KL Menara or KL Tower is the tallest structure in Kuala Lumpur. That is what it is supposed to be, a watch tower hovering over the city. To give the visitors a bird’s eye view of the amazing skyline of the city. Show you the hill ranges that surround the city. Give you an eye to eye view of Petronas towers. And to see the maze of roads, streets, flyovers, metro network. Just to enjoy the scene that you probably see from your aircraft window for few seconds if you are sitting in the right seat. Internet literature tells me that it was built as a communications tower. As well as an Islamic observatory in 1990’s, so a relatively new building.
KL Tower or Menara Kuala Lumpur – Tourist Attractions
The KL Menara is special to me as this was the first place I visited in KL, after landing there. We reached the entrance of the Menara Kuala Lumpur, from where a shuttle service takes you to the actual base of the Menara. And you realize that it is not just the structure’s height but it is also located on a small hill. Around the Menara, there are a few entertainment options that include a Pony ride, a cultural village, and an animal zone. I bought a ticket for the tower and the animal zone. While I went only to the observation deck, there is a revolving restaurant at the top. Surely it would be one of the most romantic places to go for the dinner. When the skyline makes the city beneath look like a city of lights.
Our visit to KL Tower
The area around the entrance to the tower is colorful like as I would discover later is the rest of the country. You enter the tower through an ornate gate into a circular area that has various lifts. Visitors are ushered into one of the lifts and in a matter of few seconds, you are at a height of almost 300 meters. Step out to a similar lifts area from where you go to the circular periphery that is designed as an observation deck. When you look through the big glass windows that you realize the height you are at. It was a nice cloudy day, with Sun completely hidden by the clouds. So even at the peak Noon, it felt like the sultry evening and my camera was not complaining.
View from KL Tower
I went around and clicked pictures from all possible angles. Then for another round went around admiring the top views, trying to see if there is a way to walk from here to other landmarks. But I was told that though they look close, they may not be exactly walkable. The other wall of this deck gives you a comparative sketch of the tallest towers in the world including this one. Of course, there are lines of shops selling tourist merchandise. Telescopes let you zoom in and see the details of the place. I am sure people living in direct line of this need to be careful.
The road and metro network looks beautiful from above. Vein-like network with trains running around almost feels like blood rushing through a live body. Hills surrounding the city almost make it look like a city in a bowl-shaped valley. Mighty golden domes look like small balls scattered around. City’s green cover looks like a carpet. Your eyes see a panoramic view of the city that appears to have grown around this standing tower. And is surrounded by hills. Sometimes it feels like an inverted umbrella with you standing at the tip of the handle. And other buildings are like the spokes of the umbrella all around it.
KL Tower Animal Zone
KL Tower Animal Zone is a riot of colorful birds and reptiles. A very colorful huge bird welcomes you at the entrance. Inside a small, cramped space lined with various meshed and glass-encased display panels. Snakes, tortoises, birds with so many colors that they almost seem artificial. There is a pony ride that you can take. A forest in the city and there is a Malaysian cultural village. If you have time on hand you can spend 3-4 hours here. But usually, that is not the case. Still, keep an hour and a half for this place.
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