KL Tower is a Must-See
I don’t know about you, but whenever I get to a new city I always like to find an elevated viewpoint to catch a general aerial view of the city. In Kuala Lumpur, it’s not very difficult to find! Just head the KL Tower, or Menara Kuala Lumpur, and you will be rewarded with a mind blowing 360-degree aerial view of Kuala Lumpur, as shown in the panorama above.
The KL Tower was open in 1996 after 5 years of construction. This huge 421 m structure definitely offers the best view over the Malaysian capital city and is easy to access. It is located at the heart of the city, on Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill), which is a small forest reserve.
As you get closer to the tower and go inside, you can’t help but notice the delicate Arab inspiration of its architecture, in line with Malaysia’s predominantly Muslim culture.
The Kl Tower is a touristic complex including a mini zoo, an aquarium and a revolving restaurant, among others, but I will focus here on what I believe is its main feature, its viewing platforms.
Address: 2, Jalan Puncak, Kuala Lumpur
GPS: 3°9’10″N, 101°42’13″E
Best way to go: Monorail (Bukit Nanas station), LRT (Dang Wangi station), walking, taxi
Entrance fees (for int’l visitors): 49 MYR (about 12 USD) for Observation Deck only | 105 MYR (about 25 USD) for Observation Deck + Sky Deck + Sky Box
Opening hours: 9 am to 10 pm, every day of the year
Official website: menarakl.com.my/
KL Tower Viewing Platforms
At the top, you have the choice between two observation platforms on two different levels.
The Observation Deck
The Obersvation Deck is an indoor platform with glass panels offering a great unobstructed view, and souvenirs shops. And at 276 metres above the ground, the view can only be spectacular!
The orientation of the glass panels is such that you can really get plunging views of the city, unlike the outdoor platform. If you are into taking photos (or panoramas !), this level offers the possibility to really capture these plunging views. However, when it gets dark, the light reflections on the window make photography a little more challenging.
The Sky Deck & Sky Box
The Sky Deck is an outdoor viewing platform, allowing you to enjoy Kuala Lumpur’s skyline in the warm tropical air and 24 metres higher than the Observation Deck. The panoramic view is of course amazing but the edge of the tower prevents you from getting really plunging views… Unless you dare to enter the Sky Box!
This transparent box hanging 300 metres above the ground is the latest attraction of the KL Tower and is included in the Sky Deck ticket. You don’t get more plunging views than this!
To go to the top, you will have to sign a paper basically saying that if you suddenly decide to jump off the tower, they will not be responsible.
As result, if you decide to go back down to the indoor platform, you won’t be able to go up again because your paper won’t be valid anymore! And they won’t let you get another one. So if you decide to leave the outdoor platform, make sure you won’t feel like going back later! At least, that’s how it was at the time of my visit, let me know if the rule has changed!
I hope this page has convinced you to visit the KL Tower! The price might be a little steep if you are on a strict and tight backpacking budget, but I promise it is really worth it! These views are unforgettable and should be part of your discovery of Kuala Lumpur. And well, your instagram account will say thank you as well 🙂