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)
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.
One of the most recogniseable building of Putrajaya, Masjid Putra and particularly its pink dome rises majestically against the Putrajaya skyline and serves as a landmark.
The mosque extends out of the western shore of the Putrajaya Lake, giving the impression that its float on the lake. It consists of three main functional areas - the prayer hall, the "Sahn" or courtyard, learning facilities and function rooms.
The mosque's prayer hall is simple and elegant, supported by 12 columns. The highest point below the dome is 2500 feet above ground level. The "Sahn", landscaped with several decorative water features and bordered by colonnades, provide extended prayer space. The mosque's impressive minaret was built in five tiers that stands at 116m tall is the tallest minaret in the region.
Masjid Putra which can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any one time also houses a VIP room, library, Al-Quran Manuscript Museum, auditorium, exhibition foyer and a seminar room.
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
Laman Putra is one of the many urban park in Putrajaya. The park is part of the Laman Perdana, a 4.7km linear park.
Laman Putra provide the linkage between Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (one of Pj's main road) with the Dataran Putra. The main highlight here is the fountains in the shape of Sirih Junjung - a symbol of welcoming visitors in the old days.
As Tasik Putrajaya (Putrajaya Lake) forms an integral part of Pj, most of the developments here are scattered all over the lakeshore.
The best way to enjoy the sights along the 12km long lakeshore is to board one of the various boats here for the Cruise Tasik Putrajaya (Putrajaya Lake Cruise). The cruise cover most of the sights and landmarks of Pj as viewed from the Putrajaya Lake. Visitors can chose either the gondola-like perahu Dondang Sayang or cruise boats Belimbing and Daun for the Lake cruise. Charges start at RM10 per person, depending on the type of cruise.
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.
Mercu Tanda is the first landmark in Putrajaya where the site of federal administrative centre was established here in 1995.
It is located in Putra Perdana Park, set high on a hill overlooking Putrajaya. Views can be had of the city from here.
The Putrajaya Landmark symbolises the beginnings of Putrajaya with its time capsule structure. It actually looks like a wizard's hat!
Landmark plaza is landscaped with trees and water fountains. The Perdana Mall are pedestrian walkways linking the Landmark and Entrance Plaza to Cascade Plaza, Fragrant Garden, gazebos and pergolas
Its a nice area for a stroll around
This is a beautiful mosque built out of rose tinted granite, has a central asian Islamic design, with a distinctive Persian dome. The Prayer Hall is simple and elegant.
Its 116-metre minaret is influenced by the Sheikh Omar mosque in Baghdad, while the basement wall of the mosque resembles that of the King Hassan mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.
The Mosque was completed in 1999., and can accommodate 15000 worshippers at a time.
It is in a lovely position by the lake. You get beautiful views from here.
I loved walking around it and admiring the beauty.
You have to wear a pink coverall, this if provided for free.
The most prominent building in the whole of Putrajaya is off course the mosque.
Located at the Putra Square just next to the Prime Minister office complex, this beautiful Moorish influence architectural is one of the must & most visited place.
Visitors are allowed into the prayer hall but they need to be properly dressed. Robes & Head Covers are provided free of charge for visitor who are interested to see the interior of the mosque.
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.
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..
The Perdana Putra Building is open to the public from Mondays to Fridays: 8.00 am to 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm and on Saturdays from 8.00 am to 12.30 pm.
CLOSED on ........ Sundays, public holidays and every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month.
Selera Putra is a food outlet court, located down the lower level of Dataran Putra fronting Putrajaya Lake, next to Putra Mosque.
The food outlets in Selera Putra can seat over 800 people and offer international cuisine, local favourites and fast food. Take the escalator down.
Also here, is the SOUK, this is where you find things to buy, only the day I was here, a lot of the shops were shut, don't know why. I browsed around at the ones that were open, I should think it would be quite interesting when they are all open.
This is a nice area to relax, if you have been doing a lot of walking like I had.
The cruise is a good way to see the sights from the water.
You get good views of the major sights. The Boatman, will point all of these out, and tell you 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.
"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.
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.