The Petronas Twin Towers ~ ~ Places to Visit in Kuala Lumpur
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The PETRONAS Twin Towers rise like sentinels in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. At a height of 1,483ft (451.9m) and costing US$1.2 billion, it is the tallest twin towers in the world and lay claim to being the world's tallest high rise of the 20th century. Situated in a prime location in the capital, the gleaming 420m Petronas Twin Towers, potrays a symbol of the nation's soaring success, exemplified Malaysia's sky-high ambitions towards the new millennium.

Having being superseded by other skyscrapers, it is currently the fourth tallest building in the world The 88-floor towers, designed by architect Cιsar Pelli, were completed in 1998.

The Twin Towers are a striking glass-and-steel combination with floor plans based on an eight-pointed star. The Towers were designed to symbolize strength and grace using geometric principles typified in Islamic architecture. The towers are also joined at the 41st and 42nd floors (175m above street level) by a 192ft-long (58.4m) double-decker skybridge - linking the two sky lobbies and facilitating the movement between
the two towers.

The 'composite' structure of the Towers employs both the flexibility of steel and the rigidity of high-strength concrete. Each component material was used to best effect in constructing the 452 m-high buildings. About 80,000 cubic metres of high strength concrete with 37,000 tons of steel were used to form the frames of both Towers. Complementing the stainless steel is 55,000 square metre of 20.38 mm laminated glass designed to minimise heat gain by reflecting harmful UV light and unwanted solar radiation.

Facts at a Glance
Height - 1,483ft /451.9m
Cost - USD 1.2 Billion
Architect - Cιsar Pelli
Material Used - 80,000 cubic metres of high strength concrete / 37,000 tons of steel / 5,000 square metres of 20.38 mm laminated glass
Floors - 88
Combined towers floor Space - 1,000,000 square meters
Milestones in the Construction of The PETRONAS Twin Towers
Jan 1992: Start of project planning.
Mar 1993: Start of foundation work.
Apr 1994: Construction of the superstructure.
Jul 1995: Lifting of the Skybridge.
Jan 1996:Fitting out of the interiors complete with furniture.
Mar 1996: Jacking of the spire of Tower 1 and Tower 2.
Jan 1997: Moving in of the first batch of PETRONAS' personnel.
Aug 31, 1999: Official opening by Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia.


Supported by 23-by-23-metre concrete cores and an outer ring of widely-spaced super columns, the towers use a sophisticated structural system that accommodates its slender profile and provides from 1300 to 2000 square metres of column-free office space per floor.

In the entrance halls' foyer, inspired by traditional Malaysian motifs from handicraft and weaving, stainless steel fittings and screens float in the spacious voids overhead.

The wall panels and screens are inspired by the traditional 'songket', a hand-woven traditional Malay fabric with gold and silver threads and worn mainly during official functions and ceremonies, as well as hardwood carvings from villages along the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

The Skybridge
The Skybridge symbolises a gateway to the future and is used to facilitate movement between the two towers. It is supported by a "three-hinged arch" consisting of giant round bearings at the base and a pair of legs 51 metres in length. The base of the arch is located at level 29 of each tower. The cylindrical legs are bolted to a box girder below the centre of the double-decked bridge.

The PETRONAS Twin Towers' pinnacles, made of structural steel, stand 73.5m tall. The pinnacles play an important part in both the aesthetics and functionality of the Towers. The timeless minaret design is a crowning symbol of the country and its culture. Each pinnacle is composed of a spire, mast ball and ring ball, which are in turn made up of 50 unique elements, interlocked into single 176-ton pieces.

The PETRONAS Twin Towers, was built by Petronas, Malaysia's national oil company and developed as an integral part of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) project.

Visits / Tickets
They take 800 persons and 20 time slots. All tours are guided, you get a short presentation, and then go up to the skybridge at level 41 where your team gets 15 minutes, and after that the guide takes you to 86th floor observation deck, where you have 20 minutes time.

What used to be free, ticket prices has now increased; effective 01 Jan 2012 were at RM 50 and effective from 01 June 2012 is currently RM 80. The ticket price includes a visit to the skybridge located on Level 41 and also to the observation deck located on Level 86.

In order to get tickets, it is advisable to turn up early, as the queues outside of the tower entrance start as early as 5am. Around 7am they let you go down to the ticket counter on the basement level of the building. The ticket counter itself will open from 8:30am. Once you have been given a ticket it will be for one time slots from 9am - 8pm.

The Tickets
Ticketing Counter - Concourse level, PETRONAS Twin Towers
Visiting Days: Tuesday to Sunday (closed every Monday)
Visiting Hours: 9am – 9pm (closed from 1pm – 2.30pm on Fridays)
Time slots - 9am or 10am / 11am or 12noon / 1pm or 2pm / 3pm, 4pm or 5pm / 6pm or 7pm (Recommended SUNSET session) / 8pm (night view session)

Tourists - Adult RM 80 / Child RM 30
Malaysians (MyKad) - Adult RM 25 / Child RM 12.


Note: Issuing of Tickets will start 8.30am (tickets are limited and issued on a first come, first served basis). Advance and Online purchase is also available.

Places of interests within walking distance
Suria KLCC - a popular chic shopping mall
Petrosains - featuring hands-on learning environment and the wonders of science and technology related to the petroleum industry.
Aquaria KLCC - Featuring aquatic animals from Malaysia and around the world.
Dewan Filharmonik Petronas - the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra.

Best Way to Visit - KL Towers Tour
A Half day private tour which includes private vehicle with driver / guide at your disposal that provides a visit both the Petronas Twin Towers and the KL Tower.



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