Experience Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

It is arguably the building which put the Malaysian city of Kuala Lumpur on the world map.

When built and opened in 1998, the Petronas Twin Towers was, at a height of 452 metres (1,483 ft), the highest building in the world. Since then, the Twin Towers have been overtaken by a couple of buildings, most notably the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which at a height of 828M (2,717 ft) now dwarfs the towers, although they do remain as the world’s highest twin towers.

The towers were built on a former racecourse, and a trip to the viewing platform on the 86th floor of one of the towers should be a must when visiting KL.

In order to get to the top, you must first descend to the building’s basement, where there is an interesting waiting area that is full of information about the design and construction of the edifice. The towers are so tall, you do need to change elevators part way up the building in order to reach the viewing platform.

To be able to go to the 86th floor is a new innovation as previously, visitors could only reach the skybridge on the 41st floor. One of the first things that you notice when you move to the window on the 86th level is that you don’t actually get a true sense of the buildings height when you look down. You do know that you are high, but it may be an optical illusion, or it may be that as the towers are not a uniform shape and are rounded, or that because you look out upon another tower that is equally as high, you simply don’t experience any vertigo as you may normally do when looking down from a tall structure.

Even so, the view is very impressive, as is being able to see the stainless steel structure of the building at such close quarters.

You are allowed 20 minutes on the 86th floor, and are then ushered down to the skybridge, which is a mere 170 metres above street level for a 10 minute view. The skybridge is attached to the towers by massive tripod legs, but not at the point where it seemingly connects to each tower, as it needs to be able to move independently to the towers, especially in high winds.

You do get a different perspective of the buildings from the skybridge, and it is good to be able to wander across the gap between the towers for great sightseeing.

At the base of the towers is the six storey Suria KLCC shopping centre, where you can spend hours browsing, shopping and dining as a value added benefit to the whole twin towers experience.

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