Putrajaya has become the new capital city near Kuala Lumpur. It was formerly known as Perang Besar and is located 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur. It’s also 20 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang in the south.
Putrayaja is the new Administrative Center of the Government and will be a test bed for an electronic Government (a paperless administration) and will be equipped with the latest telecommunication technologies. It is set to be a model garden city with sophisticated information network base on multimedia technologies.
Kuala Lumpur is still the financial and commercial capital of Malaysia. About 70% of Putrajaya is still nature. Lush greenery, botanical gardens are spread across the landscape enhanced by large bodies of water and wetlands. Five confluences meet at the north forming a main waterway which flows across the city area.
At the North of the Core Area is the Government precinct located. Also the most of the Federal Government ministries, departments and agencies. The office of the Prime Minister’s complex “Perdana Putra” is situated at a vantage location, overlooking the Dataran Putra, which marks the beginning of the Putra Boulevard.
Situated next to a lake, it incorporates Islamic architecture from countries such as Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Morocco. The mosque consists of a 116m tall minaret and can accommodate 15,000 people. The minaret is 116 meters tall and one of the striking features of the minaret is that it was designed after the Sheikh Oman Mosque in Baghdad.
Its five-tiers represent the five pillars of Islam and its five call to prayers. Within its premises is the VIP Room Gallery, the Al-Quran Manuscript Museum, a library, auditorium and exhibition hall as well as a seminar room. It also has a large courtyard called the “Sahn” dedicated to commemorate the life of the Prophet. The main entrance to the mosque is patterned after the gates of Persia.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN PUTRAJAYA
Putrajaya’s main sights are the colossal showcase buildings put up in this future capital, all in the central Core District.
Note that a dress code applies to Perdana Putra, Seri Perdana and Putra Mosque, meaning no T-shirts, shorts, singlets, sandals, or “indecent” wear for ladies. The mosque lends out shocking pink robes for free, but the rest do not.
Perdana Putra ( Prme Minister’s Office)
The gargantuan complex of the Prime Minister’s Office. Open to the public Mon-Fri 8 AM to 12:30 PM, 2 PM to 4 PM, plus every 2nd and 4th Sat in the morning only. Free entry, but ID is required (passport for non-Malaysians).
Putra Mosque (Masjid Putra)
Pretty in pink, this mosque has a capacity of 15,000 worshippers and its 116-meter minaret is the tallest in Southeast Asia. Free entry, open every day from 9 AM to 5 PM. Non-Muslims may not enter the mosque building itself during prayer hours.
Putrajaya International Convention Center
Dominantly located at the end of the Putrajaya Boulevard, this showcase squashed UFO of a building, designed to resemble a Malay belt buckle, was built for the Organization of Islamic Countries conference in 2003.
Enormous official residence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Has been open to visitors in the past, but as of 2009 is closed to the public.
Houses the Malaysian Foreign Ministry.
Istana Melawati and Istana Darul Ehsan
The official residences of the Paramount Ruler of Malaysia and the Sultan of Selangor respectively. Not open to the public.
Gardens and Monuments
Taman Putra Perdana
Pleasantly landscaped (and usually very quiet) hilltop park connecting the Shangri-La towards the Putra Perdana building, with some of the best views in town. At the center of the park is the Putrajaya Landmark (Mercu Tanda), which resembles a wizard’s hat rolled from tinfoil.
The Millenium Monument Putrajaya is a 68-meter pillar in the shape of a hibiscus flower, with a walkway around it documenting the history of Malaysia and perhaps one of the most well-kept secrets of Putrajaya. You can’t even find it in Putrajaya’s official website! The obelisk-like, amber-coloured monument was built as a timeline, marking Malaysia’s historical milestones from the Malacca sultanate’s formation, through independence, and the present day.
a 100-meter wide, 4-kilometers long boulevard flanked by government offices and the mainstage for National Day parade.
THINGS TO DO
Putrajaya Botanical Garden – Take in the fresh air at the Botanical Gardens
In Putrajaya is a 230-acre of land which is made into the Botanical Gardens. This large garden of lush greenery will take your several hours if you do stop often to take pictures.
There are five different theme of the park; Explorer’s trail, Palm Hill, Sun Gardens, Floral Gardens and Lakeside. Do remember to bring your camera along. If you do not quite fancy walking, you can also cycle in the garden.
Putrajaya Wetland – Watch the birds at the Wetlands
The Wetlands Park of Putrajaya is the home of many flying faunas. The Wetlands is believed to be the largest man-made freshwater wetland park at this part of the world.
The wetlands have attracted a number of marshland, water and migratory birds such as egrets and herons. There is also a pair of African hippopotamus at the lake.
Putrajaya Bridge - Cruising on Putrajaya Lake
The best way to see Putrajaya is by getting on the Cruise Tasik Putrajaya. With rates from RM10 to RM30, you will be able to see Putrajaya in a different perspective. You can expect to see some magnificent landmarks of Putrajaya.
The nearest airport is Kuala Lumpur International Airport. A coupon or metered budget taxi to or from KLIA will take 30 minutes and cost around RM60. Alternatively, you can take the KLIA Transit from the airport to Putrajaya station and transfer to a taxi.
For public transport the fastest choice is the KLIA Transit  connecting Kuala Lumpur’s Sentral train station to its airport, which stops halfway in between at Putrajaya. Trains run every 30 minutes, take 20 minutes and the list price is RM 9.50 one-way. Putrajaya tour return tickets are no longer available.
Note: KLIA Ekspres services which is a special service route of KLIA Transit do not stop at Putrajaya. But normal KLIA Transit trains stops at Putrajaya.
One can Board a Rapid KL Bus from Putrajaya Sentral to KLSentral. It’s the easiest way to reach Kuala Lumpur City from Putra Jaya
Coupon taxis from Kuala Lumpur’s KL Sentral cost a fixed RM45, but otherwise you’ll have to try out your bargaining skills – figure on RM40-50, and expect to pay more at night.
Bus service is provided from 6:30AM until 10PM to and from Cyberjaya, Putrajaya, Serdang commuter station, Sinar Kota and Pasar Seni LRT station in Kuala Lumpur. The bus fare for one-way is around RM 3.50 and takes about 30 minutes-one hour, depends on the traffic flow. Usually, on non-working days the time the buses take to arrive at Putrajaya will be much faster, but the frequency of the buses will be accordingly reduced.
The new Express network by Rapid KL links KL Sentral to Putrajaya with only RM 5 for an unlimited daily pass.
All public buses from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya drop and pick up passengers from the bus terminal beside the train station (Putrajaya Sentral), which is at least 5 km from the core district.
Shuttle buses to/from KL are provided by some hotels for guests, such as Shangri-la.
Public transportation within Putrajaya is woefully inadequate, as distances are long and you need wheels to get around. Occasional Nadiputra buses putter about from the train station at random times in random directions. These buses charge a flat fare of 50 sen. Your best bet is probably to enquire at KLIA or KL Sentral about organized tours. There are also public two-hour tours at 11.30 AM and 3 PM on Saturday and Sunday only, departing from the information centre at Selera Putra adjacent to the Putra Mosque, that charge only a token RM 1 for the bus.
Coupon taxis from the Transit station charge RM8-10 to most points in Putrajaya. Other taxis are limited and it’s best to book by phone at +60-3-5512-2266. Other taxi hotlines include: Putrajaya Cyberjaya Radio Taxi at +60 03 8888 4000, which operates 24hours. The meter starts ticking from RM4, but many cabbies are reluctant to use theirs. Chartering starts from RM30/hour, negotiable downwards.
Construction of the Putrajaya Monorail has been halted until the occupancy of the Core District becomes higher.
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