“ As an internationally recognized landmark,
the PETRONAS Twin Towers symbolise the courage, ingenuity,
initiative, and determination, energy, confidence, optimism,
advancement and zest of a nation. ”
Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
Former Prime Minister of Malaysia (1981-2003)
EXPLORING THE SKYSCRAPER
Traveling to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia would not be complete without stopping and posing between the world’s famous Tallest Skyscrapers, the Petronas Twin Towers.
When we arrived, a lot of visitors were at the facade fountain of the skyscrapers taking their instagrammable selfies and groupies. If your mobile phone camera could not capture the full beauty of the skyscrapers, there are Malaysian vendors selling camera lenses for a certain amount. My apology, but since we were “stick on a budget travelers,” talking and price haggling to them was not even an option. Hahaha!
Unsure of what was in the inside of the world’s famous building, I held my husband’s hand and told him, let’s go! The buildings were tightly and seriously guarded in the facade area so we assumed that only VIPs or on appointment guests were only allowed inside. Rhod was hesitant, however, my persuasive soul tried to ask the guards. When we were directed to the entrance, I was laughing because the ground floor is a mall known as “Suria KLCC Mall” or the Suria Kuala Lumpur City Center.
I’m sorry, our trip to Malaysia was a “let’s explore on our own” on the spot booked online travel. Hahaha! I did not read nor searched about Petronas.
But more than shopping, I was so eager to see and experience to be at the Penthouse of one of the Skyscrapers or at least I would have the chance to experience and see the view from the top. Yes! The universe had listened to my heart’s desire..hahaha!
One building is open for tourists. Hahahah! Kindly check their website for more information: https://www.petronastwintowers.com.my
Upon entry at the left building, we were astonished at the “Formula One” cars hanged in the lobby. Eager to explore the building, I asked one of the guards on “how can we go up?” hahaha! The guard pointed the sign and we proceeded down the ground level through an escalator and bought tickets. We showed our passports to the ticket officers. Paid our tickets in Malaysian Ringgit 85, chose the schedule and waited to be called.
The visitors were mostly European and few Asians. I don’t remember Pinoys in our group. But the Photographer commissioned by the Tour group is a Filipino from Bulacan. “Proud Pinay” here, I said.
When we were called, we followed a line at the entrance door. We got our ID Passes. The tourist guide made a brief introduction and informed us of the do’s and dont’s. We took two lifts; the first is what they call the “Passenger Lift” with a 26 people capacity and the second is the “Executive Lift” with at a maximum of 10 people.
Our first stop was the “Skybridge.” I felt the reaction of my toes as I crossed the “Skybridge.” The view from the top was amazing and breathtaking! I felt that time that I am so blessed to have the opportunity to see and enjoy the beauty of Malaysia. All praises to the Lord Jesus Christ! Hahaha!
My husband was hesitant because he has this fear of heights and yet he joined me in the exploration. He just excused himself in crossing the “Skybridge.” Hahaha!
From the Skybridge, we took the Passenger Lift up to the 83th floor and then Executive Lift going to the 86th Floor – the highest floor for the guests. Inside, we saw the large scale model of Petronas. We viewed from there the tip of the other building.
One of the best experiences I had in my life!
After the tour, there is a gift shop at the exit. Many gifts and souvenirs are available, like water notebook mugs, shirts, bags, ref magnets, ballpens and many more.
SHOPPING AT THE Suria KLCC MALL
The shopping mall is a six storey shopping mall at the foot of the Petronas Twin Towers. It has 300 shops, selling foreign luxury goods, high end labels and mid-range retail chains.
I bought 1 souvenir bag from Ted Baker-London and I tried to have one article at Harrods. Harrods store cant be found everywhere. However, my fund was no longer sufficient that time. Hahahah!
We have dined at this cafe offering Nasi Lemak.. Hahaah! I have to search the name of the restaurant because I forgot about it. I just remembered the smell and the chili taste of the food.
If you happen to be in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, you may visit and explore inside Petronas. Don’t limit yourselves. Seeing and exploring inside Petronas is a once in a lifetime experience. Try to enjoy the view from the 86th Floor!
Address: 241, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Date of Travel: October-November, 2017