The skyline of the global city of Kuala Lumpur showcases two towers: the Menara KL and the Petronas Twin Towers. Both structures rise high on the Klang Valley and are considered iconic landmarks of KL and of Malaysia.
These Malaysian towers are worth the visit. Only about 2 kilometers apart, these towers can be visited on a single day. Both towers are popular spots and are must-sees when you are in Kuala Lumpur.
While most visitors to Kuala Lumpur are drawn to the Petronas Twin Towers, the Menara KL offers a couple of things more.
Menara KL is the 7th tallest freestanding tower in the world. It has a height of 1,381 feet (421 meters) which consists of 5 parts: the foundation base, the touristic building, the shaft containing the stairwell and elevators, the tower head and the antenna.
At the tower head is where the observation deck, the revolving restaurant and the telecom stations are. Menara KL was opened to the public on July 23, 1996.
Menara KL is located at Jalan Puncak off Jalan P Ramlee. The nearest transit stations to Menara KL are Bukit Nanas Monorail station and Dang Wangi LRT station. This tower offers a 360-degree view of KL. Access to the Observation deck is thru its 4 elevators and stairwell. Ticket is RM 49.00 (adult).
The observation deck also has a pair of Skybox. These are glass boxes supported by steelframes and slightly protrude from the observation deck. They offer a spectacular view of KL central business district. For tickets and access to Menara KL’s Skybox, click here.
I would recommend going up to the Observation deck and the Skybox a couple of hours before sunset. There is usually a queue to the Skyboxes, the one with the view of Petronas tower has a longer line compared to the other glass box. You need to take off your footwear before entering the Skybox, and you are allowed only a few minutes each time.
After experiencing the Skybox, you can wine and dine at the revolving restaurant, Atmosphere 360 or some snacks at Sky Café.
The Petronas are iconic twin towers located at the KLCC or the Kuala Lumpur City Centre. The identical towers were the tallest buildings from 1998 to 2004. It was surpassed by Taipei 101. A pride of Malaysia, the Petronas is a post-modern Islamic structure designed by an Argentine architect César Pelli.
The towers are 1,483 ft (452m) tall. A sky bridge connects the two buildings at the 41st and 42nd floors. This tourist attraction has an observation deck at the 86th floor.
For tickets and access to the Petronas Twin Towers, click here.
Visitors are first led to the sky bridge thru high-speed elevators and allowed to stay at the bridge for about 10 minutes to enjoy the view and to take photos. Another elevator ride would bring the visitors to the 86th floor, the Observation deck which offers 360-degree view of KL. Visitors are given about 15 minutes at the 86th floor. Then finally, a third elevator ride back down to the ground floor for the visit to the gift shops. The entire Petronas experience is less than an hour only.
Do not forget to take pictures of the twin towers from the grounds of KLCC. The best spot to take photos of the icons are from the west fronting the Public Bank Berhad building. Go to this spot in the afternoon around 5pm up to about 10pm or when the KLCC grounds are still open.