KL Tower / Menara KL ~ Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
KL Visitors Guide


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 encounter.

It is one of the tallest concrete towers in the world and situated 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 sea level.

Menara 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.

Built with 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.

Fast Facts
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 tonnes

Owner -
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.

Observation Deck
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.

Tickets Prices
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 society.

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 houses.

Animal Zone

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
Simulator Zone

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 Reserve
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.

Tickets Prices
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 KL Tower.



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