What others said about the Petronas Twin Towers
“Get ready to get blown away!”
Stiff neck inducing mammoth of a building! I got headaches just staring at it for too long. It really is wonderful. Book your tickets online and get a hassle-free tour including the observation deck. The elevator can be a bit claustrophobic though.
Petronas Twin Towers are emblematic for KL and Malaysia. Don’t miss taking the tour. The engineering is fascinating and, if clear, great views over the city. By night the towers are magical. The adjoining lake, park, conference centres, mall and Mandarin Oriental Hotel are a hub of local and tourist activity.
“Absolutely Fantastic, a must to do in Kuala Lumpur”
I had this tour booked months before we went to Kuala Lumpur. The tickets are allocated on a first come first served basis, it is best to book on line.
You are in groups of about 10 – 20 and you are given an introduction tour by a hologram and then you go into the lifts which are quick and you go to the Sky bridge first which is over 100 meters above the ground and the view is amazing, you spend about 15 minutes before you go into the lifts again.
Once you get near to the top as possible again the view is amazing and you must be amazed on how they built the Petronas Towers as they are piece of engineering genius and the design is spectacular.
The tour itself lasts about 1 hour and at times it seem a little rushed as the tours and continuing through out the day, you then can have a look and buy items at the gift shop including the usual photograph which is a little pricey.
This tour is a must if you are visiting KL, but book the tickets online or get there very early in the morning and join the queue as there will be people queuing up. I thoroughly recommend this tour, you will not be disappointed.
Visited October 2013
Quite awesome to stand beneath these Twin Towers, whether day or night (stunning all lit up). Shopping centre is nice, but very expensive shops so more window shopping than actual shopping! Many restaurants and a food hall within Suria mall. The Petronas Towers experience is great to learn more about the construction of the buildings, the views from the Skybridge and the 86th floors are amazing. Well worth the tour, as others have said, book your tickets online, we booked at 8pm for 2pm the following day, beats standing in a queue!
Visited October 2013
“Most Impressive Buildings In The World”
I’ve been lucky enough to see these buildings on a number of occasions, both during the day & night & they continue to always impressive. In the night they particular impress & glisten like the moon in the black skys. The main area to take photos always appears to be busy, no matter what time of day, but be patient. Im sure the designers whom came up with the fountain display area in front of the building could not guess that the steps are actually the most attended feature, as you can get a good angel on your camera to get the subject person & the complete buildings in the frame. I’ve never been up early enough to get tickets for the observation deck, but I did explore the various shops & outlets available to the public & there is plenty to see.
Visited July 2013
The Architecture of the Towers
The design of each Tower’s floor plate is based on simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares, creating a shape of eight-pointed stars. Architecturally, these forms describe important Islamic principles of “unity within unity, harmony, stability and rationality”.
The towers are ‘intelligent’ structures, built with a system that seamlessly coordinates telecommunications, environment control, power supply, lighting, fire and smoke control, and building security.
Where the towers are located
The Petronas Twin Towers sit magnificently on Jalan Ampang and it is one of the latest landmarks in the city. The towers are about 452 metres (1480 ft) tall and both of them are linked by a skybridge on the 42nd floor. Both towers reaches an auspicious 88 storeys. The building are mostly covered by glass and stainless steel of which both give the towers its futuristic look. The towers are truly an amazing work of state-of-the-art engineering techniques.
Hotels within Walking Distance
Some interesting points to note are the skybridge is double-level and it’s one of the highest in the world at 170 metres (560ft). The Petronas Twin Towers also has one of the world’s highest numbers of “double-deck” lifts which run at speed of 5 metres (16 ft) per second which means going from the basement to the top floor takes about a minute only!
Visitors are only allowed to ascend to the skybridge on the 42nd floor. Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones had access to the top when they filmed the movie Entrapment, but if you want to get to the higher floors, you had best ask the Prime Minister.
The Petronas Twin Towers are actually office blocks, and make up a section of a larger development called the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC). The whole development of KLCC includes a cinema complex, one of the largest shopping centres in KL (the ultra-modern Suria KLCC) and an oil and gas museum.
Art Gallery and Shopping Mall
There is also an art gallery and a small but magnificent concert hall, the first dedicated classical music venue in Malaysia. The development also has a pretty landscaped park, hotels and a big convention centre. The most recent addition is the Aquaria KLCC which is an impressive aquarium with over 3,000 types of fish on display.
At 42nd floors of the Petronas Twin Towers, the skybridge links up both towers. Visitors are allowed to hang around on the skybridge for around 15 minutes. When you are up on the skybridge, the thing that you can do is to snap pictures of the magnificent surrounding sky view. From there, I bet you will surely admire the scenic view of Kuala Lumpur since you are so high up in the sky.
The Petronas Towers are open 6 days a week and offer a tours to the skybridge on floor 41 and the observation deck on floor 86 in tower 2.
It is necessary to get a ticket beforehand to do the Petronas Towers tour. Tickets to visit the PETRONAS Twin Towers can be obtained starting 8:30am every morning.
People turn up and queue up so they can get the early tours or specify the time / day. But this is not necessary. You can buy tickets at any time during the day for tours that day or following days.
Tickets can be bought in advance online via the PETRONAS Towers website.
You can now select your preferred date and time up to one year in advance subject to the availability of the tickets.
PETRONAS Twin Towers Visit Operations opening times
– Tuesday to Sunday (CLOSED on Mondays)
– 9.00am – 9.00pm (CLOSED on FRIDAYS from 1.00pm – 2.30pm)
ISSUING OF THE TICKETS
– Start from 8.30am until 6.00pm
Tickets are limited and issued on “First Come First Serve” basis, so once sold there are no more tours available for that day.
TICKET COUNTER LOCATION:
Concourse Level, PETRONAS Twin Towers. NOTE: that this is the lower ground floor level. Do not confuse the Twin Tower box office with the box office for the concerts.
– Skybridge (Level 41) and Observation Deck (Level 86)
– Adult – 80myr / Children – *12 years & below 30myr
*Terms and conditions apply
– There is limited access to the ticket counter and entrance for the tour are located is via two sets of escalators. For wheelchair access, just approach and inform one of the staff who would direct and assist you with access via an elevator.
Admission is free but you need to get up early to queue for the tickets since the tickets are offered on a first come first serves basis. I was out of luck that day as I reached there at around 9:30am and the tickets were all out. The bad news was the building was only opened half day. That was on Monday and I was out of luck. So my advise is don’t go there when the building is open only half day unless you could reach there as early as 8am. Another advise for not visiting when the building is open half day is there is less free tickets since the tickets are only given in the morning for both morning and afternoon visiting sessions.
Fortunately, I was there before but that was about 2 years ago. I guess I could still remember some of the experience I had when visiting the Petronas Twin Towers and that time I managed to go up to the skybridge.
If you had successfully gotten the ticket and be admitted, you will be guided to a mini theater where you will be briefed on the history of the building while waiting for your turn to visit the skybridge. From there, you will also learn about the technology used to construct the Petronas Twin Towers, the difficulty the engineers faced and also the materials used.
The world’s highest double-decked bridge symbolises a gateway to the future and provides a stunning vantage point of Kuala Lumpur. Linking the towers at levels 41 and 42, it facilitates movement, and functions as an escape route in case of emergencies.
The Skybridge 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, while the cylindrical legs are bolted to a box girder at the centre of the bridge.
One of the amazing things about the twin towers is the skybridge is actually not rigidly attached to both towers. Its flexibility prevents it from being destroyed when both towers where it’s connected to stretches. Because of this, you can feel the skybridge swings slightly when you are on it and it happens that there is strong wind it only moves slightly. So there is really nothing to be scared of.
When you done at the skybridge, at ground zero you will be seeing some information booths where you will learn more about the Petronas Twin Towers in terms of its history, purpose, architecture design and technology used.
Suggested Things to Do
Here are some of the things you could do if you are going to visit the towers. These suggestion are purely based on my experience of visiting the Petronas Twin Towers before.
1. If you were a photographer, the best thing for you to do is to take pictures of the Petronas Twin Towers from ground zero all the way up to the skybridge. This magnificent structure is really a test to your photography skills from day to night. From the skybridge, you can also snap pictures of the view overlooking the Kuala Lumpur city skyscrapers. Remember, you only have 15minutes on the skybridge. So appreciate the time while you are up there.
2. If you were a structure or mechanical engineer, I am sure you will want to learn about the technology used to construct this building. One of the most interesting aspects is to know about the method used to avoid the towers being destroyed by lightning. Since these towers are so high up in the sky and you know Kuala Lumpur is a rain-prone area, it’s interesting to find out how the engineers are able to safeguard this building from lightning. If you want to know, you can go check it out yourself. 🙂
3. If you were an architect or an artist who loves building design, this is the place for you. The Petronas Twin Towers has some very unique cross section if you look at it from the top and it also contains some Islamic design.
4. If you were a parents with kids, this is a good place to bing your kids to learn some of the sciences involved. Beside, bring your kids to the latest aquarium, Aquaria KLCC.
5. Visit KLCC Suria. The KLCC Suria is one of the latest and modern shopping mall and it carries a lot of brand name such as Louis Vuitton, Versace, etc.
If you are planning go to visit the Petronas Twin Towers, I would suggest you to get up as early as 6am and be there at no later than 8am. And this is especially true if you are planning to visit during weekend or public holidays. The tickets are only given in the morning for both morning and evening visiting sessions. If you missed the tickets in the morning, you will have to come back the next day. You could still visit the KLCC Suria shopping mall.
Getting to Petronas Twin Towers
The Jalan Ampang street is a traffic congestion prone area. Therefore, take Putra LRT if possible to avoid being stuck in a traffic jam. Take the Putra LRT at the KL Sentral terminal and if you are taking other transit such as STAR or KTM, you can change to Putra LRT at others terminal and from there just heads to KLCC terminal. From KLCC, ask around where the Petronas Twin Tower tower 2 is and from there, you can collect the ticket and reach the entrance.