Sunday, December 13, 2009

Putrajaya - Architectural Marvel in Malaysia


Putrajaya - Architectural Marvel in Malaysia


Putrajaya is one amazing well planned city which is also the administrative capital of Malaysia. Known also as the Garden City or Intelligent City, this massive project took off in 1995 at a cost of US$8.1 Billion during the tenure of former prime minister, Tun Mahatir and was finally ready in 1999 totaling over an area of 4,932 hectares which was strategically centralized between the capital of Kuala Lumpur and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).




Putrajaya lake view

Putrajaya is well known for its architectural wonders that dominate the main boulevard and also the surrounding areas or Precincts as they are called. For those who have been here, you would easily relate to what I am featuring in this posting. I must have been to Putrajaya at least 10 times since it opened and I have seen the progress of the architectural marvels here which always fascinate me every time I go back there.

Putrajaya Ministry Of Finance (MoF building)

One of the first few amazing buildings you will come across on entering the Boulevard in Precinct 2 will be the Ministry Of Finance (MoF Building). This very clever and unique semi-circle shaped building consists of 12 storeys and was completed in 2002.

For a unique 3D experience of this building, visit the website of Maya 360­° - Ministry Of Finance

Putrajaya Palace of Justice

The Palace Of Justice in Putrajaya is another amazing architectural wonder. Known locally as Istana Kehakiman, this majestic looking complex consists a five-storey building for the judiciary and a two-storey building to house the courts. Designed with Moghul architecture and blended with modernisation, the huge domes reflect a little of the Taj Mahal on a first glance.



Putrajaya Palace of Justice

The Palace Of Justice also houses six Courts of Appeals, two Federal Courts and 20 judge's chambers in this all granite finished building. Driving pass this magnificent place will surely make you stop to have a better look at the architectural wonder.

Visit the website for the Palace Of Justice

Putrajaya - Two unique buildings

While driving along the main Boulevard, I noticed many other buildings situated along this area and some of them are worth stopping to grab some pictures. While most of the design have world class architectural designs, many of them carry the influence of Islamic Architecture mixed into the designs. A couple of them are as in the picture above which are the Ministry of Youth and Sports, KBS Building (Menara KBS) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Building (Wisma Sumber Asli).

26 Boulevard at Putrajaya

26 Boulevard is one of the private office buildings located in Precinct 3, which is a 12-storey modern glass designed building costing more than RM200 million (US$58 million). This beautiful structure also houses about 48,000 square meters of office and retail space with well manicured lawns out front.

Putrajaya - One of the beautiful glass buildings

The 26 Boulevard building looks absolutely amazing from all angles. The picture above shows you the side profile of the building with a great mix of glass and concrete.

Putrajaya Wisma Sumber Asli Building with a designer streetlamp

Putrajaya Wisma Sumber Asli Building front view



Putrajaya Millennium Monument

Millennium Monument (Monumen Alaf Baru) which looks like a rocket or missile is one of the main attractions of Putrajaya. Built in the shape of the national flower- the hibiscus, it is 68 meters tall and is located in the Precinct 2 park of Putrajaya. The solid metal monument was also designed by world famous architect, Dr. Ken Yeang to usher in the new millennium but for some reason, it was officially opened to the public in 2005. Apparently, several time capsules have been embedded here where the messages would be only opened in the year 2020.

Visit the wiki site on the Millennium monument in Putrajaya

Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC)

The Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC) is located in Precinct 5 which is right at the end of the main Boulevard and covers a massive area of 51 acres. Not only that, it is also 60 meters above sea level making it very noticeable from all over Putrajaya. This RM600 million (US$170 million) building design is based on the eye of 'pending perak' (A silver Malay royal belt buckle) and a wau (traditional Malay kite) while the roof design is similar to a folded origami. Majority of the windows of the PICC are made from glass for the purposes of natural light illuminating the main auditorium.

Spread over nine levels, the PICC has a total area of 135,000 square meters. The Putrajaya Convention Center has also seen some major events including the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the yearly Malaysia International Fireworks Competition since 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Visit the official website of the Putrajaya International Convention Center

Visit the official website for the Malaysia International Fireworks Competition

Putrajaya Clubhouse - Kelab Tasik Putrajaya

Putrajaya Clubhouse or Kelab Tasik Putrajaya is located in Precinct 8 and is cleverly situated in a slide valley by the Putrajaya Lake. This club which was officially opened in 1996 offers patrons a restaurant serving halal food and also a modern cafe. There are water sports facilities and also a 50 meter swimming pool in this beautifully designed club.

Open daily from 10.00am to 10.00pm. Visit the website of the Putrajaya Clubhouse

Putrajaya Legal Affairs Building

Putrajaya Legal Affairs Building or Bangunan Hal Ehwal Undang-Undang is found in Precinct 3 of Putrajaya which is near the Putrajaya Administration Building. This beautiful building architecture is based on the Neo-Raj Palace with distinctive expressions of Portico, Colonnades, Archways and Screens finished with three tones of fair faced brick facades.

Another interesting feature at this building is the Ulam Raja Kerawang motifs that act as a screen throughout all the building windows. The building also houses an indoor landscape court with well manicured structures and lawns while the tallest block is 10 storeys high while the main structure is 4 storeys.

Visit the official website for the Putrajaya Legal Affairs Department

Putrajaya Boulevard - One of the newly complete buildings

One of the newer buildings which is about 90% completed is located along the main Boulevard. At the moment, there is no tenant but this beautiful building is adjoined by a smaller building of the same design and architecture by the side and connected together from the ground level.

Putrajaya Putra Mosque, Pink Mosque or Floating Mosque

My conclusion to visiting Putrajaya: Foreigners and locals alike should make it a point to visit this beautiful Federal Territory as it is only a 30-45 minute drive from Kuala Lumpur or Petaling Jaya. The infrastructure at Putrajaya is simply amazing and breath taking, you can spend the entire day there visiting various places on interest. Nature lovers will find Putrajaya filled with activity while for the shoppers, there is a massive shopping mall called Alamanda Putrajaya.

For food, you can visit the Selera Food Court (Medan Selera) just next to the Pink Mosque or explore the area for other choices.
The best choice is to self drive to Putrajaya. If not, there are various tour agents that organise daily trips to Putrajaya.

Tourist Information:


Putrajaya is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m daily. Some of the places of interest are Masjid Putra (Putra Mosque), Dataran Putra (with a view of the new Prime Minister's Department), Seri Perdana (Prime Minister's official residence), the Putrajaya Wetlands and Putrajaya Botanical Gardens.

A tour of Seri Perdana is highly recommended. Seri Perdana is open 0900-1230 and 1400-1700 everyday (including Public Holidays) except Mondays and Fridays. On Fridays, Seri Perdana is open 0900-1200 and 1500-1700. The residence is closed to the public on Mondays or when official functions are being held so please check with the main entrance. Entry is free but visitors are required to submit their identity cards (Malaysian citizens) or passports when obtaining the visitor's pass from the main gate. Cameras are allowed inside.

General Websites about Putrajaya;


Map to Putrajaya

View Putrajaya Boulevard (Dataran Putrajaya) in a larger map

*All pictures were taken by me with a Canon 450D

~ David Jr

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19 comments:

superwilson said...

It's actually quite a good place to work on Sunday if the weather permits. Amazing place.

baincardin said...

Hi David Jr.! thanks for the comments. you got very nice pictures here! I am your follower now so that easier for me to know your updates! Have a nice day ya! ^_^

David Jr said...

Wilson, it is actually. Only setback are the food selections. I mean, basic food is available. Just that you need to drive out for good food.

Baincardin, thank you very much and you have a great day yourself too.

Regards,
David

Borneo Falcon said...

I believe the bridges there are equally stunning

David Jr said...

Borneo Falcon, they are indeed. That is my next posting :)

Regards,
David

Luray va accommodations said...

Malaysia is really beautiful place. when I'm in Malaysia on holiday Every morning, I like to get up early and, before breakfast, take a long, slow walk along the beach. Sometimes, I'll sit quietly on the sand for a while and meditate, or I might simply watch the sun rise. It's one of my greatest pleasures.

Regards,

David Jr said...

Luray, thank you for the lovely experience you share here. I wish more people would have this experience.

Regards,
David

Sumandak From the Land Below the Wind said...

I love the pictures.
Putrajaya is a prestige place, I have to say. But the town planning not so strategic. I always ended up go round and round just to reach certain precint. The arrangement of the precint is not properly done.
Nevertheless,the buildings are very impressive.

David Jr said...

Hi Sumandak, well, on my first few visits, I got lost many times just because the area is huge. After a few visits there, I think I am much better. But you are right. First timers may have trouble looking for places.

Regards,
David

Mei Teng said...

The milennium monument is something new. I did not notice it when I visited Putrajaya.

Aidi-Safuan said...

menarik2...lawa semua picture nih

junsern said...

been traveling there almost once a month for the last few month... their architecture really marvels me... basically its a whole different feel when u get there. but one thing i am just irritated is the road signs... confusing

David Jr said...

Mei, I guess because it is away from the main Boulevard. If you take the cruise, you will see it.

Aidi, thank you and Terima Kasih.

Regards,
David

David Jr said...

Junsern, I would agree about the road signs as they may be a little different from what we are used to in the city.

Regards,
David

maya360 said...

hello Davids...

im the admin of maya360 ... id would like to thank you to you for put my web link here..

thank you very much sir...

anyway what a great traveller blog / experience you have.. been able to travel around the world!!..

David Jr said...

Hello Maya360, the pleasure is mine as I found your 3D details on the MoF Building awesome! And thank you for the kind words.

Regards,
David

shloke said...

Beautiful pictures of Putrajaya. I LOVE to travel back to this intelligent city.

Cheers!
mylo

David Jr said...

Thanks Mylo, one of those days, armed with a camera and drive myself to Putrajaya.

Regards,
David

Shelyn said...

One post covers all about Putrajaya, good post.

It's a good place for cycling too. We used to cycle there as a morning work out.