A Photographer’s Guide to Kuala Lumpur

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These days, everyone can take impressive photographs thanks to affordable digital cameras and hi-spec smartphone capabilities. The hard part is knowing where to go to snap the best shots. If you’re heading on holiday to Kuala Lumpur, prepare to find yourself spoiled for incredible sights just waiting to be documented.

We’ve compiled a handy photographer’s guide to help you seek out the city’s most picturesque spots – and they’re all easily accessible from our strategically located hotel PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur.

A glittering urban skyline

Kuala Lumpur is the most populated city in Malaysia, and its breathtaking architecture makes a dazzling canvas for your perfect shot. Standing at a whopping 452 metres above street level, the Petronas Twin Towers are arguably the most imposing buildings in the area, and when night falls they light up in spectacular fashion. Visit the observation deck on level 86 to capture broad landscape shots of the city below.

petronas twin towers

For a different perspective on the city, ascend the Menara Tower and take skyline shots from its rooftop deck, which stands a proud 421 metres above street level. If you feel like a further adrenaline rush once your feet are firmly planted back on the ground, you can test your speed at Menara’s exhilarating Formula One Simulator Zone.

menara tower
Image by Alex Valavanis

Mesmerising local colour

To really capture the essence of Kuala Lumpur’s history in pictures, pay a visit to Sri Mahamariamman temple. Built in 1833, this is the oldest Hindu temple in Malaysia. Its crowning glory is the 23.5 foot-tall statue, adorned with ornate, colourful imagery and religious deities, which really has to be seen to be believed.

sri mahamariamman temple
Image by Guwashi999

Continuing your journey, the Masjid Jamek mosque with its grand white domes, tall spires and meticulously crafted towers are a feast for the senses (and your lenses).The building first opened its doors in 1909, and is a must-visit for any avid photographer visiting the city.

masjid jamek mosque
Image by Sham Hardy

From mosques to macaws, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park is an unmissable attraction for those looking to take snaps of some of the world’s most beautiful and colourful winged species. Home to over 3,000 birds, this 20-acre park boasts lush vegetation, grand outdoor vistas and plenty of inspiration for your camera lens.

kuala lumpur bird park
Image by Phalinn Ool

Historical delights

Kuala Lumpur is rich with historical sites and they don’t get much more impressive than the Batu Caves. Commonly used as a site for Hindu festivals and pilgrimages, this vast network of limestone caverns borders the city. Photographers can walk along colourful paths and staircases furnished with detailed statues, before gazing up to take photos of the jagged rock formations towering above their heads.

batu caves

Back in the heart of the bustling city, Chinatown is the perfect place for photographers and foodies alike. Established in 1870, visit Petaling Street to witness a vibrant hub of street food vendors, craft stores and amazing images of everyday life in Kuala Lumpur. If you want to capture the essence of the city, there are simply no end of photo opportunities to be found in this energetic district.

china town in kuala lumpur
Image by Michael Camilleri

What’s your favourite photography spot in Kuala Lumpur? Let us know in the comment section below.

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