Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan
The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan is located at the center of a square surrounded by fours roads in Teluk Intan, Perak. The tower is a bit slanted southwest. The tower was built in 1885 and was made of bricks and wood.
The initial purpose of the tower is to store water for the locals during dry season, in preparation for fire incident. Then, it is also used as a time keeper, hence the huge clock on top of the tower. It still works and chimes every 15 minutes. The water tank on the other hand is no longer used and empty.
The tower became an official national monument after Malaysia gained independence.There are two reasons why the tower started to lean, first is due to its soft soil foundation and another reason is the weight of the water inside the tank.
From the outside,the tower looks like an 8-storey Chinese pagoda. However, it is actually a 3 storey building. Its height is 25 meters. Each storey is 5 meters high and there are a total of 110 steps from the ground floor to the top of the tower. The steel water tank, which is located on the third floor, is 5 meters high and 18.36 cubic meters deep. The foundation of the tower is 13 meters in diameter and tapers to a diameter of 8.2 meters at the top. The pagoda style structure was greatly influenced by Chinese architecture.
Fun fact: The abbreviation for The Teluk Intan Leaning Tower is “TILT” which is exactly what it does.
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Tuesday – Friday: 8.00 a.m to 5.00 p.m
Weekend and Public Holidays: 9.00 a.m to 6.00 p.m
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The best location to view this tower is from the junction of Jalan Bandar and Jalan Ah Cheong, near the Hong Leong Bank. From here it’s lean looks more pronounced and the red column bases can be seen to be of noticeable different heights.
At night, the leaning tower shines brightly thanks to the lights installed on its exterior. Their colors, which consist of purple, orange, blue and green, changes every few minutes. This alone is enough to attract hundreds of visitors to throng the concourse beside the tower every night.
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