Melaka

Melaka (a.k.a. Malacca) is the capital of the Malaysian state of Malacca.
Traditionally, the spot where Melaka stands today was the center of Malaccan history. It was the capital of the Malaccan Sultanate and the center of the Malay world in the 15th and the 16th century before it fell to the Portuguese in 1511. Centuries of colonization by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British have shaped the architecture of the town.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital and the largest city of Malaysia. Being a young city (founded only in 1857) it developed fast into a bustling metropolis of 1.5 million people (6 million including the satellite cities in the Klang Valley). Kuala Lumpur, or simply KL (as it is it called by Malaysians), literally means “muddy estuary” in Bahasa Malaysia. With good and cheap accommodation, great shopping and even better food in this multi-cultural melting pot, increasing numbers of travellers are discovering this little gem of a city.
Having been in the shadow of other big cities in the region like Bangkok and Singapore, KL was put back on the map for good with the opening the Petronas Twin Towers in 1997, until 2004 the highest and still one of the most impressive buildings in the world. Though, the sights are not what makes this city unique, it’s KL itself and it’s mixture of people and visitors.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC

address: Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50088 Kuala Lumpur
kl-petronas-towers-klcc-park-view.jpg, The 88-floor building was completed in 1997 and remained the highest building in the world until 2004 with 452m. The Kuala Lumpur Center includes not only the famous twin towers, but also a shopping mall (Suria KLCC), a movie theatre, the new aquarium (KLCC Aquaria) and a park.
Petronas Twin Towers at night
The 88-floor building was completed in 1997 and remained the highest building in the world until 2004 with 452m. The Kuala Lumpur Center includes not only the famous twin towers, but also a shopping mall (Suria KLCC), a movie theatre, the new aquarium (KLCC Aquaria) and a park.
Links:

The Official Website
Suria KLL (Shopping Mall)
www.klaquaria.com
 


Petronas Twin Towers Tickets:

  • Adult RM80
    Adult (MyKad) RM25
    Child RM30
    Child (MyKid) RM12
  • Visiting Days: Tuesday to Sunday (CLOSED on Monday)
  • Visiting Hours: 9am - 7pm (CLOSED for Friday Prayer 1pm - 2.30pm)
  • the ticketing counter is at Concourse level
  • Issuing of Tickets: Starts from 8.30am (tickets are limited and issued on "First Come, First Served" basis - so get there early)

www.petronastwintowers.com.my

KLCC Aquaria:

  • opening hours: 11am - 8pm, last admission at 7pm
  • Ticket Prices:
    Normal RM45 (with MyKad RM35)
    Children RM35 (RM25)
    Senior Citizen RM25
  • KLCC Aquaria is located in the KLCC Convention Center next to the shopping mall and twin towers

www.klaquaria.com

 

Getting There:

  • LRT - KLCC station
    The Kelana Jaya line stops right underneath KLCC (it is the underground section of the LRT line), the station is called "KLCC" (you guessed it)
    This is the best option if you are coming from Chinatown (hop in from Masjid Jamek station or Pasar Seni) or KL Sentral
    By the way, if you walk from the station into Suria KLCC Shopping Mall you will be welcomed by a very tempting bakery smell coming from the Roti Boy bakery shop (first shop on the right upon entering the mall), try the Roti Boy bun - yummy
  • Monorail - Bukit Nanas station
    the closest station is Bukit Nanas, from there it is a 10min walk along Jalan Ampang until reaching KLCC - just head toward to 2 big towers wink
  • from Bukit Bintang you can walk to KLCC in 15 - 20min,
    From Pavilion Shopping Mall there is new a pedestrian bridge all the way to the KLCC Convention Center entrance. At the entrance take the escalator down to Aquaria KLCC. From here you have to option to take the undergound tunnel to Suria KLCC or go up again and walk through the park.
  • KL Hop-on Hop-off Bus also stops at KLCC
  • Bus from Bukit Bintang:
    B103 towards Titiwangasa
    HSBC Bukit Bintang, Jalan Sultan Ismail to KLCC, Jalan Ampang
  • Bus from Chinatown:
    from Jalan Tun Tan Siew Seng (RHB) (just around the corner from Jalan Tun HS Lee):
    U22 (W) towards Sri Nilam
    U30 (W) towards Pandan Mewah
    U26 towards Bukit Indah, Ampang

 


View KLCC / Petronas Twin Towers in a larger map

 

Petronas Twin Towers at night
view of the Towers at night from KLCC Park

 

 

The Petronas Twin Towers are undoubtedly the landmark of Kuala Lumpur. They can be seen (along with the KL Tower) from almost anywhere in the city. The towers are part of the KLCC complex, short for Kuala Lumpur City Center. The complex was built in 1994-1998 on the grounds of the old horse race track. A whole new (affluent) city district was thus created. Even today, many new luxury Condonimums are being built in the immediate vicinity, because the label "KLCC view" is a good selling point.



the water fountain at KLCC park with the ever changing skyline view

Until recently it was only possible as a visitor to reach the sky bridge at 41st floor. However it was free and limited to a few hundred tickets a day. Meanwhile there is also the possibility to go to the observation deck on the 86th Floor. However, ticket prices at RM80 for foreign tourists are quite steep. Malaysian citizen only pay RM25. This not very hospitable price policy can also be found at other public attractions in Kuala Lumpur like the Bird Park, or at the KL Tower. Tickets are still limited to 800 persons a day and spread over 20 time slots, so you should get there early. The tickets will be issued starting at 8.30am for the time slots between 9am and 8pm, depending on availability.

Part of the KLCC complex is the Suria KLCC shopping mall consisting of 5 floors of mostly expensive brand boutiques and many restaurants. Especially the food court on the 2nd floor is recommended. In the 3rd floor houses a TGV cinema, and the 4th floor the largest bookstore in Kuala Lumpur (Kinakurnya). The interactive technology exhibition / museum "Petrosains" by Petronas on the 4th floor is also recommended especially for children.
More About KLC Suria Shopping Mall


view of Petronas Twin Towers (88 stories, 452m) from KLCC park with Menara Carigali (58 stories, 267m) to the left and Maxis Tower (49 stories, 212m) to the right

A special attraction for locals and tourists alike is the beautifully landscaped KLCC Park at the foot of the Twin Towers. It is also a popular romantic meeting place for couples. The contrast of green park and the modern architecture of adjacent skyscrapers are great for taking pictures. For children, there is a huge playground and a wading pool to cool off.

The adjoining KLCC Convention Center hosts many fairs, conventions and events throughout the  year. Here at Lower Ground Level you can also find the KLCC Aquaria, a state-of-the-art oceanarium. There is even the possibility to dive with sharks here.
From the entrance of KLCC Conventions Center (just above the KLCC Aquaria) there is a covered and air-conditioned pedestrian bridge to the Pavilion Shopping Mall in Bukit Bintang. Thus, using the the underground tunnel between Suria KLCC and the convention center and then using the pedestrian bridge you can make it from Suria KLCC to Pavilion Shopping Mall (ca. 2km) without being exposed to rain or heat.

The Petronas Twin Towers / KLCC are definitely a must for any visit to Kuala Lumpur. They should be visited during the day so well after dark. In particular, the lighting at night (the lights will be turned off at midnight) is very impressive. If you want to enjoy a special view of the park and the towers from the top, it is recommended to pay a visit to the Sky Bar at Traders Hotel, right opposite the Towers on the other side of the park.
More about the Sky Bar



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