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Pride of Malaysia – the Petronas Twin Towers

Pride of Malaysia – the Petronas Twin Towers

If you enjoy modern sights, then this huge structure with its 33,000 stainless steel pieces and 55,000 glass panels will make your heart jump. The Petronas Towers are on every postcard and can be seen from almost anywhere in Kuala Lumpur. The Twin Towers are 451,9 m high and are the world renowned icon of Malaysia.

It was the tallest skyscraper in the world for about six years until Taiwan build a taller one in 2004, so that now the Petronas Towers are advertised as the world’s tallest twin structures. That kind of competition between countries has got a tragic funny element. I really wouldn’t mind if it wasn’t the tallest building in the first place. The Petronas Towers still capture tourists in mass numbers to enjoy the view over the capital. And it has got some neat features that were a lot of fun.

When we decided to visit the towers we thought that we could just show up and get up there but tickets are sold out well in advance because visitor numbers are limited for each day. That can suck if you are in a hurry but the good thing is that it will never get crowded up there. The building houses the huge Suria KLCC shopping mall and overlooks the immaculately landscaped KLCC Park , so there is plenty to do in case you get stuck without a ticket, like us.

Highlights of the Petronas Towers visit are the skybridge on the 41st floor and the viewing deck on the 86th floor. The visit is scrupulously organised and time limited. Visitors get divided into groups of colour with matching badges, there is plenty of staff that escorts you at all time,¬† you get a lot of behavioural advise with a special lecture on how to look after your child(ren), which I thought was common knowledge and a bit over the top but… it didn’t take long to notice that maybe it wasn’t enough input after all.

Toddlers of traditionally dressed families dispersing toys around the observation deck, running, screaming, climbing, basically being left to engage in childish misbehaviour without guidance, the moment the elevators would open up to their playground. To observe cultural differences was more interesting than the view.

 

First attempt.

sold out Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

Let’s have a look from outside, then. There is Suria KLCC shopping mall and the KLCC park with a great fountain complex.

Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

A man made lake surrounded by a landscaped park were also built in the middle of the huge development.

Model of Petronas Twin Towers Malaysia

 

Lake Symphony is a 10,000 square meter man made lake with water fountains. The main fountain can shoot water up to a height of 42 meters. The water features are a daily event.

Water fountains KLCC park Malaysia

 

There is also the equally fascinating crowd. McDonald’s fizzy drinks and obesity have no immediate connection and are purely accidental in this picture.

KLCC Park at Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

The water fountains in front of the main entrance didn’t work but provided good picture positions.

Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

The KLCC park brings green contrast to the grey towers and is a nice recreational spot in the middle of the noisy bustling city.

KLCC Park Malaysia

 

The park just draws everyone closer together.

Child on leash Kuala Lumpur

 

In an attempt to conserve bio diversity, 1900 indigenous trees and 66 species of palms were planted in the park. The trees were selected and transplanted to attract migrating birds.

KLCC Park Malaysia

 

For some, the amazing trees are a touching experience.

KLCC Park Malaysia

 

An elevated bridge cuts across the lake and provides a view of the park and the Twin Towers. The people on it are cuing for a picture like the one on the right. Tourists are just so strange.

KLCC Park Malaysia KLCC Park Malaysia

 

We conducted a photography contest for passers by at this photo spot. The aim was for the participants to take the most beautiful picture of us in front of the Twin Towers.

KLCC Park Malaysia

 

The first contestant did pretty bad with a generous  focus of the floor. Where are the towers? Candidate number two equally missed the point of getting the Petronas TWIN Towers captured.

KLCC Park Malaysia KLCC Park Malaysia

 

Candidate number three almost got it but compromised on the pinnacles for eye catching floor details. Finally, the winner was competitor number four who literally went down with our camera to get it all on the pic. Congratulations and thank you all for participating.

KLCC Park Malaysia KLCC Park Malaysia

 

Oh, and Malaysian oil supplier Petronas is also the sponsor of the Mercedes GP Petronas Formula One Team. Yawn.

Petronas Formula One

 

There is more going on inside. The Dewan Filharmonik Petronas, the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra for example.

inside Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

The philharmonic wouldn’t let us invest in Beethoven classics because Tomek was wearing jeans and that contradicts dress code.

inside Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

Traditional Malay design in the foyer and entrance hall.

ground floor Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Sculpture Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

The Petronas Towers use a lot of power at night. Oil companies got the dough.

illuminated Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur lights on Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

The sun does a good illuminating job during the day.

Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

Tallest (Twin) Towers of the world.

 Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

We were scheduled for 12 o’clock which left enough time to get some sun before walking into the Petronas refrigerator. And there was also time for what reminded me of Japanese Purikura, except that I had to take all pictures by myself.

Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur inside Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

Let’s go up.

 Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

This is the first (almost) holographic guide I have met. And this is Tomek, who walked into the hologram and took an edge off it.

Holographic guide Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Holographic guide Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

Going up is fun. The windows are screens that project an elevator ride. Looks pretty real.

elevator ride Petronas Towers Malaysia

 

First stop. Display of a blue screen comparison chart of skyscraper heights. It is funny how they actually loosen up on proportions when showing the Twin Towers to make them look bigger.

inside Petronas Twin Towers Malaysia

 

Finally there. The observation level. Hello, let me out on the balcony!

inside Petronas Twin Towers Malaysia Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

The pinnacles are an essential element to the overall Islamic minaret design that the towers embody.

Pinnacles model of Petronas Twin Towers Malaysia Petronas Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

This is how Malaysia would like to be regarded in 2020. Way to go.

Malaysia developed nation Petronas Towers

 

The fun part. Scanning your ticket and playing with the towers.

media interaction at Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

Building the Twins from scratch.

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Turning and bending, shifting and rotating… keeps the grown ups occupied.

media interaction at Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

Attention, please. The next stop is the skybridge.

media interaction at Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

The skybridge.

inside skybridge Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

View from above and beneath.

view from Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

Construction everywhere. Many more skyscrapers (and their blog posts) will follow.

view from Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

 

That was it!

skybridge Petronas Twin Towers Kuala Lumpur

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