Temple Detail Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Photo Journal: 20 Photos to Inspire a Trip to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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. 

All the Towers, M Square Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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. 

Batu Caves Huge Statue Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Asia

Street Scenes: Buildings of Chinatown

A green guest house with a side of street-art, in Kuala Lumpur’s colourful Chinatown district. 

China Town Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Asia

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. 

Monkey Batu Caves Statue Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Asia

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. 

Building at the Square, Kuala Lumpur

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. 

Kitten at the Batu Caves, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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. 

Batu Caves Statue Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Asia

Lanterns of Petaling Street: Chinatown

Chinese lanterns hang above the vibrant stalls and stores of the Petaling Street Market. 

Street Market, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur’s Twin Stars: The Petronas Towers

Shining silver-blue in the Malaysian sun, the Petronas Towers are KL’s futuristic star attraction. 

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Hidden Gems: Chinatown’s Street Art Scene

Colourful street art lights up the back alleys and old buildings of Chinatown. 

Street Art Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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. 

Temple China Town Kulala Lumpur Malaysia

Green Monkey God: Lord Hanuman statue

The 50ft statue of Lord Hanuman, also knowns as the Green Monkey God, near the Batu Caves. 

Batu Caves Statue Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Colour Overload: Shopping in Central Market

Kuala Lumpur’s Central Market is home to more than 350 stores, selling colourful arts, crafts and clothing. 

Shop China Town Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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. 

WP Hotel, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Asia

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. 

M Square Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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. 

Golden Statue Batu Caves Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Waiting Game: Kuala Lumpur Sentral Train Station

A street cat plays in the planted garden outside Kuala Lumpur’s busy Sentral Train Station. 

Cat in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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. 

Central Market Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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.

KL Sign, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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. Petronas Towers from Sky Bar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: The Details



After finishing up six months of travel around Australia, I flew from Perth to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in June with AirAsia, for approx. £75(GBP) one-way.


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.


20 photos Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

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