What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia?
Prior to visiting in June last year, my impression of the city had been largely based on the highly-photographed Petronas Towers – the 451.9m tall, futuristic twin-structures that dominate KL’s skyline. I’d heard it was a great place for shopping (which isn’t really my thing) as well as being home to some delicious street food (definitely more my thing!) – thanks to the city’s diverse mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese and Western cultures.I expected KL to be full of shiny skyscrapers, packed with designer stores and tasty food markets…what I didn’t expect was to find myself surrounded by an incredible world of colour…
Photo Journal: Colours of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
I’ll be posting more practical, detailed guides about travelling solo in KL and the rest of Malaysia soon but for now, here are 20 colourful photos to inspire your next trip to Kuala Lumpur…
Towers of Kuala Lumpur: Merdeka Square
The Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Merdeka Square, with the KL Tower and the Petronas Towers visible in the distance.
Ramayana Cave: Batu Caves
The huge sleeping statue of Kumbhakarna in the Ramayana Cave – just one of the many psychedelically-coloured dioramas depicting the Indian epic Ramayana.
Street Scenes: Buildings of Chinatown
A green guest house with a side of street-art, in Kuala Lumpur’s colourful Chinatown district.
Hanging out at the Dark Cave: Batu Caves
A long-tailed macaque keeps an eye out for visitors with food at the entrance to the Dark Cave.
Domes and Palms: Sultan Abdul Samad Building
The tropical palms and copper-clad domes of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building, in Merdeka Square, catch the light of the Malaysian sun.
Cat Cafe: Making friends at the Batu Caves
One of Kuala Lumpur’s many street cats poses for a photograph in the cafe next to the Batu Caves main entrance.
Guarding a World of Colour: Ramayana Cave, Batu Caves
A colourful statue stands guard at the entrance to the Batu Caves Ramayana Cave – a lesser known cave featuring incredibly detailed dioramas of the Indian epic Ramayana.
Lanterns of Petaling Street: Chinatown
Chinese lanterns hang above the vibrant stalls and stores of the Petaling Street Market.
Kuala Lumpur’s Twin Stars: The Petronas Towers
Shining silver-blue in the Malaysian sun, the Petronas Towers are KL’s futuristic star attraction.
Hidden Gems: Chinatown’s Street Art Scene
Colourful street art lights up the back alleys and old buildings of Chinatown.
All in the Detail: The Sri Mahamariamman Temple
The oldest temple in Kuala Lumpur features a 75ft tower with five tiers, each level adorned with 228 colourful Hindu deities.
Green Monkey God: Lord Hanuman statue
The 50ft statue of Lord Hanuman, also knowns as the Green Monkey God, near the Batu Caves.
Colour Overload: Shopping in Central Market
Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market is home to more than 350 stores, selling colourful arts, crafts and clothing.
Sunrise Swim: The Petronas Towers from WP Hotel
The rooftop pool at the budget-friendly WP Hotel offers an incredible sunrise view over the city skyline.
Indo-Saracenic Stripes: National Textile Museum
Originally the headquarters for the Federated Malay States Railways, the attractive striped building near Merdeka Square now holds the National Textile Museum.
Malaysia’s Tallest Statue: Lord Murugan, Batu Caves
Standing at 140ft, the statue of Lord Murugan is the highest in Malaysia and the second tallest statue of a Hindu deity in the world. It took 15 sculptors three years to complete the monument, with 300 litres of gold paint.
Waiting Game: Kuala Lumpur Sentral Train Station
A street cat plays in the planted garden outside Kuala Lumpur’s busy Sentral Train Station.
Into the Blue: Central Market
The blue exterior of Kuala Lumpur’s iconic Central Market. Originally a popular wet market, today Central is packed with stalls selling souvenirs and food.
I Love KL: Kuala Lumpur City Gallery
Outside Kuala Lumpur’s popular City Gallery, the bright red I Love KL statue is a favourite stop for selfies.
SkyBar@Traders: Rooftop View of the Petronas Towers and KLCC Park
Take the elevator to level 33 in the stylish Trader’s Hotel to find yourself in the bar with the best view of the city.
Visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Details
I stayed in two different budget accommodations during my trip to KL: The first was the WP Hotel (with that amazing rooftop pool and view of the city) and the second was the more central Summer Suites Express.
The photos in this article were all taken by me, using either my Nikon D60 or my iPhone 6s.
Get more information for planning your trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the official tourism website here.
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