See Kuala Lumpur from above at the Petronas Twin Towers, an architectural masterpiece in the heart of the city. The Skybridge, the highest two-storey bridge in the world, connects the two buildings on the 41st and 42nd levels, and crossing it makes for a one-of-a-kind experience. Then soar to the top of the towers in the lift for breathtaking views from the 86th-floor observation deck.
Completed in June 1996, the Petronas Towers have become a symbol of Malaysia’s global presence in the modern age. The brainchild of Tun Mahathir Mohamad and architect Cesar Pelli, the buildings represent both the country’s history and its future. Their silhouette forms the letter M, for Malaysia, and the textured exteriors recall the country’s traditional crafts: woven baskets turned upside down.
At almost 452 metres, this 88-storey building dominates Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. From the exterior, be sure to get photos of the impressive stainless-steel and glass towers. Inside, learn about the history of their construction through interactive displays. Then it’s time to make your way up 170 metres; enormous lifts whisk you up to the Skybridge on the 41st floor. Feel a bit like a tightrope walker as you make your way between the two buildings. Head up to level 86 to see both the twin peak (it seems as though you could just reach out and grab it) and the bustling city below. Finish with a stop at the gift shop to pick up a souvenir to commemorate your visit.
You’ll find Petronas Towers near the KLCC (Kuala Lumpur City Centre) train station. You can buy tickets to the towers on-site, but you may want to select a time online in advance, as queues can get long. You also might want to visit the towers twice: they’re stunning by day and dazzling at night as they sparkle over the city. Petronas Towers are open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays) from 9am to 9pm.