An iconic attraction in Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur, the Petronas Twin Towers are often high on the list of things for travellers to see in the city. Built in the 1990s, the towers were officially opened in August 1999. Tower One is entirely occupied by Petronas, a major Malaysian energy company, and associate companies, whereas Tower Two has office space available for rent by other companies. There are several ways to enjoy the gleaming beauty of the Petronas Twin Towers:
Admire the architectural marvels from outside
Standing at 452 metres tall (1,483 feet), and with 88 floors, the soaring Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin-tower buildings in the world. They were also the world’s tallest buildings up until 2004. Whilst you might not appreciate the sheer height of the buildings when you stand directly in front of the main entrance, take a few steps backwards, look up, and you are sure to be blown away!
Visible from far and wide, there’s certainly no missing the recognisable structures! The eye-catching facade features lots of gleaming steel and glass, with designs typically found in Islamic art.
It is well-worth visiting both by day and by night to fully appreciate how stunning modern constructions can be. The towers rise impressively into the sunny skies by day, whereas by night the many pale lights create a striking effect in the semi-darkness.
Enjoy the impressive lobby and shop in the mall
The lobby area is somewhat futuristic in appearance, with shining steel columns, large glass windows, and linear patterns on the floor, again, rather like patterns that appear in Islamic art. Sleek and chic, it is definitely an area that looks like it means business!
Two MIG sports cars provide a focal point. They are not, as you may expect, on the floor though – they are mounted on an inner lattice, their rear wheels jutting out over people walking beneath them. They are a very fitting feature; not only is Petronas a major name in Formula One racing and motorsports in general, but the towers are also built on the site of Kuala Lumpur’s former racing track, albeit a track that was used for horse-racing.
At the bottom of the Petronas Twin Towers, you can enjoy a little (or a lot of!) retail therapy in the large Suria KLCC. A high-end mall, browse the extensive range of luxury and high street brands and perhaps treat yourself to a few special purchases. One of Malaysia’s biggest malls, you’ll also find places to eat and drink, a cool aquarium, an art gallery, and a concert hall. Eager to know more about the petroleum industry through the ages? Then check out Petrosains Science Centre.
Learn more at the interactive exhibitions
You can take an interesting educational journey through the construction of the Petronas Twin Towers, with details about the planning and design stages, the materials and methods used to build the incredible towers, safety features, and the rigorous tests that were carried out. See scale comparisons of the Petronas Twin Towers with some of the other gargantuan structures across the globe, and be impressed by ambitions for future developments within the city.
See the city at your feet
Ride the modern elevator to the Skybridge that connects the two towers, and spend some time soaking up the city views. Then ascend even higher to the observation deck on the 86th floor for even more sweeping vistas of Kuala Lumpur. Buildings that look tall from ground level appear rather small when viewed from such a lofty position, and cars and trucks look like vehicles from a child’s toy chest! The hustle and bustle of the busy streets seems so far removed from your towering vantage point and there is something quite magical from seeing the city from so high up.
Practical information for visiting the Petronas Twin Towers
There is a limit on the number of people who are allowed to visit the towers at any given time, and you must buy your tickets in advance. Tickets are allocated for set time periods throughout the day. You can book your tickets at the ticketing counter within the complex, or alternatively you can also reserve your tickets online. Online sales are only possible if you buy your tickets more than 24 hours before your visit, and up to a maximum of four weeks before your trip.
The regular price for non-Malaysian adults is 84.80 MYR (approximately 20.80 USD) and 31.80 MYR (approximately 7.80 USD) for children.
Strict security measures are in place for visitors, and lockers are provided where you must leave large bags, pushchairs, umbrellas, and so on.
Arrange your trip to the Petronas Twin Towers and have a memorable time at one of Malaysia’s most famous attractions.
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