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The Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan (Malay: Menara Jam Condong Teluk Intan) is a clock and a leaning tower in Teluk Intan, Hilir Perak District, Perak, Malaysia. It is the Malaysian equivalent of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is 25 m (82 ft) and, from the outside, looks like an 8 storey building, though inside it is actually divided into 3 storeys.
|Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan|
Menara Condong Teluk Intan
|Type||Leaning tower, Clock tower|
|Town or city||Teluk Intan|
|Architectural||25 m (82 ft)|
|Floor count||8 (externally)|
The tower, also known as the Clock Tower, was built to store water during the dry season, in case of fire as well as to keep time.
It was built under contractor Leong Choon Chong in 1885 but was claimed by a Briton, Neol Danison, and then by the Japanese during their occupation of Malaysia in 1941 when they used it as a watch tower.
After independence in 1957, the tower became an official national monument.
The pagoda style structure was greatly influenced by Chinese architecture, because the majority of the population of the town at that time was Chinese. Each storey is 5 metres high and there are a total of 110 steps from the ground floor to the top of the tower.
The water tank, which is 5 metres high and 18.36 cubic metres deep, is on the third floor and is made of steel. The foundation is 13 metres in diameter and tapers to a diameter of 8.2 metres at the top of the tower.
The reasons why the tower leans is the soft ground on which it was built, as well as the weight of the water in the water tank, which causes it to lean towards the southwest.