15 Cool & Creative Instagram Spots in Kuala Lumpur

Looking for all the top photography and Instagram spots in Kuala Lumpur?  Great. You’ve come to the right place.  Here we list 15 of the most Instagrammable places in this vibrant city. So that you can spend less time searching and more time enjoying Kuala Lumpur.

Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is a city famous for its multi-cultural society, an amalgamation of cuisines, and the Petronas Towers; however, is it a photogenic city?  We are here to tell you that yes, it is! 

So without further ado, here are 15 Cool & Creative Spots in Kuala Lumpur. We also include photography tips, map links, where to stay and top tips for exploring the city.

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The Best 15 Instagram Spots in Kuala Lumpur

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Instagram Spots of Kuala Lumpur at a Glance

Already have an idea which Instagram spots in KL you want to hit? Here’s a glance at some of our favourites so you skip right to the ones you want to find.

  • 1. Batu Caves
  • 2. Bukit Tabur
  • 3. Masjid Wilayah Mosque
  • 4. The Face Suites Infinity Pool
  • 5. Petronas Towers
  • 6. Masjid Jamek
  • 7. The Botanical Gardens
  • 8. The National Mosque
  • 9. Thean Hou Temple
  • 10. KL Forest Eco Park
  • 11. Kuala Lumpur Sentral Escalators
  • 12. Sultan Salahuddin Mosque
  • 13. The Everly Hotel
  • 14. Putra Mosque
  • 15. Astaka Morocco

15 Instagram Spots in Kuala Lumpur

1.  Batu Caves

Everybody should have visiting the Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur on their bucket list.  The mystical caves are a whopping 400 million years old, and built among a colossal limestone cliff are truly a sight to behold.  

As well as a popular tourist attraction, the caves are a significant religious landmark, housing numerous Hindu temples and shrines.  It was only in 2018, however, that the entire complex was reconditioned, and the new rainbow design of the staircase has made the attraction one of the most instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur.  

TIP – To snap some shots on the iconic stairs before the crowds arrive, we recommend arriving a little earlier than the 7am opening time.

Entrance: Free/Allow 2-3 Hours

 

 
 
 
 
 
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BATU CAVES MAP LOCATION

2. Bukit Tabur

One of the more adventurous places to visit in Kuala Lumpur is to conquer one of the hiking trails dotted around the outskirts of the city. While there are many, we can highly recommend Bukit Tabur for the astonishing views from the peak. This hike is renowned for its precarious reputation so check out our guide to hiking Bukit Tabur for more information.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3.  Masjid Wilayah Mosque

As expected from such an ethnically diverse nation, mosques and temples can be found in abundance throughout the capital city.  But if we were to choose just one fit for your insta-feed, it would have to be the Federal Mosque.

It has to be said that it’s not often we are left speechless by a place of worship.  Let’s face it, after travelling Asia for the good part of 2 years, you find yourself what they call ‘templed out’.  However, the Federal Mosque beholds an ethereal beauty that didn’t fail to impress.  I mean, would you just look at that reflection.

TIP – When visiting any of the mosques throughout the city, be prepared to wear robes and a headdress of which will be provided free of charge.

Entrance: Free/Allow: 1hr/Open: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. (CLOSED Friday 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm)

 

 
 
 
 
 
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MASJID WILAYAH MOSQUE MAP LOCATION

4. The Face Suites Infinity Pool

If budget permits, we highly recommend splurging on a one night stay in this luxury apartment block, The Face Suites.  Not only can you enjoy a night of divine comfort, but you will go crazy for the rooftop infinity pool sporting unrivalled views of the cityscape. For that killer Instagram shot, wake early and catch an unforgettable sunrise from behind the Petronas Towers.  

Book your stay at the Face Suites through our Air Bnb Link and save a whopping £34 discount on your first booking. Simply click the link to validate your offer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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5.  Petronas Towers

Have you even been to Kuala Lumpur if you didn’t have a picture with the Petronas Towers? The monumental skyscrapers stand proudly as the landmark of the city, and at a soaring 450m high are the tallest twin towers in the world.  It pays to see the towers in both day and night; yet, at night, when the buildings are illuminated is when they appear most impressive.  

TIP – To snap some good pictures of the towers, head to the fountains at the front of the buildings.  It pays to have a go pro or wide-angle lens for this purpose.

Entrance: RM 80 for Skybridge, otherwise free/Allow 1 hr

 

 
 
 
 
 
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PETRONAS TOWERS MAP LOCATION

6. Masjid Jamek

One of the oldest mosques in the city, Masjid Jamek should not be missed when visiting Kuala Lumpur.  Akin to other mosques in the city, the grandeur and symmetrical design is a dream for keen photographers.

Entrance: Free/Allow: 1-2 hours  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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MASJID JAMEK MAP LOCATION

7.  The Botanical Gardens

Hosting an array of nature trails, gardens, and animal sanctuaries, the Botanical Gardens are the perfect place to escape the hectic city.  Not only that but if you enjoy getting a little creative, you can also find a number of insta-worthy photo opportunities.

Entrance: Free/Allow: 2-3hrs

 

 
 
 
 
 
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8. The National Mosque

Large enough to accommodate over 15,000 people, the impressive Masjid Negara is well worthy of a spot on your Instagram feed.  The exquisite design of Malaysia’s National Mosque was inspired by some of the worlds architectural wonders, including the Taj Mahal and the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

Entrance: Free/Allow: 1-2 hrs

 

 
 
 
 
 
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MASJID NEGARA MAP LOCATION

9. Thean Hou Temple

If you have visited Buddhist temples in the past, you will know that no holds are barred when it comes to extravagance.  In like fashion, Thean Hou Temple, located Southwest of the city, is certainly no exception.  

The hilltop position away from the hustle and bustle provides peace and serenity unlike anywhere else in the city.  Although, it is the vibrant colours and creative angles which earn Thean Hou its title as one of the best Instagram spots in Kuala Lumpur.

TIP – We recommend visiting early to avoid the crowds.

Entrance: Free/Allow: 1-2 hours  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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THEAN HOU TEMPLE MAP LOCATION

10.  KL Forest Eco Park

Staying somewhat true to the cities routes, the forest eco-park is an area of preserved rainforest in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.  With canopy walkways engineered amid the treetops and the glistening city skyline in the distance, it gives the impression that you are straddling two worlds.  This is definitely one of the more unique Instagram spots in Kuala Lumpur.

Entrance: Free/Allow 1hour

 

 
 
 
 
 
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11. Kuala Lumpur Central Station

Probably the coolest entrance for a train station? This Instagram spot is the main intercity railway station for Kuala Lumpur. Guaranteed a striking shot with this design.

Entrance: Free/Allow: 1hr

KUALA LUMPUR SENTRAL ESCALATORS MAP LOCATION

12. Sultan Salahuddin Abduz Aziz Mosque

The Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz mosque is not only the largest in the country but also the second largest in all of South East Asia.  While the location is a little tricky to get to from the city centre, the majestic structure and essence of the complex is sure to make the trip worth your while.  

Entrance: Free/Allow: 1-2hrs

 

 
 
 
 
 
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13.  The Everly Hotel

Despite its unique and captivating interior, The Everly Hotel isn’t (yet) a popular instagrammable spot in Kuala Lumpur.  We haven’t had the chance to visit ourselves yet, however, we love this creative shot by our friend Doreen Live to Travel.  As it stands, you do not need to be staying in the hotel to take a picture here.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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14. Putra Mosque

To add a splash of colour to your feed, you will not want to miss the striking Putra Mosque.  Constructed in pink granite, this mosque is one of the most unique to be found in the city. And as a result, wins a spot as one of the most instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur.

When going off the beaten path in Kuala Lumpur, you will not want to miss the striking Putra Mosque.  Constructed in pink granite, this mosque is one of the most unique to be found in the city.

Entrance: Free/Allow: 1-2hours

 

 
 
 
 
 
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PUTRA MOSQUE MAP LOCATION

15.  Astaka Morocco Putrajaya

Astaka Morocco is a real hidden gem located outside of the city.   Boasting the intricate detail that you would expect from Moroccan architecture, the complex was built to symbolise the unity of the two countries.  While no pictures are allowed to be taken inside of the buildings, the gardens offer an array of creative photo opportunities.

Entrance: Free/Allow: 1-2 hours

 

 
 
 
 
 
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ASTAKA MOROCCO PUTRAJAYA MAP LOCATION

How to get to Kuala Lumpur

By Bus – After covering most of Peninsular Malaysia, we found the easiest way to travel from place to place was by tourist bus.  It is by no means the quickest way; however, the buses are comfortable and you do get to see some pretty epic scenery along the way.  We can recommend 12go Asia.

By Train – There is also a cross country rail network, although the prices tend to be more expensive and we have no personal experience using it.  

By Air – The closet airport is Kuala Lumpur International Airport, 45km from the city.  We always use Skyscanner to ensure we are getting the best deals on flights.

Backpacking Malaysia? Don’t risk missing out on bus tickets by leaving them to the last minute! Book your ticket in advance with 12 Go Asia for the best prices, a guaranteed seat, and peace of mind. We booked all of our transport with 12 Go and it made our lives a hell of a lot easier. Click the link to book your tickets now.

Where to Stay in Kuala Lumpur

HostelPaper Plane Hostel – Sporting quirky wall art and a chic modern design throughout, it’s no wonder that Paper Plane hostel is a consistent favourite among backpackers.  Along with a choice of comfortable dorms or private rooms, guests can enjoy socialising on the rooftop and the common glass room.  Hungry?  The hostel is located within walking distance of Bukit Bintang, Chinatown and the Central Market.

Budget PrivateStep Inn Guesthouse – Step Inn is an affordable yet highly rated hostel in the city. Guests love the friendly & sociable atmosphere, as well as the excellent location just minutes away from China Town.  The cheap private rooms make it a great option for couples, while the working space & high-speed wifi considers it the perfect choice for digital nomads.  Not to mention you get a free breakfast included in the unbeatable price!

LuxuryThe Face Suites – If budget permits, we highly recommend splurging on a one night stay in this luxury apartment block.  Not only can you enjoy a night of divine comfort, but you will undoubtedly go crazy for the rooftop infinity pool sporting unrivalled views of the cityscape.

For more places to stay in Kuala Lumpur you can check the latest prices here. 

Responsible Photography in KL

Often when you travel, you see things that completely blow your mind, It’s natural to want to take photos. However, please keep in mind the following basic rules of street photography:

  • Respect historical and memorial sights
  • Don’t climb on sacred buildings or structures
  • Take care of your safety at all times
  • Do it for the ‘gram does not apply if it seems unsafe in any way
  • Be friendly – A smile goes a long way
  • Respect the privacy of your subjects
  • If somebody is irritated by the camera, put it away.
  • If you’re asked to delete an image, do so.
  • Check out our guide on responsible travel

If you have any questions about how we took these shots, feel free to ask in the comments below. You can check out our photography gear here.

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Did you enjoy our list of Instagram Spots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?

Well, that concludes top 15 instagrammable spots in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.  We hope you enjoy your time in this magical country. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below, through our contact us page. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here where we share further travel advice & inspiration.

Stay adventurous and Happy travels.

Charlotte & Natalie x

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