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My Petronas Skybridge Experience

November 26th, 2010 by

I have been fortunate enough to see the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur several times in the past.  As for the Skybridge, well, I never had the chance to visit it up close and personal.  You see, the climb to floor 41 of the impressive twin skyscrapers not only requires precious ringgits but in my case, a good deal of patience and sheer determination as well.

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The Petronas Twin Towers (or simply the Petronas Towers) were designed by Argentine architects César Pelli and Djay Cerico. The towers were the world’s tallest upon completion in 1998 but had to relinquish the glory to Taipei 101 in 2004.  Still, the modern icons are the tallest twin buildings worldwide, which counts for something.

Since no trip to Kuala Lumpur is complete without a visit to the Petronas Twin Towers Skybridge, I had a firm desire to take in the experience.

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The morning I scheduled my trip, I hailed a cab in front of my hotel in Kuala Lumpur and instructed the driver to bring me to Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC).  I wanted to reach my destination as fast as possible given that my Malaysian friends reminded me the night before that I had to be at KLCC as early as 8:00 a.m. if I wanted to secure tickets for the Skybridge. They told me that the counter opens and distributes tickets at exactly 8:30 a.m. I was also told that only 1,300 tickets were given out each day on a first come, first served basis.

I arrived at KLCC at exactly 8:00 a.m. Since it was raining, I assumed that not so many people would be there. I was so wrong!  There was a long queue of people in front of the ticket counter, which was still closed at the time. The guard at the entrance informed me that there were people in line as early as 6:00 a.m. After what seemed like an eternity, the ticket counters opened and distributed tickets for the 9:00 a.m. slot.

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It was a long and tiresome wait.  When it was my turn at the ticket counter, I checked my watch and realized that it was already 11:30 a.m., which meant that I had been waiting in line for over 3 hours.  The person at the ticket counter informed me that a trip to the Skybridge was RM10 while a ticket to the Skybridge and the Observation Deck at the topmost floor of the Petronas Towers was RM40.  I just bought the one for the Skybridge.  After paying for the ticket, I was allowed to choose from three available time slots. The next available slot was already for 3:00 p.m. but I opted for 4:40 p.m. as I had plans to shop with friends.

At around 4:30 p.m., I was back at the ticket counter.  The guides handed me a coloured badge and ushered me to a room where we were shown a short presentation about the Petroliam Nasional Berhad, or simply, Petronas.  After the presentation, our group was led towards an elevator that transported us to the 41st floor in exactly 41 seconds.  Upon reaching the bridge, we were only given a total of 15 minutes to enjoy the view and take loads of photos.

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The view was arresting from the Skybridge, which is 170 metres above street level. It was definitely a unique vantage point from which to enjoy the entire city of Kuala Lumpur. We were able to see far off mountain ranges as well as nearby skyscrapers and intricate rooftop designs. Of course, I would not suggest the trip for those who fear heights. After exactly 15 minutes, the guides told us that our time was up and that we were to return to the elevators for the trip down.

Inside the elevator, I was overcome with the sense that the wait for my Skybridge experience was definitely worth it.  Finally, mission accomplished!

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