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Top 7 Instagram Hot Spots In Kuala Lumpur

Top 7 Instagram Hot Spots In Kuala Lumpur
Jess Leak

BY Jess Leak

2 years ago

Kuala Lumpur is a popular ‘border-hopping destination’ for expats and tourists who need to extend their visas. Others might know the city’s airport pretty well from stopovers while traveling across Asia. But of course, the capital of Malaysia is so much more than that! 

It is a melting pot of nationalities and cultures, where colonial architecture and futuristic skyscrapers, street food and fine dining, local markets, and high-end boutiques go hand in hand.

So next time you’re heading to Asia, you might want to add Kuala Lumpur to your travel itinerary. And don’t forget your camera, because the city hides some very photogenic treasures. These are our 7 Instagram Hot Spots in ‘The Garden of City Lights.’

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1. The National Mosque

The Masjid Negara Mosque is a must-visit. The central dome is shaped like an 18-pointed star, representing the country’s 13 states and the five main pillars of Islam, and the roof is covered in green and blue tiles: a gem to the eye and to the camera!

Not to mention the minaret, the surrounding gardens, the marble pools, or the Grand Hall with Koran verses written all over the wall! Just one tip, dress appropriately if you want to go inside. No shorts and no bare shoulders.

2. Dataran Merdeka

Dataran Merdeka literally means ‘Independence Square.’ It is where, on August 31, 1957, the Malaysian flag was raised for the first time, declaring Malaysia’s independence after being controlled by the British. The selfies you take here will not only be beautiful, with the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, palm trees, and fountains in the background, but they’ll also have some historical meaning.

3. Menara Kuala Lumpur

With 1381 feet, the KL Tower is the 7th highest tower in the world. Pretty impressive, right? The building’s communication tower is also used to watch the stars. Or, better, the crescent moon that marks the beginning and end of Ramadan.

There’s a revolving restaurant at the top; how’s that for dinner with a view, in case you were wondering: yes, they organize races to the top every year. If panorama pics are your thing, this is the place to be.

4. The ‘I Love KL’ Sign

The ‘I Love KL’ sign was originally designed as a bookmark for the Kuala Lumpur City Gallery. Little did they know, the sign would become extremely popular, and now it is one of the most photographed structures in the city! So if you love Kuala Lumpur, you know what to do. 

Take out your camera and make that love Insta official!

5. Batu Caves

If your Instagram feed needs a color injection, visit the Batu Caves. Three big caves, and several smaller ones, filled with the most beautiful Hindu shrines, statues, and paintings.

But the most impressive part of this religious landmark must be the stairs leading to the Cathedral Cave. 272 steps, painted in the most gorgeous shades of the rainbow. So whether the red is your color or green or blue, you’ll surely find the perfect spot for a selfie!

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6. Petronas Twin Towers

There’s no way you can miss the Petronas Twin Towers when you’re in KL. Figuratively speaking, but literally as well! The towers are the biggest twin buildings in the world, with a height of 1483 feet and 88 floors.

The two towers are joined by a sky bridge, and this is the place where you should take your camera out. At 558 feet, the view, stretching across the whole city of Kuala Lumpur, is breathtaking.

7. Thean Hou Temple

The Thean Hou Temple, nicknamed ‘Temple of the Goddess of Heaven,’ is one of the oldest and largest in Southeast Asia. The design is stunning! Think dragon-inspired columns, pagoda rooftops, and stunning carvings and murals. These Buddhists knew what they were doing back in the day!

There’s a garden with Chinese medical herbs and a tortoise pond with a little well, but if you ask us: take that pic in front of the many red lampoons. For prosperity and good luck!