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On Top Of Kuala Lumpur: Visiting the Petronas Twin Towers

The Patronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur is probably the most famous building in all of Malaysia. In fact, it was the only thing I really knew about Malaysia before I arrived.

While I was planning on seeing the towers during my trip, I actually randomly stumbled upon them within my first hour of exploring the city. As I climbed a set of stairs at KLCC (Kuala Lumpur Convention Center), the two towers were right in front of me. Absolutely breathtaking. I’ve actually never felt this way about a building before.

To be honest, part of me has always had a little bit of resentment towards these towers. Only because I’m from Chicago. In the late 1990’s the Petronas Towers took the title of the “Tallest Building in the World” away from my beloved Sears Tower. While other buildings have since taken that title, it’s just my hometown heart that always had a little grudge. But that was all taken away as I stood, looking up at these magnificent towers. They do not disappoint.

I debated whether or not I should go into the towers and visit the skydeck. My only reservation about it is that it’s the most iconic building in KL, and going inside of it, I won’t be able to see it. But after about an hour debate with myself, I opted to pay the 85 Ringgit ($20 +/-) and go inside.

Purchasing my ticket was easy. I was assigned a group time to go up, given a brief orientation and away we went. The company that operates the skydeck only allows visitors to stay for about 45 minutes in total, that’s the only downside.

There are two stops. The first is the SkyBridge that connects both towers. Honestly I think I would have been content if this was the only stop. Despite it being a bit hazy outside, the views were incredible. Our tour guide told us that the bridge isn’t actually apart of the building. Not being fully attached to the towers allows the bridge to sway if needed in strong winds. I can’t imagine it would sway much, but a cool fact.

After about 10 minutes, it was time to go to 86 floor in Tower 2. It’s the highest floor visitors are allowed. The views again are incredible.

You can see the entire city and beyond. There are a few exhibits and factoids around the observatory but the views are what most people tend to spend their time looking at here.

I’m certainly glad I went to the top. Like I said, the only downside is your time is limited. While I don’t think I would have needed a whole lot more time, it would have been nice to not feel rushed.

If you come to Kuala Lumpur, be sure to check the towers out at night. They are beautifully lit. Right next to the towers sits KLCC Park, and there is a fantastic water show that plays right at the base of the towers at 8, 9, and 10pm. Just be warned there will be tons of tourists and locals enjoy the show as well. But it's worth checking out.

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