There’s no denying that we millennials love Instagram. It has become more than just an app to share our daily musings and random photos of food but rather an artform - a form of expression.
Whether you enjoy flatlays, architecture or OOTD shots, here are some places in Selangor you’d never thought would be Instagram-worthy and could potentially be your next OOTD spot.
1. Taman Tasik Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Smack in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa is one of KL’s largest and most popular recreational parks. With its lush greenery and large ponds, Taman Tasik Titiwangsa proves to be a wonderful location for picnic Instas, outdoor fashion shoots and distant shots of the KLCC.
Address: 5, Lorong Titiwangsa 6, 53200 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2. Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur
Putrajaya may be filled with boring government offices left, right and center but around them are some pretty impressive infrastructure. There are some beautiful bridges around the area for all you architecture lovers and followers of symmetry to create that perfect perspective photo in Inkwell.
3. Masjid Bandar Diraja, Klang
Standing majestically at the edge of the Klang River is Masjid Bandar Diraja in all its golden dome grandeur. Mosques hold intricate architectural details if you are into photographing buildings but better yet, it makes a unique background for profile shots and OOTDs. Also, it keeps people guessing where the actual location is!
Address: Jalan Pasar, 41300 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
4. Petronas Twin Towers (KLCC), Kuala Lumpur
The ever iconic KLCC is one of the most elegant buildings in Kuala Lumpur not just because it is our tallest tower but also it has some interesting curves and edges. These curves and edges work really well in a tiny square frame but better yet, its monochromatic tones and steel panels work as the perfect canvas for your bright, stylish outfits. If the building is not to your liking, you can find picturesque spots all over KLCC’s park as well.
Address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5. Sultan Abdul Samad Building, Kuala Lumpur
Sultan Abdul Samad or better known as Dataran Merdeka holds many of Malaysia’s most historical moments in its grounds. The faded red bricks and symmetrical Islam-influenced arches adds character to any photograph, contributing to a piece of artwork without much effort. It can be tricky to find the right angle with such a humongous building but that’s the fun part, right?
Address: Sultan Abdul Samad Bldg, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50050 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6. Batu Caves, Selangor
When people think of Batu Caves, more often than not the picture of its 272 steps pops into your head or maybe even images of Thaipusam for some but as an Instagrammable location? Not so much. But believe it or not, taken at the right angles, Batu Caves can be captured beautifully and full of live with the hustling and bustling of tourists and locals alike. Its colourful stairs with limestone mountains cascading in the background has to be the perfect combination of what a photo should be!
7. Merchant’s Lane Cafe, Kuala Lumpur
Of all the new cafe additions to Kuala Lumpur, Merchant’s Lane has stole our hearts with their wonderfully Malaysian yet wonderfully modern interior design. With renowned Malaysian architect Ng Sek San having played a role in this, it is no wonder Merchant’s Lane finds such a delicate balance between reclaimed materials, nature and modern minimalism. For all you coffee lovers and foodies, you know where to go for that picture perfect moment of you sipping your after lunch cuppa Joe.
Address: 150, Jalan Petaling, City Centre, 50000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
8. Petaling Street (Chinatown), Kuala Lumpur
Another historical site in Kuala Lumpur, Chinatown is home to some of Kuala Lumpur’s oldest heritage buildings with some semblance of Baba-Nyonya influence. Wooden panels and wooden shutters with tight 5-foot walkways, Chinatown has a special charm to it that fortunately for us, can be effortlessly captured into tiny squares.
Address: Chinatown, Jalan Petaling/ Petaling Street, 46150 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
9. Marini’s on 57, Kuala Lumpur
Sipping cocktail 57 levels above ground with one of the two Petronas Twin Tower towering behind you sounds like an awesome way to spend an evening. While you’re at it, why not take a photo of it? With such a spectacular view, Marini’s on 57 is quickly becoming the hottest hangout spot in Kuala Lumpur.
Address: 57, Menara 3 Petronas, Persiaran KLCC, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
10. Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Most KL-dwellers would admit that visiting the royal palace was something they have never bothered to do - what is there to do there anyway? Well, now you have a reason! The Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur happens to be very photogenic whether on its own or with you in it - a little secret of your next most liked photo.
Address: Istana Negara, 50500 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
11. KL Sentral Train Station, Kuala Lumpur
As much as it is functional, KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur’s central railway station also doubles as a well-composed subject to any photograph. If you are feeling adventurous, railway stations create a sense of wonder to any Instagram photo especially on-the-go casual fashion - something unexpected yet seamlessly paints the perfect scenario.
12. NU Sentral Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur
One of Kuala Lumpur’s newest addition to our already huge family of shopping malls, NU Sentral is proving to be the most modern architecturally speaking with many symmetrical lines calling for a perspective shot. Their use of steel sheets and steel beams make every architecture enthusiasts’ heart skip a beat.
But even if you can’t tell steel from aluminium foil, it still makes an unassuming yet intriguing background to any photo.
Address: Nu Sentral Shopping Mall, Jalan Stesen Sentral 5, Brickfields, 51170 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
13. Brickfields (Little India), Kuala Lumpur
Also known as Little India, Brickfields bring to the table a blend of traditional and modern urbanscapes that albeit contrasting, somehow finds a balance in the equilibrium. The colourful (well, mostly purple) buildings, streets adorned with bright flowers and of course their detailed temples showcases the Indian culture in Malaysia. The vivid life encased in this area in Kuala Lumpur is one of its kind - a perfect photo opportunity for street photographers looking to capture candid moments in the hustle and bustle of city life.
Address: 231, Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, 51170 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
14. Empire Damansara, Petaling Jaya
Empire Damansara is a relatively new development in Kuala Lumpur, pulling crowds from all over the city with their charming creativity and insanely artistic installations. Places like this that celebrate art through colours, expressions and clusters of hipster cafes are hard to come by in Kuala Lumpur which is why people flock here to grab that Insta-perfect shot. There’s something for every kind of Instagrammer here but if you just want good coffee, you’re also in for a treat!
Address: Damansara Perdana, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
15. Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur
Lake Gardens is probably one of the most well kept parks around Kuala Lumpur, boasting of pagodas and impeccable landscaping. It is also a popular location for wedding photoshoots. Also known as Taman Tasik Perdana, Lake Gardens covers a large area in central KL so it is highly possible that you’d find some secret spots nobody has discovered yet!
Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
16. Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Kepong
Forest reserve and recreational park, FRIM is mostly made up of tropical trees and greeneries for as far as the eye can see. A popular location for hiking, bird watching, canopy walks and wedding photoshoots, FRIM is beautiful at every corner it is easy to capture an Insta-worthy photo. A tip you should know is to be early to catch the morning sun - the sun streaming through the canopy makes for a dreamy, fantasy-like picture.
Address: Jalan Foxworthy, Forest Research Institute Of Malaysia, 68100 Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Malaysia
17. Raja Tun Uda Library, Shah Alam
Locals will tell you that a good library in Malaysia is almost as rare as seeing a Malaysian who doesn’t like Milo Ais. Raja Tun Uda Library is one of those rare gems you can find in Kuala Lumpur that is not only equipped with top notch facilities and an extensive collection of books but it is also well designed with modern touches. Come here for the Insta-photo, stay for the books.
Address: Pesiaran Perdagagan, Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
18. Aquaria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur
Aquaria in KLCC is probably one of the best aquariums around featuring a wide variety of tropical fishes and rainforest animals. But what most people love about Aquaria is their long glass tunnel, colouring the place with a tinge of blue hue for a dreamy effect. No need for additional filters!
Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Jalang Pinang, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
19. KL Bird Park, Kuala Lumpur
Flock to KL Bird Park and spend the day with some friendly birds for more than just picture’s sake. You get a chance to come up close and personal with peacocks and watch them fly from tree to tree (yes, they fly!) and catch the hornbill at feeding time. Educational, exciting and a fun addition to your Instagram feed!
Address: KL Bird Park, 920, Jalan Cenderawasih, 51180 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
20. Heli Lounge Bar, Kuala Lumpur
With nature painting the sky a pinkish-orange hue preparing for sunset and KL Tower hanging out in the background of your photo is enough reasons for you to be at the Heli Lounge Bar for your next Instagram photo. Did I also mention it is a helipad? Don’t make your friends wish they were you, bring them along and make the photo a memorable one!
Address: Bukit Bintang 34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
21. SS2 Graffiti Street, Petaling Jaya
Heavy traffic and heavy honking is usually what locals would describe SS2 to be. A busy township with everyone running errands and incessantly finding a parking spot, SS2 is the last place you’d think art of any kind would emerge. But not until recently, SS2 approved of graffiti works to be done around the entire area and now your job is to find them. Go forth and make beautiful pictures!
Address: Seksyen 2, Shah Alam, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
22. Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur
Bukit Bintang is like the beating heart of Kuala Lumpur, filled to the brim with hotels and luxurious shopping malls. For street-crossing shots, street photography, OOTDs or even architecture photos, Bukit Bintang has a lot to offer even in just one single frame. For some pointers, Sephora Kuala Lumpur is probably the most prominent Insta-spot of the lot due to its extravagant exterior but Pavilion’s fountain doesn’t fall too far from the charts either.
23. Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur
An upscale neighbourhood a way away from Kuala Lumpur’s city center, Mont Kiara resembles Hong Kong’s compact lifestyle with its tall condominiums and buildings - a drool-inducing notion for urbanscape enthusiasts. Even if you aren’t into tall buildings, looking up once in awhile could bring you surprising perspectives.
24. Sentul Park, Kuala Lumpur
If you are looking for a place to immerse in nature and art, Sentul Park is the place made for you to do just that. Located next to KL Performing Arts Center (KLPac), it only makes sense that the park embodies as much art as its theater. KLPac and Sentul Park both exude industrial-style themes with an emphasis on reusable and recyclable materials. There are installations around the park along with some ruin-like brick walls covered with crawler plants for that mystical mood. Throw in a faded filter and it’s almost like you’re dreaming.
Address: Jalan Strachan, Sentul West, 51100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
25. Laman Seni, Lorong Belakang Seksyen 7, Shah Alam
Not the newest addition to the KL art scene but an intriguing one no less, Laman Seni in Shah Alam is a transformed back lane, restored into an art exhibition of wall murals. Showcasing some of KL’s most talented artists, Laman Seni’s eclectic murals speak for themselves telling you that there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be Instagramming it. Colourful, vibrant and sometimes crazy, Laman Seni is definitely worth checking out. Anything for a good picture!
Address: Jalan Plumbum R7/R, Seksyen 7, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia
26. Broga Hill, Semenyih
Broga's lush green hills of a tropical forest makes it a great place for photography. It's hard to take a bad picture when the surrounding nature is so beautiful. Take a morning hike up Broga Hill and reward yourselves with a relaxing meal at the top of the hill and share these memories with your Instagram followers!
Address: B34, 43500 Semenyih, Selangor, Malaysia
27. Sekinchan Paddy Field
In the 1920s, Sekinchan was a small fishing village and now, it is one of the major production areas for rice in Malaysia. Naturally, this place has beautiful views of paddy fields perfect for your Instagram feed!
Address: Jalan Tali Air, Sekinchan, Selangor
Capture Selangor in an Instagram frame
Whether you are looking for a place to explore, appreciate art or enjoy nature, Selangor has something to offer everyone with its diverse culture and scenes. Grab your cameras and phones and start creating new angles with these places!