During our visit to Malaysia back in 2022 there were several attractions in our itinerary that we wanted to cover during our visit to Malaysia. So world's tallest twin skyscraper, the Petronas twin tower was one of them. The Petronas Twin Towers are the iconic landmark of Kuala Lumpur city and Malaysia. In fact, no visitor would miss visiting the Petronas Twin Towers if they were in Kuala Lumpur.
Here are some facts about Petronas Twin Towers. The following facts are taken from these websites (https://www.malaysiavisa.ae/blog/facts-on-petronas-twin-towers-malaysia/, https://www.petronastwintowers.com.my/the-stories/)
- The Petronas Twin Towers is the tallest structure in Kuala Lumpur. It was the tallest building in the world till 2004, but then Taipei 101 in Taiwan surpassed it in this record. The Petronas Twin Towers are the tallest twin skyscrapers in the world.
- The site planning for PETRONAS Twin Towers began in January 1992, led by distinguished architect Cesar Pelli along with Deejay Cerico, J.C. Guinto, and Dominic Saibo. Excavators began digging down 30 meters below the site's surface on March 1993. The work required moving over 500 truckloads of the earth every night.
- Following that was the single, largest, and longest concrete pour ever in Malaysian history; approx. 13,200 cubic meters of concrete was continuously poured per tower through a period of 54 hours. This record-breaking slab with 104 piles of concrete layers forms the very foundation for the twin towers we see today.
- From this floor rose a 21-meter-high retaining wall, with a perimeter length of over one kilometer. This concrete shell and the basement area it encloses require two years and up to 40 workers on site all day and night.
- The construction of the superstructure commenced in April 1994 after passing multiple rigorous tests and simulations of wind and structural loads on the design. Finally, in June 1996, PETRONAS Twin Towers was completed with its encasing in steel and glass.
So when planning our Malaysian tour we made sure to add Petronas Twin Towers to it.
Before visiting the twin towers obviously, you need to purchase a ticket. There are different ways that you can do so.
- Purchase from the counter on the day of the visit - This is not recommended to do because the number of tickets issued for a day is limited and almost all of them get sold out quickly. If you check the official website you will notice that tickets for future dates are sold out for like coming weeks or months. So it's very rare that you would get a ticket from the counter.
- Book through the official website - We used this method when we were checking the website tickets were sold out for most of the days during our travel period. But luckily there was one day when we found a good time slot.
- Book through Klook - Depending on several factors you may be able to get some promotional discounts and will be able to secure a ticket for a less rate than the official website price.
- Book through GetYourGuide - Depending on several factors you may be able to get some promotional discounts and will be able to secure a ticket for a less rate than the official website price.
There are multiple timeslots for a day that the reservations are made. Once the capacity reaches a timeslot that time slot becomes unavailable for further bookings. So when making the reservation select the timeslot that you are planning to visit and there are special timeslots like sunset and night where you would be able to see spectacular views.
The time slot that we booked was 5.15 PM. We were able to arrive at the Petronas twin tower ground floor around 5.10 PM. On the ground floor, there was a queue for the 5.15 PM timeslot and each one in the queue was given a sticker it was stuck to our t-shirts. It was a color-coded one and it was used to identify different travel groups in different time slots.
Also on the ground floor, there was an official photographer who took photos of everyone. They said that we can collect those photos when we finish our tour.
After that, we were taken into an elevator and we were taken to the sky bridge. The sky bridge is located on the 41st and 42nd floors. We were given around 10 minutes to walk through the sky bridge and to take photos and videos as we prefer. When we arrived at the sky bridge there was another group who were finishing their time on the sky bridge. The views from the sky bridge were stunning we could see the whole surrounding up from here.
After that, it was time to go to the 86th floor where the observation deck is located. In the observation deck, we could see a 360-degree view of the surrounding. The observation deck contained so much information about the Petronas Twin Tower. There also we were given around 10-15 minutes to spend. After that, it was time for us to finish the tour. So we were taken down again to the ground floor after that. Even though the time spent at the Twin tower was around 20-30 minutes that time and money were worth it.
On the ground floor, there was a souvenir shop where we could buy different types of souvenirs about Malaysia as we, especially Petronas Twin Towers. Also, the photos that were taken at the entrance were printed and were available to be collected there. They had put nice backgrounds for those photos and those looked amazing.
There are a couple of malls located outside of the twin towers Suria KLCC Mall is one of them. Also, there is a little park as well in front of the Suria Mall. Once we came out of the twin towers we spent some time there in and outside of the mall because we wanted to see the night view of the Twin Towers and we waited till they put on the lights. We can't exactly remember the time but around 6-7 Pm they put on the lights and the view was amazing.
Many people were outside the tower to take pictures of the tower as well as to take pictures of them with the tower in the background. So we also rushed in there and took a couple of photographs. There are several things to keep in mind while being there. Keep all your bags with you never leave them anywhere. Or at least keep them where you see them. there might be thieves around. Also, there are people with cameras as well as wide-angle lenses who come to us and take our photographs with nice backgrounds and they ask for a big amount of money if we need them better to be aware of that kind of scams as well.
After spending some time in front of the Twin Tower we then headed to the Suria Mall. There is a musical fountain in front of the Suria Mall. We wanted to see that as well and waited till it starts. Two musical fountains display over 150 unique programmed animations in a magical performance of sound and water. KLCC Lake Symphony Light and Sound Water Fountain showtimes are 8 pm, 9 pm, and 10 pm daily. However, KLCC Lake Symphony Water Fountain showtimes (Light only) are 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm, and 9:30 pm daily. It was a breathtaking show that we could not take our eyes off.
After the lake symphony, it was time for us to get back into the hotel and call it a day. So we headed to the metro station nearby to catch out train.Booking.com
So all in all it was a really good visit that we had at Petronas twin towers and the money and the time spent there was worth it and we collected a lot of memories there about our Malaysian tour.Booking.com