Salah satu mercu tanda yang terdapat di Bandaraya Alor Setar ialah Menara Alor Setar yang terletak di persimpangan Lebuhraya Darulaman dan Jalan Telok Wan Jah. Ia merupakan sebuah menara pemancar telekomunikasi milik Telekom Malaysia. Menara Alor Setar setinggi 165.6 meter (541 kaki) merupakan menara kedua tertinggi di Malaysia dan kesembilanbelas di dunia.

Menara Alor setar telah disempurnakan perasmannya oleh YAB Dato’ seri Dr Mahathir Mohammad, Perdana Menteri Malaysia pada 10 Rabiul Akhir 1418 bersamaan 14 Ogos 1997.

Beberapa fakta mengenai Menara Alor Setar:

Pembinaannya adalah sama kaedah dengan pembinaan Menara Kuala Lumpur dimana 5 tiangnya dibina menggunakan ‘Self Climbing Jumpform’

Para pelawat boleh naik ke ‘viewing gallery’ yang terletak pada aras 88 meter dan boleh memuatkan seramai 100 orang pada satu-satu masa. Terdapat dua buah lif bercermin lutsinar yang membawa pelawat naik dan turun sambil menikmati pemandangan sekitar. Pada aras setinggi 94 meter pula terdapat sebuah restoran berputar di mana pelanggan boleh menjamu selera sambil menikmati pemandangan sekitar Bandaraya. Restoran ini boleh memuatkan seramai 200 hingga 250 orang dan kadar putarannya ialah selama satu jam bagi satu putaran.  Lain-lain kemudahan yang terdapat:

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Semasa berada di aras tinjauan beberapa pemandangan menarik sekitar Bandaraya Alor Setar boleh dilihat, misalnya Pusat Bandaraya Alor Setar

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atau dataran sawah padi dengan Gunung Keriang sebagai latar belakang.

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Mesjid Zahir, Balai Nobat dan Dataran Setar.

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Jika anda ingin menikmati pemandangan dengan lebih jelas, bolehlah bawa teropong atau anda boleh menggunakan kemudahan teropong yang disediakan.

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Jika anda melawat Bandaraya Alor setar jangan melepaskan peluang untuk menaiki menara ini untuk melihat dataran sekitar Bandaraya yang rata yang mendapat gelaran Periuk Nasi Malaysia, kerana keluasan kawasan sawahnya dan pengeluar beras terbesar negara. Tiket untuk menaiki menara ini ialah seperti berikut:

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Sekiranya anda ingin menikmati makanan secara ekslusif bersama keluarga, sahabat handai, klien atau kekasih, bolehlah membuat tempahan untuk ke Restoran Seri Angkasa yang terletak pada aras 94 meter. Terdapat kaunter khidmat pelanggannya di kawasan podium.

menara AS (48)  Selepas berada di atas menara, pelawat juga boleh bersantai di kawasan Taman yang disediakan dengan kemudahan permainan kanak-kanak. Memandangkan ini kawasan awam, pelawat kenalah menjaga tata susila dan adab sopan kerana

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Walking Walking Kuala Lumpur – Central Market

I want to continue my Walking Walking Kuala Lumpur series. If you have been following As I Travel.…… you might have read about my posting on Dataran Merdeka and its heritage buildings.
I end my last posting in this series at the bridge across the Sungai Klang.
In this posting I will write about my stop at Central Market.
The first thing that I can see before reaching the Central Market is this most important river confluence that gives birth to Kuala Lumpur. The muddy river confluence is literally translated as Kuala berLumpur.  On this confluence now stand the Mesjid Jamek of Kuala Lumpur, a symbol of Islamic development from the early days of this metropilitan city now. It is one of the oldest mosque in Kuala Lumpur and was designed by Arthur Benison Hubback. This mosque was officially opened in 1909 by the Sultan of Selangor.
Around this river confluence the communities of Kuala Lumpur rose and if we look into the distribution there is the Indian community at the Mesjid India area and the Chinese community synonym to Petaling Street and named China Town. Since the Mesjid Jamek was built on a burial ground, there must be the Malay Community too somewhere around the area. However the nearest Malay community in the city today is concentrated at Kampung Baru and is the oldest Malay community enclave within the city centre.


Central Market located at Jalan Hang Kasturi (Rodger Street) was built in 1888 is a new market to replace  the old market built by YapAh Loy, the first Kapitan China of Kuala Lumpur. The name retain after being converted into an arts and handicraft centre. The Malaysian Heritage Soceity classify it as a Heritage site.  

Above: A postcard picture of Central Market taken from HERE.
Today visitors and KLites come to this place to seek for souvenirs of local handicraft. It is also a place where local artists paint their wares live. One can stop and ask them to sketch and paint their own portrait. One of the artist that I happen to see during my walk about is Abdul Ghani Ahmad who paint at his shop at the Central Market Annexe. He is a water colour artist.
Picture below is the Central Market Annexe, an arts centre
Below: Whats inside the Central Market on the ground floor
At the Ampitheatre outside to the building there are performances from time to time.
Below is part of Jalan Hang Kasturi that has been closed down and turn into pedestrian mall. You can laze around under this shady areas and if luck ison your side can get to be entertained by street musicians or buskers.
This row of shophouse at Medan Pasar. Medan Pasar is quite significant to the birth of Kuala Lumpur. Before  I proceed, I would like to ask, “Where is Kuala Lumpur?” I am sure most people will not know where is Kuala Lumpur. When I first migrated to the city, my only means of transportation was the pink ‘notorious’ (so they nickmaned it) Mini Buses. I could still remember when the Mini Bus reached Medan Pasar, the conductor will shout, “Kuala Lumpur! Kuala Lumpur! Kuala Lumpur turun sini.” That was the station for mini buses besides the Bangkok Bank that can be considered as one of the main stops.
So Medan Pasar is the actual spot for Kuala Lumpur? I do not have any argument about it. There is a clock tower at Medan Pasar. Usually when clock towers are constructed, there must be some significant to it. The site of the clock tower (marked X on the route map above) is just less than 50 metres from the river banks of Sungai Gombak and the confluence where it joins Sungai Klang. There is no signboard whatsoever to give information or details of the clock tower. Maybe the Kuala Lumpur City Hall can trace and mark the history of this clock tower. Scroll down to see the picture of the mentioned structure.
The picture below is of Medan Pasar and compare it with the screen capture I took from the Central Market website. The buildings still exists. Now this Medan Pasar is one of the bus stops within Kuala Lumpur city.
Below: A screen capture of Medan Pasar taken from Central Market website
Not far from Medan Pasar is a lane named after the first Kapitan China of Kuala Lumpur, Yap Ah Loy.
This segment of Walking Walking Kuala Lumpur ends here. My next segment will be Petaling Street or popularly called China Town.

The Fountain At Pavillion

Fountains has been used as decorations in many buildings or on landsapces. According to Fung Shui fountain can be exactly what you need to equilibrate an environment, depending on its position according to the bagua map and how elements are distributed in it.
At the main entrance to The Pavillion in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur there is a beautiful fountain that greets visitors whether they patronise the mega shopping complex of just passing by. The fountain has three layers of different size bowl shaped water container stacked one on top of another and decorated with the bunga raya, the national flower of Malaysia.
During the day, it just look like any other fountain but when the sunsets, the beauty sets in. The lighthing incorporated and blended in different sequential colours turn the fountain into a beauty. You can be mesmerised by the changing colours. Just linger around and enjoy the beautiful colour that blend the water and the hibiscus design on the three bowls.

When Its Food: Kuala Lumpur; Truly Malaysia

The year end school holiday is just round the corner. It will be travelling time for most families since their school going children will be on a long leave until next year. For many of us its a holiday season even though many are not related. Its time for staffs to take year end holidays and work flowing at a slower pace.
I have been subscribing to this website, foodstreet and occasionally receives newsletters from them. The latest that came into my mail is this foodstreet Hooray! Long School Holiday Contest. So for bloggers posting entries for the Blog4FT contest have another opportunity of winning prizes by entering this food contest. Hmmmm, its eat and win.
This is what you have to do.

What one have to do is to patronise the participating restaurants and what else….eat la………
How to participate:

  • Step 1:
    Take a photo of you and/or your family/friend with course meal in any of our Hooray! Restaurants.
  • Step 2:
    Submit your entry. Read the contest mechanics carefully here.
  • Step 3:
    Get friends to love your entry. Those with highest votes win!

Malaysia is a food haven and in Kuala Lumpur there is everything about food under the Malaysian sky (even all over the world). I think I am not exxagerating if I were to say that Kuala Lumpur ; Truly Malaysia.

So, what are you waiting for? get your camera, go out and eat, snap pictures……

Did you ever heard people saying; ” In Malaysia nobody dies due to hunger but dies because of eating.” atok vlog

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