The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan is an iconic attraction for Teluk Intan, a small town in the Perak state of Malaysia.
Featuring a pagoda-style structure influenced by Chinese architecture, it has a height of 25 meters. The leaning tower looks like it is an 8-storey building from the outside, but it is only a 3-storey building.
People call it “The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan” because the tower’s structure leans towards the left, just like the Tower of Pisa. The heavy weight of the water tank, as well as the water it used to carry, led to the slanting of the structure because of the soft ground beneath it.
Today, the tower is a national heritage.
Every night, the tower gets illuminated by colored lights installed on its exterior. Different colors rotate every few minutes. Because of this, people still come to the tower after it closes.
The builder of The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan, Mr. Leong Choon Cheong, completed the tower’s construction in 1885. One of the main roads in Teluk Intan, Jalan Ah Cheong, was named after him for his contributions to the town.
The tower was once known as the Clock Tower because it features a clock that helps the locals to keep time. The clock, designed by James W. Benson-Ludgathill, was bought from London before its installation in 1894. Until today, the caretaker of the tower still needs to wind the clock manually every week to make sure it functions as it should.
The leaning tower was built to store water so the locals can endure drought seasons and face fire emergencies when they happen. It also acted as a beacon for ships coming into Teluk Intan Port.
During the Japanese occupancy of Malaya in 1941, it became the watch tower for the Japanese army.
The clock near the top of the tower still functions today. It chimes every 15 minutes. However, the water tank is no longer in use.
Sight and landmark
Name in Local Language
Malay: Menara Jam Condong Teluk Intan / Menara Condong Teluk Intan
Getting There and Around
Teluk Intan is a small town. Even though bus services are connecting it to the main cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Ipoh, taxis are the only public transportation system that serves the commute between points of interest within the town itself.
The most convenient way to travel around Teluk Intan is by car. Doing so allows you to visit other small towns nearby such as Setiawan and Bidor too.
Almost all the points of interest in Teluk Intan such as hotels and eateries are within walking distance from the leaning tower.
It is quite difficult to see the leaning tower from far, but locals should know its location well enough to give you directions. Alternatively, you can use the navigation app on your phone to assist you.
If you are arriving in Teluk Intan by bus, the bus should drop you off at Terminal Intan. Walking from the bus terminal to the leaning tower takes about 15 to 30 minutes.
There is no pedestrian walkway for roads beyond the town area. Be careful when you walk. For your safety, always make sure you are walking against the traffic.
Navigate to “The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan” or “Menara Condong Teluk Intan” on your GPS navigation app or device.
You should be able to spot the tower once you are nearby.
Things to Note
- Write your name on the guestbook at the entrance before entering the tower.
- The stairways in the tower are narrow. Give way to other visitors whenever you can.
Many travelers who come to Teluk Intan to see the leaning tower do not stay in the town for long. As a result, they miss out on one of the following things to do.
It takes 110 steps to get you all the way up to the top floor of the leaning tower. Upon reaching the top, you get to see the base of the water tank which has a depth of 16 feet.
Aside from that, you can walk around the corridor outside the tower to enjoy a 360-degree view of Teluk Intan’s town area. You can see as far as the river – Sungai Perak.
Colorful Illumination at Night
At night, the leaning tower shines brightly thanks to the lights installed on its exterior. Their colors, which consist of purple, orange, blue and green, changes every few minutes.
This alone is enough to attract hundreds of visitors to throng the concourse beside the tower every night. Other than just to witness the tower changing colors for the rest of the evening, the concourse is also an excellent gathering spot if you in Teluk Intan with family or a group of friends.
Grab some food from the night market nearby (happens every Saturday night) and sit around in a circle. An evening filled with chatter and laughter will ensue.
Tuesdays to Fridays
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
9:00 am to 6:00 pm
36000 Teluk Intan,
You can park your car in the parking bays around the leaning tower for free after 1:00 pm on Saturdays and for the entire day on Sundays.
For other times, you need to purchase a booklet of 5 parking coupons. Each booklet costs RM2.00. Look around for shops that are selling it. Ask a local if you cannot find one.
Each coupon allows you to park for an hour. Scratch off the relevant parts to show the date and time of when you parked your vehicle. Then, place the coupon on the dashboard and make sure it is displayed correctly.
Travel Blog Mentions
Jotaro Zen, a blogger from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, stopped by The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan as he and his friends were cycling from Ipoh to Kampar. In his blog post dated February 24, 2015, you can find photos of the tower’s interior as well as other attractions and eateries in Teluk Intan that you should visit.
Another blogger from Kuala Lumpur, Haris Abdul Rahman, published a blog post about his visit to Teluk Intan’s leaning tower in June 2010. He found the tower to be smaller than what he thought, but this did not stop him from taking beautiful pictures of what he saw inside the tower.