Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia, is one of the most diverse capitals in Southeast Asia, showcasing a beautiful mix of cultures. KL has so many incredible places to explore, and I’ve been talking about the best ones in detail in my complete guide to the city. But today I want to select only the best Instagrammable places in KL where you can get snap-happy and take some unique images!
This list of Instagrammable spots combines some iconic attractions, rainbow stairs, gorgeous temples, street art, natural wonders and more.
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Top 10 Kuala Lumpur Instagram spots
1 - Petronas Twin Towers
I guess the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur city centre needs no detailed introduction, as I’m sure we’ve all seen at least a couple of photos of this iconic landmark on the Internet. This unique and insanely large complex of twin buildings connected by a Sky Bridge is an obvious favourite Instagram-worthy spot to photograph in Kuala Lumpur!
And because this is one of the best photo spots in Kuala Lumpur for some unforgettable pictures, I’ve found two great options for you:
FROM KLCC PARK
You can get a great shot of the towers from KLCC Park, which is right near it. Remember to also visit at night when the building lights up!
Address: KLCC Park, Kuala Lumpur City Centre
FROM AN INFINITY POOL
Many hotels and Airbnb’s in the KLCC district have rooftop infinity pools offering stunning city views with the Petronas Towers as a backdrop. Sunrise, sunset… any time of day really, you’ll get an epic photo of KL’s cityscape!
There are so many amazing options for accommodation in KL to choose from, two of my favourites (which have incredible infinity pool views of the Petronas Towers are):
RELATED READ: In case you’re looking for more accommodation options, I recommend checking out my dedicated article: Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur – 5 Best Areas and Hotels
2 - Batu Caves
This location is a must-visit place for two reasons: its cultural importance to the Hindu religion (they’re dedicated to Lord Murugan) and its stunning colourful 2018 renovation! The Instagrammable highlight of Batu Caves Selangor is, without a doubt, the stairway leading to the entry of the caves, where you will find 272 rainbow coloured steps leading up to the temple caves. Perfect choice if you’re looking for colourful Instagrammable spots!
3 - Kwai Chai Hong Street in Chinatown
This famous Chinatown street is a place full of history. Once home to the first Chinese community in Malaysia and preserved as it was in the 1960s, the pre-war buildings were left ramshackle until their 2019 seven-month-long restoration. Now, it is one of the coolest Instagrammable places in Kuala Lumpur, due to the incredible, lively painted pieces found on the buildings’ walls.
Alternatively, you can also check out Petaling Street in Chinatown as well.
Address: Lorong Panggung, 50000 Kuala Lumpur
4 - Thean Hou Temple
On top of a hill southwest of central KL, you will find a gorgeous temple – Thean Hou, one of the oldest temples in South East Asia, dating back to 1894. Also known as the Temple of the Goddess of Heaven, this traditional Chinese temple is colourful and simply put, absolutely stunning.
5 - Menara Tower Sky Box
Atop the Manara Tower (also known as the KL Tower) and 300 meters up, this view beats the Petronas Towers’ height by a whopping 100 meters and provides the best view of the city. The glass structure is almost fully transparent, so as long as you’re not scared of heights, there’s room for lots of out the box ideas.
Address: Manara Tower, 50250 Kuala Lumpur
6 - Masjid Wilayah Mosque
Forget about Abu Dhabi, here’s Masjid Wilayah! Also known as the Federal Territory Mosque (due to its location in Wilayah Persekutuan), this dreamy architectural wonder is one of the largest mosques in Malaysia. Constructed from 1998 onwards, this site presents a more modern look. I recommend you take your time exploring different angles here, as this spot allows for a lot of creativity.
7 - Perdana Botanical Gardens
The Perdana Botanical Garden is such a pretty place to spend an afternoon exploring the man-made lake, flower gardens and animal parks. Its modern, yellow tree structure of the Perdana Canopy is my favourite location in the gardens, offering some insane architecture. Ah, and let’s not forget about the Orchid Garden – absolutely stunning!
8 - KL Forest Eco Park
Located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Forest Eco Park KL and its Lake Gardens comprise one of the oldest rainforest reserves in Malaysia. The canopy walk in the forest park is really nice and you’ll get the opportunity for some awesome snaps crossing the jungle bridge. Just imagine you’ll have the Kuala Lumpur skyline as a backdrop – cool, right? Oh, and don’t forget to check out Laman Perdana at the Lake Gardens (Taman Tasik Perdana) as well for some awesome photos with the geometrical yellow trees.
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9 - Bukit Bintang street art
Once troubled streets that weren’t considered safe for tourists or locals, Bukit Bintang has gentrified into a colourful and vibrant place. Changkat Bukit Bintang and Jalan Alor Street are now famous for their vivid street art pieces and have quickly become two of the best places to go for urban photo ops!
10 - Sultan Abdul Samad Building
Sultan Abdul Samad is a stunningly iconic building located right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It has Moorish architecture with a shiny copper dome and provides plenty of photo ops!
You can go to Dataran Merdeka Square if you want to take some beautiful pictures of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building from the best angles.
RELATED READ: 13 Best Spots for Breakfast and Brunch in KL, Malaysia
BONUS: More Instagrammable places in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
In case it’s not your first time in Kuala Lumpur or if you’re looking for some more, lesser-known photo spots in the city, take a look at the list below which include some newly opened locations as well:
- Merchant’s Lane Cafe – if you’re looking for an Instagrammable cafe in Kuala Lumpur, this one’s for you! Gorgeous decor, lots of plants and delicious coffee – what more can you wish for? If you’re interested to find more places like this, I recommend my dedicated article: Kuala Lumpur: Best Brunch and Coffee Spots
- Heli Lounge Bar – one of the best rooftop bars in Kuala Lumpur where you can enjoy a drink directly on the helipad. Make sure to make a reservation in advance, though, as this spot is pretty well-known.
- Saloma Link Bridge – this one’s brand new and still relatively unknown! This link bridge full of colourful LED lights that lit up at night was opened in February 2020 and it has become an iconic spot if you want to take a picture with the Petronas Twin Towers in the background.
- National Science Center – just picture some tall, rainbow windows all-around a corridor and the sun shining through them. Trust me, it looks stunning and this spot is still pretty unknown. The only downside is that you’ll have to ‘illegally’ take the emergency exit on the first floor, so it will require a bit of adventurous sneaking!
- Elmina Valley Central Park – this attraction is very new as well, opened at the beginning of 2020 in Shah Alam. Although not in the city centre, this cute recreational park has a stunning rainbow walkway perfect for some pictures!
- The LINC KL – if you fancy a modern shopping mall as your backdrop for cool photos.
- Pink Mosque – officially called Putra Mosque, this gorgeous pink mosque is located in Putrajaya, so it’s not technically in Kuala Lumpur. Still, it’s well worth going there for some incredible pictures!
- Astaka Morocco – and if you decide to travel to Putrajaya for the Putra Mosque I’ve been talking about above, make sure you don’t miss Astaka Morocco as well – the best spot in Malaysia to take a photo in front of gorgeous Moroccan architecture!
- Bank Negara Malaysia Museum & Art Gallery – regardless if you’re interested in Malaysia’s economy or not, a visit to their Central Bank is a must, at least for the gorgeous spiral staircase that allows for endless photo opportunities.
- NU Sentral Station – this one’s Malaysia’s largest railway station and its entrance is impressive enough for some unique Instagram feed photos. Plus, you can also shop at NU Sentral, which I think is pretty nice as well.
BONUS #2: Recommended camera gear for KL
Kuala Lumpur provides amazing photo opportunities. If you want to make the best of them, make sure to pack your best camera and lenses. Here is what we have in our gear:
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
- Everyday lens: Canon EF 24-70mm F/2.8L II USM Zoom Lens
- Portrait lens: Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens
- GoPro camera: GoPro HERO8 Black
- Tripod: Benro Mach3 Tripod Ser 2 Alum 4 Sect
- NV filter: Hoya 82mm Variable Density Screw-in Filter
- Camera bag: Manfrotto MB MA-BP-BFR Advanced Befree Camera Backpack
- Hard Drive: LaCie 4TB
This was my complete list of photo spots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! From the well-known Thean Hou Temple to a breathtaking mosque, the streets of Bukit Bintang, the rainbow stairway at Batu Caves, the lush KL Forest Eco Park, this list includes the most iconic landmarks in the city, as well as a bonus section with some new hidden gems.
If you’re looking for more information for your upcoming trip to the city such as the top things to do in Kuala Lumpur during your itinerary, where to stay or where to eat, I recommend clicking here to find all my posts about this wonderful city. And here you will find all my articles about Malaysia.