Kuala Lumpur Tower, officially called Menara Kuala Lumpur, is the fifth largest tower in the world. Know more about the KL Tower of Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur Tower

Location: Jalan Punchak, Off Jalan P.Ramlee
Built During: 1991-95
Altitude: 421 meter
Attractions: Revolving restaurant, Pedestrian Mall
Significance: KL Tower symbolizes Kuala Lumpur
How To Reach: One can easily reach KL Tower by hiring taxis, or by boarding buses, trains from the city.

Kuala Lumpur Tower, formally called Menara Kuala Lumpur, is an elevated tower to be found in Kuala Lumpur. Built during 1991-95, the tower is utilized for communication purposes. On 1 Oct' 1996, the Kuala Lumpur Tower was officially inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malaysia. It features an antenna, which soars up to 421 m (1,381 ft); thus, making it the world's fifth tallest tower at present. Its roof lies at the height of 335 m (1,099 ft).

The rest of the tower beneath comprises a staircase and an elevator to reach the upper area, which has a revolving restaurant that offers guests a panoramic view of the city. Annually, races are prearranged where Kuala Lumpur Towercontestants race up the stairs to the top. For seeing the crescent moon, the tower turns into the Islamic falak observatory to celebrate the fasting month of the Muslims. Also referred as KL Tower, the construction of the tower was actually a 3-phase process that started on Oct' 1991.

While the first phase saw widening of the Jalan Punchak and excavation of soil, the second phase started with the construction of the foundation and basement of the KL Tower. During its construction, for 31 hours about 50,000 cubic meters of concrete were poured incessantly, making a record in the construction industry of Malaysia. In May 1993, the third phase of constructing 'superstructure' was started which included creation of the tower shaft and the tower head.

While the tower head was getting finishing touch, the construction of the touristic building started. This tourist attraction is festooned with designs that signify the country's Islamic culture. At the upper ground floor, Kuala Lumpur Towerthe main porch is adorned with wonderful glass-clad domes which shine like solitaires. Each of the domes was designed and arranged like the Muqarnas by the Iranian craftsmen. In short, KL Tower is an architectural wonder that should not-be-missed-out during a trip to Kuala Lumpur.

Some Interesting Facts About Kuala Lumpur Tower
  • The Kuala Lumpur Tower is the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world.
  • Though the tower was constructed to improve the quality of telecommunication services and the clarity of broadcasting, it actually stands for the symbol of Kuala Lumpur.
  • The whole structure of the KL Tower is divided into 5 different parts, including the foundation base, the touristic building, the tower shaft, the tower head, and the tower head.
  • Its foundation base accommodates 3 basement floors for safety purposes, storage and maintenance work.
  • Its touristic building houses the administration office, souvenir shops and a 146 mtr pedestrian mall with gushing pools.
  • Its tower shaft consists of 22 levels with 4 elevators and flights of stairs, having 2,058 steps.
  • Its tower head has the public observation platform and revolving restaurant, together with the telecommunication & broadcasting stations.
  • Its antenna mast holds the tower and is particularly used for telecommunication and broadcasting transmissions.
  • While constructing the KL Tower, the constructors took special care to raise a retaining wall around a century-old Jelutong tree (Dyera Costulata). To evade damaging the huge tree, the tower was moved at a cost of RM 430,000.
  • Kuala Lumpur Tower is controlled by Menara Kuala Lumpur Sdn. Bhd., which is an entirely owned subsidiary of the Telekom Malaysia Group.
  • The KL Tower made the first pit-stop in the Amazing Race Asia 1.
  • The tower is distinctly known for housing the highest McDonalds in the world.

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