KL Tower


untitled_150606_4057 Photography by Ridhuan Abu Bakar

Equipment: Canon 5D Mark II body
Canon EF 17-40mm f4 L lens
Taken along Jalan Raja Chulan near Bukit Nenas junction

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History The official ground breaking for the Kuala Lumpur Tower was overseen by the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad on 1 October 1991. Construction of the tower was a three-phase process. The first phase was the widening of Jalan Bukit Nanas and the excavation of soil from the construction site. This phase was completed on 1 August 1992. On 1 July 1992, the second phase began with the construction of the foundation and basement of the tower.

Approximately 50,000 cubic metres of concrete were continuously poured for 31 hours, thus setting a record in the Malaysian construction industry. The foundation work, requiring no piling, was completed on 1 April 1993. The third phase was the construction of the ‘superstructure’ which began in May 1994. The construction of the tower started with the erection of the tower shaft, then the tower head. As the finishing touches to the tower head were applied, the construction of the touristic building began. The main lobby of the upper ground floor is decorated with exquisite glass-clad domes that sparkle like giant diamonds. These domes were designed and arranged in the form of theMuqarnas by Iranian craftsmen from Isfahan.

On 13 September 1994, Prime Minister 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. After installation of facilities and amenities, Menara Kuala Lumpur was opened to public on 23 July 1996. Menara Kuala Lumpur was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on 1 October 1996 at 20:30 MST. Among the distinguished guests were the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Jaafar ibni Almarhum Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Najihah, the wives of the Sultan of Brunei, Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Paduka Seri BagindaRaja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha and Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Pengiran Isteri Hajah Mariam Binti Abdul Aziz.

Source : WIKIPEDIA (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kuala_Lumpur_Tower)

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