Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge visit
On Friday, March 12th, I got up early to get in line for one of the limited free tickets for the Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge. The Petronas Twin Towers are the headquarters for the Petronas oil and gas company. Standing 452 m (1,483 ft) tall, the towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004, and they remain the tallest twin buildings in the world today.
At 8am I took the train from Pasar Seni to KLCC for 1.6rm.
The line for the tickets can be found in the basement of the towers. I was in line at 8:15am, they started giving out tickets at 8:30am. You can choose what time you would like your visit to be. Only 40 people are allowed to go up every 15 minutes, so if you care what time slot you get it is best to get there early to be in the front of the line. I chose to go up at 1:15pm to avoid the daily late afternoon monsoon.
I spent the rest of the morning messing around online and getting lunch on Petaling Street. There’s a place where you can get a bunch of vegetarian food for 1rm per scoop, so I got a scoop of cooked veggies and a scoop of bbq tofu, plus soy milk (yay!) for 1.5rm and jackfruit for 1rm. That’s a lot of food for 4.5rm (about $1.35). Food here is very cheap, even cheaper than Cambodia (but not as tasty).
I returned to KLCC at 12:15pm and killed time by going to the Galeri Petronas, an art gallery, in Suria KLCC which is a giant shopping mall attached to the Petronas Towers.
The Galeri was great, it had lots of captivating photographs. I took pictures, but apparently you’re not supposed to and a guard made me delete them. I highly recommend checking out Galeri Petronas if you have 30 minutes to spare. Admission is free. Afterwards I went to the Petronas Towers gift shop where I bought 2 postcards for 0.8rm each.
At 1:05pm I and 39 others queued up to visit the Skybridge on floor 41 which is 170m (558 ft) above ground. The towers have 88 floors but tourists are only allowed to go to the Skybridge. First we were directed into a small film viewing room where we watched a short 3D movie about the Petronas company. I was delighted; I’ll watch anything in 3D.
Next we went through a security check before going up to the Skybridge in a high speed elevator. You can really feel the increase in altitude when you expierience your ears popping and lightheadedness. It reminded me of going up the Eiffle Tower.
We were allowed to walk around on the bridge and take pictures for 15 minutes. It was a great view to enjoy for free!