Nothing in our region can exceed Malaysia’s statement in the turn of the new millennium than the Petronas Twin Towers. The unveiling of the (then) tallest buildings in the world in 1998 is a screaming declaration that “Malaysia has arrived.”
Both towers soar a staggering 1,482.6 ft from ground level to the top of the spire. Both have 88 floors, with a combined total floor space of 4.25 million sq. ft. and 78 lifts. They also hold the record of the world’s deepest foundation at 120 meters. The Skyway, the 192 ft. long bridge connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors is the world’s highest 2-storey bridge. It can be really dizzying up there!
The Petronas Towers got its name from Malaysia’s national oil company, Petronas – the company who thought of this project. The building design was awarded to the Norwegian Dawid Mauno and was built by Italian architect Cesar Pelli. The Islamic inspired design made the Petronas Towers the most distinctive buildings in Southeast Asia and a token that Malaysia (SE Asia’s 3rd richest country) has joined the big league.
You wanna go up there? A tour up the Skybridge is FREE. It’s open between 9.00am – 5.00pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. It’s closed on a Monday unless it’s a public holiday. Tickets are issued on a first-come-first-serve basis so, be at the main lobby early (some tourists come before 7am!) Tickets has to be used within the day or it will be forfeited meaning, no advanced booking. The tour is guided so don’t try to be a smart ass.
A very useful tip. Just in case; bring tissues, a small plastic bag, air freshener or any citrus fruit (for smelling) -- the bridge can be shaky on windy days and I have seen tourists puking heaven and hell while on the bridge! *Eeeewww!*
How to get there. The KLCC Complex, where the towers are located, is easily reachable from any direction of Kuala Lumpur. If you are within the Golden Triangle -- Kuala Lumpur’s main business district (areas like Bukit Bintang, Jln P. Ramlee, Ampang Road, etc.), it’s just a few minutes walk --depending you are a turtle, a rabbit or a cheetah. If you are using the LRT Putra Line (not the Monorail), get off KLCC Station -- which is underground and directly connected to the building complex. We wouldn’t recommend a taxi cab if you don’t wanna be ripped off.