Putra Bridge: THE Main Bridge
The Putra Bridge or Jambatan Putra in the malay language is no wooden plank across a small river. The bridge, modelled after Iran's historical Khaju Bridge, comes in three decks where vehicle, monorail and human traffic brings this bridge to life.
There's also a pier where you can catch a boatride along the Putra river.
Seri Wawasan Bridge - Mind Blowing
Cables holds up the bridge and the name of the bridge sounds rather Japanese - kawaii! Also, the bridge looks somewhat like a harp. But it is still an interesting bridge that is pleasing to the eyes. Completed in 2003, the bridge helps to link Precinct 2 to the residential housing of Precinct 8. The span also makes it a good running route.
So if you're staying in Putrajaya, take out that running shoes and head out for a run.
Istana Darul Ehsan - Sultan of Selangor's Palace
The Malaysian government had puchased a large tract of land from the State of Selangor to build their administrative centre. But this does not mean that there's no traces of the state.
The state government has built a palace on the opposite site of Lake Putra where it's generally out of view from prying eyes. This weekend palace, built in a tudor-style, is different from the other middle eastern influenced buildings.
Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC)
The very first building that I came across in Putrajaya was this behemoth convention centre. Sited on the top of a hill, the building looked like an ancient chinese tea holder or a korean warrior's helmet and would have been equally adaptable if it was located in China or Korea respectively. But the truth of the matter is that the building was constructed to resemble the shape of the eye of 'pending perak' - a silver Malay royal belt buckle.
The government had also took great pains in maintaining the shrubs surrounding the convention centre.
Putra Mosque - A place of Muslim Worship
The Putra Mosque or Masjid Putra in the malay language, is the main mosque in Putrajaya. The exterior of the mosque sees a magnificant red and white dome with golden spikes pointing towards the sky. The building acts as a religious centre for the government body located within Putrajaya.
Crossing the Seri Gemilang Bridge
Definition of a road bridge: A structure providing passage over the obstacle. The Seri Gemilang Bridge is a six lane bridge with padestrian walkways on both sides that allow both cars and people to go across the Putraraya lake.
But one theme that seems to play out within the entire city of Putrajaya is the lack of cars. We stopped our car on the bridge and in that 10 minutes we stood there, barely more than 10 cars past us.
I had wanted to go as far as to say that "I'm the king of the bridge!".
Ok, back to reality! The view on the bridge is magnificant. The man-made Putrajaya lake that spans out into the expanse; the impressive view of Putrajaya International Convention Centre, and the uniquely crafted streelamps made this bridge stood out.
Prime Minister's Office - Perdana Putra
The Pedana Putra reminds me of two reknowned buildings - the St. Basil Cathedral in Russia and more so, The Taj Mahal of India - where their buildings are known for their domes.
For the Pedana Putra, an onion-shaped dome sits on top of the main buidling while flanking this building, are four other smaller domes. Reminds me more of meat buns though. Ok, off topic!
Wonder if I stand there long enough, would I be able to catch a glimpse of the Prime Minister. Still wondering.
Taman Botani opened in 2003, is the largest botanical garden in the country on 92 hectares. Nice to walk across the Canopy Bridge, the Vine Garden, the Bougainvillea Tunnel and the Lake Boardwalk. There are over 700 species of plants from south America, Africa and Asia.
Park is open 7 am - 7 pm, Visitor center opens at 9 am
Tram ride through the park
Paddle Boat Rental
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Putra Mosque is a real beauty. With its Persian Islamic design and desert pink, it is unique and outstanding as it is built overlooking the Putrajaya Lake.
You can see the reflection of the Mosque on the waters. The Mosque itself faces the direction of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
We were able to enter the Mosque which was open to visitors then. Have to take off the shoes of course to wonder at the beautiful interior of the dome.
Many postcards sold of the Putra Mosque. Why not buy one and mail it back home.
Perdana Putra is an impressive building on a hill top and was completed in 1999 with architecture features of Malay, Islamic and Western Classical style.
It is the adminstrative office of the Malaysian Prime Minister. Although it was designed and built during the era of the Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamed, it was occupied for official use only by his successor, the current 5th Prime Minister of Malaysia Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
If you visit Putrajaya, this is must-take background photograph.
The Perdana Putra is a building complex in Putrajaya which houses the Malaysian Prime Minister office complex. Located on the main hill in Putrajaya, it has become synonym with the Malaysian executive arm.
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Putrajaya Lake is located at the centre of Putrajaya city, Malaysia. This 650ha man-made lake is designed to act as a natural cooling system for the city and also for recreation, fishing, water sports and water transport.
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Take A Cruise Along Putrajaya Lake
Sights and landmarks covered by CTP (Cruise Tasik Putrajaya) include Putra Mosque, Darul Ehsan Palace, Ministry of Finance, Wawasan Bridge, Millennium Monument, Palace of Justice, Saujana Bridge, Perdana Leadership Foundation, Putrajaya International Convention Centre, Seri Gemilang Bridge, Perdana Putra (Prime Minister’s office) and Putra Bridge.
The CTP office and ticketing counter is located at Jeti Putra, underneath Putra Bridge. Entrance to Jeti Putra is from the Dataran Putra, where the Putra Mosque and Prime Minister’s office is located.
There are 3 types of cruise you can take along the Putrajaya Lake:
a) Dondang Sayang Perahu - A wooden gondola-like vessel which is designed to the style of local traditional "perahu" or "boat" in English. Seats 4 - 6 passengers.
b) Belimbing Passenger Cruise Boat - A fully air-conditoned cruise boat which seats 76 people comfortabley and offers passengers a wonderful view of the lake.
c) Daun Dining Cruise Boat - Offers fine dining amidst the beauty and splendour of Putrajaya. Boat charters for lunch, dinner and cocktail.
Palace of Justice
The majestic five-storey complex bearing Islamic architectural influences. It houses six courtrooms of the Court of Appeal, two of the Federal Court, a banquet hall and a library. Capped with a marble dome, it was built at a cost of RM270 million.
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Ministry of Finance
The Finance Ministry buidling has won two awards for Best Office Building and Best Architectural Design in 2002. Built in semi-circular pattern rising to a height of 12 storeys, the central block is flanked by eight-storey blocks.
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