We reached Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) late in the evening after our brief trip to Resorts World Genting. I intended to go shopping for sale clothes at some of the KLCC malls, but again, given our unintentional late arrival, the malls were about to close.
But we didn’t mind that the malls were closing. Our foremost intention of going to KLCC was to see the primary icon of booming Kuala Lumpur and the symbol that signifies Malaysia’s position in the global market as a tiger economy—the Petronas Towers. Read more…
The Petronas Towers or Menara Berkembar Petronas, which stand at 451.9 meters with 88 floors and five basement levels, are considered to be the tallest twin buildings ever built. Tower One is occupied by Petronas or Petroliam Nasional Berhad, a government-owned gas and oil company in Malaysia that is ranked among the Fortune Global 500. The tenants of Tower Two, meanwhile, include Microsoft, Boeing, Al Jazeera, Reuters, Huawei, and IBM.
What’s fascinating to know about the Petronas Towers is that Filipino-Malaysian engineer Deejay Cerico and Filipino designer Dominic Saibo actually designed the skyscrapers with Argentinian architect César Pelli. The towers were inaugurated in August 1999.
From Titiwangsa, we alighted at the Bukit Nanas monorail station. From there, the imposing twin skyscrapers can already be seen, so we decided to just walk and follow the lights. We were feeling more and more excited as we were getting nearer that with each opportunity, we took several photos of the twin towers in different angles.
We finally arrived at the plaza fronting the Petronas Towers, and I saw the mall beneath the towers called Suria KLCC was still open. Maniacally rushing, we went in to see what’s inside.
After the mall closed, we went back outside to take more photos, as if what we had taken earlier wasn’t enough. Then, I sat silently and just appreciated what was in front of me.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that the view of the towers up close mesmerized me, with the bright, flickering lights adding a lot to the enthralling experience. Seeing the Petronas Towers the first time was unforgettable; it’s definitely a story I’d be proud to tell.
How to get there: There are several metro and bus stations that serve the Kuala Lumpur City Center (KLCC), but there is an LRT station called KLCC. Taxis are convenient to take as well.
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