Putrajaya is known for its striking architecture, wide open spaces, parks and a scenic manmade lake.
Touted as Malaysia’s ‘Intelligent Garden City’, Putrajaya is the futuristic administrative capital of the country. This model township combines the beauty of nature with strategic town planning and infrastructure development. It is a proud symbol of Malaysia’s aspiration to be a developed nation. Putrajaya is known for its striking architecture, wide open spaces, parks and a scenic manmade lake. The focal point of Putrajaya is the Putra Square. Aesthetically designed offices line the streets while uniquely shaped bridges link the various precincts of Putrajaya. The pink-domed Putra Mosque stands as one of the most prominent structures in the township.
An eye-catching array of monumental architecture amid manicured greenery is on display in Putrajaya, 25km south of KL and 20km north of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Covering 49 sq km of former rubber and oil-palm plantations, the federal government’s administrative hub (almost exclusively Muslim in population) was but a twinkle in the eye of its principal visionary – former prime minister Dr Mahathir – as late as the early 1990s. It’s still a long way off its envisioned population of more than 300,000 and can feel eerily quiet at weekends.
From marbled minarets to the trim gardens, it’s immediately clear that Putrajaya is a planned city – a marvel of engineering that is rather missing a soul. At its heart is a 6-sq-km artificial lake fringed by landscaped parks and an eclectic mix of buildings and bridges, best viewed when illuminated at night. Tours and day trips to Putrajaya are easily available within Klang Valley (Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya).