It was about 7 o’clock in the evening when I arrived in Kuala Lumpur and I still remember how impatient I was to see the famous Petronas Twin Towers. I had seen a lot of pictures of these 88-floor twin towers and I have to admit that I was impressed by how imposing and gorgeous they looked.
Two hours later I got to the beautiful KLCC Park and I tried to capture the most beautiful view of the towers. It was dark outside and the image of the twin towers left me speechless. I was completely astonished by the multitude of lights that were twinkling in front of my eyes.
The bridge that connected the towers also caught my attention. After a few minutes of staring at this masterpiece, I finally managed to move and get closer to them. I realized that the first floors of the towers were sheltering the biggest shopping mall in the country, called Suria KLCC. It was nice to walk inside this mall and combine the pleasure of exploring its stores with the curiosity of discovering every single detail related to its architecture.
I was so impressed by the Petronas Twin Towers that night that I had to come back the next day and admire them in daylight. Besides the headquarters of the Petronas Company, the towers shelter several other offices and this is why only a small area can be visited. It was too early to visit this area, but it goes without saying that I couldn’t miss this experience and I came back again in the evening.
Unfortunately I had to wait in a queue for two hours to buy the tickets, but all things happen for a reason. It was already dark when I started my visit and the panorama was simply breathtaking at night. My first stop was on floors 41-42, where I spent a few minutes admiring the surrounding buildings from the Skybridge, the connecting structure between the towers. My next stop was on floor 86. Once you get here the steel and glass facade of the building allows you to admire the other tower which seems to be incredibly close all of a sudden.
However, if you want to have a pleasant visit, I advise you to plan it at night and book your tickets in advance, in order to avoid waiting in a queue.
Even though I had admired a lot of pictures of the Petronas Towers, I must confess that I hadn’t read much about them until I got to Kuala Lumpur. During my stay in this city I did some research about the towers and I found out their interesting story.
Someone from the management of Petronas, a Malaysian oil mega-company, came up with the idea of building an imposing headquarter to prove the economic power of the Malaysian state. This is why the architect Cesar Pelli was hired to build the 452-meter tall twin towers which used to be the tallest buildings in the world until the construction of Taipei 101. Nowadays, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, but the Petronas Twin Towers are still the tallest twin towers in the world.
Taking into account their notoriety and their impressive architecture, the Petronas Twin Towers really deserve to be visited. Believe me, it will be a unique experience!