Petronas Towers and KL Tower offer different things to visitors

Petronas dayIt’s not hard to understand why the Petronas Towers dominate the skyline of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

While the towers are no longer the tallest buildings in the world, they remain the tallest twin towers, at 452 meters.

They also contain themes found in Islamic art. This is significant, as more than 60 percent of Malaysians are Muslims.

In addition, some scenes from the 1999 movie “Entrapment” starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones were shot there.

Petronas nightThese things and more made my sister and I feel that just one visit to the towers wasn’t enough.

And we did visit them more than once, to see what they were like at daytime and at nighttime.

A third tower

Without a doubt, the Petronas Towers are a must-see for anyone visiting Kuala Lumpur.

But there’s another noteworthy tower in the city: KL Tower or Menara Kuala Lumpur.

With a height of 421 meters, KL Tower is considered the fifth tallest telecommunication tower in the world, after CN Tower in Canada, Ostankino Tower in Russia, Oriental Pearl Tower in China and Milad Tower in Iran. 

TreeWhat really fascinated me though during my visit there wasn’t the tower’s height, but an interesting fact about its history.

According to the local who accompanied us to the tower, an old tree in the area was not cut down during its construction, because the city valued its trees very much.

He was right.

“A 100-year-old Jelutong tree (Dyera Costulata) was preserved where a retaining wall was constructed at a cost of RM430,000 to protect the tree,” a KL Tower brochure pointed out.

The government spent US$120,000 to save the tree. What a laudable act.

“The natural surroundings… were cared for during the construction of Menara Kuala Lumpur to ensure balance in development and conservation of the environment,” the brochure added.

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