Friday, November 20, 2009

The Petronas Towers - An Outstanding Architectural Marvel

By Supul Banagala and Naveen Marasinghe

The Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur is an outstanding architectural marvel and excels as the World's tallest twin building. At the time of its inauguration it was the world's tallest building with 88- floor towers and unique Islamic art giving it a distinct local flair. Elegantly set against the trendy Kuala Lumpur City the towers are considered as an iconic landmark symbolizing Malaysia's great transformation.

The design of the towers was based on a blend of art, science and nature. This is signified by the inclusion of the Science Discovery Center, Symphonic Concert Hall and the Suria KLCC Mall. The Dewan Filharmonik Petronas is located at the podium in the towers and is recognized as one of the most acoustically sound concert halls in the world. Home to the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the hall is renowned for classical music performances. Petrosains, the Petroleum Discovery Center is a modern science center with interactive sessions and elaborate displays creating a fun filled experience. Considered by Malaysians as the most hip shopping mall, the Suria KLCC is a massive establishment with six levels of retail outlets and this crescent shaped shopping mall is also home to 270 specialty stores, cinemas and restaurants.

The skybridge constructed between the towers' 41st and 42nd floors is a unique feature at Petronas Towers. The bridge is 170m above the ground, thus is ranked as the highest 2-story bridge in the world. Outside the Towers is the KLCC Park which contains an illuminated fountain, jogging paths, wading pools and a children's playground.

Kuala Lumpur's Golden Triangle, the city's main shopping and business district, Bintang walk and the modern Pavilion Complex are other attractions that can be explored, many of them located in the vicinity of Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur which is a leading luxury hotel in Kuala Lumpur. With amazing range of facilities and courteous hospitality, many Kuala Lumpur hotels are located close to many attractions including the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, National Planetarium, AP Art Gallery, Gallery at Star Hill, National Monument, Merdeka Square and Malaysia Islamic Center.

Virajini Bandara and Naveen Marasinghe are e-marketing executives at eMarketingEye(Private) Ltd. eMarketingeEye is a search engine marketing company offering integrated Internet marketing solutions, specializing in serving the online travel and hospitality industry. (

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Great Pyramid Of Giza Member Of The Seven Wonders Of The World

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now Cairo, Egypt in Africa, and is the only remaining member of the Seven Wonders of the World. The great pyramid was created to honor the pharaoh Khufu, and many of the smaller pyramids, tombs, and temples were built to honor Khufu's wives and family members. Khufu was the son of King Sneferu, and Queen Hetepheres. Khufu is remembered as a cruel and ruthless pharaoh in later folklore. Khufu had nine sons, one of whom, Djedefra, was his immediate successor. The pyramids of Giza are perhaps the only true rival to the Great Sphinx, when one thinks about Ancient Egypt and its architecture. For centuries the Great Pyramid was completely sealed - its secrets to be revealed when the time was right. In the beginning of the 17th century an intrepid explorer entered the pyramid to measure its passages and chambers. The original name Khafre is the greatest of the three.

During the Arabs' excavation of the Pyramid of Khufu, they encountered various boulders and slabs that were used to seal the passages and chambers within the pyramid. They also found hidden doors. This probably fueled the many myths about the Egyptian pyramids being booby-trapped, and where a grave robber who managed to get in would never get out alive.

It measures 454.7 ft in height. The bas is 717.5 ft - 11 acres the date of construction was the 4th dynasty 2570 BC and the average weight of individual blocks of Stone was 2.5 tons. There is no evidence that anyone was ever buried in the main chamber. It is the one and only Wonder which does not require a description by early historians and poets. It is the one and only Wonder that does not need speculations concerning its appearance, size, and shape. It is the oldest, yet it is the only surviving of the Seven Ancient Wonders. It is the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is located at the city of Giza, a necropolis of ancient Memphis, and today part of Greater Cairo, Egypt. The great pyramid is believed to have been built over a 20 year period.

When Khufu, also known as Cheops, became pharaoh one of his first acts was to curtail the growing power of the priesthood. He "shut up all the temples and forbade sacrifices". As a priest's living came from performing these rituals it is not surprising that Khufu was unpopular with the religious orders.

Man fears Time, yet Time fears the Pyramids Arab proverb.

Large amount of museum surplus, authentic ancient artifacts. Glass beads, wall fragments, Egyptian jasper, heart scarabs, plaques, stone statues and much more. Excellent for jewelry makers, business owners or just showcasing in your home.