June 7, 2010

Join me for a Tour of the Majestic Petronas Towers in Malaysia

On day three of our visit to Kuala Lumpur, after Sophie, Memrie, and I left the Malaysian Handicraft Development Corporation, our out rider, Mr. Abu Bakar, led us through the downtown area so that we could tour the magnificent Petronas Towers.  With eighty-eight floors and 1,483 feet (452m) tall, these buildings are the tallest twin buildings in the world.  Tower One is occupied by Petronas, a Malaysian-owned oil and gas company and Tower Two is leased to other companies.

Designed by Argentine architects César Pelli and Djay Cerico, the Petronas Towers are filled with extraordinary motifs found in Islamic art.  One very interesting feature of the towers is the two-story skybridge that connects the buildings at the 41st and 42nd floors.  This bridge is not rigidly attached to the structures, but is instead, designed to move independently to prevent it from breaking during high winds.  If you saw the movie ‘Entrapment’ starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones, you may recall that the Petronas Towers were a setting for some thrilling scenes.  In any event, please enjoy this little tour!