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    Putrajaya

    by Anniko Updated Jan 31, 2014

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    Putrajaya is a planned city, located 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, due to the overcrowding and congestion in the Kuala Lumpur areas

    The Perdana Putra is the building which houses the office complex of the Prime Minister of Malaysia. Located on the main hill in Putrajaya, it has become synonymous with the executive branch of the Malaysian federal government.

    Adjacent to this impressive complex, is another stunning piece of architecture, the pink-domed Putra Mosque. Constructed with rose-tinted granite, it can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time.

    When visiting, non-Muslim women must put on the burgundy gown provided, before entering the prayer hall. However, any male can enter provided they wear long trousers and dressy shirt.

    Across the lake from the mosque, Darul Ehsan Palace, one of the royal residences of the Sultan of Selangor, can be viewed. Also from this vantage point, rows of immaculate, multicolored units appear, behind lush green gardens, along the water’s edge in the distance. Perhaps these are housing all the public servants.

    We travelled to Putrajaya on the KLIA Transit train, a rail service linking Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and KL International Airport (KLIA) as well as three other stops in between. After disembarking at Putrajaya Cyberjaya station, the staff advised us to board “Nadi Putra Bus” No 02, and we asked the driver to drop us off at the “pink mosque”. On the journey back, we caught another bus from the same location, and were returned to the station.

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    Putra bridge

    by balhannah Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    Putra Bridge, the main bridge in Putrajaya, is said to be similar to Khaju Bridge in Esfahan, Iran. The Bridge is considered the most prestigious and important bridge in Putrajaya as it connects the Government Precinct to the Mixed Development Precinct and links Putra Square with the Boulevard. It was constructed in 2000, and has a span of 435 metres and is three-decks high. One level is for vehicles, another monorail and lastly pedestrian access.
    I loved the four minaret-type piers and I made use of the observation decks overlooking Putrajaya Lake.
    The lowest Level has a restaurant overlooking the Lake, and this is where the Boat cruise tours depart from.

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    Palace

    by balhannah Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    Darul Ehsan Palace is the weekend palace of the Sultan of Selangor (Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah).

    On my boat tour, I had a good view of this huge grey tudor style mansion beside Putrajaya Lake which was built in the year 2000.
    The Palace is 6 stories high and has lifts and guarded private spaces, personal library and Grand Lobby (the floor covered by Malaysian marble).

    IT IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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    MERCU TANDA

    by balhannah Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    Putrajaya monument

    Mercu Tanda is a landmark in Putrajaya located on the site of where the federal administrative centre was established in 1995. This landmark is often described as a Wizard's Hat. On taking a look at this 78 metres high pyramid, the description could fit. There is a time capsule in front of this monument that contains official documents on the history and development of Purtrajaya.
    You will also see a plaque that commemorates the launch of Putrajaya by the former Prime Minister of Malaysia on 29 August 1995.
    Views from here were of Wawasan Bridge, the government complexes, Putrajaya Lake and Botanical Garden. If your eye sight is bad or you want a closer look, binoculars are supplied.

    The gardens were nice too. There are 11 fountains which are lit up at night, I only saw them in the day time. There are plenty of rest areas to take a break from the heat.

    Mercu Tanda is located in Putra Perdana Park, set high on a hill overlooking Putrajaya.

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    CRUISE TASIK

    by balhannah Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    The cruise is a good way to see the sights from the water.
    I enjoyed the slower pace of the traditional boat and the views from the water. The Boatman pointed out important sights and told me information about them.

    I found it a very enjoyable cruise on a hot day.

    My choice was the gondola like "dondang sayang" which cost 20mr and lasted for 25minutes. My boatman took some photos of me for memories, I was grateful for this as I was travelling on my own.

    Have a look at their website, as there are few cruises to choose from, including ones with Dinner/Lunch included.
    There are various types of Boats as well for the different cruises.

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    PERDANA PUTRA

    by balhannah Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    The Perdana Putra complex is next to the Putra Mosque. This building houses the offices of the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, as well as several other ministerial departments.

    It is a distinctive landmark of Putrajaya, having a green roof and an onion-shaped glazed mosaic main dome which is surrounded by four smaller domes.
    Wrought iron hibiscus - the national flower - motifs and stone carvings decorate the main block.

    FREE ENTRY
    Open to the public Mon-Fri 8 AM to 12:30 PM, 2 PM to 4 PM
    plus every 2nd and 4th Sat in the morning only.
    ID is required (passport for non-Malaysians).
    You must wear appropriate clothing ( like when you visit a mosque)
    NO video cameras or carry bags are allowed, and international visitors must show their passport..

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    SELERA PUTRA AND SOUQ

    by balhannah Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    Selera Putra is a food outlet court, located down the lower level of Dataran Putra fronting Putrajaya Lake, next to Putra Mosque.
    The food hall gives you the choice of international and local food. There is plenty of seating as 800 diners can be accommodated at one time. You can choose between air-conditioned indoors or outdoors by the gorgeous lake.

    Also here is a SOUQ. Souq is a Persian word that means a street of small stalls. It was actually inside the building where I found the stalls, fifty in total selling all types of goods.
    For some reason, quite a lot of the stalls were closed. I browsed around the ones that were open and selling all types of foods, fashion and accessories, materials, gifts, handicrafts and souvenirs and a lot more. I should think it would be quite interesting when they are all open.
    I loved the entry, really exotic!
    This is a nice area to relax, if you have been doing a lot of walking like I had.

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    Monday - Friday : 10.00 a.m to 7.00 p.m
    Weekends & holidays : 10.00 a.m to 9.00 p.m

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    Putra Mosque

    by balhannah Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    Beautiful view from the water
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    This is a beautiful mosque built out of rose tinted granite, it has a central asian Islamic design with a distinctive Persian dome.
    The mosque consists of three main functional areas - the prayer hall, the courtyard, and various learning facilities and function rooms.
    The Prayer Hall is simple and elegant and is supported by 12 columns while the 116-metre minaret is influenced by the Sheikh Omar mosque in Baghdad, and is one of the tallest minarets in the region. The five tiers represent the Five Pillars of Islam. The basement wall of the Mosque resembles that of the King Hassan mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.

    The lovely courtyard has decorative water features, colonnades and is a large area used for prayers.
    The Mosque was completed in 1999 and can accommodate 15000 worshippers at a time.

    It is in a lovely position by the lake, from here are wonderful views.
    I loved walking around it and admiring the beauty.

    Everybody has to wear a burgundy coverall which is provided for FREE

    I wasn't able to enter the inside because some people were praying. I was allowed to stand at the door and look inside.

    OPEN every day from 9 AM to 5 PM.
    Non-Muslims may not enter the mosque building itself during prayer hours.

    FREE ENTRY.

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    Perdana Putra

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Perdana Putra

    As Putrajaya is the administrative complex of the Federal Goverment of Malaysia, the Perdana Putra is the most important building in Pj as it houses mainly the Prime Minister's office.

    Located at 50 metres above sea-level, the building has a commending view of Pj and overlooks the Putrajaya Lake. The natural stone clad building with its green pitched roof and onion-shaped main dome, surrounded by four smaller domes forms the distinctive land mark of Putrajaya. The stately building bears the influence of Moghul architecture.

    Apart from the PM's office, the building also also houses the offices of the Deputy Prime Minister, Ministers and Deputy Ministers in the Prime Minister's Department, Chief Secretary to the Government, Implementation Coordination Unit, Science Advisor's Office, Special Technology Unit and Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MiGHT)

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    Dataran Putra

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Dataran Putra

    Dataran Putra (Putra Square) is Putrajaya's very own town square. As the centrepiece of Putrajaya, Dataran Putra is where the Boulevard is linked to the Perdana Putra building and the Masjid Putra. Hence, not suprising that this is a favourite spot for photography, especially with Perdana Putra or the Putra Mosque as backdrop.

    Designed basically as two concentric plazas surrounded by Taman Putra Perdana, the circular ceremonial area is an open hard landscape encircled by Chahar Baghs, which acts as a transition between the parks and the ceremonial area. Inside the Chahar Baghs are carefully arranged interplay of paths, water channels, flower beds and trees. Beyond the Chahar Baghs is a sea of colourful local flora.

    Flags of the Malaysian states take centre stage here in Dataran Putra. The Dataran is divided into 11 segments, in the pattern of an 11-pointed star. The outer 11-pointed star represents the 11 states of Malaya when the country gained independence in August 1957, the inner 13-pointed star the 13 states that formed Malaysia in 1963 and the 14-pointed star inlcudes the new addition of the Federal Territory. The progressive arrangements of the different pointed stars finally culminate in a circle in the centre of the Dataran. The circle symbolises the ultimate goal of unity

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    Jambatan Putra

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Jambatan Putra

    One of the many bridges in Putrajaya, Jambatan Putra (Putra Bridge) span over 435 metres connecting the Government Precinct and the Mixed Development Precinct and links Dataran Putra with the Boulevard. Architecturally, the design of the bridge is inspired by the design of the famous Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran.

    This unique three-deck bridge provides vehicle, monorail and pedestrian access. The upper level of the Bridge forms part of the Boulevard, its middle level is used for service tunnel, monorail track and service road to Dataran Putra while the its lowest level at the piers will be utilized for finr dining restaurant overlooking the water of the Lake and places for boat berthing.

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    Jambatan Seri Wawasan

    by mansionion Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Jambatan Seri Wawasan

    Jambatan Seri Wawasan (Seri Wawasan Bridge) is another landmark in Putrajaya due to its unqiue design.

    The concrete bridge is a combination of cable backstays and structural steel tie back. This cable-stayed bridge serves as the main link between Precinct 2 (Mixed Development Precint) at the Core Island and the residential area of Precinct 8. Categorized as a 'signature bridge' , the bridge is no doubt an important utility link between Precinct 8 and the Core Island.

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    Putrajaya Wetlands & Parkland - The Look-out Tower

    by Chuckaziz Written Aug 21, 2009

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    The Look-out Tower @ Taman Wetlands
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    The Look-out Tower is the most prominent structure hidden among the trees in the parkland. The three level tower offers a bird's eye view of Putrajaya and the surrounding area. The tower is about 18 meters above ground and visitors can spend many hours enjoying the panoramic views of Putrajaya and beyond.

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    Taman Wetlands Putrajaya

    by Chuckaziz Updated Jul 28, 2009

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    The Putrajaya Lake

    "A City in a Garden" is the theme of this planned city. Visitors today will be surprised to learn that the lake and wetlands are man made. I once took a relative from neighbouring Singapore and he was amazed to learn about the transformation of the place to what it is today. This is the result of the planners' desire to turn to nature for inspiration.

    The constructed wetlands are to mimic nature's treatment to pollutants entering the waterways. What were lost during the plantation era when the jungles were cleared to make way for the cultivation of rubber and oil palm trees are now put back in place albeit on a smaller scale. Today, the Putrajaya wetlands are functioning as the 'kidneys' of the catchment, filtering and trapping sediment and pollutants from the catchment area upstream. The primary function of the wetland system is to ensure that the water entering the lake meets the water quality standard that allows the lake to be used for various recreational activities.

    Today, the lake and wetlands has transformed Putrajaya into one of the most landscaped cities in Malaysia. It is "A City in a Garden" that turns to nature for inspiration, resulting in a landscape dominated by the picturesque Putrajaya Lake.

    Please Note: Some of the information in this page was obtained from the official Website of the Putrajaya Corporation, the local authority. The webpage address is http://www.ppj.gov.my.

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    Perdana Walk - Feed The Fishes

    by Aidy_p Updated Jun 11, 2008
    Nice Palm Trees Along Perdana Walk

    Lovely palm trees line the 4.7 metres park known as Perdana Walk. Beyond just the lovely palm trees and the enjoyment of light breeze, this park is also good for visitors to feed the fishes.

    It seems like a common thing among the locals as they purchase an entire lofe of bread and then, toss it into the lake. I was wondering if this act of kindness may lead to a more clogged up lake since there's no outlet. But I guess if the fishes are happy, so should we be too. The fishes there are really large, due to the "No Fishing" rule. So don't go fishing, unless you want to part with your money.

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