National Planetarium & Space Agency, Kuala Lumpur
The National Planetarium is a small and slightly surreal take on the Malaysian space programme. It's aimed at children and has a lot of educational exhibits, but there's a few things which adults will find interesting too (if even unintentionally, like in my photos).
It's 12RM for adults, 8RM for kids (half price for Malaysian nationals).
The Planetarium Negara (National Planetarium) is located within KL's Lake Garden district and was offially opened on 7th February 1994. In line with Malaysia's aims of sending its first astronaut to the space in the new millenium, the Planetarium Negara plays an important role of promoting space science to the society at large and leading Malaysia towards the development of space science. From a distance, this blue domed and minaret structure could easily be mistaken for a mosque.
Its attractions include the space theater, planetarium shows, space science exhibition, ancient observatory park and viewing galery. It also has an observatory tower that houses a 35 cm telescope.
Leading towards its main entrance at the cascading fountain area is the 'Merdeka Sun Clock'. It is a sundail in a bowl-like and crescent shaped that served the function of telling time quite accurately. The 'Merdeka Sun Clock' was previously located between the Merdeka Stadium and Stadium Negara, prior to its relocation here. It was named to commemorate the country's independence in 1957.
The National Space Agency is responsible for co-ordinating Malaysia's space related activities, including selecting Malaysia's first astronout that is still on-going right now.
It is not really a touristy place to visit though it forms part of the National Planetarium complex. Nevertheless, it has a nice sculpture at the small park at its main entrance that symbolises space and time.
Time is potrayed by the sculpture's smooth flowing lines while space is depicted by the position of the spheres representing the planets. As a tribute to the pioneer astronomist of yesteryears who were mostly Arabian, the Arabic numbers denotes men's endevour in understanding the universe. Do check out the sculpture if you happen to be there.
This is situated on a hillock just outside the KL Lake Gardens, in the vicinity of the National Mosque. This blue-domed structure with futuristic design elements is the venue for a variety of fun-filled & exciting discoveries. View documentaries at its wide-screen cinema, marvel at the exhibits on astronomy or experience the thrill of zero gravity. Make your way to the viewing gallery on the 4th floor for an excellent view of the city skyline. National Planetarium is accessible from the National Museum via an overhead pedestrian bridge.
Opens 9:30am-5pm daily.
Located atop a hill in the Lake Gardens, this center for Space Science Studies is indicative of Malaysia's efforts to create a scientifically and technologically-inclined society. Among the attractive facilities that can be found are the Space Theater, Space Science Exhibition, Theatrette, Resource Center, Viewing Gallery and Ancient Observatory Park.
I am not really mad about space and space technology but I like to know about space and science. In Kuala Lumpur there is a very nice Planetarium. Its role is to generate interest and promote awareness of space science
National planetarium is located at Lake Garden. The planetarium include a space theater, a space science exhibition, a resource center and a viewing gallery. I was also surprised to see the replicas of Stonehenge and ancient Chinese and Indian observatories there.
Among the attractive facilities that can be found are the Space Theatre, Space Science Exhibition, Theatrette, Resource Centre, Viewing Gallery and Ancient Observatory Park. The Space Theatre presents two kind of shows, the Space Science Show and Sky Movie.
Planetarium also has the Space Theatre that screens two movies daily, the Space Science Show, and the Sky Movie