Kuala Lumpur has a mix of Instagram and photography spots spread out around the city. From aerial viewpoints, huge religious statues and stunning temples. In this post I will tell you some of the top spots around the city that I’ve found. You’ll also find a link to the location on Google Maps, the best time to take photographs and whether the spot is free or not.

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1. KLCC Park and Lake Symphony Show

The Petronas Twin Towers are the most iconic landmark in the city, and every night at the fountain directly in front at KLCC Park you’ll find an amazing Lake Symphony show. This is incredible to see as well as to photograph, with a light, music and water show. When taking pictures try using a wide angle lens to capture as much as possible in your shot.

Best time for pics: Blue hour/night
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Light show outside Suria KLCC and Petronas Twin Towers at night
Light show outside Suria KLCC and Petronas Twin Towers at night

2. Batu Caves

North of the city you’ll find the fantastic Batu Caves and one of the most photogenic elements of these caves is the giant Hindu deity statue in front. When taking pictures stand quite far back so that you can get the entire statue, plus the stairs and mountain in your shot.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Batu Caves exterior and Lord Murugan Hindu Statue
Batu Caves exterior and Lord Murugan Hindu Statue

3. From SkyBar at Traders Hotel

Head over to the SkyBar at Traders Hotel where you can enjoy postcard views of the city. The bar also makes for a great place to relax with some drinks and snacks.

Best time for pics: Sunset-night
Cost: Reservations and drink
Location on Google Maps

Kuala Lumpur Skyline towards the Petronas Towers at night
Kuala Lumpur Skyline towards the Petronas Towers at night

4. Thean Hou Temple

The Thean Hou Temple is located towards the south east of the city and is a fantastic Instagram and Photography spot. The temple has several layers and often has hundreds of hanging lanterns which are pretty cool to photograph.  Note it’s not that easy to get to this temple and you may need a taxi.

Best time for pics: Day
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Thean Hou Temple, Kuala Lumpur
Thean Hou Temple

5. Front of Petronas Towers

Another good spot, and also quite classic, is from the front of the Petronas Twin Towers. Here you’ll find a fountain that leads towards the towers and this spot is very popular for selfies.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Free
Location on Google Maps

Front of Petronas Towers at night in Kuala Lumpur
Front of Petronas Towers at night in Kuala Lumpur

6. From KL Tower

I never made it up here unfortunately, but the view from the KL Tower will be one of the highest perspectives you can get in the city. Head here for sunset or blue hour for the best light.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Ticketed
Location on Google Maps

kuala-lumpur from KL Tower- Via Pixabay-1896797_1920
Kuala Lumpur from the KL Tower – Via Pixabay

Photography Tips

Here are some photography tips for Kuala Lumpur:

  • When taking pictures from ground level of the Petronas Towers you’ll often find the towers appear to lean back in the photo. To avoid this you’d need a Tilt Shift lens, or would need to get as far back as possible, although you would struggle to include the fountains if you did that
  • Take photographs at night using a decent travel tripod

For more tips head to Ultimate Tips for Travel Photography.

 

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