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.