5 Aesthetic Places in Kuala Lumpur You Can Visit For Free

Pictures speak a thousand words. So, make it count!

Aesthetic pictures add that extra touch to your social media profile and the beauty of these shots attract many to pause their scrolling. Upon recognising the fascination for aesthetics, various places started incorporating picturesque elements to captivate tourists for those perfect Instagrammable shots.

We have cafes, tourist places, restaurants and even parks where aestheticism can be found through different areas such as design, architecture and fine arts. It’s also an added bonus when these places are free to visit! Best of both worlds indeed!

For your next Instagram-worthy shots, here are five pocket friendly places that you can visit in Kuala Lumpur:

#1 KWAI CHAI HONG

Source: Kwai Chai Hong Facebook

Located in Lorong Panggung, Kwai Chai Hong is a popular tourist spot for seasonal art installations and interactive murals. Day or night, Kwai Chai Hong never fails to deliver beautiful shots.

Apart from installations and murals, visitors also get to enjoy various kinds of foods and beverages with the restaurant line-ups. Not only will you feast your eyes, but your tummy is also in for a treat too!

If you’re there during peak hours, you may have to be in line to wait your turn. This is because the management strictly adheres to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and only permits maximum capacity entrance at a time. Operating hours are from 9 am to 12 am daily.

#2 SALOMA LINK BRIDGE

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The Saloma Link Bridge is a vision for the night! Located in between Lorong Raja Muda Musa 3 (located at Kampung Baru) and Jalan Saloma (KLCC-Ampang), this bridge took nearly two years to complete.

The public finally got to feast our eyes in early February 2020 when the bridge was officially opened. For good photo results, Saloma Link Bridge is best visited when the sky gets dark.

Night-time provides the perfect opportunity for the bright lights of the bridge to shine in your pictures!

#3 BUKIT BINTANG STREET ART ALLEYS

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Around 2018, Kuala Lumpur City Hall decided to transform the streets of Bukit Bintang into art projects to give a brand new and unique look.

These transformations include painted murals on buildings and sculptures in the alleys. The buildings are adorned in bright colours and nature-centric art inspired by rivers and rainforests.

Before you go, please remember that these streets are still back alleys in a major city. Hence, please exercise the usual caution when you’re wandering through them, especially during night-time. 

#4 RIVER OF LIFE

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Situated near the Masjid Jamek Mosque, the River of Life is a mix of art installations, murals and brightly lit promenades along the Gombak River. 

If you’re in the area during daytime, you will be able to enjoy the promenade and see some fishes. You can also use the sunlight to your advantage by walking around the compound to capture some nice pictures. Whereas, at  night-time, the promenades will be filled with lights and the Gombak River will also be illuminated with blue lights.  

#5 NATIONAL ART GALLERY

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The National Art Gallery is probably not the first place that comes to your mind when you think of aesthetic images. Little did you know that this is one of the best places to get an aesthetic shot. In the National Art Gallery, you will be able to view seasonal art installations, staple local artworks, and even special exhibitions.

On top of that, you get to enjoy the architectural beauty inside the gallery, primarily the large winding stairs. The entrance to the gallery is free and peak hours usually occur when a major art exhibition is taking over. Opening hours are from 10 am to 6 pm, timings may differ on special occasions. 

Travelling Tips

  1. Before going to some of these places, conduct a simple search on the internet to check on opening times, peak hours, and latest renovation updates. 
  2. Go with a group of friends or family so you have someone trusted to take pictures of you and to keep you safe. 
  3. Always keep your personal belongings close to you. 
  4. Ensure that your phone and device is fully charged. 
  5. Lastly, follow the SOPs and have fun!

Source: Kwai Chai Hong’s Official Facebook, Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Tourism Malaysia