Mural Hunting in Kuala Lumpur

Looking for free things to do in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia? Add mural hunting to your list. Their modern art scene is thriving with pops of street art all over the city, bringing life to otherwise dilapidated walls, shophouses, and alleys. The muse of these Malaysian artists? Their multicultural heritage. You’ll notice that these wall-to-wall works of art pay tribute to Malaysian history and culture. Some are interactive; you’re more than welcome to pose like you’re part of the mural and post away on Instagram.

This is by no means a definite guide to all the murals in KL, as I was there for only a few days for a press trip. Our hosts focused on their top destinations, so it was a pleasant surprise to notice the murals almost everywhere.

Check out some that caught my eye.

Next to Asyiq Mee Rebus, Lorong Kamunting 2, Chow Kit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Kate was here.
Reminds me of our own Pinoy street food culture


Photo by Nomadic Experiences
Mural hunting in Kuala Lumpur’s Chow Kit neighborhood
This area is next to eateries Yut Kee and Asyiq Mee Rebus along Jalan Kamunting. Check out the respective artsts’ IG handles painted on the lower left.

Biarlah real means “keep it real.”
Along Lorong Kamunting 2, Kuala Lumpur

Lorong Kamunting 2
Jalan Kamunting, Chow Kit neighborhood

Interactive mural
Kampung Baru next to the Chow Kit neighborhood
Artist Lim Anuar’s mural along Jalan Dang Wangi

Across Central Market in Jalan Hang Kasturi
Next to KL’s River of Life, just a two-minute walk from Masjid Jamek Sultan Abdul Samad, the oldest mosque in the city

If you’re looking for famous street art in and around KL, just google “Malaysian street art” and you’ll have dozens of listicles to guide you. Better yet, just walk around the city. Even if you’re not consciously looking for them, you’re bound to run into KL’s growing number of murals. You may even come across the more secret and hidden street art.

Photos by Kate Was Here. DiscoverMNL, and Nomadic Experiences.

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