The KL Menara tower is well worth a visit, not only do you get a full 360 degree birds eye view of this great city, you will have some great info given to you by the free audio guides provided on arrival. Its a real sight to see the Petronas Towers from the same height and gives a different perspective...
A major tourist attraction is the "Menara KL" (KL Tower), a 421 meters high television tower. The spire of the tower rises above that of the Petronas Towers, because the Menara KL on a hill, Bukit Nanas, is situated.
Menara Tower is one of the tallest telecommunications tower in the world. It is completed in 1996 and designed to withstand wind pressures of up to 90mph.
I don’t know its most recent rank since everytime I search the net, it isn’t consistent; some says it’s on the 4th rank, then another 5th then the last time I read.. it is now 6th… well, maybe due to the global competition occurring nowadays, there are new emerging telecommunications towers being recognized.
Menara tower though being overlooked today since the Petronas Tower was risen; it remains the significant landmark of Malaysia.
It is used for communication purposes (421 m high - 1,381 ft).
There is viewpoint platform at 276 m providing panoramic view of the city. I have been there at evening so the view is even more interesting with all city lights.
The tower has 22 levels with 4 turbo elevators and total of 2058 steps. Menara also contains a revolving restaurant with great view. Haven't been there so I don't know the prices or quality of food.
I agreee with Menara, rather than Petronas: I was a few short of the cut-off point in the queue, so walked to Menara. No waiting, no queueing, and straight into the lift. The viewing gallery quickly filled up with school parties when I was there.
I used the open top bus for getting around, and as the ticket is valid for 24 hours, I had plenty of time to linger, or re-visit.
So far as travel from Singapore is concerned, I made a point of using the overnight train - because I wanted to. First rate and low fares as well; i slept just fine, although I accept that my everybody enjoys train travel
The Flying Fox Park is located at the KL Tower where you can experience the thrill of launching yourself from a take off ramp and flying through the air strapped safely in a harness.
For RM30 you get 2 rides which range in length from 120m to 150m and you get to zip across the treetops down below.
You can't just scoop up at Seri Angkasa revolving restaurant, KL tower, for a swift drink, as meals carry a minimum charge (about MYR50).
Revolving high up in the KL tower, this restaurant offers exhilarating views and fine dishes. Instead of paying to view KL from the observation deck below, enjoy a lunch buffet for about MYR64 and watch the city circle around you.
Dining a la carte, there is a large range of local seafood (lobster at about MYR21 per 100g) and steaks. Do book in advance for evening meals, especially sunset reservations.
Menara Kuala Lumpur stands at 421 metres above the ground. Menara Kuala Lumpur is the fourth tallest telecommunication tower after CN Tower in Canada (553 metres), Ostankino Tower in Russia (540 metres) and Shanghai Tower in China (468 metres). Built to enhance the quality of telecommunications services and the clarity in broadcasting, Menara Kuala Lumpur also stands to be the symbol of Kuala Lumpur, The Garden City of Wondrous Lights.
The tower is situated atop Bukit Nanas. Menara Kuala Lumpur was completed in May 1996 and was opened to the public on 23 July 1996. It was on 1 October 1996, Menara Kuala Lumpur was officially lanunced by YAB Dato Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the former Prime Minister of Malaysia.
The structure can be divided into 5 basic sections:
The Foundation Base, houses 3 basement floors for safety needs, storage and maintenance work.
The Touristic Building, bears the administration office, souvenir shops and the 146 metres pedestrian mall with cascading pools.
The Tower Shaft, comprises 22 levels with 4 elevators and 2058 flight of stairs.
The Tower Head, holds the public observation platform, revolving restaurant and private banquet / function room as well as the telecommunication and broadcasting stations.
The Antenna Mast, crowns the tower and specially utilised for telecommunication and broadcasting transmission.
Construction of Artistry
The architectural design of Menara Kuala Lumpur was intricately produced based on the Islamic tradition in architecture called ' Muqarnas ', brought especially from Esfahan, Iran. Muqarnas was constructed in the arrangement of glasses on the domes of the lobby enntrance to illustrate the 7 layers of the sky with sun rays from the middle. The designs also represent the human journey for the perfection in life.
The KL tower, or the Menara tower as it really should be called is one of the highest telecommunication towers in the world and is 421 m high.
It´s possible to visit the top of the tower and you can actually get higher up there than in the Petronas towers, so if you are looking for the best view of KL then this might be your best bet.
There are several shops and restaurants below the tower where people who do not want to visit the tower can wait for those who do.
It´s not that far from Petronas towers and you have a good view of Petronas towers from there.
Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur) was finished in 1994. It is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 meters, which currently makes it the fifth tallest freestanding tower in the world. The rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an elevator to reach the upper area, which also contains a revolving restaurant (Seri Angkasa Revolving Restaurant) providing diners a beautiful view of the city.
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