Petronas Towers

sights / Architecture

Petronas Towers information

Location
Golden Triangle & KLCC , Malaysia
Address
Jln Ampang
Getting there
Tram: KLCC
More information
www.petronastwintowers.com.my
Prices
adult/child RM80/30
Opening hours
9am-9pm Tue-Sun, closed 1-2.30pm Fri
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These shimmering stainless steel-clad towers, the headquarters of the national oil and gas company Petronas, are the epitomy of contemporary KL. Resembling twin silver rockets plucked from an episode of Flash Gordon, they are the perfect allegory for the meteoric rise of the city from tin-miners' hovel to 21st-century metropolis. Tickets go on sale at 7am and sell out fast. You can buy in advance in person for the next day, or up to a month in advance online.

Opened in 1998, the 88-storey twin towers are nearly 452m tall, making them the seventh-highest built structures in the world (as of 2010). Designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli, the twin towers' floor plan is based on an eight-sided star that echoes arabesque patterns. Islamic influences are also evident in each tower's five tiers – representing the five pillars of Islam – and in the 63m masts that crown them, calling to mind the minarets of a mosque and the Star of Islam.