“ Check out Malaysia's main telecommunications and multimedia broadcasting tower. A highly innovative combination of retail, leisure, entertainment and most of all hi-tech telecommunications centre. „
I visited Kuala Lumpur with my boyfriend and while we were there, we decided to visit the various attractions. One of these attractions was the Menara Tower.
About The Menara Tower
The construction period for the Menara Tower was between the years of 1992 and 1995 with the Tower first being opened to the public on the 23rd July 1996.
The Menara Tower is used for communication purposes and has an antenna that reaches 421 metres (1,381 feet). This makes the Menara Tower the fifth tallest tower in the world and the largest building in the while of Malaysia.
The Menara Tower is adorned with designs that reflect the Malaysian Islamic culture and you will learn more about this during your tour round the attraction.
The main attraction within the Menara Tower is the observation deck where you can get unspoilt views across the City of Kuala Lumpur. The rest of the tower below has a stairwell and an lift which enables you to reach the upper area. The upper area contains a revolving restaurant where visitors can get beautiful views across the City while they dine.
Adults are charged 20 ringetts and children are charged 10 ringetts which equates to about £3.50 for an adult and £2 for a child which I thought was a very reasonable entrance fee, especially as this price also included the audio tour.
The Menara Tower is open from 9am until 10 pm, 365 days a year.
There is an ATM machine on the upper ground floor. There is also a Café and Digital Photo Service. Obviously, there is also the revolving restaurant but remember to book ahead or you will have no chance of eating here. There are also several toilets which are spread across all floors of the Tower.
Visiting The Tower
As you first enter the Menara Tower you will see several ticket desks where you are able to obtain your entrance tickets.
Once inside you have two choices of what you wish to do, either the revolving restaurant or the Observation Desk. If you wish to have a meal in the revolving restaurant which is located at the top of the tower, then you will need to book. Sadly, we didn't know this and there were not any tables available for us to dine when we arrived so we missed out.
We did however, manage to visit the Observation Deck. The entrance fee was 15 ringetts which Entrance to the Observation Desk cost us about 20 Ringetts which is about £3.50. This price also included the audio portable tape which acts as a guide during your visit. One thing I especially liked about visiting the Menara Tower was that there is no time limit on the Tower so you can walk around the attraction at your own leisure and take the time to enjoy the views across this beautiful City.
Once you have paid for your tickets and are ready to visit the Observation Desk, you are guided into a small cinema type room where you can watch a video about the construction of the Menara Tower. This video probably only lasted about 10 minutes and I actually found it very interesting because it explains why certain parts of the building are certain shapes and also provides you with details of the various problems they had during the construction of the Tower. Once you have finished watching the video, you are collected by a guide who escorts you to the lift. Once you are inside the lift, the guide operates the control panel inside and you literally fly to the Observation Deck (well it certainly feels that way as you can even feel your ears pop on the way up and down!)
Once you reach the Observation Deck, you can set up your audio tour and walk around the Observation Deck, stopping at various points as instructed by the audio tour. Once you are at the relevant viewing area for the audio tour, you can hear about the various buildings which surround you and the audio tour gives you a little bit of history about each of them. As I already mentioned, you can walk around at your own leisure so there are plenty of opportunities to take lots of photographs. One downside to this attraction is that it is very reliant on the weather in the sense that if you want to get the unspoilt views across the City then you really need to visit this attraction on a clear day. Sadly, on the day we visited, it was quite cloudy and the views were a little bit misty so the views were not as spectacular as they should have been but I still thoroughly enjoyed myself. I would also like to point out that as we went to pay for our tickets, the member of staff behind the desk did point out to us that the views would not be great due to the misty weather and advised us to come back on another day to get better views. Sadly, it was our last day in Kuala Lumpur so we couldn't take that option but I was still really impressed that they let you know the views would not be great!
In summary I would certainly recommend a trip to the Menara Tower if you visit Kuala Lumpur. I think this attraction offers excellent value for money, especially when you consider it is one of the City's most popular tourist attractions so they would really bump up the prices like a lot of places do. I also like the fact that this attraction provides visitors with a fantastic platform from which to take photographs. Personally, I love taking photos and the Menara Tower offers you a really unique viewpoint from which to take your photos. I also liked the fact that you can learn about the Tower during your tour and I found the video informative and interesting. On the whole, I would thoroughly recommend this attraction, although there is not enough here to keep you amused for an entire day out, I would certainly set aside 2-3 hours to enjoy this attraction.
If it wasn't for the colossal Petronas Towers, the KL Tower would be the star of Kuala Lumpur's skyscraper show. As it is, it does play second fiddle to the world's tallest twin towers, but a trip to the city should still include a visit, not least because you get a fabulous view of the rest of the skyline and some great photos of the Petronas Towers thrown in.
Known in Malay as the Menara Kuala Lumpur, the KL Tower is 421 metre high telecommunications tower in the heart of the city that offers a selection of activities alongside the views. The KL Tower actually looks down on the Petronas Towers because it is built on the top of a hill, which is quite something. Its height makes it the second tallest free standing tower in the world after Toronto's CN Tower.
You can see the tower from pretty much anywhere in the city and there is a monorail station quite near to it so you can work out the general direction quite easily. The entrance to the park that the tower sits in is not quite so easy to find and we had to ask a couple of super friendly locals for directions because the signs are surprisingly sparse and the maps don't seem to indicate the entrance.
Once you have found the entrance, you are met with a reasonably steep climb along the winding road up to the base of the tower which is not exactly pleasant in the suffocating Malaysian heat, but there are a couple of sets of staircases on the way to cut parts out.
This climb is rewarded with a car park that leads onto the tower itself. The whole thing is pretty dated and naff looking really, especially when you compare it to the state of the art, modern buildings that surround it on all sides. But you have to remember the splendid views it offers when you are stuck behind a group of tourists who've just got off the latest coach, or noticing the rather obscure smells coming from the odd little animal park or wandering past the ridiculous collection of shops selling all manner of random tat - that is very much the kind of place this is. I can only assume that when they lost their crown as the highest viewpoint in KL, the operators realised that they had to come up with something else to attract the tourists and this was their solution.
On entering, you buy a ticket to go up the tower. You have to buy a package and there are a couple of options to choose from incorporating some of the random available activities. The first includes a pony ride and a wander through the Malaysian Cultural Village (which is completely artificial and from the outside looks like a not very well made TV set) and the second includes the F1 simulator ride and a visit to the animal zone. We opted for the second one because me and horses don't get on and the F1 simulator sounded quite fun.
The F1 simulator is tenuously titled to say the least. It was fun, but it basically involved sitting in a wooden box shaped like an F1 car with a computer monitor and steering wheel in front of you! The animal zone held a selection of reptiles, birds, snakes and a couple of monkeys. There was a two headed turtle which was quite obscure and you could pose with a snake if you so wished. I didn't particularly enjoy the animal zone because the animals didn't look overly well cared for and it was generally a little depressing. We made a fairly hasty retreat in favour of going up the tower.
The guides who welcome you are very friendly and explain the main points about the tower, although the talk quite quickly and it is sometimes quite hard to catch what they are saying. They take you up the lift to the observation deck where you have the option of taking an audio tour. We picked one of the packs up, but quickly decided to just wander around ourselves. The views are exceptional and definitely make the trip here worthwhile. There are free to use telescopes around the whole deck as well as huge great cards that show you exactly what you are looking at through the windows. There is no limit to how much time you can spend on the observation deck and they keep a track of the number of people up there so it doesn't get too crowded.
Overall, I would recommend a trip to the KL Tower if only for the views. The entry price (about £5 per person including all the extras) is not too steep. If I went again, I probably wouldn't participate in all the side activities even though they are included in the price. The whole thing is extremely tacky and not particularly well maintained or presented, but it does make for a fairly amusing and cheap afternoon and it's the only place in the world where you can look down on the Petronas Towers!
Check out Malaysia's main telecommunications and multimedia broadcasting tower. A highly innovative combination of retail, leisure, entertainment and most of all hi-tech telecommunications centre.