Putrajaya is a planned city located about 25km south of Kuala Lumpur that serves as the federal administrative capital of Malaysia. It was named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Alhaj. The seat of government was shifted here in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur.
BEST Things to Do in Putrajaya
PERDANA PUTRA (PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE)
Overlooking Lake Putrajaya, Putra Mosque and Putra Square, this complex comprises the Prime Minister’s Office, the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Chief Secretary to the Government.
The design of Putra Perdana incorporates elements of Islamic Mogul architecture. The six-storey natural stone-clad office boasts a green pitched roof, onion shaped dome and wrought iron motifs of the Bunga Raya or Hibiscus, which is Malaysia’s national flower. Visitors can view the building from the outside
Covering an area of 300 metres, the circular Putra Square is a popular venue for events and ceremonies. It has concentric stars representing the states of Malaysia and is adorned with light and water features. Putra Square is flanked by Putra Mosque, Perdana Putra, Putra Bridge and the Promenade.
Sprawling over 400ha, the serene Lake Putrajaya is one of the most prominent attractions in this city. The lake covers about 13% of the total land area, which stretches over 4,931ha. Lake Putrajaya was created to enhance Putrajaya’s aesthetic appeal. It also serves as a climate moderator. Putrajaya Lake Cruises are highly popular as they offer a chance to view the attractions around Putrajaya from an interesting and different perspective. Cruises are equipped with guides and commentaries.
Must do in lake putrajaya :
- Enjoy a leisurely ride on Perahu Dondang Sayang, a gondola-shaped vessel
- Sail into the sunset on the cruise boat
- Enjoy a romantic dinner on board a catamaranhull cruise boat
- Have a wedding reception on board
seri perdana (prime minister residence)
Situated at Precinct 10, the official residence of the Prime Minister is a part of the country’s national heritage. The building comprises three blocks – the main reception block or protocol block, banquet block and residence block. Seri Perdana reflects a universal heritage with Malay, Islamic and European design elements.
putra mosque putrajaya
Opening hours: 8.00am – 5.00pm
One of the most famous landmarks in Putrajaya, this mosque is distinguished by its magnificent pink dome. It is constructed with rose-tinted granite and inspired by some of the world’s most famous mosques. The basement wall resembles the King Hassan Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco while the minaret is designed after the Sheikh Omar Mosque in Baghdad.
Putra Mosque is made up of three main areas; the Sahn or courtyard, the prayer hall as well as the function room. Visitors should be dressed appropriately.
Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm daily (Nature Interpretation Centre) / 7.00am – 7.00pm daily (Park)
Comprising the Wetland Park (138ha) and wetland area (197ha), this is a must-see destination for nature-lovers and environmentalists. There are 24 wetland cells thriving with flora and fauna and the main habitats are marshes, swamp forests, ponds and lakes.
- Visit the Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC)
- Take in the sprawling view from an 80m lookout tower
- Enjoy nature as you walk along the trails
- Watch flamingos at the flamingo pond
- Spot birds such as Little Egrets, Little Green Herons and Cinnamon Bitterns
Designed in the shape of a cone, this monument stands at 78m in height. Its design is inspired by the national flag. Putrajaya Landmark is situated amidst a well-paved walkway featuring a cascading fountain. It is a popular backdrop for photography
taman botani putrajaya
Opening hours: 9.00am – 6.00pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Covering 92ha, this is the biggest botanical garden in Malaysia. The garden houses some 7,000 species of plants found in Malaysia as well as Africa and the Asia Pacific region. Taman Botani is divided into three sections a section for ornamental plants, a section for flowers and a section for preservation and research.
- Visit the Moroccan-themed Islamic Garden Pavilion
- Drop by at the Visitors’ Interpretative Centre (VIC)
- Walk along the explorer’s trail • See the floral gardens
- Get souvenirs at the gift shop
- Rent a bicycle and enjoy a ride along the trails
- Go on a guided tour (RM5 per person)
ISTANA KEHAKIMAN (PALACE OF JUSTICE)
Inspired by Moorish architecture, the Istana Kehakiman is a majestic building with domes, columns and arches. This five-storey building houses the courts and judicial departments. It is situated at Precinct 3. Visitors are free to view the building from the outside.
Poised resplendently at the highest point in Putrajaya, at 125m above sea level, this palace is the royal retreat for His Majesty the King of Malaysia and members of the royal family. It is one of the first sights that will greet visitors who are driving in from Kuala Lumpur.
shopping in putrajaya
The most popular place to shop in Putrajaya is at : Alamanda Putrajaya, Putrajaya’s premier shopping mall, is home to a variety of retail outlets from household goods to clothing. Alamanda’s The Hub is the mall’s one-stop entertainment zone, containing a cinema, a karaoke centre, a bowling alley and a games arcade. The Souq Bazaar at the Putra Mosque offers a different shopping experience reminiscent of the souks in the Middle East, with more than 50 stalls selling food items, clothing, accessories, gift items and souvenirs.
Dining in putrajaya
Putrajaya provides a host of options when it comes to dining. There are many outdoor and indoor food courts, restaurants and cafes that provide sumptuous food amidst beautiful surroundings. Visitors will not only be able to enjoy local delights but a number of international favourites too. Among the well-known eateries are Umai Café (Millennium Monument), Ayer @ 8, Bazaar @ 8, Precinct 8 Food Court, Precinct 8 Commercial Centre, Putra Klasik (Putrajaya Lake Club), Precinct 9 Food Court, Precinct 11 Food Court, Putra Palace (Lanai), Lake Recreation Centre Café, NIC Café (Wetland Park) and Bora Ombak @ Marina Putrajaya.
Events and Recreation
Putrajaya boasts an exciting calendar of world-class events all year round. Visitors can enjoy nature-based adventures, enriching cultural experiences and exciting shopping sprees. International and national events that have been held in Putrajaya include Putrajaya International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, Floria Putrajaya (Flower and Garden Festival), Putrajaya International Islamic Arts & Culture Festival (PIIACuF) and Light and Motion Putrajaya (LAMPU). The city’s first-class infrastructure and facilities such as the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC) as well as the grand outdoor locations ensure that the events will be a memorable and extraordinary experience.