Malaysia is indeed endless to visit. Many tourists, especially novice tourists, make the neighboring country a destination to spend vacation time. Apart from the fact that many airlines offer cheap tickets, cultural, language, and food factors that are not much different from Indonesia are also the main reasons for visiting it.
If all this time Kuala Lumpur has been “full” for you to visit, try to visit Putrajaya once in a while. Putrajaya or its official name, the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, has been the seat of the Malaysian government since 1999.
Previously, Kuala Lumpur was the capital as well as the seat of the Malaysian government. Gradually the city became more and more congested so the idea was born to build a new government center to reduce the density of Kuala Lumpur. As a result, Putrajaya was built and the Prime Minister’s office and almost all ministerial offices were moved there.
Because it is a “planned-city”, Putrajaya has also grown into a futuristic, well-organized area that has various public facilities that deserve thumbs up. Its position is also very strategic, which is between Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang. So, if you take a plane and land at KLIA, you should really stop by at Putrajaya first.
Well, what kind of fun things can you do there? Let’s take a look while browsing cheap tickets and compiling an itinerary for the holidays!
- Take a photo in front of the most iconic building in Putrajaya: Prime Minister’s Office
The Prime Minister’s Office or commonly referred to as Perdana Putra is a landmark as well as the main building in the Putrajaya Federal Territory. Built from 1997 to 1999, the architecture of this building is a blend of modern Islam, Malay and Moghul with a large green dome at the top.
Although not allowed to enter the Prime Minister’s office area, you can take photos at Dataran Putra (Putra Square) which is located right in front of it. Dataran Putra itself is a square that is often used as a place for celebrations, such as the independence parade every August.
- Worship while enjoying the beauty of the Putra Mosque
In addition to the Prime Minister’s office, the Putra Mosque is also a special attraction in Putrajaya. The mosque with a capacity of 15,000 worshipers was built at the same time as the construction of the Prime Minister’s office and the two positions are close together.
The architecture of this building is influenced by several Islamic cultures, such as the main entrance inspired by the fence of the Persian region building, the 116-meter high tower inspired by the Shaykh Omar tower in Baghdad, the basement wall inspired by the Sultan Hassan Mosque in Morocco, and almost the entire building and dome made of of rose colored granite.
To be able to enter it you must dress modestly and cover your genitals. If not, you can borrow a maroon robe that is available next to the main gate of the mosque.
- Go around the lake with the Putrajaya Tasik Cruise and do various water sports
Putrajaya is surrounded by an artificial lake (lake) named after the city, namely Putrajaya Lake. The 650 hectare lake serves as a counterweight to modernization of development so that it is not hot and arid as well as a vehicle for recreation.
You can enjoy the beauty of Putrajaya aka sightseeing by riding the Putrajaya Tasik Cruise. There are various types of watercraft that you can choose from, ranging from cruise boats, picnic boats, traditional Dondang Sayang boats, and Lepa-Lepa boats typical of the Bajau Tribe. Prices offered for foreign tourists range from RM 40 to RM 70 (around IDR140,000 to IDR245,000).
In addition, you can also do various kinds of water sports that challenge your adrenaline, such as flyboarding and jetpacking which will make you fly like Iron Man on the water and paddling for those who like rowing sports.
The price offered for flyboarding and jetpacking is RM 370 (approximately IDR1,295,000), while paddling is RM 140 (approximately IDR490,000). Of course, you will be briefed before playing and accompanied by reliable instructors. Interested in doing it?
- Bridge Hopping across beautiful bridges
In addition to riding the Putrajaya Tasik Cruise and doing various water sports, you can enjoy the beauty of several corners of Putrajaya from the top of the lake by bridge hopping or exploring the beautiful bridges there.
Each bridge certainly provides a different experience, city perspective, and architecture, for example the Putra Bridge which is the main bridge to the Prime Minister’s office, Dataran Putra, and Putra Mosque. The architecture is inspired by the Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran. The bridge has four octagonal towers with an observation deck overlooking Putrajaya Lake.
In addition, there is the Wawasan Series Bridge which is made of a stretch of cable with modern architecture and technology; Seri Gemilang Bridge which connects Heritage Square with Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC) and is often referred to as the ceremonial bridge; Seri Perdana Bridge which has eight balconies to enjoy the panorama around Putrajaya Lake; and the Seri Saujana Bridge whose architecture is inspired by the bridge in Sydney Harbour. Interested in bridge hopping here?
- Want a fresher and more natural atmosphere? Cuss to Putrajaya Botanical Garden!
Putrajaya Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in Malaysia which has more than 7,000 plant species from Africa and the Asia Pacific region. This 92-hectare park is divided into three parts, namely ornamental plants, flowers, and the care and research section.
The location is in Persiaran Sultan Sallahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, not far from the Prime Minister’s office and is open every day except Monday. You should try Explorer’s Trail, a canopy bridge between trees; Palm Hill which contains more than 50 species of palm trees; take the tram train; and enjoy the beautiful flowers at the Sun and Floral Garden.
- You also have to enter Astaka Morocco which is very instagramable!
Inside the Putrajaya Botanical Garden complex, there is one place that will invite you (as if) to be in Morocco, namely Astaka Morocco. This 1,672 square meter building was built at the initiative of the Malaysian Government with the help of the Moroccan government and people as a symbol of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
No wonder the Moorish-style architecture that is characteristic of Morocco and resembles the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain.
The interior of Astaka Morocco is divided into three large courtyards, namely the front yard, King’s Court, and Granada Court, each of which is bordered by an ornate gate with the name City Gate, Palace Gate, and Splendor Gate. Almost all the walls and pillars of the building are decorated with verses from the Koran.
To be able to enter it you have to pay a ticket of RM 3 for adults and RM 1 for children / students in school uniform. Interested in visiting here?
- Dizzy while hunting photos among the magnificent buildings in the Putrajaya Plain? No need to worry!
In Malay, dizzying has the meaning of going around or taking a walk. One of the areas that you must visit to dizzy is the Putrajaya Plain.
In contrast to Dataran Putra which is in front of the Prime Minister’s office and Putra Mosque, Dataran Putrajaya is located between the Putrajaya Corporate Complex, Palace of Justice, and the Iron Mosque. The landscape of this region is inspired by the Champs Elysees in Paris which is dubbed the most beautiful street in the world.
One of the instagramable spots in this area is the large and tall gate located at the front of the Putrajaya Corporation. Perbadanan Putrajaya itself is a local authority under the Ministry of Federal Territories of Malaysia which manages Putrajaya, covering city planning, health, waste management, and more.
The next spot is the Palace of Justice or the Palace of Justice which is a judicial institution and also a museum. The architecture of the building is inspired by the Taj Mahal, Moorish, classical Islam, with a hint of western touch.
And what you should not miss is the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque or what is often referred to as the Iron Mosque because the majority of the building construction is made of iron.
The mosque which was completed in 2009 can accommodate about 24,000 worshipers, larger than the Putra Mosque. His position was right in front of the Justice of Palace.
- Bored on the mainland? It’s time to ride the Hot Air Baloon over Lake Putrajaya
You don’t have to go all the way to Cappadocia to be able to ride a giant flying balloon, because Putrajaya is also there! You only need to come to the Skyrides Festival Park area which is located not far from the Iron Mosque.
There you can ride a hot air balloon that will take you to fly as high as 120 meters from the ground while enjoying 360-degree views of Putrajaya.
One hot air balloon can accommodate a maximum of 30 people depending on wind and weather conditions that day. The prices offered range from Malay, Thai, Indian, Arabic, Chinese, to western dishes.
One of the spots for culinary tourism is the food court next to the Putra Mosque. A variety of halal and delicious foods are available there, ranging from Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Biryani Rice, and so on. Plus its position on the edge of the lake, guaranteed to arouse your appetite!
In the Agricultural Heritage Park area there is also a food court with a variety of food choices. Some of them are favorites, namely Unan Roti John, Coconut Shake, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Satay Samuri. So, you must taste all the food there, guaranteed not to break your pocket!
Great, the destination right? Don’t be confused anymore, make a vacation travel itinerary to Malaysia. Have fun, don’t forget to take care of your luggage!