Many of the world’s largest cities have a famous icon. Singapore is well known for its Merlion, London for its Big Ben, New York for its Statue of Liberty, and Sydney for its Opera House. Similarly, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, you’ll find the iconic Petronas Twin Towers, which is one of the tallest buildings on earth. If you’re coming to Kuala Lumpur as a tourist or for other purposes, you certainly won’t want to miss visiting this city’s icon, as this is surely what the city is most famous for.
Petronas, the world’s tallest twin towers
Since Petronas Twin Towers was founded in 1998, many other tall buildings have been built around the world such as Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan and Burj Dubai in Dubai, UAE. Nevertheless, Petronas Twin Towers remains the tallest twin towers in the world. Each building is 452 meters (1,482.94 feet) above street level and by taking the tour, you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur from the sky bridge and Tower 2’s 86th floor.
It all starts from Suria KLCC Mall
How do you get inside these skyscrapers? Well, you are fortunate to have found this article! Tell your taxi driver that you are going to Petronas Twin Towers, but instead of dropping you at the entrance of the Twin Towers, he should drive you to Suria KLCC Mall. Unless the taxi driver tells you exactly where the entrance to Petronas is, you will be left wandering until someone tells you that the Tower’s entrance is inside the mall! Yes, it all starts from this mall.
Take your time
The twin towers are located right above Suria KLCC Mall, Kuala Lumpur’s most luxurious mall, where you can find many kinds of eateries, as well as local and international brands. Isn’t this a good way to enter the towers?
The tower tour is available from 8 am to 8 pm, so no need to rush and you’ll still have plenty of time to stop somewhere to eat and drink, especially if you come during regular lunch or dinner hours.
My family and I are ice cream lovers, so we went to our favorite ice cream shop, Haagen Dazs (it’s an international brand, you may have it in the city you live in), after having our lunch at KFC.
How to enter the tower from the mall
You need to go to the ground floor to get to the tower’s entrance. Simply follow the signs or go to one of the help desks located at every corner of the mall to ask for directions. When you arrive, you need to go downstairs (they have a special escalator taking visitors to the lower ground level) to buy your tickets (it costs 85 MYR / 21.33 USD for adults and 35 MYR / 8.78 USD for children) and pick your tour schedule. The tour is available every 15 minutes, so you can conveniently choose your preferred time during the day. If you choose the immediate schedule, like we did (it was 5 pm and we chose a tour for 5.15 pm), go back up to the ground floor for the entrance.
Upon entering the elevator, you will be greeted by a woman (a hologram figure created by a projector) who will talk about the history of the tower as well as give a brief explanation of the tower tour, such as how many stops the elevator will make and where to buy souvenirs.
There are no windows inside the elevator; however, there are 2 big screens inside the elevator (on the right and left walls) and you can see the real outdoor views from watching the screens while the elevator moves.
The sky bridge is on the 41st floor
The twin towers consist of Tower 1 and Tower 2. You will only explore Tower 2 in an elevator, which will bring you to the sky bridge on the 41st floor, before taking you further up to the final destination, the observation deck, located on the 86th floor.
The sky bridge is 58.4 meters (191.60 feet) long and it lies 170 meters (557.74 feet) above the ground. Don’t waste any time and take as many pictures as you can because you only have about 10 minutes to spend here. If you can see other big buildings and almost the entire city from many directions from here, can you imagine what kind of beauty awaits you at the 2nd stop on the 86th floor?
The observation deck is on the 86th floor
Welcome to the observation deck at Petronas Tower 2’s 86th floor. The building itself has 88 floors in total, but you can only go to the 86th floor. From here, you can see a gorgeous view of Kuala Lumpur City from the height of 360 meters (1,181.10 feet) tall. Different from your view on the sky bridge, here on the 86th floor, all other buildings look smaller as you are at the highest point of the city. The only exception is the Kuala Lumpur Tower, which is is 420 m (1,377.95 feet) tall.
More to do on the 86th floor
In the middle of the 86th floor you will find a replica of Petronas Towers and a telescope, which you and other tourists can use. From the telescope, you can clearly see the pedestrians and cars on the street, 360 meters (1,181.10 feet) below! Before your journey back to the bottom floor (lower ground level), you will be brought to a dark alley with pictures of the world’s tallest towers and their height.
Bring your candid photos home
As you get to the bottom floor, you will exit through a gift shop selling many kinds of souvenirs such as T-shirts, caps, key chains, etc. There will be someone selling a package of souvenirs (for 130 MYR / 32.62 USD) containing a photograph and 2 refrigerator magnets, each with a picture of you that was taken while inside the building (I don’t remember where the shots were taken, but I think it was taken on the 86th floor, right after we exited the elevator), with different backgrounds of the Petronas Twin Towers, as well as a certificate of achievement stating that you have visited Petronas Twin Towers and have been up to Tower 2’s 86th floor. If you decide to buy the package, in addition to all of those souvenirs, you will also receive the digital photographs. They will direct you to a big computer (it looks like an ATM machine), where you need to type in your email address before your photos are sent electronically to your email.
All staff are very helpful and friendly. They are willing to help in any way they can to make your tour an enjoyable one. Do not hesitate to bring someone in a wheelchair, as there are 2 big elevators and you may go to the other elevator if the first elevator is too full. They even give a 50% discount for children with a disability, so the price is only 17 MYR, or 4.27 USD, for the tour. So, are you in Kuala Lumpur or planning to visit? Don’t leave the city before visiting the world famous Petronas Twin Towers!
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