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Menara Taming Sari’s revolving viewing tower is not quite a fairground ride, but it is a fun (if somewhat pricey) way to view the sights of Melaka.

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The slowly spinning donut-shaped viewing chamber rises 80 metres up the tower (menara in Malay), offering a 360-degree vista over St Paul’s Hill, the Melaka River, Melaka’s newly reclaimed lands and much of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city. Seats face outward around the glass-enclosed chamber, which can hold up to 66 passengers, so everyone is guaranteed a good view. Air-con will cool you down, but we found it way too cool even on a hot day.

And we're off! Photo taken in or around Menara Taming Sari , Melaka, Malaysia by Sally Arnold.

And we're off! Photo: Sally Arnold

Once filled with enough punters (we had to wait about half an hour), the chamber rises to the top of the tower and descends slowly as it spins, getting in a couple of rotations in the less-than-10-minute ride. You can add to the experience by hiring binoculars for three ringgit. The ride advertises (safe!) Swiss technology, but slightly disconcerting, a sheet with prayers is displayed near the entrance, although only in Malay and Arabic. The tower is named for a mythical kris (traditional dagger) of Malay folklore, Taming Sari, so skilfully crafted that anyone wielding it was unbeatable, said to be owned by the great warrior Hang Tuah. One of its mystical powers was to hover in the air, not unlike the spinning tower of Menara Taming Sari, which when the viewing chamber is at the top resembles a kris.

Tickets are sold in an adjacent complex, which offers a couple of other attractions including bumper cars and Duck Tours. We’d recommend a daytime ride on a clear day. The attraction gets busy on weekends and holidays, so be prepared to queue. Time your visit early in the course of your trip to Melaka as it will offer you a good understanding of the geography of the town and layout of the sights (it helped us spot a nearby public swimming pool we didn’t know ... Travelfish members only (Around 400 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Menara Taming Sari
Jalan Merdeka, Melaka
Daily 10:00–23:00
T: (06) 288 1100, (06) 281 3366 
http://menaratamingsari.com
Admission: Adults 23 ringgit, kids (below 12) 15 ringgit (17/11 ringgit for Malaysians).

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