Brunei Darussalam

DESTINATION KUALA LUMPUR TOWER

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)
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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.
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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.
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The headset noticeably a popular item as visitors walk through an audio tour of Kuala Lumpur.
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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 🙂
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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

18 thoughts on “DESTINATION KUALA LUMPUR TOWER

  1. I am embarrassed to say that I haven’t been up on the KL Tower.. Those 2 shots are such a great shot. Given the advantage of being local here, I should be shooting at least once a year to capture the massive development that happens around that part of the city.

    Mental note : Visit KL Tower! 😛

    Thanks Jan for sharing =)

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    1. Hi there! Being local has far more advantages than tourists. You get to head up there on good days when cloud formations are at their most dramatic. If i had access, I would love to shoot the cityscape on a bad day when there’s evidence of lightning—imagine lightning hitting the twin towers (screams National Geographic, Asian Geographic etc). The small entrance fee is nothing compared to the invaluable documentary photography.

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  2. Thanks for sharing the pics. I’ve been to KL so many times and I’ve never been to the Menara Tower. I was always wondering what was it about. Very nice pictures and views you got there.

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    1. Thanks Fay. The “observation deck” experience is, in my opinion, similar to others like that—Sydney Tower and I can’t remember which other tourist attraction towers I’ve been up (engineering wise, they have to follow a “best practice” architecture for safety considerations, etc) 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.

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    1. Thanks Jerome. I wish these were the work of the G11 so my body aches less from the combined weight of the 5DII and the holy trinity of lenses (the first two photos @17mm wide) I work with. Then again pictures at 620 pixel could have been made by the G11 although the dynamic range may not be as good. (I’m still hoping for a future G release with CMOS sensor for cleaner high ISO performance so it’s Auto ISO gets a higher usable threshold too. (the newly released Powershot G12 is still CCD powered and only notable changes are HD video and HDR!

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  3. Dear Jan,

    Thank you once again for sharing your wonderful pictures and experience through “Jan Shim’s lens” with your readers. The pictures that you took are wonderful and indeed breath-taking that it can encourage one to go and visit. What’s interesting is that one can not only try out their photography skill but they can also enjoy the food, scenery and shop at the same time. Glad to note that the weather was good too. Looking forward to showcase Malaysia through “Jan Shim’s lens” again in the near future.

    Regards,
    Tourism Malaysia (Brunei)

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  4. Excellent through the window shots, Jan. But my faves here are the b&w’s. Especially the last one. Such depth and the reflection yearns for more attention from the viewer.

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  5. Seems like you had a lot of fun at Kuala Lumpur! I will be staying at one of the hotels in Kuala Lumpur next month too and its good to know a little about the place in advance.

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  6. Hey one more really nice place is the KLCC sky bridge., that free but you have to go early to get your tickets. The best palace to get souvenirs it Petaling Street. Usually you have to bargain for the price, the price quoted divide it by half and then ask for that price. There are also many budget hotels around Kuala Lumpur like the prescott inn kl just look around there are many promotions around.

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