours!
Address: Persiaran Persekutuan, Presint 1, 62502 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
#9 Bukit Tabur
Ya know how they say, no pain no gain? Located next to the Klang Gates Dam, Bukit Tabur is one of the harder hiking trails on this list. While it’s not exactly Mount Kinabalu, the terrain at Bukit Tabur, consisting mainly of quartz and slippery rocks, make it a rather challenging climb.
There’s also some ropework involved so make sure to bring along your hiking gloves! Yet for all the precarious toil to the summit, your reward is one of the loveliest sights you’ll ever see in K.L.The breathtaking scenery at the top spans the entire dam and by gods will if the weather is predictably good, one might even be able to see Genting Highlands *Heart Eyes*
#10 Lake Gardens
If there’s a wedding coming any-time soon, expect the couple to be gracing their presence at the Lake Gardens for their photoshoot of a lifetime! Boasting pagodas and impeccable landscaping, this 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.
But wait let me take a shot and post it up! Also known as Taman Tasik Perdana, Lake Gardens covers a large area in central KL so it is highly possible that you’d find some secret spots nobody has discovered yet. Here’s your chance to shine!
Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 7 AM to 8 PM. Opens daily.
#11 Negara Malaysia Museum & Art Gallery
There isn’t any sort of geometric spot featured yet so we figured the Sasana Kijang staircase would represent it the best with is endless spotless white spiral staircase build to look amazing in any angle, through any type of shots from any sort of camera. Known as Nautilus Staircase that begins from the lobby and links every floor, the spiral symbolically reflects the desire for knowledge that never stops.
The fluid movement in the design speaks volumes for inquisitive and inquiring minds. In short, the ‘spiral’ generates ‘curiosity’. As a center of knowledge and learning excellence established by Bank Negara Malaysia, once you are done with your photo shoot (take all the time you need, you can enjoy some art on the top floor).
#12 Sultan Ahmad Samad Building @ Merdeka Square
Merdeka directly translates as ‘independence’ and it’s now the site where the country has celebrated Malayan independence since August 1957. We are at where it all began and the British colonial era left a significant mark on the citie’s architecture and the walking tour around the colonial buildings belongs among the touristic highlights of Kuala Lumpur.
There is a lot of gems to be found, like the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, but the Sultan Abdul Samet building is definitely the top choice. You can for sure try to take a wholesome scenic shot of the magnificent building, but focusing on details may pay off even more.
Address: Jalan Raja, City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Hours: Open 24 hours
#13 Holy Rosary Church
Cut off from the bulk of Brickfields by the highway Jln Damansara, this Catholic church built in 1903 is worth a look for its French Gothic Revival style. It mainly serves a Chinese Catholic congregation. The Gothic-inspired church was constructed by French missionaries including Father Francis Emile Terrien, who was in charge of the Chinese community in KL, and his assistant, Father Lambert. Now one doesn’t need to fly to Madrid for the prettiest church at sight. There’s one right here!
Address: Holy Rosary Church, 10, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, 50470 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 03-2274 2747
This post is updated on 1 January 2020.