The Menara Kuala Lumpur is a member of the World Federation of Great Towers.
The structure can be divided into 5 basic sections:
The Foundation Base - houses 3 basement floors for safety needs, storage and maintenance work.
The Touristic Building - bears the administration office, souvenir shops and the 146 metres pedestrian mall with cascading pools.
The Tower Shaft - comprises 22 levels with 4 elevators and 2058 step flight of stairs.
The Tower Head - holds the public observation platform (276m) and revolving restaurant as well as the telecommunication and broadcasting stations.
The Antenna Mast - crowns the tower and specially utilised for telecommunication and broadcasting transmissions.
In constructing Menara Kuala Lumpur, the builders took special care to construct a retaining wall around a 100 year old Jelutong tree (Dyera Costulata).
Menara Kuala Lumpur was officially opened by the Prime Minister on 1 October 1996.
The main lobby of the upper ground floor is decorated with exquisite glass-clad domes that sparkle like giant diamonds and the domes were designed and arranged in the form of the Muqarnas by Iranian craftsmen from Isfahan.
Approximately 50,000 cubic metres of concrete were continuously poured for 31 hours thus setting a record in the Malaysian construction industry.
To conserve the tree's position, the Tower was moved at a cost of RM430,000 to avoid felling the monumental tree, which is found near the pedestrian mall.
The tower will also cover services linked to the Marine Department, the Meteorological Department and the Traffic Control Department.
On 13 September 1994, Prime Minister, YAB Dato Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad performed the Topping-up Ceremony where the Antenna Mast was installed, thus marking the final height of the tower, 421 metres above the ground.
Menara Kuala Lumpur is the fourth tallest telecommunication tower in the world (after CN Tower, Canada, Ostankino Tower, Russia and Shanghai Tower, China). Built to enhance the quality of telecommunication services and the clarity in broadcasting, Menara Kuala Lumpur also stands to be the symbol of Kuala Lumpur, the Garden City of Wondrous Lights.
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