Putrajaya, as the name suggests, can be literally translated as the success of a Prince.
It is named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra and it serves as the federal administrative capital of Malaysia, located 30km south of Kuala Lumpur, the commercial and financial centre of the country.
Putrajaya is the brainchild of the fourth and former Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and its development commenced in early 1990s. Today, it boasts major landmarks with almost all of Malaysia’s governmental ministries and agencies having relocated here since the initial move in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur.
A modern, well-planned and elegantly designed city, Putrajaya brings to mind Europe with its wide roads and elegant boulevards, while the government buildings are a blend of modern and Islamic architecture. The residential and commercial areas have been divided into precincts and a wide waterway cuts through the city and flows into a large man made lake. The landscape is balanced with a lot of parks and wetlands that provide a great bonding experience with mother nature.
The city has a variety of sights to visit and activities to do, from visiting mosques, going on lake cruises, communing with nature to world class shopping and sports arenas. This city has something for everyone!
Facing Putrajaya lake, the Putra Mosque is Putrajaya’s most distinctive landmark. The mosque’s Islamic architecture blends traditional designs with local craftsmanship and uses indigenous material.
The mosque is constructed using rose-tinted granite, which gives it a desert pink hue that offsets the cengal woodwork on doors, windows and panels. The Prayer Hall is simple and elegant and can accommodate up to 10,000 worshippers.
Visitors in proper attire (You are use the robes provided at the entrance if needed) are allowed entry at all times except for prayer times.
Putrajaya Botanical Garden is designed as a beautiful park, a sanctuary for Malaysian plants and an education and research centre. As a visitor you can experience the Explorer's Trail, Canopy Bridge, Heliconea Trail and Vine Garden, Plam Hill, the Sun Garden ,Floral Garden (Floral Steps, African Collection, Tropical African Collection, Bougainvillea Tunnel, Asia Pacific Collection, Ficus Shace, Rain shelter) and Lakeside (Hibiscus Walk), Lakeside café, Pandanus Walk, Canna Walk and Fern Garden.
Taman Botani is open to the public 9.00 – 19:00 hours daily while the interactive exhibition in the main building is open from Tuesdays to Sundays; 10.00 – 18:30 hours.
Perdana Putra Park is the highest point in Putrajaya and visitors can enjoy a panaromic view of Putrajaya from the base of the Mercu Tanda (Putrajaya Landmark) which symbolizes the beginnings of Putrajaya with its time capsule structure.
The park has many pedestrian walkways that link the Mercu Tanda to various features of the garden like the Cascade Plaza and the Fragrant Garden. The Park aso has gazebos and pergolas for people to rest, have picnics or just enjoy the view.
The Perdana Putra Park and the Mercu Tanda are open to public from 7:00 – 20:00 hours Monday- Friday and 7:00 – 22:00 hours on Saturday.
Monumen Alaf Baru also known as the Millennium Monument is shaped like an obelisk with etchings denoting important periods and milestones in the nation’s history. The monument is 68m tall. It stands in a 25 hectare park in Precinct 2.
The monument is a solid metal structure. At night, the monument serves as a beacon with strong lights projected at 360 degrees. It is visible from various locations in Putrajaya. The lights also guide the cruise boats.
The Royal Floria Putrajaya is an annual flower and garden festival celebrated at the Anjung Floria in Precinct 4. The week-long flora festival sees over 300 activities and programmes that feature different gardens and magical gardens, international flower pavilions, contests for best corporate and private gardens, photography competitions, talks on the care and cultivation of Malaysian and international flora and various other activities. The festival is held mostly in June and more information on this can be found on http://www.floriaputrajaya.com.my/
Putrajaya Wetland Park is the largest man-made freshwater wetlands in the tropics. The wetlands have become a popular eco-tourism destination and the park is free for visitors. The visitors can first go to the the Nature Interpretation centre to learn more about the wetlands and then rent bikes and binoculars from the Information Centre or take a tram ride around the park. There is a small fee for these services, though the entry in to the park is free.
The visitors can climb the look out tower for a great view or have a picnic and bird watch near the Flamingo Pond. They can also cross over to the other side into the Padang area and walk through the Bamboo Forest. The visitors can also visit the Water Recreation Centre to rent out kayaks, canoes and small paddle and rowing boats to enjoy some time on the water.
This is a must visit place for nature enthusiasts.
Besides being known for its beautiful architecture and green vistas, Putrajaya is famous for its bridges, which have been featured, in many local and regional films and fashion shoots. Some of the more famous bridges you can visit are the Seri Perdana Bridge, built in the Moorish style and offering some of the best views in Putrajaya.
You can also visit are the Seri Wawasan Bridge, the Seri Saujana Bridge, the Seri Gemilang Bridge, the Putra Bridge and the Putrajaya Monorail Bridge. As beautiful as these bridges are in the day, their true beauty shines through after dusk when they are beautifully lit up.
Putrajaya Administrative Buildings
As the administrative capital of Malaysia, Putrajaya has some beautiful government buildings that are a mix of modern and local historical architecture.
Not to be missed when you are in Putrajaya is the Perdana Putra, the Prime Ministers office, the Palace of Justice, Istana Melawati, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and The Putrajaya Corporation Building Complex. It is quite lovely to drive along the boulevards and experience these buildings as they light up after dark.