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A visit to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is not complete without seeing the iconic piece of architecture the Petronas Twin Towers. Many visualize it as two people standing beside each other holding hands while I see it as two silver rockets soaring to a height of 451.9 meters ready to take off haha. So much for my futuristic imagination eh? But like any other tourists I wanted to see just how amazing they actually were up close and at different times of the day.
The Petronas Twin Towers were designed with Islamic art foundations that reflect Malaysia’s official and main religion. The tower was opened to the public in 1998 and was named the world’s tallest skyscraper till 2004. Since then, there has been a number of buildings that have surpassed it on the list like the Taipei 101 tower. But it does not change the fact that the twin towers is one of the most amazing buildings to see in Asia.
Tower One is occupied by Petronas, a Malaysian-owned oil and gas company and Tower Two is leased to other companies. The towers consist of 88 levels and feature an extraordinary sky bridge connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors. The bridge is not rigidly attached to either of the towers, it just ‘hangs’ between them. It was remarkably designed that way to prevent it from breaking during strong winds. Clever isn’t it?
The ticket office for the Twin Towers opens at 8:30 AM and provides only 800 tickets per day – on a first come first serve basis. The towers are so popular among tourists that you have to arrive as early as 6:30 AM to get a spot before they sell out. If you arrive after 9 AM, don’t bother to queue because the tickets would have been snapped up. During my first and second trip to Kuala Lumpur, I opted to skip the tour because I didn’t want to get in line that early.
Later on, I found out that you can actually purchase tickets online. So, if you want to save yourself from queuing you can opt to reserve and buy your ticket online for 80RM (roughly around 25 USD) at least 48 hours in advance. When I booked online I was able to choose a specific time I wanted to visit – I chose the 10:30AM slot. Then, just pick up the ticket from the Concourse Level 30 minutes before the allocated time.
The waiting area was equipped with a scale model of the Towers, a few graphics on the wall and TV screens detailing the story behind the architectural design. A perfect way to pass the time while waiting.
Exactly 10:30 AM, we were called to queue in front of the automatic entrances that open with a scan of the codes printed on the tickets. Since only a limited number of tickets are issued for each 15-minute time segment it doesn’t get crowded. We were given safety introductions and building overview using an advanced 3D presenter which turns into an awesome animated light show during the orientation. Afterward, we were introduced to our guides and we’re reminded to always follow building regulations. The elevator shoots up like rockets and the walls instantly changed to monitor panels that simulate the outside world.
Voila, in less than one minute we were on the 41st floor! The sky bridge is approximately 170 meters above the ground and provides a unique bird’s eye view of the city below. The cars on the streets appeared like toys and the surrounding structures looked smaller. We were allowed fifteen minutes to walk around, take photos, and marvel at the fact that we were suspended between the two towers.
After 15 minutes the guide boarded us on the high-speed elevator that ascended to the 88th-floor observatory of the eastern tower. We were given twenty minutes to roam around and take photos. The observation deck was more informative than the sky bridge, and the scenery was completely spectacular. The building’s unique star shape provides plenty of nooks and crevices to find a private spot to take in the view of Kuala Lumpur and the hills in the distance. While the majority of the tourists were busy taking photos, I just let myself be absorbed by the moment – It was a gorgeous view!
After satisfying myself with the view of the city from the observation deck, I rushed outside to get a better photo of the twins. I waited for a while to watch the towers progressively lights up as the sun started to set. The gleaming repetition of angle and curves that shimmer in the afternoon sun were fascinating.
Later, I went back inside the Petronas Towers to check out the stores. The base of the tower houses a famous shopping mall called the KLCC Suria. A huge mall where you can find some mid-range to luxury brands of clothing, accessories, and some famous restaurants in the city.
The prices were comparable in the Philippines, almost the same actually. So I didn’t find the urge to shop! But just the same, I went around stores and talked to some Filipino vendors. One even taught me how to say thank you in Bahasa Malaysia – At first, I was mumbling “tengira kasih” because I didn’t know how to pronounce it. I eventually got it right after trying several times haha 🙂 I know practice makes perfect!
Felt my stomach crumbles after taking snapshots of those luscious desserts and eye- candy foodie! A sign that shouldn’t be ignored hehe! Anyway, if you are feeling hungry, there are two food court inside the mall, which offers a more upmarket version of the hawker-style food courts, but even then, the prices are still cheap. I tried the local staple nasi lemak – coconut rice with fried chicken, boiled egg, cucumber, sambal spicy sauce, peanuts and crispy fried anchovies and glass of Tea Tarik. Yum, totally satisfying!
Overall, I had fun. The Towers are architecturally stunning and I do recommend an up close visit, especially at night!
- Open: Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Monday)
- Opening hours: 9am – 9pm
- Opening hours reception for tickets: 8.30am – 6pm
- Costs: RM80 for adult and RM30 for Children
- Tickets are limited and issued on first come, first serve basis. Advance purchase is available.
- Official website:http://www.petronastwintowers.com.my
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