Introduction about Putrajaya
When I ask you about Putrajaya Attractions, how much do you know about Putrajaya? The only instant image that pops up from our mind will be the Grand buildings and the majestic bridges as the landmarks of Putrajaya. Putrajaya is a relatively new city as it was established back in 1999 when the seat of the federal government shifted from the capital city, Kuala Lumpur due to overcrowding and congestion. Although the seat of the Federal government is no longer in Kuala Lumpur, however, Kuala Lumpur remains the capital city of Malaysia to this day. Initially, the third Prime Minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohammad, commenced the creation of Putrajaya. Putrajaya’s construction began in August 1995 and cost an estimated US$8.1 billion to finish. After Kuala Lumpur in 1974 and Labuan in 1984, Putrajaya became Malaysia’s third federal territory on the 1st of February, 2001.
Despite the recent establishment of the city, Putrajaya attractions have a lot to offer for tourists from both local and across the world. Putrajaya is a universe unto itself, with spotless government buildings, broad boulevards, picturesque bridges, and patches of vegetation. There’s more to this “intelligent garden city” than the typical suspects — there is a slew of exciting events you can attend to make the most of your next visit. Plus, the city is highly accessible by taking the newly built MRT Putrajaya line or the existing ERL from KL Sentral or hopping on the North-South Expressway Central Link (NSECL) that links to the Putrajaya link if you decide to drive. The city is perfectly planned with a combination of nature and urban with a great balance between city life and the ecosystem surrounding it. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the top Putrajaya attractions to visit.
Top Attractions to visit in Putrajaya
Putrajaya attractions consist of a handful of venues that are all located throughout the city, from the city centre to the outskirts of Putrajaya. From parks to the grand square complex, the uniquely designed Putrajaya will surely make you want to visit it all over again. Thus, let’s touch on the highlighted Putrajaya attractions based on the following categories, such as Parks in Putrajaya, Bridges, Shopping complexes and public spaces or squares.
Parks, Lakes and Wetland in Putrajaya Putrajaya Botanical Garden
First of all, for those who like floras and want to get in touch with fresh air, this is the best place to spend your time in the morning. This Putrajaya Park was first opened back in 2001, the Royal Chelsea Foundation, London, named the Putrajaya Botanical Garden one of Asia’s Most Amazing Gardens at the World Premier Royal Chelsea Flower Show in 2008. Phase 1 of the project, dubbed “floral attractions,” brings together over 750 plant species from 13 collections of plant themes from across the world.
Besides that, there are Moroccan heritage and art-influenced architecture are available in the garden. These buildings mostly inspired by locations in Morocco, like Fez and Marrakesh. Ethnobotanical Park is the newest destination for relaxing and learning about various plants. Therefore, you can not only do morning exercise and picnicking but also post photos of the Moroccan buildings in the park to trick your friends and family that you are in Morocco.
- Putrajaya Wetland Park
Besides that, if you are a fan of birds and love to see various species of faunas then this park should be on your bucket list. The Putrajaya Wetlands Park is the world’s biggest man-made freshwater wetlands, located in Putrajaya, Malaysia. It is Malaysia’s first man-made wetland, and it is divided into two sections: the Wetland Park and the Wetland Areas. There are 24 wetland cells, as well as Wetlands Parks and other Wetlands sites, in this area. The Wetland is currently a nature refuge, attracting a wide range of creatures to the combination terrestrial and aquatic wetland ecosystem. There have been sightings of native marshland and water birds such as the tiny egret, little green heron, and cinnamon bittern, as well as migrating birds from the Northern Hemisphere. Bird watching will necessitate the use of binoculars. Visitors can also take a stroll, jog, or cycle along the bike path.
Bridges in Putrajaya
Furthermore, due to its unique location, the city consists of EIGHT majestic bridges connecting the main island across Putrajaya Lake. One of the most famous bridges which catch the eyes of most visitors is the Putra Bridge. The Putra Bridge is the most photographed in Malaysia, which spans 435 metres, and connects the Government Precinct and the Mixed Development Precinct, as well as Dataran Putra and the Persiaran Perdana. It is influenced by the iconic Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran, in terms of design. The Persiaran Perdana includes the upper deck of the Bridge. This one-of-a-kind three-deck bridge connects vehicles, monorails, and pedestrians. It was planned to be a unique feature of Putrajaya, in addition to providing a link between Precinct 1 and Precinct 2 on the main island.
- Seri Gemilang Bridge
Interestingly, if you love classical architectural styles structures, you definitely should not miss this bridge. The Seri Gemilang bridge is located at the southern end of the Persiaran Perdana and serves as the principal link between the Main Island (Precinct 4) and Precinct 5. It is also the ceremonial bridge as well since most of the visitors are newly webs and graduates who will take photos of the bridge to mark a special day. As one of the landmarks of Putrajaya, the bridge serves as the main gateway to Main Island for automobiles and pedestrians from the south.
Additionally, built in the Neoclassical style, the bridge’s main span is 120 metres long, with two 60-metre spans at each end, for a total length of 240 metres. There are dual three-lane carriageways with a total length of 10.5m and lane widths of 3 x 3.5m. To be specific, it connects Heritage Square to the Putrajaya Convention Centre. However, based on the look of the bridge, the night will make the bridge look quite romantic, resembling the Pont Alexandre Bridge in Paris. So if you have a special day to celebrate with your partner, why don’t take a stroll across the bridge.
Shopping Complex and Eateries in Putrajaya
- Alamanda Putrajaya
Besides the outdoor things to do in Putrajaya, visitors who love to shop should not feel bored as the city offers a lot of shopping complexes, one of which is the first shopping mall in Putrajaya, Alamanda Putrajaya. It is a shopping mall in Precinct 1 that cost roughly RM380 million to build and opened in late August 2004. There are a variety of shops, restaurants, bowling alleys, movie theatres, and a food court with natural lighting in the retail centre. It also has Malaysia’s first travelator within a shopping complex, which will link retail shops and provide direct access to parking lots.
- Souq Putrajaya
Moreover, there is a special place which is known as the souq, available in Putrajaya. A souq is a Persian word that refers to a street lined with tiny shops. The Souq at Masjid Putra on Putrajaya’s basement floor recreates the unique ambience and retailing splendour of a world-famous market bazaar. The Souq aims to capture the true essence of the market bazaar through the use of rich and highly patterned materials, exquisite murals and artwork, with more than 50 stalls offering food (Turkish dates, home-made jam, nuts and pickles), fashion and accessories, gift handicrafts, and Putrajaya souvenirs. Besides that, the venue does offer food and beverages as well in the cafeteria section, near the lakeside.
Public Spaces or Squares
- Putrajaya Boulevard
Last but not least, if you love to take long walks or hang out in public spaces then this venue will surprise you for sure. As one of the Putrajaya attractions as well, the Boulevard Putrajaya, known as Dataran Putra, consists of a 100-metre-wide stretch of 4.2 kilometres along the Main Island. It was inspired by hiking pathways like the Champs Elysees in Paris and Isfahan in Iran. The Main Island’s Boulevard Putrajaya is a 4.2-kilometre stretch with a width of 100 metres. Boulevard links the city’s Main Area (Precinct 1-5) into a vibrant and integrated area, inspired by hiking pathways such as the Champs Elysees in Paris and Isfahan in Iran. The Prime Minister and the Prime Minister’s Office are on Precinct 1 in the north, and the futuristic Putrajaya Convention Centre is on Precinct 5 in the south, both on a hillside.
Despite those attractions which I have explained in detail previously, the city still has a lot to offer for all of us and I’m still yet to present all of it to everyone. In my opinion, the city is by far the most unique in Malaysia as the city has a lot of huge public spaces and squares which is obviously not available in most major cities in Malaysia. Honestly, I found the city to be holding strong Persian vibes when I visited back in 2007. As fascinating as it looks, I strongly suggest that you should pay a visit to the city to explore and know more about this underrated tourist destination.