Seeing the Petronas Twin Towers is like seeing two superstars – it’s iconic, gorgeous, soaring, and the heart and soul of Kuala Lumpur! And just like the amazing Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Petronas Twin Towers of Malaysia have a different charm in the morning and at night. It had been named the Tallest Building in the world for six years from 1998 to 2004 before Taipei 101 in Taiwan took the title in 2004. But up until now, it remains the Tallest Twin Towers in the world. It features a double-decker skybridge walkway that links the towers, the highest 2-storey bridge in the world.
Ascending to a height of 452 meters, this mega structure is Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel; symbolizing Malaysia’s culture and technological advancement. The skybridges walkway connects the towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, about 170 meters above ground. I have learned that the skybridges are not attached to the main structure as they are designed to slide into and out of the towers to prevent the bridges from breaking as the towers sway some meters in towards and away from each other especially during high winds. Also, there’s an observation deck on the 86th floor where visitor’s can see the tower’s spire up close as well as a panoramic view of the entire city.
The 88-storey twin buildings of the Petronas Towers were designed by architect Cesar Pelli. I have learned that the government of Malaysia hired two different contractors to build each tower. As a result, the company who started over a month later actually finished first and one of the towers is a bit higher than the other.
The whole complex is surrounded by a scenic KLCC park of lush greenery. To me, this is the best place to view the towers. The dancing fountains are fascinating, and become particularly lovely at night with colored lights and music. While, inside the towers is Suria KLCC Mall, a huge and luxurious shopping mall with variety of shops and food mall.
We saw the Petronas Twin Towers both in the morning and at nighttime. The towers look stunningly beautiful in the morning and they look even more magical at night, especially when they sparkle in the tropical night air. It was really a different experience to see them with all the grand lights dazzling like a diamond.
I remember those moments when I just stared silently at the towers; and still I was at awe. It is certainly a must see when in Kuala Lumpur.
Trivia: There are 32,000 windows with UV and solar radiation steel in both Towers. It takes 2 months to clean them all.
Little Lilly travel tip:
- The towers are open to visitors between 9am to 9pm every Tuesday till Sunday. In other words, it is close every Mondays. There’s only a limited number of passes allocated per day.
- It is best to purchase a ticket online to avoid the long queue.