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Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur

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The Petronas Twin Towers are dual skyscrapers with a postmodern design, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its design by Cesar Pelli is inspired by the Islamic symbol, Rub el Hizb…


Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Petronas Twin Towers are dual skyscrapers with a postmodern design, located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Its design by Cesar Pelli is inspired by the Islamic symbol, Rub el Hizb – two overlapping squares, rotated to create an eight-pointed star. The Petronas Towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998-2004 (when they were surpassed by Taipei 101). The two towers are connected at the 41st and 42nd floors by the sky bridge – the highest two-story bridge in the world, which is 170 meters (558 feet) high, and 58 meters (190 feet) long.

The towers have a total of 78 elevators. The 29 main elevators are all double-decker – the bottom deck stops at odd-numbered floors, and the upper deck serves even-numbered floors. To reach an even numbered floor from the ground, passengers must take an escalator up one level from the ground floor.

The Petronas Towers symbolically represent Malaysia’s culture. The outline of the towers make ‘M’, the beginning letter of Malaysia, whereas a glimpse of the traditional handicrafts – basket weaving can be seen in the jagged outline.

While one of the Petronas towers is occupied by Petronas and its allied companies, the other has following offices – AVEVA, HCL Technologies, The Agency (a modeling company), IBM, Al Jazeera English, Huawei Technologies, Carigali Hess, Bloomberg, Boeing, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, McKinsey & Co, TCS, Krawler, Microsoft, and Reuters.

Petronas Twin Tower Height

The Twin Towers stand at a height of 452 meter and is ranked 9 among the tallest towers in the world.

Petronas Twin Tower Map

Location Map of Petronas Twin Tower

Location Map of Petronas Twin Tower

Petronas Twin Tower Facts

  • The towers were constructed between 1993 and 1994.
  • Architect Cesar Pelli designed the towers.
  • The height of each tower is 451.9 meters (1,483 feet).
  • There are 88 floors in each of the towers.

Where is Petronas Twin Tower ?

The Petronas Twin Towers are located in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The towers can be reached within a half-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur International Airport. You can take a taxi, train, or bus to reach the towers.

Best time to visit Petronas Twin Tower

The climate of Kuala Lumpur is hot and humid much of the year. The rainiest months are March to April, and September to November. The city is a great place to spend many national holidays and festivals, like Flora Fest in January or February and Malaysia Fest in May.

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Petronas Twin Tower Hours

  • Open for visitors from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm from Tuesdays to Sundays.
  • Closed on Fridays from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm and closed on all Mondays.

Petronas Twin Tower Tickets

Tickets are issued from 8:30 am at the counter on the Concourse level. Tickets can also be purchased in advance.

  • Child RM 30 (RM = Malaysian Ringgit)
  • Adult RM 80
  • MyKid RM 12
  • MyKad Adult RM 25

More about Petronas Twin Tower

Places to Visit Nearby are: Suria KLCC, KLCC Park, Aquaria KLCC, KL Malaysia, KlangValley in Selangor, and Genting Highlands in Pahang and Selangor.

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Penang Hill in Malaysia

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Away from the muggy weather of mainland lies a nature lover’s paradise – Penang Hill. The cooler climate of one of the oldest hill stations in Malaysia is legendary. The…


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Penang Hill

Beautiful views from the Penang Hill during night time

Away from the muggy weather of mainland lies a nature lover’s paradise – Penang Hill. The cooler climate of one of the oldest hill stations in Malaysia is legendary. The aesthetic appeal of the colonial bungalows, the lure of trekking through forest, and a scenic train ride to the top: these pleasures define Penang Hill. Once you are at the top, the view of George Town is breathtaking. For travelers who want to explore the Penang Hill to the hilt, enjoying a leisurely walk, spotting rare birds, and going off the beaten track are always high on priority.

History

The British established a colony on the Penang Hill during the latter half of the 18th century. The Governor of Penang had his residential bungalow built on the hill. They developed this area to escape the hot and humid weather of the city located down the hill – George Town. Penang Hill was not a frequently visited place till the early 20th century when the Funicular Railway service started and a rapid residential evolution took place. Soon, it came to be known as one of the world’s top hill resorts.

Penang Hill Attraction & Things to do

Those who love to behold nature in its purest form and yearn to explore its hidden treasures can choose to climb up the hill by foot. The walk along the trails will introduce you to black squirrels, tropical oak trees, parasitic plants, and the carnivorous pitcher plants.

Once you reach the top, get onto a buggy and embark on a memorable journey around the Penang Hill. It would be quite a fascinating experience when you have a panoramic view of George Town, the Penang Bridge, the lush green landscape of the island and the mainland Malaysia. There are a host of fine eateries on the top, but having tea at the David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terrace is highly recommended.

The Bellevue Aviary & Ginger Garden – This bird sanctuary-cum-garden on the hill houses all eight families of the Zingiberales plants and some of the most admirable native and exotic bird species.

Owl Museum – As the name suggests, this museum is dedicated to the various arts & crafts based on owl. This museum is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia. It has a collection of around 1,000 rare artifacts from around 20 countries across Asia, Europe, and South America.

Moreover, the hill also has an Indian temple and a mosque. There is a playground for kids and in the vicinity lies a British-era cannon weighing around 32 pounds with a target range of close to 1,000 feet. While walking down the hill, you find a tree house where you can take some rest, sip a cup of tea, and move on. The Botanical Garden is another must-visit destination.

Penang Island, the parent island of the Penang Hill, has a wide range of tourist attractions including the Buddhist Kek Lok Si Temple, Escape Adventureplay, Adventure Zone Theme Park, Penang Interactive Museum, Penang War Museum, Fort Cornwallis, Penang Khoo Kongsi, and Wat Chaiya Mangkalaram.

The Island is also home to a large number of bungalows that reflect a perfect blend of British, Asian, and contemporary architecture.

Penang Hill Location

Penang Hill is located in Air Itam, 6 km from the city of George Town on Penang Island near the western coast of Malaysia.

Penang Hill Map


How to Reach?

By Air – The Penang Hill is only 27 km from the Penang International Airport. An hour-long drive will take you to the base of the hill.

By Rail – The Penang Hill Funicular Railway route is a preferred option to reach the top of the Penang Hill.

By Road – You can opt for the jeep service, which is available from the Botanical Gardens. It just takes 20 minutes to climb up the hill. The city of George Town is also well connected to Air Itam by road.

Penang Hotel

There are a number of old bungalows, cottages, and guest houses on the hill offering great comfort at reasonable prices. The Bellevue Hotel is the only hilltop hotel in Penang Hill. The hotel in Penang offers a great panormic view along with relaxed hospitality stay. The staff is also very friendly. The hotels contains around 50 rooms with amazing facilities. It also has unique collections on rare species of Birds, Flora and Fauna at the Aviary Garden. The nearby city of George Town has numerous hotels ranging from luxury to economy categories.

Address: Bukit Bendera, 11300, Penang, Malaysia.

Email: [email protected]/[email protected]

Penang Hill Restaurants

There are several eateries and restaurants on and around the Penang Hill including the famous David Brown’s Restaurant & Tea Terrace. Some of the other eateries that serve both local and international delicacies include Idealite, Lazeez Restaurant, Beep Beep Q Restaurant, Home Style Restaurant, and Gusto Cafe to name a few.

Best Time to Visit Penang Hill

Although the weather on Penang Hill is predominantly pleasant all through the year, yet it is advisable that you choose any time between December and April when the place remains mostly sunny and temperatures stay moderate.

Things to Remember

  • Leave your hotels early and reach Air Itam before 9 am. If you turn up late, getting seats on the Penang Hill Funicular rail might get tough.
  • Do not forget to explore the rest of the Penang Island and the Pangkor Island nearby.

Facts about Penang Hill

  • The Penang Hill is around 830 meters (2,750 feet) above sea level.
  • The Penang Hill comprises a group of hills: Western Hill, Tiger Hill, Government Hill, Flagstaff Hill, Halliburton’s Hill, and the Strawberry Hill.
  • The Western Hill, at around 833 meters (2,723 feet), is the highest point.
  • The Convalescent Bungalow is the oldest building in the region. It dates back to 1803.

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