By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Sandy Zimmerman)
The city with the exotic name, Kuala Lumpur offers contrasts of skyscrapers and ancient traditions. To really see Kuala Lumpur, you must visit the Kuala Lumpur Tower (Menara Kuala Lumpur), Eye on Malaysia Ferris Wheel, Petronas Twin Towers, or any of their many other observation sites.
Standing 905 feet above the base, the KL Tower takes you up to the clouds! This concrete telecommunications Tower is the tallest in Asia and ranks fourth in the world. The elevator is so fast, moving less than one second per floor. After being whisked up to the Observation Deck and given an audio tour guide, we were ready to walk around. The walls of large floor to ceiling windows provided breathtaking unrestricted views of the city.
I stopped at a stunning display of 2 chairs covered with embroidered red silk, veiled by a silken canopy, surrounded by giant bouquets of flowers. It is the setting for a Malaysian wedding ceremony. Yes, you can arrange a traditional Malaysian wedding wearing some of the most ornate jeweled gowns. The Malaysian bride and groom are treated like a king and queen in their finery. Or you may just want to wear the gowns for a photo opportunity.
Dine in the revolving RESTORAN BERPUTAR SERI ANGKASA restaurant, a perfect place to relax. It takes 90minutes for the restaurant to complete the circle. With 9,172 square feet, the floor is divided into three sections- a revolving restaurant, buffet area, and piano lounge. They serve Northern Indian and continental cuisine seating 200 people along with conference, seminar and banquet facilities for 300 on another floor. Their motto, “Our restaurant has taken dining to new heights. No matter what your reason to celebrate, we have the right drinks and food for you!”
(Exchange Rate -December, 2007- RM 3.2 = US $1.00).
Downstairs in the Tower’s lobby, you can see the crystal dome ceiling imported from Iran. It took 6 months to complete cutting and pasting the crystal from mirrors. The arches illuminate like giant diamonds. Visitors can spend hours enjoying themselves, especially stop at the exhibit of gongs, drums, xylophones, and other ancient musical instruments in front of the Tower. The KL Tower is a transmission station for telecommunications networks, radio, and TV built to improve the quality of telecommunication and broadcasting transmission. www.serimelayu.com.my
After hearing that we were going to the “Eye on Malaysia” Ferris wheel, I envisioned memories of amusement park’s Ferris wheels. But this ferris wheel is similar to the gondola lifts at mountain ski resorts. Enter one of the 42 closed, air conditioned gondolas (including 1 VIP gondola) and experience a 360-degree panoramic view of Kuala Lumpur during the 12-15 minute ride reaching 196 feet high. They even perform weddings during the ride! The “Eye on Malaysia” is the tallest portable observation ferris wheel in the world.
Adults: RM 15, Senior and children: RM 8. Located at the Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, you can even rent a boat and have a picnic later.