Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. Let it be India, China, Thailand and Indonesia, Malaysia is mix of all these cultures and Kuala Lumpur is the key of support. The city of Kuala Lumpur is nowadays a famous spot for travelers to explore.
If you are planning a trip to Kuala Lumpur then get ready for a world of excitement, traditions, different cultures etc. Kuala Lumpur is also known as shopper’s paradise due to the famous malls and brands all over the place. It is also called food heaven due to different Malaysian cuisines offered there.
Apart from these things, the most fascinating are the skyscrapers tend to touch the skies and making you look upwards always. These tall buildings can be seen from a far distance and KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Center) is one of the places to experience the most of it.
The tallest and most magnificent of all the skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur is the PETRONAS Twin Tower. The 88 storey and 451.9 meters tall towers connected by a skywalk is a treat for a perfectionist and an admirer of art and skyscrapers. In the local language it’s known as ‘Menara Berkembar PETRONAS’.
They were the tallest towers in the world after its completion until 2004 when Taipei 101 ranging 509 metres was ready and took over the twin towers. Today the tallest building in the world is Burj Khalifa towering 830 metre to the tip. Still, PETRONAS Twin Tower is the tallest twin tower in the world.
The project started in 1990. The Malaysian government wanted the centre of the city of Kuala Lumpur to be redesigned and developed as there was enough land spared for constructions. The land was used by a club to organise weekly horse races.
The news went off and architects started submitting their proposals. Cesar Pelli was one of the architects who submitted the idea of twin towers and got it considered. After a lot of planning and redesigning about various factors in 1992, on 1st march 1993 the construction started and took 5 years to get completed.
It was completed in 1998 and the opening ceremony was held on August 31, 1999. It was declared the tallest building in the world. Along with this status, another status was added as it was built on world’s deepest foundation. As the land was full of underground caves and soft rocks, several concrete piles were bored 114 metres deep into ground to support the structure.
Key Attraction of PETRONAS Twin Tower
The towers are basically two buildings connected with a sky bridge. The first building is occupied by the PETRONAS, the state oil company along with their subsidiaries and associated companies. The second building is occupied by the multinational companies and complexes.
Some of the attractions in and around PETRONAS Twin Tower are:
1. Sky Bridge
The bridge which connects the two towers is 170 metres high from ground level and resides on 41st floor of the building. It is the highest bridge in the world and has different functions apart from being a connector between two towers and a place to visit for tourists.
The upper bridge on 42nd floor is used by the members and officials to travel between the towers while the lower side of bridge on 41st floor is for the visitors. The bridge holds and stabilizes the towers in case of strong winds and provides rigid support even in case of an earthquake.
If you’ve bought a ticket then you will be taken up to the bridge and around 15-20 people along with you will be allowed at once to explore the bridge for almost 15 minutes. This is a good gesture as more than required people will make the exploration hard and there will be a lot of congestion.
You can take pictures or just take the magnificent view of the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre). Experience the highest bridge and admire the skills used to build it. See the busy streets of the city, buildings around and the world moving.
2. Observation Deck
After the sightseeing from the tallest bridge, now is the time for the tallest point of the city for any visitor. This is included in the ticket and after the sky bridge, you will be taken on the 86th floor which is 360 metres above the ground. The view from that height of the beautiful city will just numb your body for a minute.
You would be able to see the whole city and other places as well. The highest point of the city offers such a view that will be printed in your mind forever.
Address: Lower Ground (Concourse) Level, PETRONAS Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: The observation deck and sky bridge is open throughout the week except Mondays. It is open from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm and closed from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm only on Fridays. Try to book tickets in the evening so that you can see the sunset and nigh lights glowing.
Tickets: There are only limited tickets for a day and are given in first come first serve basis. The counter opens at 8:30 am and the queue starts at around 8:00 am. So, be ready to reach the spot before 9:00 am in order to get your hands on the valuable tickets.
During peak seasons, the tickets queue starts from 6:30 am sometimes. So, always plan first for the tickets then for the tour.
Other methods of ticket registration are online tickets which cost a little extra but are reasonable as it skips the line. Also, there is an Airport Transfer service which costs a little more and takes you to the tour of the towers directly from the airport. It also drops you to the hotel.
Entry Fee: The entry fee is given below:
84.80 RM (Foreigners)
26.50 RM (Locals)
31.5 RM (Foreigners)
12.7 RM (Locals)
The fee is half for senior citizens over 55 years.
The ticket includes both the sky bridge and the observation deck tour.
3. Suria KLCC
Suria KLCC is a shopping mall constructed along with the twin towers. The mall is right in the middle of the towers and it is a reputed shopping centre with a lot of visitors every day. This six floored mall has over 400 shops and most of them are fashion and luxury brands.
The back side of the mall offers a view of the KLCC Park and lake. Also there is an open pool in between which gives the most amazing view in general while sunset. It is one of the famous malls in Kuala Lumpur. Many people just sit around the place to see sunset and the nigh light of the city.
There are many cafes, clubs, bars available inside to have a meal and a drink. Lots of exploration requires energy which comes from a delicious traditional cuisine.
Opening time: The opening time is from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.
Petrosains is a 7000sq metre science centre by the state oil company, PETRONAS. The Petrosains is a centre with a lot of exposure to petroleum science and also it expresses these techniques in a very interesting way.
It’s located on the fourth floor of the tower and there are many interesting explorations you can do there. It’s more of a museum with all the collection and information about the petroleum.
There is also a Dark Ride which has an oil drop shaped carrier which takes you to a journey of petroleum industry.
Address: Suria KLCC, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Time: It is open from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on weekdays (Monday to Friday) and from 9:30 to 6:30 on weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
Entry Fee: For adult its 28 RM, for children its 16.50 RM and for senior citizens its 14 RM. The rate is different for locals. Children below 2 years have free entry.
5. Aquaria KLCC
Aquaria KLCC is a 60,000sq foot aquarium with exotic sea creatures swinging all over the place. It has over 5000 species of aquatic and land bound creatures.
It is located on the ground level of Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The Kuala Lumpur convention centre is adjacent to the twin towers and just 5 minutes of walk from the Suria KLCC.
Address: Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Complex, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Opening Hours: It is open throughout the week from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Timings may differ on Sunday and Monday due to Malaysia Day.
Entry fee: The entry fee for an adult is 65 RM. For a child above 3 years it’s 56 RM and for a senior citizen, it’s 46 RM. The entry fee for locals differs a bit.
This was all about the PETRONAS Twin Tower. It is a must place to visit if visiting Kuala Lumpur. Just keep some things in mind about the timings, tickets and others to make your trip hassle free and peaceful. A never forgetting experience is what you should expect from this place.