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A 88-story twin towers that is the most iconic landmark in Kuala Lumpur and the best-known attraction in Malaysia
Petronas Twin Towers, Kuala Lumpur's Most Iconic Landmark
Due to it's height and identical twin structures, just watching this wondrous building from a distance can be quite mesmerizing, particularly when it is illuminated at night. However, if you had the chance, try to get inside the tower as the opposite is also an equally mesmerizing experience, if not more. The twin towers were linked at the 41st and 42nd floors by a 58 meter-long, double-decker Skybridge. As you walk across the bridge, you will see the spectacular view of the city and other landmarks. Watching the beautiful landscape of the city of Kuala Lumpur from the height is truly an unforgettable experience to boot. If you're looking for more heights, you should go to the Observation Deck on 86th floor to enjoy the incredible sight of the Kuala Lumpur.
At the base of the tower, a six storey shopping mall Suria KLCC provides you with more than 300 shops of branded and high end local and international shops, as well as mid-range retail chains for you to binge shopping. In addition to the varied shops, the mall also includes an underwater aquarium called Aquaria KLCC as well as Petrosains Science Center.
Aquaria KLCC is a giant aquarium that has a collection of over 5,000 species of marine fish. Visitors will get a sensation of walking through the bottom of the ocean by walking the path that is driven by some kind of engine, while watching fish feeding. If you're into challenge, you may have a thrilling experince of swimming with sharks, surely with proper security.
Another interesting attraction to visit is the Petrosains. Petrosains is an interactive science and technology center built by Petronas. This place is specially designed for the comfort of children and parents. Various kinds of technology, mutimedia, and interesting simulation exhibit related to petroleum industry here might make the kids a little bit reluctant to go home.
There are so much more to see inside the Petronas Twin Tower, but Petronas Filharmonik Hall may be the most anticipated of all. Being the home of the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, this concert hall was designed as an jewel box shaped room containing 885 seats in it. The hall is properly equipped for recording purposes and is fully isolated from the sounds from its surrounding. The renowned building has hosted many world leading orchestras and artists, aside from holding International Jazz Performances as well as traditional Malaysian music and culltural dance productions.
Petronas is not only beautiful in the inside, but also in the outside. Sprawling out to the side of the tower is KLCC Park, a tropical garden planted by diverse species of Malaysian Native Plants. This park soon becomes a favourite spot for families, offering many free facilities for children such as playground and wading pool. Let the children play to their heart's content while the parents pamper themselves by simply walking around the green and beautiful park, or sitting on the bench scattered in some points of the park, hiding yourself under the shade of the lush trees while eating your lunch or snacks.
At KLCC Park there is also a 10.000 square meter artificial lake with water fountains called Lake Symphony. Interestingly, the fountains can shoot water up to 108 meters high. Occasionally, the fountain also move accordingly to the rhythm of the music being played, showing a musical water show that can be enjoyed while eating or drinking around the lake or cafes around it.
Situated just adjacent to the Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC, The As Syakirin Mosque is nicknamed “ The Jewel of The Park”. This mosque displays an appealing combination of West Asia architecture, particularly Uzbekistan and East Asia, using mostly marble and granite. It also feature such a complex and detailed carvings and calligraphy on the interior walls and on the dome internals. The absence of a minaret also become its exclusive characteristic.
How to Get Tickets?
The shopping mall and its outlying attractions at the base of the tower is free of charge. However, if you want to access the upper floors to the Skybridge, you have to buy a ticket. As a tourist, you can save yourself from a long line by getting the tickets online. If you are a local, you have no options but to queue. The Petronas Twin Tower limits the number of their visitors to a maximum of 1000 visitors per day.
How To Get Around?
As the twin towers are located in the middle of the Kuala Lumpur city, there are plenty of public transportation to take from trains to buses. A taxi service is also a viable option.
What Should I Wear?
There are no specific recommendations for the dresscode. However, as Malaysia has a high number of Muslims, please try to wear a decent clothes that is not too revealing.
Best Time to Visit
If you want to catch a spectacular view from the observation deck, around sunset is probably the best time to visit. You will be rewarded with a captivating scenery that is unforgettable and wonderful.
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Will I Need a Guide?
No, you don't need a guide to enjoy the attractions around the Petronas Twin Towers.
How To Get There?
A free bus service dedicated for tourists is available to get you around the city. It stops at the KL Central, which is nearby the Petronas Twin Tower. Alternatively, you can take any train that stops at the KLCC station.
As an additional info, The Petronas Twin Towers is closed on every Monday.