Images of Kuala Lumpur

This post was originally published on February 20, 2015 and updated on July 12, 2018.

“Imagine a city, with a skyline punctuated by minarets, Mogul-style domes and skyscrapers; imagine colourful, food-stall-lined streets shaded by a leafy canopy of banyan trees.” – Lonely Planet

Arriving in Kuala Lumpur from Bangkok, the first impressions are of a quieter and cleaner city, with palm trees lining the streets and people walking in a leisurely pace.

  • What impressed me the most? The Petronas Twin Towers (the tallest twin buildings in the world) and the Batu Caves!
  • What surprised me? The night life in the streets of Jalan Alor: street food and music bands
  • What’s funny? The KL Monorail: you never know what to expect!
  • What I tried? Blue rice and stingray!
  • What I got? Food poisoning from mussels…

Let’s tell the story through Images.

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” – Ansel Adams

Streets of Kuala Lumpur

Old and New in Kuala Lumpur

Old and new

Apartment Building in Kuala Lumpur

Apartment building

Street in the Bukit Bintang Area

Street in the Bukit Bintang area

Break Time

Break time

Jamek Mosque

Jamek Mosque and motorbikes

Kuala Lumpur Monorail

Kuala Lumpur monorail



Pavilion Kuala Lumpur



… and poverty

Teenagers of Kuala Lumpur

Teenagers of Kuala Lumpur

Hijab Fashion

Hijab fashion

Ladies Shopping - Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur

Ladies shopping – Petaling Street

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers | 88-storey buildings | 452 metres tall
(left: view from KLCC Park; right: view from the 86th floor of the twin tower)

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers Bridge

The 58 metre-long, double-decker Sky Bridge connects the Petronas Towers at the 41st and 42nd floors

Petronas Towers

Petronas Towers @ 86th Floor

Kuala Lumpur View from the 86th Floor of Petronas Towers

Kuala Lumpur view from the 86th Floor of Petronas Towers

Batu Caves

Batu Caves

Batu Caves | Hindu Shrine | Steps to the cave: 272

Batu Caves Pilgrims

Batu Caves pilgrims

272 Steps of Penitence - Batu Caves

272 Steps of penitence – Batu Caves

Father and Child Ascending to the Batu Caves

Father and Child Ascending to the Batu Caves

Batu Caves entrance

Batu Caves Entrance

Batu Caves

Batu Caves Hindu Shrine

Monks from Sri Lanka at Batu Caves

Monks from Sri Lanka at Batu Caves

Menara KL Tower

Menara KL Tower

Menara KL Tower | 421 meters

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Sultan Abdul Samad Building

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square

Merdeka Square

View from Merdeka Square

View from Merdeka Square

Old City Hall

Old City Hall, Kuala Lumpur

Old City Hall, Kuala Lumpur


Blue Rice Specialty Dish

Blue rice specialty dish

Grilled Stingray

Grilled stingray

Kuala Lumpur mussels

Mussels… It looks good, but so bad for stomach…

Chinese Food, Jalan Alor

Chinese food, Jalan Alor

Sweet Fish Dish

Sweet fish dish

Indian Sweets, Batu Caves

Indian sweets, Batu Caves

Street Food, Jalan Alor

Street food, Jalan Alor



8 Comments on “Images of Kuala Lumpur

  1. blue rice made by the smurfs?
    I quit drinking awhile ago due to toxication and now picking it up again…
    Malaysia is more interesting than I thought.

    • Ha, ha! There is an ingredient used by this restaurant in KL to give the rice this bluish hallucinogen color! When travel, I always try local food and local drinks. Maybe you can write more about your experiences in the foodie & boozie area! Your post “Why We Travel” was well received!

  2. Thank you, Ovi, for this succinct in words and detailed in pictures report of your arrival to Kuala Lumpur. It is always exciting for us to read and see where you travel. It is like a breath of air from the other side of the planet… I feel blessed to know you and I am excited for your adventures. Thank you again and looking forward to the next ones. Blessings!
    Romanita and Dragos

  3. Hey Ovi!
    Wonderful photos! I wish you could say more about them – more info please!
    There is enough adventure in this posting to be 5 postings! Talk to us more often and tell me more about what’s in the photos!
    Hope you are having a wonderful experience!

    • Hey Sue, yes, I should write more. Hopefully my inspiration is coming back! The trip to Kuala Lumpur was a short one. The next trips probably will be to Singapore and at the end of March to Toronto!

  4. Hi Ovi

    I liked the pictures, they do tell stories. It’s a pleasure looking at them. You are an adventurer and must have a good stomach too:) How do you eat? Do you have regular meals, or grab something on the go from a street vendors, etc… I’m curious how you select the restaurants. Just passing by, or are they recommended by locals, or from travel guides. Then how do you select items from the menu? You have preferences or whatever the waiter recommends as being their special? Keep on traveling! Show us what we’re missing:)

    • Ha, ha, thanks Sebastian! I don’t worry about food. I eat everything: things I know, things I think I know and things I don’t know what they are. I guess I let my hunger and curiosity choose the restaurant, not a travel guide. But often I just buy food and drinks from the 7/11 convenience stores that are everywhere in Asia and street food in order to save money.

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