Since ancient times, bridges have regarded as technological advancements of any civilisation. They pave the way for the growth of civilisations by connecting communities from different places. Allowing for exchange of not only ideas but all other aspects leading to progress.
Malaysia has its fair share of beautiful and magnificent bridges. Some of which have become international icons, like the famous Penang Bridge. And then there are modern-day bridges that have become new symbols of progress for the cities they represent. Here we list three modern bridges of Malaysia that are truly awe-inspiring.
Did you know that the Terengganu Drawbridge is the first ever tower drawbridge in Southeast Asia? Located across Terengganu River, this 638 metre drawbridge took five years to complete and was officially opened on June 2019.
At a glance, the draw bridge resembles the famous Tower Bridge in London. The attraction of Terengganu drawbridge is its 76-metre bascule. Which can be ‘folded’ to allow vessels to pass under it.
Besides the bascule, there are other interesting features including its 4 towers and 2 skybridges. That double as an observation platform, a gallery and a sky café.
Terengganu drawbridge opens daily:
Monday to Thursday : 10:00am – 7:00 pm
Friday to Sunday : 10:00 am – 10:00pm
Closed on Fridays, from 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Named after Malaysia’s legendary songstress Salmah Ismail a.k.a. The Saloma Link is the newest instagrammable attraction located smack in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. The architecture of this pedestrian bridge inspired by the sireh junjung (betel nut leaf arrangement), an integral element in Malay weddings.
What’s unique about Saloma link is the fact that it signifies the connection between the past and the present. It links Kampung Baru with the iconic Petronas Twin Towers. If previously, pedestrians would normally walk for 30 minutes from Kampung Baru to KLCC. Now it only takes around seven minutes via the Saloma Link.
The best time to take a photo at Saloma Link is during nighttime, when the steel structure illuminated by colourful LED lights.
Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge
Also known as the Second Penang bridge, the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge named after the late Tuanku Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah of Kedah. Who was the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia when the bridge was inaugurated.
Serving as a connecting bridge between Bandar Cassia in Seberang Perai and Batu Maung on Penang Island. This bridge currently holds the ‘longest bridge in Southeast Asia’ title, spanning as long as 24km.
Depending on the weather, a drive along the bridge here is definitely scenic as you can see shades of blue blanketing the skies and faint views of Penang hills on the horizon.
Have you been to one of these bridges before? Perhaps you can add them to your bucket-list of #journeystocome once it’s safe to travel again.