The Kuala Lumpur Tower aka Menara Kuala Lumpur.

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is one of the major Kuala Lumpur landmarks easily seen and identified from all around the city. Together with the Petronas Twin Tower in Kuala Lumpur, both this iconic buildings is now part of the modern Kuala Lumpur skyline. The KL Tower, also known as Menara Kuala Lumpur in the Malay language, is one of the places I take my friends from overseas to visit. I have lost count the number of times that I have visited this place.

What is it about high places that we must go see? Whatever the reason it gives a very good overview of Kuala Lumpur city. Sometimes having short amount of time available to show my friends around, I usually head on over to Kuala Lumpur Tower. No need to think so hard on where to show them around! It gives a broad 360° overview of Kuala Lumpur city, though everything will look teeny-weenie from way up there!


 

Here are some facts about the Kuala Lumpur Tower. It is 421 metres tall. It is the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world and the tallest in South-East Asia. It was completed in May 1996 and open to the public on 23rd July 1996, and finally officially launched on 1st October 1996 by Y.A. Bhg Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad, our Prime Minister of Malaysia at that time.

When it was first open, the whole place was jam packed! I guess people were really curious whenever something new is launched. Too much of a maddening crowd, I stayed away from it till much later when the public interest waned. Then my friends started popping by and I got a chance to visit together.

The Kuala Lumpur Tower observation deck.

Within the premises there are features that the Kuala Lumur Tower tour guide would point out to you. At the waiting area to the lift, they will point out the dome shape arches decorated with glass arranged according to the form of the traditional Islamic Muqarnas.

Taking the speedy lift, you would reach the observation deck in no time. You may experience pressure differential in your ears, so swallow some saliva get those Eustachian tubes in your head to open up to balance the air pressure. The observation deck is located at an elevation of 276 metres above ground level. That makes it at about 65% height of the Kuala Lumpur Tower.

Your 360° view of Kuala Lumpur would depend on the weather situation. If it was moody, hazy and cloudy, your view would be hampered. On a clear sunny day, your view would simply be superb. Having visited several times, I had good days when the view is great and others it was so bad it was such a big disappointment. Well you just have to try your luck!

And yes, you can see the famous Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur Tower. They are like practically neighbours from the observation deck. Some features of Kuala Lumpur you might like to pick out from the observation deck includes the infamous Pudu Jail, which has an X like structure, and the Merdeka Square (Independence Square).

A closer look at the Kuala Lumpur Tower Head.

The Kuala Lumpur Tower head consist of several levels. They are:

  • TH06-TH10 – Base of antenna mast
  • TH06 – The broadcasting station
  • TH05 – The building services floor
  • TH04 – The telecommunications station
  • TH03 – The Mega View Banquet deck
  • TH02 – Seri Angkasa Revolving Restaurant
  • TH01 – Observation Deck
  • TH00 – Refuge area

Looking through the levels above, you could see the main purpose of building the Kuala Lumpur Tower which is for telecommunications. Since they build this iconic structure, they may as well make it as part of a Kuala Lumpur sightseeing place. And did have some ideas in mine like having a revolving restaurant. Though I have not tried having a meal in the restaurant, heard that it wasn’t cheap. No matter, most of us visit the KL Tower for the view mainly.

Here’s another note, the KL Tower is also host to the BASE (Building, Antenna, Span, Earth) jumping event held every year. And it is a very popular event too! Of course, don’t ask me to jump off a building with a parachute strap to my back! I don’t think my heart can take it! It is a popular extreme sport tourism Malaysia activity, so if you are one of the extreme sports fanatics looking for adrenalin rush; do look out for this event for participation.

Entrance Fee and Opening Times

Should have kept the ticket stub when I last went there, so if my memory serves me well, it was about RM10 for locals and about RM25 for foreigners. There is no escaping to pay the higher entrance fees for foreigners since they always asked for identification like Identity Cards for the locals or Passports for foreigners. When I’m treating my friends I have no choice but to pay for the higher entrance fees. Bummer! However, the higher entrance fee comes with an audio player explaining about Kuala Lumpur Tower and what you can see from each section of the observation deck. The audio player comes in many languages so pick one that is comfortable with you. Well, it helps me from having to explain about the KL Tower to my friends though it may burn a hole in my pocket. Oh, well…

The Kuala Lumpur Tower is open daily from 9am to 10pm.

So visit the KL Tower if you want to see a broad overview of Kuala Lumpur!

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