KL Tower / Menara KL ~ Places to Visit
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Majestically poised at a
breathtaking height of 421 metres, Menara Kuala Lumpur or "KL Tower", is one
of the first and perhaps most enduring images a visitor to KL will
It is one of the tallest concrete towers in the world
on higher ground atop Bukit Nanas at 94m above sea level, it is on whole
higher than the Petronas Twin Towers with its top being at 515 metres above
Kuala Lumpur or KL Tower, was constructed as a telecommunications tower to
upgrade the quality of telecommunications and the clarity of broadcast
transmissions, it is the tallest tower in Southeast Asia and ranks seventh
amongst the tallest telecommunications towers in the world.
45,000 cubic metres of sturdy concrete it is designed with vertical ribs on
the external surface, it was constructed over a period of four years and was
completed in May 1996. The Tower weighs 100,000 tonnes and was built on
no-piling, freestanding and is designed to withstand
wind pressures of
up to 90mph.
Tallest Tower Ranking - 7th Tallest Telecommunications Tower
Height - 421 m above ground
Outer diameter of shaft - 24.5 m to 13.6 m
Thickness of shaft walls - 1.4 m to 0.6 m
Foundation and basement - 17 m deep
Maximum foundation diameter - 54 m
Total Weight of Tower - 100,000 tonnes
Number of steps - 2,058
Tower Head : 6 storeys / 7,700 m square floor area
Revolving restaurant & observation platform, technical & service floor
Maximum diameter - 50 metres
Construction Began - Oct 1991
Construction Completed - Sep 1994
Officially Opened - Oct 1996
Materials Used - 50,000 cubic metres of concrete / Structural steel 1,300
Menara Kuala Lumpur Sdn Bhd
(subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia (TM))
The KL Tower is the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world
after the Tokyo Sky Tree (634m), the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, the
CN Tower in Toronto, Canada, and the Ostankino Tower in Moscow, Russia.
The 'composite' structure of the Towers employs both the flexibility of
steel and the rigidity of high-strength concrete. Each component material
was used to best effect in constructing the 452 m-high buildings. About
80,000 cubic metres of high strength concrete with 37,000 tons of steel were
used to form the frames of both Towers. Complementing the stainless steel is
55,000 square metre of 20.38 mm laminated glass designed to minimise heat
gain by reflecting harmful UV light and unwanted solar radiation.
The Tower's architecture reflects the country's Islamic heritage with the
construction detailing classic Islamic floral and abstract motifs and
soothing colour combinations and with an overall glass arrangement in the
traditional Islamic form of the "Muqarnas". The arrangement of glasses on
the domes of the lobby entrance illustrate the 7 layers of the sky with sun
rays shining from the middle. The designs also represent the human journey
for perfection in life.
While there are many options on things to do here, it is best is to option
for the ticket for the observation deck only and later purchase tickets
separately to the other places within the towers area depending on your
interest. Among the options available: Observation Deck, Cultural Village,
Animal Zone, F1 Simulator, XD Theatre, Pony Ride. Forest Reserve and dining
at the Revolving Restaurant.
Here, you can View the Kuala Lumpur Skyline View at the height of 276 meters
above ground level especially the breathtaking sunset and unforgettable
night views. You can do so at the comfort of the Observation Deck with an
audio tour available in 16 languages.
International - Adult - RM 47 / Child - RM 27
Local (mykad) - Adult - RM 29 / Child - RM 19.
1Malaysia Cultural Village
Set in area of the KL Tower Terrace, the 1 Malaysia Cultural Village offers
visitors the rare opportunity of a walk-through Malaysia's unique replicas
of traditional 'kampung' houses (rumah) in a village setting where at times
there would be cultural performances that depicts Malaysia's multi ethnic
Malaysia's cultural mosaic is marked by many different cultures,
primarily a mixture of Malay, Chinese, Indian and various other influences
which can be seen in the design of these kampung
Animal zone is a mini zoo just next to the Tower itself and has almost all
species of snakes, many species of spiders and some birds and monkeys. All
the reptiles were kept in the surrounding matching their colors. This is
must visit place along with tower. With small charge you can take photo with
snake and iguana.
Tickets Prices: Adultl - RM 12 / Child - RM 9
KL Tower F1
The F1 race car simulators are both audibly and visually captivating. You
sit on an F1-like car and you get control of the steering wheel and the
accelerator/gas and brakes on your foot.
Basically iot is a F1 computer game
powered by PC with Logitech car controller with a big screen of the track.
Note however the Usage is only for 3 minutes.
Bukit Nanas Forest
This is the only remaining tropical rainforest in the heart of the, a
natural green lung for the surrounding metropolitan area.
You can experience
a nature walk through a hanging bridge and stroll through the surrounding
forest and witness the Jelutung Century Tree.
At least 60 meters (200 feet) tall and 2 meters (6 feet) wide. with a
straight trunk, it is prized as a timber tree and tapped for latex.
A sunlight-demanding tree that likes to spread its branches, it is now a
threatened species that is banned for export in Malaysia.
KL Tower Pony Ride
The ride is just a small round circle and it is perfect for children. For
you information, you must be below 80kg weight in order to ride the pony.
International - Adult - RM 20 / Child - RM 15
Local (mykad) - Adult - RM 15 / Child - RM 12.
KL Tower Revolving Restaurant
Named Atmosphere 360, it is located at Level Two of the Tower Head (above
the "observation deck"). For dinner, it serves A la carte menus with a variety of
international and local food. 'Above the clouds', you can take your time to
sample all the different cuisine served at various buffet stations.
The advice here is to get a small portion of each so that
you will be able to try all including the wide variety of desserts.
To get a
table by the window you need to make an advance booking. There is a dress
code here. It is smart casual meaning which you must not come with a short
and be sure to also have appropriate footwear on.
Rates - Adult RM 170++ / Child RM 119++
Best Way to Visit - Evening Tour & Dinner at the KL Tower
You get to go sightseeing Chinatown and other places at the end of which you
dine while having a bird's eye view of the City at the revolving restaurant
in the KL tower.
Best Way to Visit - KL Towers Tour
A Half day private tour which includes private vehicle with driver / guide
at your disposal that provides a visit both the Petronas Twin Towers and the
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