Things to know about the Menara TV Tower
How tall is the Menara?
At 421 metres, the Menara in Kuala Lumpur is the tallest television tower in Malaysia and the seventh tallest television tower in the world. However, it is not the tallest building in Kuala Lumpur. The Petronas Towers are taller at 451 metres. Nevertheless, they are topped by the Menara, which stands on the 90-metre-high Bukit Nana pineapple hill.
How high is the observation deck at the Menara?
The observation deck at the Menara is at 276 metres. At 282 metres is the revolving restaurant Atmosphere 360, which revolves around the tower. Above it at 293 metres is a banquet hall. At 300 metres is the Skydeck. This is also where the glass photo boxes are located.
How wide and how heavy is the Menara?
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The Menara TV Tower…
- has a width of 24.5 metres at the base
- measures 49.8 metres in diameter at its widest point, the tower basket
- is the seventh tallest television tower in the world. The tallest TV tower is the Tokyo Skytree with 634m in Japan
- weighs 100,000t
- consists of about 45,000t of concrete and 5300t of reinforced concrete
- was opened on 23 July 1996
- has 4 lifts
- has 2058 steps to the top
- has about 7700 sqm of floor space
- had an extra cost of over €92,000 when it was built because they wanted to protect a 100-year-old Jeulong tree. The tree was given its own protective wall and the tower was built a little further away from it than originally planned. The tree is still standing.
Events and use of the Menara TV Tower
The television tower broadcasts:
- Television signal
- Radio (e.g. taxi)
- GSM (mobile radio / mobile phone network)
- Emergency radio connections (police, rescue service, fire brigade etc.)
Furthermore, the Menara serves to…
- to measure the exact position of the moon to determine the Islamic holidays
- to collect meteorological data (weather)
- to collect data for traffic control
Is home to sporting events like…
- Stair runs up the full 2058 steps
- Base jumping events from a jumping basket at a height of 335 metres
Is also home to…
- a forest, the Nanas Forest Reserve
- a small theatre for up to 50 spectators
- an amphitheatre seating up to 250
- a mini-zoo
- an upside-down house
- the Blue Coral Aquarium
- two restaurants at the base of the tower (one Indian and one pizzeria)
The restaurant atop the Menara: Atmosphere 360
At an altitude of 282 metres, there is a restaurant on the Menara – The Atmosphere 360. The restaurant is a revolving restaurant mounted on rollers that rotates around the tower, so you have an ever-changing view from your seat.
The restaurant is by reservation only. There are different buffets and fixed timeslots for the guests. The price for the restaurant includes admission to the Observation Deck.
Lunch Buffet: daily 11:30am – 1:00pm & 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Afternoon Tea: Mon-Fri 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Hi Tea: Sat, Sun & Holidays 3:30pm – 5:30pm
Dinner Buffet: daily 18:30 – 20:30 & 21:00 – 23:00
Tickets and prices for Menara TV Tower
As prices change from time to time, we refer you to the official websites below. It is worth buying tickets online in advance. Sometimes tickets from external suppliers are cheaper than from the Menara itself. However, make sure that the sites are reputable.
Our visit to the Menara TV Tower and our conclusion
Our first visit to the Menara was a bit of a letdown. Due to an approaching thunderstorm, the skydeck was closed. We therefore returned the next day. The entrance fee for the observation deck and the sky deck was 99 MYR per person. Because of the crowds at the Skydeck, we were advised to go to the Observation Deck first and take the stairs to the Skydeck from there.
We decided to leave the tower after about an hour without the obligatory photo in the skybox. We gave our number away to a family with children. The view is nice, but you can’t really enjoy it in the absence of seating (except in a cafe with minimum food).
We won’t be visiting the Menara again, it’s just too expensive for that. Instead, we would recommend visiting one of the numerous skybars. The view is often even better there, because you can see the Menara from the outside. Instead of paying admission, we prefer to invest in cocktails.
- Menara Kuala Lumpur, 2, Jalan Puncak, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
MRL: Bukit Nanas
LRT / KJL: Dang Wangi
Bus: Renaissance Hotel (Opp) (300 / 303 / Bet 7 / Green); Hotel Concord (Blue)
- daily 9:00am-2:00pm