Petronas Towers

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Petronas TowersThe
Southeast Asian equivalents of the Empire State Building, the Petronas Towers
are Kuala Lumpur’s most iconic buildings. They were the tallest in the world from their completion in 1998 until
2004, when they were surpassed by Taipei 101. The Petronas Towers rise to a height of 378m (450m including the
spires).  The frame was constructed with
reinforced concrete, and because of the extra weight the buildings’ foundations
are the deepest in the world at 120m.  The
first tower is fully occupied by Malaysia’s oil company, Petronas.

The most
notable feature is the Skybridge, which connects the buildings at the 41st
and 42nd floors.  It is the
highest in the world, and is not actually connected to the buildings.  Designed by Italian architect Cesar Pelli,
the Islamic influence on the towers’ design is clearly visible.

The Skybridge
is the highest point accessible to visitors. About 1,000 tickets are available every day.  It’s best to get there early, around 7:00 or
8:00 in the morning, to collect a ticket and then come back at the scheduled
time.  The process can be a bit of a
hassle, though; and the wait is usually long. The KL Tower offers an equally good view of the city, and is more
convenient.

Telephone:
+60 03 2331 8181


Website:
www.petronastwintowers.com

Admission: RM 10 for Skybridge

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