You can always see Kuala Lumpur Tower, or KL Tower in short, from far when you are visiting the capital of Malaysia.

This communications tower stands at 421 meters tall, and it is the 7th tallest self-supporting and free-standing tower in the world (tallest in Southeast Asia).

Most travelers prefer to visit KL Tower over PETRONAS Twin Towers. Even though the former is shorter than the twin towers, both of its Observation Deck and Sky Deck offer a higher viewpoint than the twin tower’s Skybridge. Visitors also like the view more because you’ll get to see the twin towers from here.

The Sky Deck is an outdoor area where you get to take photos with the skyscrapers of Kuala Lumpur as your background. There are two glass boxes here that extend beyond tower’s edges. Stepping into one of the Sky Boxes is like walking in mid-air while gazing at Kuala Lumpur’s skyline as well as the buildings around the tower.

The construction of Kuala Lumpur Tower was completed on March 1, 1995, and the tower was opened to the public on July 23, 1996. Since then, KL Tower has become a hot destination for travelers.

As you set foot in the lobby of the tower, beautiful and sparkly glass-glad domes at the lift lobby will immediately catch your attention. This architectural element is a masterpiece created by craftsmen from Isfahan, Iran. You can also find Islamic tiles, Arabic scripts and classic Islamic floral patterns used as design elements for the tower’s interior.

KL Tower's Lift Lobby
KL Tower’s Lift Lobby

Kuala Lumpur Tower’s structure has five sections:

  • Three basement floors used for safety, storage and maintenance purposes, make up the foundation of the building.
  • The touristic building is where you can find the administrative office, souvenir shops, and a pedestrian mall.
  • The tower shaft has 22 levels. There are four elevators inside the shaft together with flights of stairs amounting to 2,058 steps.
  • The tower head is where you can find the Observation Deck, Sky Deck, and a revolving restaurant called Atmosphere360. There are also telecommunication and broadcasting stations here.
  • The antenna mast at the top of the tower head serves telecommunications and broadcasting purposes.

As part of the tower’s efforts to introduce more activities for tourists, there are also other smaller attractions beside it. They are:

  • KL Upside Down House: All the furniture, including the house itself, are upside down.
  • Flavors of Malaysia: Replicas of traditional Malay houses with choices of local delicacies.
  • F1 Simulator: Get the experience of driving a Formula 1 race car in a simulator.
  • XD Theater: Experience a thrill ride in a 6D motion simulator.
  • KL Tower Mini Zoo: Zoo with small animals and birds.
  • Blue Coral Aquarium: Aquarium with sharks and many other fishes.
KL Upside Down House Beside KL Tower
KL Upside Down House Beside KL Tower

You can purchase combo tickets or separate tickets to visit any of them.

Every year, Kuala Lumpur Tower hosts two major events – KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge and KL Tower International BASE Jump.

KL Tower International Towerthon Challenge dares marathoners to run up the 2,058 steps in the tower’s shaft to reach the finish line at level TH03, which is 288 meters off above the ground level. On the other hand, the BASE jump event allows experienced BASE jumpers to jump off the tower. You may not be qualified enough to participate, but watching people jumping off a tower this tall will be exciting enough.

Aside from just being a communications tower and a tourist attraction, Kuala Lumpur Tower is also used as an observatory for the crescent moon that signals the beginning of Ramadhan, Syawal, and Zulhijjah. These months are significant for Muslims around the world because:

  • Ramadhan is the month of fasting for Muslims.
  • Syawal is when Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri (Festival of Breaking of the Fast).
  • Zulhijjah is when Muslims celebrate Aidil Adha or Hari Raya Haji (Sacrifice Feast).

Surrounding the KL Tower is the KL Forest Eco Park, also known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve. It is the oldest gazetted forest reserve in Malaysia, and nature-loving residents in Kuala Lumpur love to come here to enjoy the variety of flora and fauna that it has to offer.

Attraction Type

Landmark

Name in Local Language

Malay: Menara Kuala Lumpur / Menara KL
Mandarin: 吉隆坡塔 (jílóngpō tǎ)

History

The construction of Kuala Lumpur started on October 1, 1991. The entire process encompassed three critical phases.

The first involves the widening of Jalan Bukit Nanas, one of the main roads around Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill), which is the mountain where KL Tower is located. This phase was completed on August 1, 1992.

The second phase of the tower’s construction from July 1, 1992, to April 1, 1993, is when its foundation and basement started to take shape. This phase involves the pouring of 50,000 cubic meters of concrete into the tower’s structure. This process took 31 hours in total. Also, the tower was built without any piling work at all.

Shortly after the foundation and basement were ready, the construction of the tower’s shaft and head began. As workers apply their finishing touches to the tower, some of them were erecting a structure for touristic purposes next to the tower itself.

The official opening ceremony of Kuala Lumpur Tower was on September 13, 1994. Malaysia’s Prime Minister at that time, Tun Mahathir Mohammad, performed the ceremony of putting the tower’s antenna in place, thereby marking the final height of the structure at 421 meters above ground.

The tower was then opened to the public on July 23, 1996.

Key Attractions

You can spend an entire day here at KL Tower if you want to, especially if you are traveling with children.

The tower offers many attractions such as the KL Upside Down House, KL Tower Mini Zoo, Blue Coral Aquarium and a few others.

Among these places of interests, the following are the two that are worth visiting.

Sky Deck

View of PETRONAS Twin Towers from a Sky Box at KL Tower
View of PETRONAS Twin Towers from a Sky Box at KL Tower

The Sky Deck is 300 meters above sea level.

Upon stepping outdoors at such a height, gentle breezes will welcome your presence. Soon after that, the view of Kuala Lumpur’s cityscape and skyline, without the usual glass windows that you find at most observation decks, will take your breath away. You can see PETRONAS Twin Towers from here too.

On the Sky Deck, there are two Sky Boxes. These are cubical glass boxes extending beyond the edge of the tower. Stepping into them gives you the feeling as though you are standing in mid-air, and the transparent glass is the only thing that keeps you from falling 300 meters to the ground.

Visitors Taking Photos Inside a Sky Box at KL Tower
Visitors Taking Photos Inside a Sky Box at KL Tower

All these make the Sky Deck a fantastic place to take beautiful photos with the city and its skyscrapers as your background.

KL Forest Eco Park

KL Forest Eco Park, or Bukit Nanas Reserve Forest, is the oldest gazetted forest reserve in Malaysia.

The park, one of the green lungs of the city, covers an area of 9.37 hectares. Its purpose is to preserve the different species of flora and fauna despite the rapid development of the city. If you are lucky enough, you might stumble upon squirrels, colorful butterflies, insects, and birds while you are here.

Canopy Walk at KL Forest Eco Park
Canopy Walk at KL Forest Eco Park

You can take a stroll on the pathways provided and immerse yourself among lush, green plants around you. Otherwise, you can take the stairs up one of the observation towers, and enjoy the scenery from the canopy walk or the towers.

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Getting There and Around

KL Tower offers a free shuttle service that transports visitors from the main gate to the tower’s entrance. Utilize the service if you don’t want to walk up the stairs and hilly roads leading to the tower.

Shuttle Bus Service at KL Tower
Shuttle Bus Service at KL Tower

By Bus

You can take either the free buses operated by GOKL or the tour buses by KL Hop-On Hop-Off to reach Kuala Lumpur Tower.

GOKL City Buses

GOKL CityBus is a free bus service. It was introduced to ease traffic congestions around the city center. You can spot these buses from far because their purple exterior is unique among buses in Kuala Lumpur.

GOKL Citybus
GOKL Citybus

GOKL CityBuses on the purple route has a stop at KL Tower.

Aside from the tower, key stops for GOKL CityBuses on the purple route include:

  • Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (interchange stop between purple, green and blue bus routes)
  • Starhill Gallery (interchange stop between purple, green and blue bus routes)
  • Bukit Bintang
  • Pasar Seni Bus Hub and LRT Station
  • Muzium Telekom

You can take the bus from any of the places above to get yourself to KL Tower.

KL Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Buses

KL Tower (Station 2) is a stop for KL Hop-On Hop-Off buses. A bus will arrive every 30 to 40 minutes.

KL Hop-On Hop-Off is a bus service that ferries travelers from one attraction in Kuala Lumpur to another. After boarding the bus, travelers can choose when to get off, depending on whether they would like to explore an attraction further.

There is a 24-hour and a 48-hour ticket for the bus service. You can buy the tickets online or as you board one of the distinguished double decker buses.

The prices of tickets are as follow:

24-Hour Ticket (Without MyKad / MyKid)
Adult: RM45.00
Child: RM24.00

24-Hour Ticket (With MyKad / MyKid)
Adult: RM19.00
Child: RM12.00

48-Hour Ticket (Without MyKad / MyKid)
Adult: RM79.00
Child: RM43.00

48-Hour Ticket (With MyKad / MyKid)
Adult: RM32.00
Child: RM20.00

If you are a foreigner, buying your tickets on their website get you RM5 off every ticket purchase.

By Train

You can reach Kuala Lumpur Tower by train, but you will need to walk for around 20 to 35 minutes from the train stations to the main entrance of the tower.

The closest train stations to KL Tower are:

  • Raja Chulan Monorail Station: Requires a 20 to 25-minute walk to KL Tower.
  • Bukit Nanas Monorail Station: Requires a 25 to 30-minute walk to KL Tower.
  • Dang Wangi LRT Station: Requires a 30 to 35-minute walk to KL Tower.

Not everybody wants to walk under the hot and humid Kuala Lumpur weather. You can always hail a taxi or a car provided by one of the ride-hailing services to send you from these train stations to the tower.

Use the instructions below if you prefer to walk from the train stations to KL Tower.

From Raja Chulan Monorail Station

  1. Exit Raja Chulan Monorail Station following the sign pointing towards ‘Menara KL’.
  2. After exiting the station, turn left and walk towards a small one-way street with parking spots for motorcycles.
  3. Walk along the street for around 15 minutes.
  4. As you approach the end of the street and a junction where you can see the head of KL Tower, cross the road and immediately turn right.
  5. On this street, you should start seeing signs leading you towards KL Tower, including the open car park for visitors.
  6. Walk for another 5 minutes, and you will arrive at the main gate of KL Tower.

From here, you can take the shuttle bus service or walk to the tower’s entrance.

Waiting Area for the Shuttle Bus Service at KL Tower
Waiting Area for the Shuttle Bus Service at KL Tower

From Bukit Nanas Monorail Station

  1. After exiting the train station, you should immediately see signs showing you the direction to Menara KL (KL Tower in Malay). Follow the signs. If you don’t see it, walk along the road in a direction that gets you further away from the big junction under the train station.
  2. If you see Concorde Hotel on your left, you are heading towards the right direction. Continue walking along the road until you walk pass Shangri-la Hotel and reach another big intersection with traffic lights.
  3. Turn right, ignore Lorong P. Ramlee, and continue walking for another 5 minutes.
  4. You will then arrive at an intersection with a commercial billboard indicating the direction of KL Tower. Follow where it is pointing.
  5. On this street, you should start seeing signs leading you towards KL Tower, including the open car park for visitors.
  6. Walk for another 5 minutes, and you will arrive at the main gate of KL Tower.

From here, you can take the shuttle bus service or walk to the tower’s entrance.

From Dang Wangi LRT Station

  1. After exiting Dang Wangi LRT Station, cross the street in front of the station using the pedestrian bridge.
  2. Continue walking straight after coming off from the pedestrian bridge until you arrive at a junction with traffic lights.
  3. Turn right, and walk straight until you walk pass Shangri-la Hotel and reach another big junction with traffic lights.
  4. Turn right, and continue walking for another 5 minutes. Ignore the junction to turn into Lorong P. Ramlee.
  5. You will then arrive at an intersection with a commercial billboard indicating the direction of KL Tower. Follow it.
  6. On this street, you should start seeing signs leading you towards KL Tower, including the open car park for visitors.
  7. Walk for another 5 minutes, and you will arrive at the main gate of KL Tower.

From here, you can take the shuttle bus service or walk to the tower’s entrance.

By Ride-hailing Services

Registering an account with GRAB or Uber after clicking on the links below gives you and kuaby RM10 worth of free rides.

GRAB, and Uber are the preferred ride-hailing services in Kuala Lumpur. You can use them to travel from the city center or anywhere in the Klang Valley to KL Tower.

If you have never used either of these services, here are the steps to register an account:

GRAB

  1. Click on this link to register a GRAB account.
  2. Download GRAB to your mobile phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  3. Open the app and follow the steps to sign in.
  4. Select your pickup spot.
  5. Search for “KL TOWER” and use it as your drop-off spot.
  6. Click on “Book” and a driver will be on his or her way.

Uber

  1. Click on this link to register an Uber account.
  2. Download Uber to your mobile phone from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
  3. Open the app and follow the steps to sign in.
  4. Tap on the ‘Where to?’ field.
  5. Set your pickup location by either searching for it or by moving the pin on the map.
  6. Tap on the ‘Where to?’ field.
  7. Search for ‘KL Tower’.
  8. Tap on ‘KL Tower’ located at Jalan P. Ramlee in Kuala Lumpur to set it as your destination.
  9. Tap on ‘uberX’, followed by ‘REQUEST UBERX’, and a driver will be on his or her way.

Taking a ride around the city center using either of these services will cost around RM5 to RM20, depending on distance and traffic conditions. These apps will show you the approximate fare before you confirm your request.

By Taxi

Almost all taxi drivers in the city center know the directions to KL Tower. They will drop you off right at its lobby.

It is a well-publicized fact that taxi drivers in Kuala Lumpur may sometimes quote exorbitant fares for travelers, citing poor traffic conditions, the long distance, rain or other excuses. Insist on paying according to the meter or at least a reasonable fixed fare.

Use a ride-hailing service if you cannot find a taxi driver who is willing to cooperate.

The following is a list of estimated taxi fares from key attractions around Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Lumpur Tower:

  • Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) to KL Tower: RM79 to RM117
  • KL Sentral to KL Tower: RM14 to RM19
  • PETRONAS Twin Towers to KL Tower: RM11 to RM15
  • Bukit Bintang to KL Tower: RM10 to RM13
  • Mid Valley Megamall to KL Tower: RM18 to RM25
  • Batu Caves to KL Tower: RM23 to RM33

The estimated fares above are for budget taxis, and the final amount may vary due to traffic conditions. Also, the estimated fares above do not include the 50% midnight surcharge.

Things to Note

Visitors Queueing for Elevators at KL Tower
Visitors Queueing for Elevators at KL Tower
  • It gets crowded during weekends and public holidays. Waiting for an elevator to bring visitors up and down the tower can take up to 30 minutes.
  • Personal bags, briefcases, and laptop bags are not allowed in the Sky Boxes due to security and safety concerns.
  • You may request photographers on duty at the Sky Boxes to take photos using your own camera or smartphone.
  • There is no time limit. You can stay at the Sky Deck area for as long as you want.
  • The best time to visit the Sky Deck area is when the sun is about to set. This period is when the view will be the nicest.
  • Beware of venomous creatures such as scorpions, spiders, and centipedes at the KL Forest Eco Park.

Opening Hours

Opens daily, from 9:00am to 10:00pm.

Admission Fees

There are three types of tickets:

  • Single Ticket: Access to Observation Deck and Sky Deck or just the Observation Deck only.
  • All-Park Ticket: Access to Observation Deck or Sky Deck together with other attractions.
  • Combo Ticket: Access to Observation Deck or Sky Deck together with one other attraction.

Single Ticket

With a single ticket, you can only access either the Observation Deck only or the Sky Deck and Observation Deck together.

Observation Deck Only

  • Adult with a MyKad Card: RM32.00
  • Child with a MyKid Card: RM21.00
  • Adult without a MyKad Card: RM52.00
  • Child without a MyKid Card: RM31.00

Observation Deck + Sky Deck

  • Adult with a MyKad Card: RM75.00
  • Child with a MyKid Card: RM39.00
  • Adult without a MyKad Card: RM105.00
  • Child without a MyKid Card: RM55.00

All-Park Ticket

There are two types of all-park ticket. Both of them allow you to enter all the attractions at KL Tower, but only one of the all-park tickets grants you access to the Sky Deck.

Observation Deck + All Attractions (excluding Sky Deck)

  • Adult with a MyKad Card: RM95.00
  • Child with a MyKid Card: RM75.00
  • Adult without a MyKad Card: RM115.00
  • Child without a MyKid Card: RM85.00

Observation Deck + Sky Deck + All Attractions

  • Adult with a MyKad Card: RM125.00
  • Child with a MyKid Card: RM90.00
  • Adult without a MyKad Card: RM155.00
  • Child without a MyKid Card: RM110.00

Combo Ticket

There are four types of combo ticket. Each of these combos allows you to enter different attractions within the KL Tower area. They are perfect for travelers who wants to see more than just the Observation Deck, but not all the attractions here.

Combo A: Observation Deck + Muzium Telekom / F1 Simulator / Blue Coral Aquarium (only one)

  • Adult with a MyKad Card: RM33.00
  • Child with a MyKid Card: RM23.00
  • Adult without a MyKad Card: RM53.00
  • Child without a MyKid Card: RM33.00

Combo B: Observation Deck + XD Theater / KL Upside Down House (only one)

  • Adult with a MyKad Card: RM38.00
  • Child with a MyKid Card: RM28.00
  • Adult without a MyKad Card: RM58.00
  • Child without a MyKid Card: RM38.00

Combo C: Observation Deck + Mini Zoo

  • Adult with a MyKad Card: RM50.00
  • Child with a MyKid Card: RM40.00
  • Adult without a MyKad Card: RM70.00
  • Child without a MyKid Card: RM50.00

Combo Sky Deck: Sky Deck + XD Theater / Blue Coral Aquarium / Mini Zoo / KL Upside Down House (only one)

  • Adult with a MyKad Card: RM50.00
  • Child with a MyKid Card: RM40.00
  • Adult without a MyKad Card: RM70.00
  • Child without a MyKid Card: RM50.00

You can buy tickets at the tower’s lobby or through its online ticketing page.

Facilities

  • Toilets
  • ATM machines
  • Money changer
  • Public phone
  • Prayer room
  • Wheelchair-friendly facilities

Parking

KL Tower provides two parking areas for vehicles.

The first car park lets you park around the tower’s lobby, while the second car park is an open car park next to the main gate.

The latter has ‘KL Tower Open Parking Space’ painted on its wall. You can spot it on your left before passing through the tower’s gate and the waiting area for shuttle bus service.

The following are the rates for the two car parks:

Main Car Park

First Hour: RM4.00 per hour
Subsequent Hours: RM3.00 per hour
After 6:00pm: RM5.00 per entry

There is a 15-minute grace period for every entry. If you exit the car park within 15 minutes after entering it, you will not need to pay for it.

Bus: RM5.00 per entry
Motorcycle: Free

Lost Ticket Penalty: RM50.00

KL Tower Open Parking Space

First Hour: RM3.00
Subsequent Hours: RM3.00 per hour

Maximum Charge: RM9.00

After 5:00pm: RM5.00 per entry
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: RM5.00 per entry

Contact Information

Website
https://www.menarakl.com.my/

Address
Menara Kuala Lumpur
No. 2 Jalan Punchak,
Off Jalan P.Ramlee,
50250 Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia.

Phone Number
+60 (3) 2020 5444

Fax Number
+60 (3) 2098 7001

GPS Coordinates

3.1528442, 101.7015546

Travel Blog Mentions

A Visitor Using the Binoculars at the Observation Deck of KL Tower
A Visitor Using the Binoculars at the Observation Deck of KL Tower

Sky High in Malaysia: Views from the KL Tower

Haylee, a travel blogger from Australia, was at KL Tower in October 2016. From her blog post, you can see how the views from the Sky Deck are like, and how does the Sky Box look like. According to her, the tower offers ‘a view you wouldn’t want to miss’.

Canopy Walk – KL Tower, Malaysia

Lily Riani, a travel blogger from Malaysia, explored the canopy walk at KL Forest Eco Park around June 2016. Through her blog post, you will find out how the canopy walk looks like together with some interesting stories about the place. How did Bukit Nanas get its name? What happened here? Was there really a cable car service at the mountain back then? Read her blog post to get all these questions answered.

KL Tower: A Must-Visit When You’re in Kuala Lumpur

Even though KL Tower offers many attractions for visitors, it is not easy to find blog posts about each of them. Sara’s trip to the tower did not just end at the Sky Deck and Observation Deck. She also checked out the mini zoo, aquarium, and Flavors of Malaysia. Want to see whether you will like these attractions and decide for yourself whether visiting them will be worth your time? Go ahead and read Sara’s blog post.

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Wayne fell in love with traveling and every aspect of it when he traveled to Singapore in 2013. He is a newbie when it comes to traveling and he loves chatting with other travelers to learn from their experiences. Are you a traveler? Let's connect!

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