Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Petronas Towers, KL, MALAYSIA

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia. It is now becoming one of the fastest growing economic giant in South-East Asia. It is also home to the  tallest twin buildings in the world, the Petronas Towers, which was the primary reason for our visit.

Our trip to KL was a very short one. We were headed to Siem Reap, Cambodia and decided to spend the night in KL to visit the twin towers.

After checking in we grabbed a quick lunch in one of the hotel's restaurants and headed to the towers. It was only about a 15-min walk from our hotel and I was greatly amazed by how it felt like I was walking the streets of Makati. Plus the locals look exactly like Filipinos. The weather was awesome, as always, since it's a tropical country and traffic was light. We took our time to enjoy the view and just take in some fresh Asian air (polluted or not, my lungs are used to this kinda thing).

After 3 blocks we could see the tip of the towers. Actually, we have a good view of the towers from our hotel.

View of the towers from our hotel room

We're almost there

And there they were. Tall and majestic. Very beautiful indeed.

The sky bridge

The entrance

Petronas is a 2-tower structure connected by a sky bridge on the 41st and 42nd floors. It has 88 floors where Tower 1 is fully occupied by Petronas and Tower 2 is leased by other companies. According to Wikipedia the towers are the tallest buildings in 1998 to 2004. Didin't even know that! On top are spires which in my opinion add to the towers' personalities. On the ground floor is a mall where you can shop til you drop (not a big fan!) or just merely sit on one of the benches and watch people walk by (big fan!). TRIVIA: The towers were featured in the movie Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones in 1998. 

The Kuala Lumpur Internatial Airport (KLIA) is one of the busiest airports in South-east Asia. According to Wikipedia it handles 35 M passengers a year. The airport puts great emphasis in allowing natural light to enter the building, thus, there are several glass walls and windows throughout the building. It has won several international awards including Best Airport for 2 consecutive years (2005 and 2006).

I'd like to go back to KL in the near future. And next time I will definitely stay longer!

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