Saturday, September 22, 2012

KL Tower


Standing majestically atop Bukit Nanas at 421 meters and 94 meters above sea level, KL Tower is a prominent feature of the city’s skyline, and perhaps one of the most enduring memories a visitor to KL will remember.

Its architecture reflects the country's Islamic heritage, with the construction detailing Arabic scripts, Islamic tiles, and classic Islamic floral and abstract motifs and soothing color combinations.

Besides the panoramic view, KL Tower has something for city dwellers who love nature. The verdant green surrounding Menara KL is the Bukit Nanas Forest - the only oldest gazetted forest reserve in the country.

It covers an area of 10.05 hectares and is considered the green lung of Kuala Lumpur. It is sanctuary to a wonderful array of flora and fauna, unique to the country's tropical climate.
KL Tower was officially invented by the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia's Tun Doktor Mahathir Bin Mohamad on 1 October 1991 and was a 3-phase process.
The first phase was the widening of Jalan Bukit Nanas and the excavation of soil from the construction site. This phase was completed on 1 August 1992.

On 1 July 1992, the second phase began with the construction of the foundation and basement of the tower. Approximately 50,000-cubic meters of concrete were continuously poured for 31-hours, thus setting a record in the Malaysian construction industry. The foundation work required no piling, which was completed on 1 April 1993.

The third phase was the construction of the 'superstructure' which began on 1 May 1994. The tedious construction of the tower started with the erection of the tower shaft, then the tower head. As the finishing touches to the tower head were applied, the construction of the touristic building began. The construction was completed in record time.

The KL Tower is the seventh tallest telecommunication tower in the world. Built to enhance the quality of telecommunication services and the clarity of broadcasting, KL Tower is a symbol of Kuala Lumpur.

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