The twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is commonly known as the PETRONAS Twin Tower and obtained the identity of the world’s tallest building from 1998 to 2004. The most spectacular towers are the Kuala Lumpur landmark icon and millions of people visit the tower every year. The towers are also visible across the city and look blazing at the night sky. Visitors use the observation deck on the 41st floor to see the breathtaking Kuala Lumpur from the tower at different times of the day.
History of Petronas Twin Towers:
The PETRONAS Tower is the property of the national petroleum corporation of Malaysia which is broadly known as ‘Petroliam Nasional Bhd’ whcih was established in 1974 and runs business in 35 countries. Designed by an Argentine-American architect, the PETRONAS Twin Tower is unique in style and has become the icon cum landmark for Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The tower construction process began in 1992 and different tests and simulations were done to examine the durability of the building structure. It took a total of about seven years to build the gigantic structure. Excavation for the towers began in 1993 and about 500 trucks were used every night to remove the excavated soil loads. Material construction of the PETRONAS Twin Towers began in 1994 and was finished on 1996.
The then Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohammad officially inaugurated the towers on August of 1999. The tower buildings sit on soft rocks for a flexible balance and the foundations are the deepest on the earth. The foundation boring was completed by one year and consumed about 470,000 cubic feet reinforced concrete for a stronger base. The 88-floor tower’s structure is similar to a tube which is a common practice for building tallest structures. The tower also resembles the motifs of Islamic Arts in its structure.
Two construction agencies are assigned to complete the task – the first tower is made by a Japanese construction consortium and the second one is by a South Korean consortium. All the completed floors underwent extensive tests for maintaining proper safety and security. High strength and durable reinforced concrete has been used in the construction process of the towers as steel is costlier than concrete and finally it was encased with steel and glass.
Travel Guide information of Petronas Twin Towers:
One of the most spectacular buildings of the world the PETRONAS Twin Tower is located between Jalan Ampang and Jalan Raja Caulan. Visitors can hire taxis to reach there or also can walk to the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC) which is placed adjacent to the towers. Moreover, the towers are reachable through trains. Ride on the light rapid transit at the city and ride of at the KLCC station. Since this is the tallest structure in the entire city, you can easily get directions towards the tower by asking anyone you meet on your way.
Some Tips when you visit on Petronas Twin Towers:
It is the tallest structure. Those who are affected with acrophobia are discouraged to ride on the observation desk. The tower is opened six days in a week. Get your ticket before entrance. The ticket is sold on first come first served basis.
Culture & Customs of Petronas Twin Towers:
The 451.9 meters high PETRONAS Tower is opened for all to visit in exchange of a fee and offers a breathtaking view of Kuala Lumpur. The superstructure has also turned into an icon for Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia. The 88-storied structure is placed on a piece of land which is above 452 feet of the street level. Souvenir shops are available on the top floor to conclude your visit at the tower. Different attempts were made to scale the tower in bare hands and were successful after several failed attempts in 2009.
Transport/ Getting Around in Petronas Twin Towers:
The integrated train system makes the most convenient way to travel around the city centre in the Greater Kuala Lumpur.
- KTM (Seremban Line & Port Klang Line)Ride to KL Sentral then Switch to LRT Kelana Jaya Line and stop at KLCC Station.
- LRT (Ampang Line & Sri Petaling Line)Ride to Masjid Jamek then switch to LRT Kelana Jaya Line and stop at KLCC Station.
- MRT Sungai Buloh – Kajang LineFor a ride with MRT, you will first need to stop by at Pasar Seni station, and then switch for LRT Kelana Jaya Line. From there, you can proceed heading towards KLCC station.
- KL Monorail LineFor a ride using monorail, stop by at KL Sentral or Bukit Nanas and look out for LRT Kelana Jaya Line. Head towards KLCC station from there.
Taxis are a popular way of travelling in Malaysia. Always request the driver to switch on the fare meter before you begin your journey. The taxi driver can easily drop you off at Suria KLCC’s main entrance or directly to PETRONAS Twin Towers entrance.
- RapidKL City BusesB103: Titiwangsa Bus Station at Jalan Tun Razak → KLCC (stops at KLCC LRT Station)
B114: Maluri Bus Station at Jalan Cheras → Titiwangsa Bus Station at Jalan Tun Razak via KLCC (Stops in front of Suria KLCC)
- GOKL City Bus (Free Bus Service)Green Line : Bukit Bintang → KLCC
Purple Line: Arab Street Taxi (interchange) → KLCC
Infant (Below 3 years): FREE Admission (Non-MyKad) FREE Admission (MyKad)
Child (Age 3-12 years): RM33 (Non-MyKad) RM14 (MyKad)
Adult (Age 13-60 years): RM80 (Non-MyKad) RM28 (MyKad)
Senior Citizen (61 years and above): RM42 (Non-MyKad) RM14 (MyKad)
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 9.00am – 9.00pm
(Closed between 1.00pm – 2.30pm on Fridays)
Monday, Hari Raya Aidilfitri & Aidiladha Closed
Tuesday – Sunday 9.00am – 9.00pm (Last Admission: 8.30pm)
(Closed between 1.00 pm – 2.30 pm on Fridays)
Terms And Conditions:
1) Admission of children under aged 3 is FREE of charge.
2) Tickets sold are not refundable or transferable.
3) An adult MUST accompany children below 12 years of age.
4) All baggage and personal items MUST go through the Security Scanning Machine.
5) Eating, drinking, chewing gum and smoking are not allowed during the visit.
6) The management reserves the right to reschedule or cancel visits without prior notice.
7) The management reserves the right to refuse any entry to any visitor(s).
8) Visitors shall at all times, adhere to and obey:
• The signs and notices displayed in, on and/or around the premises;
• The rules and regulations of the PETRONAS Twin Towers Visit; and
• The instructions of the officers in the PETRONAS Twin Towers Visit Operations.
9) The management may remove any visitor who is behaving in an indecent, unruly or disruptive manner or pose any kind of danger or discomfort to other visitors.