Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur
The Petronas Twin Towers are a symbol of Malaysia’s progression into the 21st century and a testament to the marvels of modern engineering. The dual towers stand proud in the landscape of the central city and rise 452 metres from ground level to the tips of their unique spires. They contain 88 floors and are linked by a twin level Skybridge at the 42nd level.
Excavations to a depth of 30 metres at the redundant Selangor horseracing track began in 2003. Supporting posts up to 114 metres in length were embedded to ensure structural stability. The towers were officially inaugurated in 1999 and remained the highest structures in the world until 2004.
There are two observation decks to see during the Petronas Twin Towers tours. The first is on the lower level of the Skybridge and the second is on the 86th floor. The views from either of the observation points are sublime. From the upper level it’s possible to see the Malacca Strait and the Genting Highlands on a clear day.
Both viewpoints give panoramic vistas of the skyline of the capital and nearer landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Tower, while creating the illusion of standing on top of the world. Tours of Petronas Twin Towers in the evening provide stunning views of the city’s neon and twinkling lights and also the chance of seeing KLCC Park light shows in full colour.
Visitors allowed to take tower tours are restricted to 1,000 a day. Demand for tickets is high. It’s best to book the local tours in advance online to ensure you get a time that best fits your itinerary. Children’s tickets are cheaper wherein families say the amazing views and the accompanying cries of wonder are more than worth the cost.
The Petronas gift shop is a tour stopand stocks a nice range of logoed pewterware, tower models, bookmarks, mugs and cuddly toys. A stroll around the nicely laid out KLCC Park is bucolic after the scintillating delights of tower tours. Suria KLCC is a part of the complex and home to chic brand name outlets like Armani and Cartier plus electrical, clothing, and lifestyle products stores.
Petrosains, The Discovery Centre is an interactive educational facility on one of the towers’ lower levels. The Geotime Diorama, the Dark Ride, and the Space gallery are among the fascinating attractions. Aquaria KLCC is packed with 5,000 marine exhibits and highlights include feeding shows, the Amazon Flooded Forest, and the Coral Walk.
Petronas Twin Towers is open between 09:00 and 21:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. It also shuts from 13:00 to 14:30 every Friday. Suria KLCC Station is a stop for RapidKL trains on the Kelana Jaya Line.