The Petronas Twin Towers have become a symbol of modern Malaysia. Situated in what is known as the Golden Triangle, which is the heart of modern Kuala Lumpur, and is one of the main attractions in this area.
About The Petronas
Petronas is actually short for Petroliam Nasional Bhd, which is Malaysia’s national petroleum co-operation. Since being established in 1974 the company has grown to be an international oil and gas company with interest in 35 countries.
About The Towers
The Petronas Twin Towers were first planned in 1992 and the building was completed in 1996. At first, it was argued if the cost of the Towers would be a waste of money and a drain on the economy, but they are now seen as a symbol of modern Malaysia and are a stunning piece of architecture. One Tower was built by a Japanese team and the other by a rival Korean team. The Japanese completed their Tower first, but it was the Koreans that were awarded the honour of completing the Skybridge. The Towers reach 451.9m, which is 88 stories high.
The Towers have an unusual eight-pointed, cross-sectional profile which is inspired by Islamic art. The interior walls are decorated with an abundance of squares and circles, symbolising harmony and strength. The Petronas Twin Towers are obviously influenced by Chinese numerology, having 88 floors and being in the postcode 59088, 8 is an auspicious number in Chinese numerology.
The Petronas Twin Towers Tour
You can visit the Petronas Towers and see some great views, from the Skybridge and the 86th floor. The tour begins with interactive displays that tell the story of the Towers, from the first conception to completion. You will then enter an elevator and ascend 170m, to the Skybridge. The Skybridge joins the Towers on the 41st and 42nd floors and is the World’s highest 2-story Skybridge. From here you ascend further to the 86th floor, for spectacular views and learn the story of Malaysia’s vision.
Tickets For The Towers
You can visit the Petronas Twin Towers between 8am and 8pm Tuesday to Sunday, although they are closed between 1pm and 2.30pm on Fridays. Tickets are issued from 8.30am on the concourse level and are on a first come, first served basis. Although you can also buy in advance online.
The Petronas Twin Towers are a great piece of architecture, with some great views. A symbol of modern Malaysia, any visit to Kuala Lumpur wouldn’t be complete without seeing this masterpiece.
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