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One of the tallest free-standing towers in the world, KL Tower is one of Kuala Lumpur’s most recognisable landmarks, particularly when it is lit up at night.

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Set at the centre of small Bukit Nanas (which was once home to the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, now known as KL Forest Eco Park) the 421 metre tall tower delivers spectacular 360 degree views across Kuala Lumpur and, despite the hefty admission, is worth visiting (as long as the weather is decent) as the views are truely impressive.

Blending reinforced steel and concrete into nature is hard. Photo taken in or around KL Tower, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Blending reinforced steel and concrete into nature is hard. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Primarily a telecommunications tower, KL Tower took five years to build (from 1991 to 1996) and opened to the public on 23 July 1996. While we get building it atop Bukit Nanas gave the builders a short-cut to some extra height, it is worth noting that when the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve was first gazetted in 1906 it encompassed almost 20 hectares of forest—today, as developer have slowly but surely nibbled away at it, less than 10 hectares remain “protected” so do take the tower’s claim of “blending the tower seamlessly with nature” with a dose of salt as the tower took a significant chuck of that reserve.

The company behind the tower has developed a whole collection of tourist traps around the tower to try and milk a few more ringgit out of visitors—according to onsite literature, there is an upside-down house, a mini zoo an aquarium, a theatre and an F1 simulator all that you can take advantage of by spending more money—with built in double-pricing. We say ignore all this garbage (you can see the upside down house on the way in as it is right beside the carpark) and just go for ... Travelfish members only (Around 700 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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KL Tower
2 Jalan Punchak, off Jalan P Ramlee
T: (03) 2020 5444 F: (03) 2034 2609;
Admission: Combination ticket for foreigners 105 ringgit for adults, and 55 ringgit for kids, 75/39 ringgit for locals

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