I have no memory if I ever have gone up to KL Tower but I do remember being at the foot of the tower where there used to be a fountain. The flashback of childhood memories can only go as far as me remembering Dad bringing us to the tower. It was also embarrassing to admit to many of my friends from overseas telling them that I've never really gone up to the Observation Deck of the tower.
The opportunity arises when Emily had to bring her friend from Singapore around KL and she decided to show her the view of KL through the tower. Afterall, that's one of the best places to enjoy the top view of KL.
Some facts about KL Tower:
The construction of the tower is completed 1995 and opened to public on the 23rd July 1996. Built at the cost of RM 270 million, it is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 m (1,381 ft), which currently makes it the seventh tallest freestanding tower in the world according to the list here.
The tower shaft comprises 22 levels with 4 elevators and stairs with a total of 2,058 steps. The tower head holds the public observation deck at 276 m and a revolving restaurant as well as the telecommunication and broadcasting stations.
KL Tower is also the first pit-stop in The Amazing Race Asia 1 and fielded a route marker on the final leg of the same race.
It only takes 54 seconds to reach the Observation Deck through the express elevators. Upon reaching the Observation Deck, one is given an electronic unit which gives an introduction and tour of KL city and the various places in the city through audio and video which is available in 11 languages.
There's nothing much on the observation deck except having a good view of KL from atop. What I find inappropriate is that there were a few stalls inside selling items from souvenirs to watches and even wedding packages. I find it so weird that the management of the towers allowed such shabby stalls to operate on the observation deck which created an eyesore to the public. Oh well, I know.... this is Malaysia. What can one expect?!!
We spent around 15 minutes on the deck before making our way down. The ticket prices to the observation deck is RM38 for adults and RM28 for children and the tower is open from Monday to Sunday from 9.30am to 9.30pm. There are two packages available with additional activities such as Pony rides and also cultural performances.
I am glad I've finally made my way to the tower and at least I won't be so embarrassed to tell my overseas guests that I have never been up the tower! After that, the girls and I went to Pavilion for some shopping... and I added two pairs of shoes to my collection which includes a pair of Crocs Light on Your Feet!
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