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#Instaworthy: 5 spectacular stairs that are worth the climb

I know most of us aren’t huge fans of huffing and puffing up stairs, but trust me when I tell you that these stairs are so eye-catching, they’ll distract you from the pain.  

Batu Caves | Malaysia

Batu Caves
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The famous 272 steps that lead up to Temple Cave recently underwent a rainbow-hued transformation, featuring colorful gradients that have surely caught the eyes of Instagrammers around the world.

Located less than a 30-minute drive from the Kuala Lumpur city center, Batu Caves is home to the tallest Lord Murugan statue in the world and is considered a sacred landmark for Hindu devotees.


Panna Meena ka Kund | India

Panna Meena ka Kund

Found in Jaipur, Panna Meena ka Kund is one of India’s many fascinating ancient stepwells, and was constructed in the 16th century as a rainwater catchment pool. The symmetrical stairway also functioned as a communal gathering area.

It may not as famous as Chand Baori in the village of Abhaneri, believed to be one of the largest stepwells in the world, but that doesn’t make it any less picturesque – it just makes it easier to shoot your photos without having people photobombing every frame!


Escadaria Selarón | Brazil

Escadaria Selarón

Belonging to the capital of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, these vibrant stairs were a labor of love for Chilean-born artist Jorge Selarón, who claimed it as his “tribute to the Brazilian people”. He began the work of art in 1990 in a bid to revitalize the dilapidated steps in front of his home and continued working on it until his death in 2013.

Comprising 215 steps, the stairs are covered in over 2,000 tiles and run from Joaquim Silva street and Pinto Martins street, officially known as Manuel Carneiro street, straddling the Lapa and Santa Teresa neighbourhoods.


Gamcheon Cultural Village | South Korea

Gamcheon Cultural Village
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South Korea’s bustling coastal city of Busan is home to the charming Gamcheon Cultural Village, a village in the city’s hills that was revitalized by commissioned works from local and international artists.

Known for its cheerful murals and art installations, the village is chock-full of pretty staircases hidden away at the end of narrow alleyways, just waiting to be discovered. A particular favorite among bookworms is the staircase with steps painted to look like stacked books.


16th Avenue Tiled Steps | USA

16th Avenue Tiled Steps

Situated in the hilly city of San Francisco, the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps can be found on Moraga Street, between 15th and 16th Avenue. This awe-inspiring work is actually a community project that saw members of the neighborhood pitching in, taking over a year and a half to complete.  

The mosaic carries a natural theme, with special tiles depicting animals, fish, shells, the sun and the moon.  The 163 steps are not only spellbinding to look at during the day, but also give nighttime visitors a lovely surprise, as its mirror-like tiles reflect the moonlight. 🌙

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