Pride of Malaysia
Petronas Towers, the tallest twin towers in the world, are the most
recognisable feature of Malaysia. An achievement of stupendous proportions,
they are undoubtedly one of the wonders of Asia.
Why to Visit
||Kuala Lumpur (capital)
||Tallest twin towers in the world
|Best Time To Visit
||Anytime in year
|Best Moment To Visit
||Late evening or night
- Sprawling, glistening views of the city from the Sky bridge.
- Sight of a shimmering, mesmerising skyscraper is astounding.
- Dream destination of shopaholics.
- Haven of culinary delights.
Fine Points of The Petronas Towers
Under The Shadow
- Centre of corporate KL (Kuala Lumpur).
- House of Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.
- House of Petronas Gallery of Art.
- Below the twin towers is Suria KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre), a
popular shopping mall.
- Lies in vicinity of a projected high-tech business zone, the Malaysia
are the jewels within the precincts of the Twin Towers.
A unique suspended bridge, which connects the two towers on the 41st and
42nd floors, provides mesmerising views of the sprawling city. The foremost
attraction of the Twin Towers, it is also called podium, since visitors
desiring to go to higher levels have to change elevators here.
Visitors have to obtain passes (limited) which are free, but are served on
first-come, first-served basis.
Soothing greenery and water games provide striking contrast to the concrete
towers. Known for its unique concept, the park provides fountain pool with
an incorporated light show, children's playground, wading pool, patterned
footpaths, and jogging track which are set among selected native trees and
Suria KLCC Shopping Centre
Fanciful rollicking KLCC shopping centre sits on the base of the Twin
Towers. It hosts expensive fashion boutiques, health care stores, bookshops,
computer shops, jewellers, cinema, a concert hall and an art gallery. Lovers
of brand shopping can find it very useful, for the prices are much lower
than western countries.
To satisfy your taste buds, nice eateries are always ready. Scrumptious
Asian and Western food is available at the food courts on the second and on
the fourth floor. Upmarket restaurants serve the food-lovers on level four
while cafes and bakeries provide culinary delight to the visitors throughout
the shopping centre and the ground floor.
Making of the Tower
Construction of the Petronas Twin Towers commenced in 1991, on the site of
a racetrack The depth of the bedrock compelled the builders to dig deep,
sometimes to 120 metres. Over 500 truck-loads moved the excavated earth
every night. Then, through a period of 54 hours, 13,200 cubic metres of
concrete was poured for each tower.
A 21-metre high retaining wall was raised from the base, which had a
perimeter length of more than 1 kilometre. Construction of the
superstructure was started in 1994. The towers took final shape in 1996.
Interestingly, two separate construction companies were given the contract
for each tower. Construction work was undertaken primarily at night and
finishing work was accomplished during the day.
The making of the Petronas Towers was part of a large burst of construction
that marked the country's 1990s economic boom. The objective of the mammoth
project was to provide the capital with an efficient and modern centre for
urban activity, trade and commerce.
- Height of each tower is 452 metres above street level.
- Number of storeys is 88.
- 83,500 sq. m. of steel cladding.
- 77,000 square metres of vision glass.
- 160,000 cubic metres of concrete.
- 29 double-decker high speed passenger lifts in each tower.
- 170 metres is the height of Skybridge.
Cesar Antonio Pelli (Architect of Petronas Towers)
'I tried to express what I thought were the essences of Malaysia, its
richness in culture and its extraordinary vision for the future. The
building is rooted in tradition and about Malaysia's aspiration and
Tun Mahathir Mohamad (Prime Minister of Malaysia, 1999)
As an internationally recognised landmark, the Petronas Twin Towers are a
national pride to the people of Malaysia.
How To Reach
- Reach early to get the ticket of the skybridge.
- Take your photos in haste, for they don't let you stand on the
skybridge for long.
Airport is at 50 minutes drive from the Twin
Towers. You can take taxis and cabs for the Towers.
Local Rail Transit or LRT Station is
just 150 metres away. Local bus stops are also close by.
You can avail of this state-of-the-art local