Langkawi Sky Bridge

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Langkawi Sky Bridge
Jambatan Udara Langkawi
Langkawi sky bridge.jpg
Carries Pedestrian
Crosses Gunung Mat Chinchang
Official name Langkawi Sky Bridge
Maintained by Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)
Characteristics
Design curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge
Total length 125 m
Width --
Longest span --
History
Constructed by Langkawi Development Authority (LADA)
Opened 2005

Langkawi Sky Bridge is a 125-metre (410 ft) curved pedestrian cable-stayed bridge in Malaysia, completed in 2005.[1] It is located 700 metres (2,300 ft) above sea level at the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang on Pulau Langkawi, an island in the Langkawi archipelago in Kedah.[2] The Langkawi Sky Bridge can be reached by first taking the Langkawi Cable Car to the top station but, while an inclinator that will bring visitors from the top station to the bridge is being built, a further 20-minute trek is necessary through a temporary mountain track to reach the bridge (as of April 2015).

The bridge was closed in July 2012 for maintenance and upgrading. The reopening was put off several times, but it was partially reopened in February 2015 and became fully accessible the following month.[3]

Design and construction[edit]

A view of the walkway

The bridge is 125 meters long, and 1.8 meters wide (but has a wider walkway in the middle section), with two steel railings as well as steel wire mesh on either sides. It is designed as a curved walkway to maximise the viewing experience, providing shifting perspective as a visitor walks along the bridge. It connects the peak of Gunung Mat Chinchang with a neighbouring peak, and has triangular viewing platforms on both ends of the walkway that serve as resting and viewing areas for tourists. The bridge is designed to carry a maximum capacity of 200 persons.[1]

The bridge is suspended by cables from a 82m high single pylon, and hangs at about 100m above ground. The bridged was pre-fabricated, and the entire bridge was then lifted to the top of the mountain by helicopter. when then fitted to its current position by the pylon.[1]

In July 2012, the bridge was closed for maintenance, upgrading and structural strengthening of the Sky Bridge. The whole structure would be of stainless steel, and when it is finished, it would have a 10m-long glass walkway in the middle span so that visitors may look down the valley from where they stand, and an inclinator that will bring visitors from the top station down to the bridge.[4]

Popular media[edit]

The last scene of Indian movie Don: The Chase Begins Again was filmed here.

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Langkawi Sky Bridge". Langkawi Insight. 
  2. ^ "Langkawi Sky Bridge". Google Sightseeing. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Parts of Langkawi Sky Bridge to reopen this month". The Star Online. February 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ Oh Chin Eng (2014-09-02). "Langkawi Sky Bridge to reopen in December". The Star Online. Retrieved 2015-01-15. 

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Coordinates: 6°23′11″N 99°39′45″E / 6.386442°N 99.662406°E / 6.386442; 99.662406