CITIES OF MALAYSIA

PUTRAJAYA

Putrajaya is located 25 km from Kuala Lumpur and is the administrative capital of Malaysia. It was built on the site of a former oil palm estate and is Malaysia’s third Federal Territory. Putrajaya is a modern city with the latest infrastructure and the most modern communication technologies. There is a combination of classic and futuristic designs in the designs of the buildings which gives visitors a very different ambiance about this place. There are also parks and wetlands here providing plenty of greenery to the environment.

Putrjaya plays host to annual events like the International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Floria ( Flower Festival ),international Fireworks Competition. This beautifully designed city has elegant streets with a waterway cutting through the city, flowing into a large lake.

The Putra Mosque is the most outstanding landmark in Putrajaya and is located facing the beautiful Putra Lake. The mosque is made of rose-tainted granite which gives it a distinctive pink hue colour. The Putra Mosque is a mixture of modern, Islamic and Moorish architecture. There are no internal partitions in the main prayer hall in this mosque. Visitors to the mosque must dress respectfully and female visitors need to put on a robe with a hood which can be obtained from the robe counter.

Other main attractions here are the man-made Putra Lake where you can take a cruise, the twin decked Putra Bridge and Putra Perdana which is the Prime Minister’s residence.

Another major tourist attraction is the Putra Wetlands which was built on the site of previous rubber and oil palm plantations. It is the first constructed wetlands in Malaysia and consists of Taman Wetland, the wetlands, and occupies a total area of 335ha. It is also believed to be the largest built freshwater wetlands in the tropics and acts as a natural filtration system.

This tranquil site is home to twenty four species of fish and many types of flora, fauna, marshland birds and water birds. Some of the birds seen here include the Little Egret, Little Green Heron and also some types of migratory birds from the Northern Hemisphere. The Wetlands also serves as a wildlife sanctuary, attracting many types of animals due to its’ combined terrestrial-aquatic surroundings. There is a flamingo park, walking trails, bicycle tracks, picnic areas and a souvenir shop. Information about the wetland can be obtained from the Nature Interpretation Centre and a panorama view of the wetlands and the surrounding areas can be seen from an 80m viewing tower.

SERI WAWASAN BRIDGE

The Seri Wawasan Bridge is one of the most unique and distinctive bridges in Putrajaya. From a distance, this bridge looks like a sailing ship. It is a cable-stayed bridge which connects the residential area of Presinct 8 to Presinct 2 on the core island. This concrete bridge is a dual three-lane carriageways with cycling track and walkway at the side. This elegantly designed bridge is one of the main tourist attractions in Putrajaya and can be seen from many vantage points in the city.

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BOAT CRUISE ON PUTRAJAYA LAKE

The Putrajaya Lake is a 650ha man-made lake and is one of the tourist attractions in the city. One of the best ways of seeing other amazing tourist spots is to take a boat cruise on the lake. Some of the notable landmarks here include unique bridges like Seri Wawasan, Putra Mosque, Perdana Putra, (Prime Minister’s office ) and Palace of Justice, which can be seen from the deck of the boat. Visitors have the choice of boarding the traditional handcrafted perahu (gondola) or the modern air-conditioned cruise boats. Some cruises take about 45 minutes to complete the tour, the duration of the cruise depends on the package you choose. The cruise can be taken during the day time or in the evenings.

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PUTRAJAYA BOTANICAL PARK

The botanical park covers an area of 230 acres and is located at the northern section of Presinct 1.The garden is divided into 5 sections, which are the Explorer’s Trail, Palm Hill, Floral Gardens, Sun Gardens and Lakeside. There are more than 50 types of palm trees at Palm Hill and at the Floral Gardens can be seen plants from Africa, America and the Asia Pacific region. The landscape here includes a canopy bridge, gazebos, picnic shelters, lake boardwalk and a huge sundial. Other attractions here include boating, tram rides, feeding fish and cycling. Also available are herbarium and botanical guided tours as well as master gardener workshops.