Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Petronas Twins Towers and KLIA on RM5 Note

You will never miss the two major icons depict in the RM5 of 3rd series banknote when visiting to capital city of Malaysia - Kuala Lumpur. Upon arriving to Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is welcoming you with its unique outlook as illustrated in the note below. On the other hand, the Petronas Twin Towers can been seen from many angles while you are entering the city as it is the tallest building in town, in deed it was once the world tallest building.

The 3rd series of RM5 Malaysian Banknote depict the main building of KLIA with the Petronas Twin Towers appear in the background.

The Petronas Twin Towers and the main facade of Kuala Lumpur International Airport as illustrated in 3rd Series of RM5 note.

Petronas Twin Towers

Illustrated on RM5 of the 3rd Series of Malaysian banknotes, Petronas Twin Towers has became the icon of Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia. The Petronas Twin Towers were once the tallest building (from 1998 to 2004) in the world before the title was taken by the Taipei 101. Designed by the Argentine-American architect Cesar Pelli, the Petronas Twin Towers floor plan design adopted a simple Islamic geometric forms of two interlocking squares creating a shape of eight-points stars with the semi-circles softening in the inner angles.

The comparison of height of Petronas Twin Towers with other skyscrapers (left). The design layout of Petronas Twin Towers (right).

The Petronas Twin Towers comprise of 88 Storeys with 452 metres above street level. It has a skybridge connecting two towers locate at level 41. The skybridge has a length of 58.4 metres. These towers are equipped with 29 double deckers high speed passenger lifts with six heavy duty service lifts and four executive lifts in each tower.

Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)

Another feature depicts in RM5 note is the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) building. Located at Sepang district, the KLIA is 50 kilometres away from the Kuala Lumpur city. The KLIA was officially inaugurated in June 1998 and since then it has became the Malaysia's main international airport, replacing the Subang Internation Airport.

The KLIA is currently the 13th busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic and the 7th busiest airport in Asia. It has a capacity of handling 35 million passengers and 1.2 million tonne of a cargo within a year in its current phase.

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