The KL Tower is a 421m high
telecommunications and broadcasting tower which actually appears to be taller
than the Petronas Towers, because it is built on a hill. Amidst the city of
Kuala Lumpur stands the Menara Kuala Lumpur at 515m above sea level.
It's a joke, and everybody knows, that the
Petronas Towers are the highest buildings in Kuala Lumpur. Tourists and executives flying in on
business class airfares always try to get a good look at the Petronas Towers. Air travel into the city, whether for business or pleasure,
is not complete without seeing these marvels of modern architecture from an airline.
It also claims to house the highest McDonald's in the World. This tower has an
observation deck, where you finally can manage to get a bird's eye view of the city.
Menara Kuala Lumpur ranks fourth amongst the tallest telecommunications towers
in the world and was constructed over a period of four years and completed in
May 1996. Menara Kuala Lumpur is designed to withstand wind pressures of up to
Menara Kuala Lumpur
(officially) stands majestically atop Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill) at 421
meters and 94 meters above sea level, is one of the first and perhaps most
enduring images a
visitor to KL will encounter.
When you're taking a taxi to go to the
KL-Tower, it's better that he drops you off up the hill at the entrance.
There's also a "free shuttle service".
Please, report this at the gate down the hill (look at the photo)
When you want to walk up the hill, you'll
The verdant green surrounding of the Bukit Nanas Forest – the only oldest
gazetted forest reserve in the country. Age-old trees, flora and fauna
indigenous to tropical climates.
As a tourist I would
advise you to go up
the hiil with the "shuttle service" or taxi and to walk down the on your way back!
When you're down the hill go right and then left and take a nice cold
coffee at the Starbuck Coffee. You need that.
The KL-Tower's architecture reflects the country's Islamic heritage with
the construction detailing Arabic Scripts, Islamic tiles, classic Islamic
floral and abstract motifs and soothing colour combinations.
The main public area and entrance is at the
upper ground level. At this level there are 9 shops, a fast food
restaurant, a mini-theatre , which shows a documentary on the construction
of the tower (every 15 minutes) and an open-air amphitheatre (222 seats).
There are also public toilets.
Before going to the "observation
deck", you'll have to buy a ticket. Price RM8.-
After that you'll proceed to the fast speed elevator, which will bring you
very to the "observation deck"
Downstairs are also several souvenir shops, but it's better to wait till you're back again.
At the 'observation deck" someone will ask you, in what kind of language
you want to hear about Kuala Lumpur.
Then you'll a
tape recorder and a head set, which will guide you on your tour along the "observation
You see a yellow flag on the photo with the number "4".
There you'll listen to the explanation about your view (number 4). For
example: "the green building on your right is the
You can make that tour in your own time. When you want to have a closer
look, well, then you stop the tape recorder.
This way uou can see all the Highlights
of Kuala Lumpur.
Also there is souvenir shop located in
the observation deck for people, who to buy commemorative material.
Once upstairsyou'llcomecaptured by alady whoasks you, what language youwant to hear. "English, please". Thenyou'll getacassetterecorderwitha headphone.This you
put on your head,and ifyou'reatnumber 1.You'll listen to
what the lady in the headphone tells you. She will tell all about the
things you'll see. After that you'll stop the tape and go to number 2. On the tapethe voice will
give you information, about the buildings,
And so on...
In the pictureofthe"observationdeck", you can clearly seea yellow flaghungwiththe number 4andheadphones. Here youmust turn on theheadsetagain.
You do not haveto doanythinginthe speedof the tape.
Also on theobservationdeckisa souvenir shop.
The view is fantastic. You'll have a much better view than at the famous
Towers, because you're much higher now.
You can see clearly now the Genting Highlands, the Klang Valley and other
buildings of Kuala Lumpur.
also a restaurant, called:
Berputar Seri Angkasa
It's a revolving restaurant (capacity = 250) and it's located at Level Two
of the Tower Head (above the "observation deck"). It serves delicious
international and local food
'above the clouds'.
At a height of 282 meters above ground level, you can enjoy a revolving dinner.
The restaurant is open daily from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm for lunch and 7.00
pm to 11.00 pm for dinner. A la carte menus are available for lunch and dinner.
Please make a reservation!