THE Pahang government is committed to turning the Kuantan 188 Tower into a major attraction in the newly proclaimed city of Kuantan and Pahang in general.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the tower was one of the high impact projects implemented by the Federal Government through the Pahang East Coast Economic Region Development Council.
Upon its completion, the tower was handed over to the state government last year for operational purposes, he said.
“The design of this tower with a vertical and tapered profile like a spear tip, is symbolic of traditional Malay weapons as depicted on the state’s coat of arms.
“The porch of this tower is inspired by the leaves and flowers of the Teruntum tree, which is the original namesake of Kuantan City.
“This Teruntum tree is said to have been abundant in the past on the banks of the Kuantan River, ” said Wan Rosdy.
The Kuantan 188 Tower was recently inaugurated by Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah via a video broadcast.
Wan Rosdy said the tower offers a unique experience for visitors to enjoy a beautiful view of Kuantan city.
“Visitors can ride the glass elevator up to the observation floor at a height of about 92m to see a 360-degree view of the city.
“To add to its charm, a restaurant will be opened, and it will offer a panoramic view of the Kuantan River from a height of about 98m.
“In addition, visitors can also go to the open view level where fans of extreme sports will be able to try out activities such as skywalk, pole climbing and guided fall from a height of 104m.”
He said he was confident that such activities would be an attraction for local and foreign visitors.
The tower is also expected to have an overflow effect on other tourist attractions such as Taman Kerang Kuantan, Taman Esplanade Kuantan and Taman Zoo Mini Teruntum.
“Kuantan 188 is part of a series of developments that have been planned to further strengthen the Kuantan Waterfront, which is another major attraction in the city.
“This initiative is expected to further complement the efforts of the Kuantan City Council to revitalise the Kuantan Waterfront as well as the Kuantan River Cruise including its surrounding areas, ” he said.
To maximise the tourism potential of Kuantan City, Wan Rosdy said the government had instructed the Kuantan City Council to create a historical trail along the Kuantan Esplanade, which would showcase the state’s cultural heritage.