Putrajaya is a showpiece city. One cannot help but notice that. This deliberately planned official federal capital of Malaysia is about 25km away from Kuala Lumpur. The designers and planners have come up with an amazing blueprint.
There are two very striking aspects to Putrajaya. One is the huge amount of area devoted to green spaces – like parks, gardens and botanical gardens. The other feature is the magnificent buildings and monuments. The city is traversed by broad and impressive avenues.
There is plenty to see and admire in Putrajaya and the best way to do so is to take a convenient tour from Kuala Lumpur.
- The Putra Mosque is outstanding for its pink colour and size and sits on the banks of the man-made Putrajaya Lake. With a capacity of 15,000 worshippers, it is the principal mosque in Malaysia.
- The Perdana Putra is a huge building housing the Prime Minister’s Office. It incorporates Malay, Islamic and European neo-classicism architectural styles. Massive and imposing, it is next door to the Putra Mosque.
- The Putrajaya International Convention Centre sits at the head of Putrajaya Boulevard. Looking like an alien spaceship, it is designed to resemble a Malay belt buckle. The building can seat 10,000 people and is regularly used to host high profile conferences and conventions.
- The Millennium Monument is a 68 metre tall obelisk with contributory architecture shaped like the hibiscus flower. The pillar has etchings that mark important dates and events of Malaysia’s history. At night when it is lit up, it looks very pretty.
- The Putrajaya Landmark is located within the Taman Putra Perdana Park. It’s a contemporary design with a high-technology theme. Its overall impression is of a wizard’s hat from a Harry Potter film. The Landmark site is surrounded by a maze of walkways and numerous scattered gazebos.
- Jambatan Seri Wawasan Bridge is quite a visually striking one. It is a combination of concrete, cables, and steel. Lit up at night, it is very attractive.
When visiting the buildings and monuments in Putrajaya you need to keep in mind that there is a dress code. T-shirts, shorts, sandals and “indecent” ladies wear are not allowed.
Parks and Gardens
- The most important among the numerous parks and gardens is the Botanical Gardens (Taman Botani Putrajaya). It is divided into three areas – flowers, ornamental plants and research. It houses local plants as well as those from other parts of Asia, the Pacific and Africa. It also has themed areas – Explorer’s Trail, Palm Hill, Floral Gardens, the Sun Garden and the Lakeside.
A visit to Putrajaya is worth the effort and time spent to see a beautiful ‘city-in-progress.’ It is a city that seeks to be progressive while striking a balance between the urban and the natural aspects of living. So far it is succeeding.