Once, the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were the tallest buildings in the world. Now, they are the tallest twin structures in the world that were designed by Cesar Pelli & Associates. They are 88-storey buildings that are joined together at the 41st and 42nd floor by a double-decker, 58-m long Sky Bridge. The Petronas Twin Towers are about 452 meters tall and retained their world-title until 2004 when the 508 meters tall Taipei’s 101 was build. Today, the title of the world’s tallest building is retained by Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which opened in 2010.
The Petronas Twin Towers are located in Kuala Lumpur’s city center and boast an Islamic-inspired architecture. The building serves as the corporate headquarters of Petronas Company and some other offices as well. The Petronas Twin Towers were built in 1998 and had replaced the Willis Tower in Chicago, USA, which were 442 meters tall, as the world’s tallest building. The Sky Bridge connecting the two towers remains the world’s highest two story bridge. A glass and steel façade, the Petronas Twin Towers resemble motifs from Islamic art, the primary religion in the country. The towers are regarded a symbol of Kuala Lumpur and are a very popular tourist destination that receives thousands of visitors every day.
Visiting the Towers turned out to be a very smooth and organized event as we got to see the Sky Bridge, the Observation Deck and also visited the infamous gift shop. That’s not all; at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, we also got to visit an upmarket shopping mall that’s called Suria KLCC. The first tower was fully occupied with the offices of Petronas, the Malaysian state oil firm, as well as its associate companies and subsidiaries. As far as Tower Two is concerned, it comprises of offices of some of the most renowned multinational companies like Bloomberg, Barclays Capital, Al-Jazeera, Accenture, Microsoft, McKinsey & Co., Reuters and Boeing amongst others.
However, the reason I loved the Petronas Twin Towers is because they offered fun for everyone. There is a beautifully landscaped and spacious park that stretches out to the side of these structures. The KLCC Park features walking paths, a jogging track, a wading pool for children and a water fountain. Other than the park and the mall, there are plenty of other attractions that make the Petronas Twin Towers worth visiting. There is the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center and the Petronas Art Gallery.
I also enjoyed the Petrosains Science Center inside Suria KLCC, which is an interactive science discovery center. The exhibits showcased here are related to the petroleum industry and they explore the origin of petroleum from the age of the dinosaurs to the latest oil-based products that can be found. If you are a fan of music like me, you are going to love the Dewan Fiharmonik Petronas concert hall, which is located between the twin towers. It is the leading venue of classical music in South Asia and has been praised for its architectural design as it resembles the European concert halls of the 19th century.
But, what really took my breath away was the view from the Observation Deck on Level 86 of the Petronas Twin Towers. I got to see the tower’s spire up close and personal and there were also exhibits and digital displays of its history. The double-decked Sky Bridge is also spectacular because it offers amazing views of Kuala Lumpur. More, it also saved me from the hassle of going to the ground floor in order to go from one building to the other. You get 10 minutes to enjoy the view and take photos before going to the Observation Deck.
The visit lasted 45 minutes and was worth every penny, but it is best to get tickets in advance as they sell out very quickly.