Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Petronas Towers: The Crown Jewel of Kuala Lumpur

Have you been to Petronas Towers? What can you say about the iconic towers of Kuala Lumpur?

Petronas Towers, also known as Petronas Twin Towers or Menara Petronas in Malay is one of the highlights of my solo trip in Malaysia. It was recognized as tallest buildings in the world in 1998, eclipsing the former record holder, the 110-story Sears (now Willis) Tower in Chicago. The Twin Towers lost their preeminent status, until Taipei 101 (Taipei Financial Center) was completed in 2004.

Kuala Lumpur’s crown jewel is 88-storey twin skyscrapers that soars to height of 451.9 meters (roughly 1,480-foot), which built of multi-faceted walls of 33,000 stainless steel and 55,000 glass panels. Its interiors are down in a traditional Malaysian style with the use of fabric and carvings. The two towers are connected by at levels 41 and 42 by a double-decker pedestrian skybridge.

According to Malaysia Tourism page, Petronas Tower is inspired by Tun Mahatir Mohamad’s vision for Malaysia to be a global player. The beautiful design of the twin structure was created by the Argentinian-American architect Cesar Pelli.

Petronas Towers' floor plan is based on the Islamic eight-pointed star and the five sections of the skyscraper reflect the five-pillars of Islam. The building forms describe important Islamic principles of "unity within unity, harmony, stability and rationality".

Beside the towers is a huge Suria KLCC shopping mall which features different fashion clothing brands and good restaurants.Oh my! Shopping is my weakness lol. I walked around the KLCC Park, a big park that has jogging tracks, beautiful trees, a playground and wading pools. The whole area is very clean and the air is really fresh. I also witnessed the colorful fountain dancing in the tune of local music.

There are lots of high-end and cheap hotels near the Petronas Twin Towers. Reserving a few days in advance is highly encouraged. Good thing I don't need to find hotel in the area because my very kind couch surfer Edmond allowed me to stay in his nice and cool home.

Going to Petronas Twin Towers is as easy as 1,2,3. If you want to experience the public transportation, take the Putra light rail to KLCC. The monorail will drop you 10-minute walk from the towers at Concorde Hotel on Jalan Sultan Ismail. You can also catch a taxi , just say to driver to bring you to KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre.

The Petronas Twin Towers  of Kuala Lumpur is really amazing by day and dazzling at night. It’s what of a kind. The views from the ground are equally incredible. You must visit this famous tourist spot when you travel in Malaysia. Enjoy travelling!

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