The Kuala Lumpur Tower or the Menara Kuala Lumpur is the 18th tallest freestanding tower in the world. Its construction was completed in 1994. The tower appears to be taller than the Petronas Twin Towers as it is built on a hill, putting its height at 515m above sea level.
The antennae on the tower reaches up to 421 m or 1381 ft. That makes it the 5th tallest telecommunication tower in the world. It is built to withstand wind pressure of up to 90mph.
Malaysia takes its tourists and tourism very seriously. The Kuala Lumpur tower is a mini-tourist spot and one can easily spend 3-4 hours at the tower. The tower is built on a hill called Bukit Nanas which has a thick tree cover with many birds. You can take a guided tour around the forest. The tourism department has also built a Malaysian village with small houses. It looks like a film set and is maintained very well. They also have dance performances every 30 minutes or so.
On the observation deck, you will be given a mini display with earphones. Every window in the deck is numbered. Choose the language of your choice on the display, head to the correct window and you can listen to a description of what you are seeing outside.
The views from the observation deck are breathtaking. You can get a bird's eye view of the city of Kuala Lumpur.
While traveling through the city, its hard not to notice and appreciate how well the tree cover has been protected. The city has a perfect balance of modern infrastructure and greenery.
Standing at the top of this tower, I realized how green the city is and why its one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
There is a free shuttle service available to go uphill and downhill. Do use it when you make a visit there.