Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Morning Sky in Kuala Lumpur

This picture was taken yesterday morning. Clouds of white and grey shared the blue sky. The haze from the burning peat fires in Sumatra, Indonesia, seems to have lessened. We are now experiencing the north-east monsoon and the weather is mostly sunny in the mornings and rainy in the afternoons and evenings. It would be wise to invest in an umbrella.

Notice the streak of grey near a tower? That is the Kuala Lumpur Tower. The Kuala Lumpur Tower (officially known as Menara Kuala Lumpur; referred later as KL Tower) is a tall tower located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and was built in 1995. It is used for communication purposes and features an antenna that reaches 421 m (1,381 ft), which currently makes it the fifth tallest tower in the world.

One can have a good view of downtown KL from a revolving restaurant up there.

Check out Wikipedia for more information on the KL Tower.

Looking at the top-most picture again, to the right of the KL Tower you will see two identical towers. These are the Petronas Twin Towers. These are the tallest twin towers in the world.

There is a 192ft-long (58.4m) double-decker skybridge linking the twin towers at the 41st and 42nd floor (175m above street level). Access to the public is by way of tickets which can be obtained free-of-charge at the lobby downstairs.

The Petronas Twin Towers also house an 864-seat concert hall - the Dewan Filharmonik Petronas.

Next to the Twin Towers is the premier shopping mall of Kuala Lumpur City Center called Suria KLCC. It has six levels of specialty stores, three department stores, boutiques, cinemas and a huge foodcourt. Facing the beautiful KLCC Park are several cafes.

There are two hotels with the privilege of having their address at the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC). They are the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur and the Traders Hotel. Another popular hotel not far away is The Nikko Kuala Lumpur. Guests of these hotels who enjoy a good morning or evening jog will find the jogging track in the KLCC Park useful. The KLCC Park is just behind the hotels.

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