The PETRONAS Towers are the icon of Malaysia and a symbol of economic power that most countries in South East Asia can only dream of!
On my way to Langkawi recently, I had a small stopover in Kuala Lumpur. I stayed for just one night, but it was still enough to finally visit the PETRONAS Towers, a skyscraper I had been meaning to visit for a long time, but for one reason or another never got round to it.
The PETRONAS Towers were the tallest buildings in the world for six years, until Taipei 101 was completed in 2004. On the top of each tower is a pinnacle standing 241ft tall. While the pinnacles may seem to be an aesthetic feature of the towers to enhance their presence and height, they also play function to aircraft warning lights and are an essential element to the overall Islamic minaret design that the towers embody. The interiors of the towers highlight the Malaysian cultural inspiration to the design through traditional aspects such as fabric and carvings typical of the culture, specifically evident in the foyer of the entrance halls in the towers.
Tower One is fully occupied by PETRONAS and its subsidiaries, while the office space in Tower Two is mostly available for lease to other companies, including Huawei Technologies, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg, Boeing, IBM, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Microsoft, and Reuters.
For tourists, the PETRONAS Towers are amazing to look at, but if you can afford it, then the trip up the observation deck and/or Skybridge provide a great opportunity to look down over the Malaysian capital. On previous visits to KL, I was only able to visit the KL Menara Tower, and although the views from up there are still good, they don’t compare to the whole experience you get when you visit PETRONAS Towers in the KLCC area. PETRONAS Towers are much more expensive than KL Menara Tower, but overall I would say that the experience is worth it.
The Skybridge is 170m above the ground and appears about half way up the Two Towers as you look at the structure. The observation deck, however, is much higher up, on level 86. Both experiences are offered with the purchase of the ticket, but there are usually a lot of crowds on the skybridge and it is not guaranteed that you will be able to get good views out of the windows. Security guards usher you along quite quickly along the skybridge so you cannot loiter forever.
Tickets for the PETRONAS Towers are not currently available to purchase online, but are available from the concourse level ticket office from 08.30hrs for 6 days a week (not open Mondays). The entrance to the skybridge and observation deck begins at 09.00hrs and last admission is at 21.00hrs. Admission price for the PETRONAS Towers in 2015 is RM84.80 for adults and RM31.80 for kids. These tickets are offered on a first come, first serve basis (although advance purchasing is available).
I have been fortunate enough to stay in the KLCC area of Kuala Lumpur on both occasions I have been here, and the views from nearby hotels looking back towards the PETRONAS Towers are amazing, especially at night. I think a daytime visit to the skybridge is best, and concentrate on external shots of the towers only during the night, as they are lit like a coronel of glittering silver and gold. No wonders Malaysians are so proud of their teetering Two Towers!