From the landmarks of Putrajaya and Galeria Seri Perdana to the Kuala Lumpur Tower or Menara Kuala Lumpur as it’s known officially. Standing majestically atop Bukit Nanas (Pineapple Hill) at 421 meters and 94 meters above sea level, it is one of the first and perhaps most enduring images a visitor to KL will encounter. The tower is also the tallest structure in South-East Asia and the tallest single standing concrete structure in the world. I’m fortunate to have caught a great view of the cityscape on a good day. The weather that week had been rather unpredictable at best. More info …
Weather in Kuala Lumpur during my visit rather unpredictable. Just a day earlier, things were quite wet but thankfully the morning was blessed with a balanced everything except for a hint of dark clouds. Info: EOS 5DII and EF17-40 f/4L 1/125sec f/14 ISO 800 (click on image to view larger picture)
Moving to an adjacent window of the KL Tower viewing deck is this slightly different vantage point of KL city. Just less than a minute apart the clouds moved rsulting in change in shadows. Info: EOS 5DII and EF17-40 f/4L 1/125sec f/14 ISO 800 (click on image to view larger picture)
A veranda outside the ticketing counter and entrance where visitors can enjoy a drink. At this level there are 9 shops, a fast food restaurant, a mini-theatre and an open-air amphitheater along with public toilets. I recharged my Celcom X Pax Prepaid phone card here with enough credits to tweet for a week.
These audio aids provide view-centric information in a number of popular languages. I had mine setup in English but recall very little of what was said as my photographic senses kicked in to bring this set.
The headset noticeably a popular item as visitors walk through an audio tour of Kuala Lumpur.
Complementing the audio tour are the viewing scopes powered by Nikon optics to provide visitors an visual experience. I didn't try it because I have Canon optics on me :)
There are many observation decks like this all over the world varying in height and what matters the most—the panoramic view. The last one I visited was Sydney Tower from some years back and they're usually not photography friendly. To get good pictures you have to rise above the structural limitations.
I bought a souvenir too (see last picture) to go with the Petronas Twin Tower miniature I received from my niece who at the time had an enviable opportunity to visit Kuala Lumpur. Then came my turn made possible by the kind folks at Tourism Malaysia (Brunei).
A smart thing to do when travelling with kids is to let them pick an item that piques their interest (if you want the rest of the day to go smoothly). It's an unpublished rule of travel.
The Petronas towers are an impressive sight, but the Menara tower has better views of the city. There's also a revolving restaurant called Berputar Seri Angkasa with a seating capacity of 250 located at Level Two of the Tower Head (above the "observation deck"). It serves international and local food 'above the clouds' and takes about an hour to rotate.
Love the people silhouette inside the reflection of what appears to be glass etching. A toned black and white piece here turns out to be more dramatic than the coloured version.
In case you wonder how I made this shot, I took a photo of a 17cm tall KL Tower miniature and placed it right in front of my 17 inch laptop LCD with a maximized photo of the landscape. The shallow Depth-of-Field of the EF100mm Macro f/2.8L though just an inch apart gives the illusion of distance than it really is.
For more information about events or places of interest in Malaysia,
contact Tourism Malaysia Brunei office:
MALAYSIA TOURISM PROMOTION BOARD
Unit 1.14 – 1.15, First Floor, The Rizqun International Hotel
Gadong BE3519, Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: 673-2381575 / 673-2381576 | Fax: 673-2381584
Official Tourism Malaysia website
Other elevated vantage points:
The Singapore Flyer | New Asia Bar @ Swissôtel Stamford