Early last year (2012), a fully air-conditioned pedestrian walkway linking KLCC and Bukit Bintang was opened to the public. I wanted to try this walkway for the longest time but only had the chance to do so in January this year.
Starting from the KL Convention Centre which is linked to Suria KLCC shopping mall via an underground pedestrian tunnel, I went up the elevator.
The elevated walkway as seen from the top of the elevator.
There were not many people using this walkway. Probably because it was still early in the morning? But it was very safe as there were security guards stationed at strategic places to keep a look out and also to help with directions.
The walkway was clean and well maintained, which I think is quite impressive considering that it was launched one year ago. With ample lightings and working air-condition, I felt quite comfortable walking here.
Built at the cost of RM100 million (financed by Petronas as part of its social contribution program), this 562m long and 5m wide elevated walkway provides a direct link between two popular shopping malls in Kuala Lumpur, namely Suria KLCC and Pavilion KL.
That's right! Now you can walk from Suria KLCC to Pavilion KL and back safely, shielded from the sun and rain in air-conditioned comfort! How awesome is that!
The walkway passes through Jalan Pinang, Jalan Perak and Jalan Raja Chulan with entry and exit points at a few convenient locations. Also accessible via this walkway is the Impiana KLCC Hotel, the Raja Chulan Monorail Station and the KLCC LRT Station.
As I walked, I noticed that I was passing by the famous Saizaki Japanese Buffet Restaurant opposite.
I also passed by The Butter Factory KL located at Jalan Kia Peng.
Earlier, I passed by the KL CityWalk, a lifestyle concept between KLCC and Jalan P Ramlee, but I forgot to take a picture of that!
I would say that this pedestrian walkway provides a good opportunity to view some of the famous buildings and landmarks in KL.
Passing by Novotel Hotel.
Soon, I reached the Hakka Restaurant at the corner junction of Jalan Kia Peng and Jalan Raja Chulan.
The view of Jalan Raja Chulan. Can you see the long elevated walkway I just walked through earlier?
I was out of the air-conditioned walkway, having reached Pavilion KL.
The whole pleasant walk took me about 15 minutes. It could have been faster if I did not stop to take photos.
This bridge leads directly to the Pavilion Connection area where the al-fresco dining, street bistros and entertainment strip were located.
Although I felt the distance from KLCC to Pavilion was slightly longer using this pedestrian walkway compared to walking on the road side bypassing Novotel Hotel, it is definitely safer and more comfortable, and is especially useful when it rains!
With this pedestrian walkway, getting around BBKLCC is no longer a big hassle.