If you are a first-timer to Putrajaya, you will feel living in a different world. The federal administrative capital of Malaysia is just on another level. From magnificent buildings with marvel architectures, green-scenic landscape and family-friendly attraction spots, Putrajaya is suitable for sightseeing and weekend leisure with loved ones.
We give you 10 places to go when in Putrajaya.
- Putrajaya Lake
Enjoy the splendid view of the man-made 650-hectare lake by either walking, cycling, boat riding or cruising around the lake. Putrajaya Lake also offers water activities such as kayaking, canoeing and fishing. The area will have more crowd during weekend as families usually gather for picnic at the lakeside and workout lovers will choose to jog in the evening. Designed as a natural cooling system for the city, Putrajaya Lake is also known for its major international and local sporting events.
2. Putra Mosque
Located in a strategic area, near the Prime Minister’s office and Putrajaya Lake, Putra Mosque can accommodate up to 15,000 worshippers at one time. The mosque was built using rose-tinted granite which gives that pink iconic hue, an eye-catching coloration that reflects the outside as well as inside of the mosque. Besides for prayer purpose among Muslims, Putra Mosque also welcomes the non-Muslims to pay a visit inside. Just a gentle reminder, dress modestly whenever you plan to drop by here. A little bit of photography session around will not give you any harm.
3. Perdana Putra
Perdana Putra is the office of Prime Minister, his Deputy and few number of other Malaysian Government department. It is not open for public but surely you can admire the majestic Islamic and modern architectures from outside. Looking at the first sight, the center dome reminds you to the iconic Taj Mahal, similar in design but different in colour.
4. Iron Mosque (Masjid Besi)
As the name tells, this Iron Mosque was built out of 6000 reinforced stainless steel which makes up 70% of its structure. Also known as Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, the spellbinding structure was inspired by Chinese and German architecture. Uniquely, there are no use of fans or air-conditioners inside the mosque as it depends on natural ventilation and air-cooling technology to ensure the air within the building remains cool. Besides the exterior metal design, you will be amazed with its interior green landscape and walkaway.
5. Putrajaya Botanical Garden (Taman Botani)
This is the biggest botanical garden in the country. Putrajaya Botanical Garden has more than 700 plants ranging from local, Asia-Pacific and Africa regions. There are Explorer’s Trail, Palm Hill and Sun Garden with different landscapes for visitors to indulge with nature.
6. Moroccan Pavilion (Astana Morocco)
The Moroccan Pavilion is built to symbolize the strong diplomatic ties between Malaysia and Morocco. Located in the middle of Putrajaya Botanical Garden, this pavilion resembles the architecture of the one from Morocco (obviously) and Spain. If you are a person who appreciates arts and culture, this is the best place to be.
7. Putrajaya Wetlands Park
The wetlands are complement to Putrajaya Lake as they provide filtering system to avoid the lake from being polluted and stagnant. This genius landscape is a paradise to birdwatchers as more than 100 bird species including flamingos, swans, buffy fish owls, pelicans, jungle fowls and many others can be found here.
8. Agriculture Heritage Park
With hot and wet climate throughout the year, Malaysia is land of high quality tropical produce. The Agricultural Heritage Park is a great place for you to see the wide range of tropical fruits, herbs, spices and other commercial crops. Located in Precinct 16, you will experience to sample the fresh fruits and join other plantation activities such as rubber tapping, latex collection, crop maintenance, fruit preservations and more. There are oil palm tree and mini paddy field for you to see in case you have not seen one.
9. SkyRides Festivals Park
This place is easy to recognize. With hot air balloon clearly seen in the sky, SkyRides Festivals Park is a place for those who wish for outdoor thrills. The hot air balloon can lift visitors up to 150 meters while they enjoy the birds’ eye view of Putrajaya. Besides this main attraction, the sky park offers other exciting adventures such as SkyKids Warrior, SkyWarrior Rainforest Challenge, SkyStage and more.
10. IOI City Mall
Located within IOI Resort City, IOI City Mall is the biggest shopping mall in the Southern Klang Valley. The four-storey megamall is occupied by extensive local and international brands from various fashion lines, supermarket, dining outlets, cinema and indoor theme park. The mall houses an Olympic-size ice skating rink and District 21, an indoor adventure with adrenalin-pumping activities such as Wall Climbing, Roller Glider, Sky Trail and much more. Shopping mall has always been a convenient place for family hangouts and friends meet-ups.