Putrajaya is a model township that has been constructed with detailed planning, innovative urban design and great respect for the environment. It is a city with a vision that also promises to keep the nation’s heritage for the country’s present and future generations. Its beautifully landscaped roads and parks as well as modern building are clearly reflected in the theme “City in a Garden.”www.ppj.gov.my
Putrajaya, Malaysia – We started our tour a little late after lunch to keep out of the harmful midday sun. The sun sets late in Malaysia (it stays light up until about 7pm) thus taking late afternoon tours are no problem.
Since we took the tour via car and it’s our first driving experience around the city, we brought a map (paper map) from Putrajaya Tourism Office, even if we have smartphones for GPS. We don’t want to be stranded in the middle of the highway (talk about slow connection to Google Maps). 🙂
Our first stop was the famous Seri Wawasan Bridge. This is one of the eight signature bridges connecting Putrajaya precincts, a must see at night as they are illuminated with changing colored lights. We arrived there in the afternoon so there are no lights yet so we weren’t able to appreciate its marvel to the fullest. Not to take anything away from it though, because it still looks amazing. From there you can see a view of the lake and the city. After a couple of pictures we continued driving.
Our next stop is the Putra Mosque, one of the two main mosques in the city. Well, we haven’t got the chance to go inside. We think only our Muslim brothers could enter the Putra Mosque, and there’s also a dress code. Of course, we respected it so we just gazed at its beauty from the outside. It was really a beautiful structure. The fine details on the dome are what really amazed us.
We then headed to the Perdana Putra, which houses the office of the Prime Minister. Again, we weren’t able to enter and just took pics from outside. What I really took away from this is the thought of religion and the administration residing side by side. Come on, just think about it.
We took a snapshot at the Melawati Palace gate (the second official residence of the King), then continued on to the Millenium Monument, which is surrounded with glass railings displaying the history of Malaysia and the other main mosque, Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque.
The architectural style of the city is definitely a source of Malaysia’s pride as seen not only on their mosques and historical sites but also their government buildings. Below is the Perbadanan Putrajaya Complex and the Palace of justice.
We spent some time here relaxing and just looking around the place. This where we see how modern this city is. Its modernization isn’t inhibited by its tradition. As it is near Cyberjaya, which is being groomed as the Silicon Valley of Malaysia, we ponder on how much more greater heights its futuristic ideals would lead it to.
We drove back to our apartment thinking of our beloved country. Well, we can’t help it. Our government could take inspiration from this place. Amidst all the issues our homeland is facing now, from transportation to politics, a bright future is not impossible.
As mentioned in the previous posts, we constantly did one crazy thing during this road trip. It’s for us to know and you to find out though. We might get in trouble. Hello to the traffic officers. Haha. 😀
To summarize our tour, here’s a translated Google map for the tourist spots you shouldn’t miss when visiting this amazing city.