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.
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 90mph.
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).
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 deck”.
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 Selangor Club”.
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 you 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.