Petronas Twin Towers is the place that many tourists want to visit when travelling Kuala Lumpur. Besides being the symbol of Malaysia, the towers also provide the best view of Kuala Lumpur. Petronas Twin Towers are 452 meters high, composed of 88 floors, inaugurated in 1998, were the tallest buildings in the world before 2013. In July 2018, they were surpassed by Vietnam’s Landmark 81 building, which is 461,2 meters high. So, what’s hot in Petronas Twin Towers KL (Kuala Lumpur Petronas Twin Towers), the symbol of Kuala Lumpur in particular and Malaysia in general? Let’s check out our Petronas Twin Towers KL guide on how to get to Petronas Twin Towers and what to do at Petronas Twin Towers and things to do in Petronas Twin Towers to find out the answer!
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Petronas Twin Towers of Kuala Lumpur
The 88-storey buildings were built using reinforced concrete, the facade consists of steel and glass designed to resemble patterns found in Islamic arts. César Pelli – an Argentinian architect – created the symbol of the 21st century in Kuala Lumpur by an exceptional postmodern style. To this day, although they don’t keep the highest-building title anymore, I still think Petronas Twin Towers are magnificent, modern, spectacular with the never-old-fashioned architecture.
Keep reading, Bill is giving away interesting facts. The twin towers were not constructed by a single building contractor since each tower was estimated to be completed in 6 years. Hence, the client split construction into 2: the west tower was built by Japanese cooperation, while Korean cooperation was responsible for the east tower.
The Korean side – by Samsung – finished earlier, and that could be the reason why the connecting part between two towers, named Sky Bridge, was also constructed by this cooperation. Below the towers is Suria KLCC shopping mall, nearby is KLCC Park – where the musical fountain performs. In 2005, they opened the Aquaria KLCC aquarium beneath the twin towers, a fascinating addition to the already diverse recreational system of Petronas Twin Towers.
What to do at Petronas Twin Towers? Visitor tickets to Petronas Towers
Visitors have free entrance to the ground floor and surrounding areas. Therefore, when I say buying tickets, I actually mean the tickets to Observation Deck on the 86th floor of the building.
Tickets to Petronas Tower are sold hourly, only a specific number of tickets are sold every hour. Therefore, I absolutely do not recommend buying tickets at the spot because there is high possibility that you won’t make it, so you have to buy tickets for the following day, or even worse, there is none left to buy at all. To prevent all of those unwanted scenarios, you should plan your visit to the twin towers in advance of the journey while in Vietnam, then book the tickets online. These are the ticket types I suggest, every destination is mentioned in this article:
- Visitor ticket to Petronas (delivered to hotel): The hotel delivery is actually not necessary since after buying online, the website usually sends a voucher to your email that can be used as a ticket, you just need to tap at the entry. The price for this service is 23 USD/person. Link to book tickets: Skip-The-Line PETRONAS Twin Towers Admission Ticket With Hotel Delivery.
- Visitor ticket to Petronas + One-way cab: A car will pick you up from your hotel in Kuala Lumpur to Petronas Twin Towers. The price is around 26 USD/person. Link to book tickets: Skip-The-Line PETRONAS Twin Towers Admission + One Way Transfer.
- Visitor ticket to Petronas & Aquaria KLCC combo: This combo does not include transportation service, you have to get there by yourself. The price of this combo is around 31 USD/person in total. If you only want to purchase the ticket to Aquarium KLCC (Aquaria KLCC Ticket in Kuala Lumpur (QR Code Direct Entry)), it is 11.25 USD/person.
Kuala Lumpur Petronas Twin Towers opening hours
This information is very important because it affects your schedule. However, if you buy Petronas Tower tickets using links I shared above, you can see that only during opening hours can you actually finish your purchase. Otherwise, take notes of these opening hours of Petronas Tower:
The building closes on Mondays and between 13:00 – 14:30 every Friday. The opening hours are from 9:00 to 21:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. Visiting time is limited to 60 minutes, and visitors have to follow the tour guide instructions the whole time.
What to do at Petronas Twin Towers? The Sky Bridge
This is the fascinating feature of the building: two towers are connected by the Sky Bridge – it is 170 meters above the ground and 158 meters long, placed on 41st and 42nd floors. The design is highly convenient for workers in the building, they can easily move from one tower to another without going downstairs to the ground floor.
On the other hand, Sky Bridge also works as an emergency escape if any problem occurs in one of the two towers. Standing on this bridge, visitors can watch the whole view of Kuala Lumpur. To ensure safety, only 15 to 20 people are allowed to stay on the bridge at once.
When you buy visitor tickets to Petronas Twin Towers, Sky Bridge is the first stop and you have around 20 minutes there. The two-floor bridge connects the world’s tallest twin towers is 50 meters long, equipped with a complex system of hinges and joints and ball-bearing system, making sure the bridge can stay still even when one or both towers are shifted.
Things to do in Petronas Twin Towers: Observation Deck
After visiting Sky Bridge, you will head to the elevators and go up to the 86th floor that is over 360 meters above the ground. At this height, you will get the most astonishing view of Kuala Lumpur, the modern and bustle city of Malaysia. If you take a closer look, you will realize that Kuala Lumpur’s television tower as high as where you are right now.
Visiting time on the 86th floor is around 40 minutes. So in total, you will have 60 minutes for the whole trip. Here you can observe the top of one of the towers, by standing at the other. The peaks of two towers: shiny stainless steel, 73.5 meters high, designed to boost the building’s height to 451.9 meters from the ground. The peaks, including a pole, a ball on top and a ring, were lifted one by one and assembled after reaching the favourable height, making them extremely impressive.
Petronas Twin Towers KL: How to get to Petronas Twin Towers?
Honestly, it is not challenging at all to get to Petronas Twin Towers. Why? Because this is also the KLCC subway station, you just have to go to KLCC Station, go through Suria KLCC shopping mall, take the escalator to Ground floor (G floor), and here it is! You can also take the Hop On – Hop Off bus or Grab taxi.
Petronas Twin Towers KL: Aquaria KLCC aquarium
Aquaria KLCC is placed below the Petronas towers, takes the concept of the journey of water: from the land to the sea. The journey starts from foggy high grounds, goes along the rivers, runs through tropical rain forests and mangrove forests, to the coral reefs under sapphire blue oceans. What an epic journey! I have been to many aquariums, but Aquaria KLCC in Kuala Lumpur has a pretty long tunnel, up to 90 meters. Walking along the tunnel, you will be mesmerized by sharp-jawed sharks, giant stingrays and many other exclusive types.
Aquaria KLCC contains more than 250 different species and over 5000 animals, both ground and underwater of Malaysia and the world. This artificial sea world entertains visitors of all ages. You will never regret buying the ticket because in just several hours, the ocean tour will definitely blow your mind.
Those are the most general reviews of my experience at Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Good luck and have fun on your next epic journey to Malaysia.
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