Along with the nearby Petronas Towers, the Kuala Lumpur Tower (KL Tower) dominates the city’s skyline and attracts droves of tourists annually. Completed in 1995, the tower is the seventh-tallest telecommunication tower in the world.
Despite its height, the trip via elevator from the ground to the observation deck takes less than a minute. The deck itself, while primarily a tourist destination, doubles as an observatory from which the beginning of the Islamic month of Ramadan is marked each August by the observance of the crescent moon.
Secular and religious visitors alike can avail themselves of a number of tour packages that combine a buffet dinner in the tower’s astonishing revolving restaurant with a guided, nighttime tour of the city’s famous Central Market where you can have your portrait done and peruse the assorted Malaysian handicrafts and souvenirs on offer. Most tours are conducted in English and include pickup and drop off service via air-conditioned transport. Advanced booking is highly recommended.
Along with its utility as an instrument of communication, a platform for religious observance and an eatery replete with astonishing vistas, the tower also plays host to a series of annual “tower running” races (such as the KL Tower International Night Towerthon Challenge). It also served as the first pit stop for (and a route marker on the final leg of) the reality television series The Amazing Race Asia.