Standing in the middle of the Malacca city, Menara Taming Sari (Taming Sari Tower) is the first of its kind in Malaysia with a revolving observation cabin of a 360-degree view of the entire historical city.
During my recent visit to Malacca, we decided to give this tower a ride on the 2nd day.
Even though the tower look neither sophisticated nor appealing, the fact that it has a rotating observation platform is an attraction point.
The whole tower is 110 meters tall but the viewing deck can only reach as high as 80 meters for the visitors to experience a 360° panoramic view of Malacca, also known as an UNESCO World Heritage City.
The Menara Taming Sari ticket price rate is quite reasonable…
But if you happen to be a Malaysian, you get a discounted rate of 50% with your MyKad identity card.
Which means a Malaysian adult like myself would only pay RM10 for a ride, whereas a Malaysian child is at RM5.
Once the tickets are bought, we proceed to the waiting area.
Since it was a public holiday, the queue was unavoidable. Nevertheless, each viewing session can accommodate 66 people and takes only 7 minutes. Therefore, the wait wasn’t long.
At the same time, there is a stall that provide binocular rental service…
They have different types of binoculars for rent, from as cheap as RM3, but I don’t think it’s necessary unless you’re gonna stalk on sexy ladies on the ground below.
Actually the naked eye view of the Malacca city is good enough.
After waiting about 20 minutes, it was finally our turn. Once all the seats are taken up, the cabin is ready for take off.
With the seats situated along the perimeter, everyone will enjoy the same view as each other.
After the doors are closed, the cabin is lifted from the ground and starts to rotate instantly.
Those wheels are the mechanism that coordinate the rotation of the observation deck. Oh by the way, it’s made with Swiss technology.
Well, in no time, the viewing platform is already meters above the ground. So it’s time to either sit back and enjoy the panoramic view, or… take photos like there’s no tomorrow.
Guess what I did? Yeah, obviously a kiasu blogger like me will hold my bigass camera and snap photos.
From meters above, cars parked along Jalan Merdeka look like miniatures.
Well-developed buildings and roads surround the estuary of the historical Malacca River.
The Samudera Maritime Museum, a replica structure of a Portuguese ship that houses the maritime exhibitions and artifacts.
Jalan Merdeka, the busy tourist hub with shopping centers such as Dataran Pahlawan Megamall and Mahkota Parade.
That’s a handsome dude from Germany, who allowed me to take a photo of him with the Jalan Merdeka view. He volunteered, just so you know.
Another section of the panoramic view.
Anyway, the 7 minutes ride ended pretty quick. It takes about 3 minutes to ascend to the top and another 3 minutes to descend.
Throughout the whole ride, a pre-recorded narration is played but I think the view is more fascinating than listening to it.
Personally, I felt that the day view is just OK, nothing much spectacular and breathtaking. Perhaps the night view would have be better. So I’ll opt for the night ride next time, since it operates until 10pm (according to the brochure).
Before I end this virtual tour of Menara Taming Sari, the German dude has a message to all Malaysians…
Menara Taming Sari
Jalan Merdeka, Bandar Hilir, Melaka
Business Hours: Daily 1000-2200
GPS Coordinates: 2.1908, 102.2472