Monday, December 10, 2012

KLCC to Bukit Bintang - Aircon Tunnel/Walkway...

Friends say that the new Walkway is worth a try if one wants to get to and fro KLCC - Pavilion - KLCC. It was open to the public since January 2012. I had planned to try it since it is easy to get to the Pavilion Mall without driving to the mall. I could just park my car at the KLCC parking area as I usually does and take a walk using this Walkway. KLCC is my favourite mall. It is just a five minutes’ drive from my home in Ampang Jaya. I spend lots of time there shopping or just whiling my time enjoys my golden years my way. I decided that I must make a point to go and see for myself this new Tunnel/Walkway that link the KLCC to the Bukit Bintang area of the city. 

So on a beautiful Saturday morning December 8, at just past eleven thirty I drove the Honda to the KLCC parking lot, park the car there and went up to the mall. I then took the tunnel and take my time and enjoy the walk. I ask a few guards as to the direction and continue walking among the lunch time crowds. I have used this part of the tunnel before to visit the Aquaria, an aquarium attached to the KLCC complex. That was a long time ago. As I walk I notice the tunnel look different. It has since been renovated and new space added along the way. As I approach the Aquaria I notice there is a food court there throng with people enjoying their meals. I was indeed surprise that there is a food court there. I then ask a guard for direction again and was told just to move forward. I continue my walk while enjoying the scene of advertisement and decoration that had been painted on the roof and on the wall all the way. It does add colour to the environment of the tunnel and I like it. It creates a feeling of happiness as one walk. On the left is an image of the painting on the roof near the Aquaria. I passed the Aquaria and move on and eventually got to the front of the Convention Centre. A few steps outside the centre a stair let to the Walkway. I walk up to the Walkway and continue my walk. 

I later found that the tunnel is 563 metre long. That meant I had walked more than half a kilometre already.  I continue walking on the Walkway and soon found there are many exits where one could take to get to their destination along the way. There are stairway, escalator and lift to make walking and going up and down a pleasure. I believe the Lift is for those wheelchair people to get to another level. My destination was the Pavilion so I continue walking at my own pace and at time stop to take picture of the scenery along the way.

In less than 20 minutes I am already at the Pavilion. The side where there are many Cafe and Bistro. I went to order coffee and a snack at Starbucks and sat there to enjoy my drink. With the free WiFi I surf the net using my Samsung Galaxy. I posted a picture of myself on Facebook and soon got respond from friends. I while my time on Facebook while enjoying the coffee and the sandwich. That area of the Pavilion is sort of a walkway with eateries on both sides. Thus there are many people passing by to and fro Bukit Bintang area to the KLCC. I then went inside the Pavilion Mall and window-shop all the way to the front. Amazing with this short-cut I could be here any time I am at KLCC without having to drive all the way to the Pavilion like I used to do before. 

I love to walk and this is one place where I could walk in the cool comfort. The whole tunnel and walkway is air-condition making the walk a cool comfort all the way. There is an exit to the KLCC Park outside not that far away from the Aquaria. It would be great to walk in the park as well in a cool morning and then get to the Pavilion for a drink and snack. The distance one way KLCC to the Pavilion is 1.173 Kilometre; so a walk both way would be 3.346 Kilometre. Nice distances for a healthy walk. Well folks I did enjoy my little adventure that morning and would surely do it again. 

Have a nice day.


Aziela said...

Wow, this is indeed a useful information Pak Idrus. Thank you so much for sharing it with us, especially people like me whom always out of century though I work in KL.

seniorsaloud said...

Enjoyed reading about your 'little adventure'. Next one to try is take the Go-KL free shuttle from KLCC to Pasar Seni for a tour of downtown old KL, if you haven't already done that.

Al-Manar said...

I doubt I relish walking that distance. Leave it to young people like you and wife!

Zendra-Maria said...

Salam Pak Idrus, I should try this too. It beats walking nowhere on the treadmill, and walking on uneven ground outside exposed to the elements. But then I'd have to break my vow never to step into the Pavillion which took over my old school... hmmm

Oh yes, perhaps the authorities can install a walkalator... which might be handy for Pakcik Hassan :)

Pak Idrus said...

Aziela, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

Well now that you know it is time to walk to the Pavilion form KLCC. I surely going to be fun.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

el-f, Lily thanks for the visit and the good words on this posting.

Well was your suggestion that move fast-forward my visit to the new tunnel/walkway. Had it not I would still have postponed taking that walk. I am glad that I did and as you have read I did enjoy the walk.

Would try the other place as I move on.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

Al-Manar, Pokcik Hassan thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

I am as old as you and if I could do it surely you could do it in good time. Try it the next time you are here. If need be I shall accompany you for a coffee at the Pavilion.

Have a nice day.

Pak Idrus said...

Zendra-Maria, thanks for the visit and sharing your thoughts on the subject of this posting.

The tunnel/walkway is a good project for the public and was fully financed by Petronas. I did enjoy my walk there and I believe you would too, after all it is just 2 kilometre both way and in the cool comfort of air-condition.

There are many exits on the Bukit Bintang side and if you still did not want to visit the Pavilion you can always take the other exit that may lead you to the other part of Bukit Bintang.

Happy adventure In the tunnel Zendy.

Have a nice day.

Temuk said...

Tersipu-sipu pula pada Pak Idrus, sebab walaupun umur baru "80 tolak 16", rasanya tak akan mampu menyaingi Pak Idrus dalam acara berjalan kaki itu. Kalau di tengah panas, lagilah hangus!

Pak Idrus said...

Temuk, thanks for the visit and the good words.

Kita orang tua jadi kita jalan mengikut cara kita lah. That is why it take 20 minutes to do that 1 kilometre in an air-condition tunnel/walkway.

I believe you could do it in record time. Come over to the KLCC and have coffee with me and then we can walk together to the Pavilion.

Have a nice day.

mamadou said...

Pak Idrus
Interesting. Saya masih belum terokai kemudahan yang Pak Idrus ceritakan ini.
Moga kemudahan yang ada lebih memebri munafaat serta membahgiakan warga kota
Terima kasih Pak

Pak Idrus said...

mamadou, thanks for the visit and sharing your view on the subject of this posting.

This project is a good one for the rakyaat and it makes it easier for folks to commute to and from KLCC - Bukit Bintang - KLCC. I would be doing it more often from now onward.

Do try.

Have a nice day.