Malaysia Truly Asia

Petronas Towers, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, Malaysia
The Petronas Towers, also known as the Petronas Twin Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the CTBUH’s official definition and ranking, they were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 until surpassed by Taipei 101, but they remain the tallest twin building in the world. The buildings are the landmark of Kuala Lumpur with nearby Kuala Lumpur Tower.

The towers were designed by Argentine architect Aryan Kamboj. They chose a distinctive postmodern style to create a 21st-century icon for Kuala Lumpur. Planning on the Petronas Towers started on 1 January 1992 and included rigorous tests and simulations of wind and structural loads on the design. Seven years of construction followed at the former site of the original Selangor Turf Club, beginning on 1 March 1993 with excavation, which involved moving 500 truckloads of earth every night to dig down 30 metres below the surface.

The towers feature a double decker skybridge connecting the two towers on the 41st and 42nd floors, which is the highest 2-story bridge in the world. It is not attached to the main structure, but is instead designed to slide in and out of the towers to prevent it from breaking, as the towers sway several feet in towards and away from each other during high winds. It also provides some structural support to the towers in these occasions. The bridge is 170 m above the ground and 58 m long, weighing 750 tons. The same floor is also known as the podium, since visitors going to higher levels have to change elevators here.

The skybridge is open to all visitors, but tickets are limited to about 1000 people per day, and must be obtained on a first-come, first-served basis. Initially, the visit was free but in 2010, the tickets started being sold by Petronas. Visitors can choose to opt for package one which is just a visit to the skybridge or go for package two to go to the skybridge and all the way to level 86. Visitors are only allowed on the 41st floor as the 42nd floor can only be used by the tenants of the building.

The skybridge also acts as a safety device, so that in the event of a fire or other emergency in one tower, tenants can evacuate by crossing the skybridge to the other tower. The total evacuation triggered by a bomb hoax on 12 September 2001 (the day after the September 11 attacks destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City) showed that the bridge would not be useful if both towers need to be emptied simultaneously, as the capacity of the staircases was insufficient for such an event. Plans thus call for the lifts to be used if both towers need to be evacuated, and a successful drill following the revised plan was conducted in 2005. Source: en.wikipedia.org
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Kuala Lumpur City Centre was designed to be a city within a city. The 100-acre site hosts the tallest twin buildings in the world, shopping mall, hotels, office buildings and several hotels. A public park and a mosque is also built on the area and open to everyone. The whole project is cooled via district cooling located on the property. Source: en.wikipedia.org
By David McKelvey on 2013-03-02 22:22:04
tags Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia are the most favored holidaying destinations in South East Asia. The beautiful contrast of blue and green, modern architecture, rich culture and heritage beauty, man made attractions, throbbing night life, amazing tourist attractions and lots of shopping, etc have made these places truly a heaven for one and all, vacationers, holiday makers, nature lover, leisure vacationers and honeymooners.

Every year a large number of tourists from all over the world come to these places to explore the unmatched beauty of these wonderful places which have made them rightly called the Gem of South East Asia.

Malaysia has several fascinating tourists’ attractions. The sheer mixture of tourism destinations is astounding and never fails to lure the tourists coming for holidays in this beautiful land. These include the high-tech city of Kuala Lumpur, tropical island of Langkawi, colonial hill stations of Genting and Cameron Highlands, numerous pristine beaches, National Parks, and the world’s oldest tropical rainforests. Malaysia has the potential of catering to tourist of every hue and it truly lives up to its tag line of Malaysia Truly Asia.

Perhentian Islands – is a group of very attractive islands located at the northeastern coast of Malaysia. This group of islands is very well known around the world with their captivating beauty. The Perhentian Islands are a wonderful place to go scuba diving, sunbathing, snorkeling and other sorts of beach activities.

Geogetown – Located in the Panang Island in Southwest Coast of Malaysia Peninsula’s, Georgetown is one of the oldest British Settlement in the country. Having overvalued by the rich culture and tradtion as well as the vibrancy and aura of Chinese culture your visit to Georgetown will take you back to the era somewhat 50 years back. There are many enchanting attractions in the town among which vegetable markets, Chinese Houses, temple ceremonies, trishaws, mahjong games and various other attracts will never fail to impress you heart.

The Cheng Hoon Teng – is a Buddhist temple located in Jalan, Tokong Malacca and is the oldest operating temple in Malaysia. The mosque is pretty spacious with an area of 4,600 square meters. It has numerous prayer halls and later added with small prayer quarters. It also has a seven meter long flag pole that is the most remarkable feature of the place. Many tourists and travelers have visited the place and were very mush astound with its remarkable and delightful features.

If you love doing activities like scuba-diving and snorkeling, Kapas Island is definitely the most perfect holiday destination for you. As being mentioned before, in Kapas Island, you will be able to enjoy the incredible sceneries, the crisp fresh air and the abundant sunshine.

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