Ben and I completely fell in love with Singapore, for its vibrancy, relentless energy and mind-blowing architecture. We expected Kuala Lumpur to make a similar impression, but it turned out to be a very different city.
While the people were just as lovely and the Petronas Twin Towers were undeniably spectacular, the CBD was eerily quiet due to the mass exodus over Chinese New Year. Contributing to the more subdued vibe was the distinct lack of colour. Kuala Lumpur really was 50 shades of grey – or so it appeared from the 33rd floor of the Grand Hyatt.
Once we finally left the confines of our hotel and ventured into the urban jungle, we soon discovered Kuala Lumpur had technicolour lungs. Breathing life into this city was some of the most impressive graffiti and street art we’d ever seen. It was playful, quirky and truly grand.
This experience taught Ben and me an important lesson in happiness: we need colour in our lives. It excites our souls, ignites our imaginations and brings us joy. We love how local artists in Kuala Lumpur have injected visual spice into their city. Here are some examples of our favourite works of public art.