Petronas Twin Towers do you dare to walk the Skybridge?
Petronas Twin Towers
Prior to the completion of the Taipei 101 building in 2004, the 88 storey Petronas Twin Towers held the distinction of being the tallest buildings in the world for 6 years.
Today, it still holds the title as the tallest twin office buildings in the world. The Petronas Twin Towers were designed by an Argentinean architect César Pelli who won the job in 1991. The Towers were designed around geometric shapes which is dominant in Islamic art and culture. It took the contractors seven (7) years to build them.
Which Petronas Twin Tower Was Built First?
The construction of the 88 storey twin towers was contracted out to two companies, Tower 1 to a Japanese consortium headed by Hazama Corporation and Tower 2 to a Korean led consortium, Samsung C&T.
There was always competition between the two groups as to who would complete the construction first. The Japanese, Hazama group, was always leading the Koreans, Samsung and regularly had to wait for the latter to catch up.
Towards the end, it was agreed that both groups were to raise the pinnacle of the towers simultaneously. Unfortunately for the Japanese, the Koreans outmanoeuvred them by raising the pinnacle of Tower 2 a day earlier than agreed. Hence, the Koreans were able to claim that they were the first to build the tallest building in the world at that time.
The Petronas Twin Towers are linked together by a 58.4 meter double-deck skybridge at the 41st and 42nd level. It took
over a year just to prepare for the lifting of the skybridge as the contractors had to deal with strong winds and the enormous weight of the bridge itself.
Which Petronas Twin Towers – Skybridge Access
For visitors who want a breathtaking panoramic view of the Kuala Lumpur skyline, the skybridge offers just
However, access to the skybridge is quite exclusive and is limited to just 30 people per day. To get a ticket to go up to the skybridge, you need to queue up as early as 6.30am due to the large number of people who want to visit the towers. So for those of you who plan to go up the towers to the skybridge, you are forewarned.
Below the two towers lies the Suria KLCC shopping mall. This massive six (6) storey mall host some of the most exclusive branded goods shops in KL.
So if shopping is your thing then you won’t be disappointed. Personally, I find some of the prices reasonable compared to other places in KL. There is also a wide array of international class restaurants located in this mall as well.
As the Petronas Twin Towers is a landmark in KL, getting to this place is quite easy. The easiest way to get here is by the LRT trains. There is a LRT stop right beneath the Suria KLCC. As long as you are on the train network, you will be able to reach this distinctive Malaysian landmark with ease.
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