Sunday, September 13, 2009
The Menara Taming Sari is one of the known tourist attractions in Malaysia. It was made available to the public in 2008. It is a revolving tower which can be seen from afar, for it looms at 110 meters high. It was one of the great sites I visited aside from the Petronas Twin Towers in the heart of Kuala Lumpur (where Suria is housed) and Menara KL.
Menara Taming Sari is located at Bandar Hilir, beside Dataran Pahlawan Megamall. The structure was built using Swiss technology. It is the very first of its kind in Malaysia. Its revolving observation cabin is fully air-conditioned and provides a fantastic 360-degree view of the entire city of Malacca.
Malacca is known for its being a historical place in Malaysia, rich with stories and traces of Portuguese influence.
The cool viewing cabin is equipped with 80 seats. It revolves as it rises from ground level to the top of the tower. Each viewing session would be less than 10 minutes. The tower serves about a couple of viewing sessions every hour. The visitors get to enjoy a breathtaking view of the wonderful city.
How I love to return to Malaysia, especially at Malacca. The next time, I would like to ride the colorful rikshaw, (though I do ride the karitela and pedicabs in the Philippines) hahah.
Rickshaws were a common mode of transport in urban areas of Malaysia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. However, rickshaws were gradually replaced by cycle rickshaws (beca in Malay). Cycle rickshaws were also ubiquitous up to the 1970s in Malaysian cities. Since then, rapid urbanization has increased demand for more efficient public transport, resulting in dwindling rickshaw numbers. Today, rickshaws are operated mostly as a tourist attraction, with small numbers operating in Malacca, Penang, Kelantan and Terengganu.
Rickshaws (or rickshas) are a mode of human-powered transport: a runner draws a two-wheeled cart which seats one or two persons. The word rickshaw came from Asia where they were mainly used as means of transportation for the social elite.
Runner pulled rickshaws have mainly been replaced in Asia by bicycle rickshaws. They are also common in Western cities like New York City. In London they are known as pedicabs, and in San Diego they are called bike taxis. The term "rickshaw" is today commonly used for those vehicles as well, but this article deals exclusively with runner-pulled rickshaws.Source: Wikipedia