Continued from the monkeys and fireflies of Kuala Selangor
My interest to visit Putrajaya was piqued when Mimi of SleeplessinKL posted about a glimpse to it. I thought that it is simply a counterpart of Malacanang Palace. But after enough googling and finding out that it is a planned city which currently serves as the federal administrative center of Malaysia, the more I got interested. A slice of my current job is somehow related to the planning for the entire Emirate of Abu Dhabi towards 2030 and the ongoing establishment of Capital District will have resemblance to the premise of Putrajaya.
Located in South of Kuala Lumpur, you need to drive at least 40 minutes from there to reach Putrajaya. The word “putra” was based on the name of the first prime minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, while “jaya” means victory.
There are seven beautiful bridges in this entire federal territory and Seri Wawasan Bridge turned out to be the most fascinating to me.
We stopped for a few minutes to “feel” the lake. When our driver started trailing along the stretch towards the Prime Minister’s office, I cannot stop clicking the camera. Every angle is worth the shot.
Through the window, I took random shots of the remarkably designed government offices.
I found the Ministry of Finance complex as the most well-thought of because of the symbolisms. The columns represent the number of states and federal territories.
It is interesting to note that the Federal government paid a substantial amount of money to Kuala Selangor for approximately 11 320 acres (46 km²) of land in Prang Besar, Selangor. I can only imagine how more beautiful this territory could have been had it not been affected by the Asian Financial crisis in late 90s.
The Putra Mosque is one of the main attractions, aside from the Putra Square and Perdana Park.
A visit to Putrajaya is a must if you are swinging by Kuala Lumpur. It is amazing how they combined the European and Islamic feel in the architecture.
To save on time, it is best to drop by here from or to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) due to its proximity. Aside from going for a tour or hiring a driver, you can go to Putrajaya by taking the buses or rail.
Parkmay (Cityliner No. 868) Route : Sinar Kota-Komuter Serdang-Putrajaya-Cyberjaya
Frequency : 20 minutes interval
Sepang Omnibus (No. 536B) Route : Sepang-Banting-Dengkil-Cyberjaya-Putrajaya
Frequency : Every 3 hours
Kenderaan Kelang-Banting (No. 131) Route : Kelang-Banting-Dengkil-Cyberjaya-Putrajaya
Frequency : Every 2 hours
Sum Omnibus (No. 186) Route : Kajang Terminal Bus-UNITEN-Putrajaya-Cyberjaya, frequency : Every 1-2 hours
Express Rail Link (ERL), Route : KL Sentral / Bandar Tasik Putrajaya / Cyberjaya / Salak Tinggi KLIA, frequency : every half an hour (peak hours), every hour (off peak hours)
From Sentral/From KLIA: First service 5.33 am 5.18 am, last service 12.03 am 12.08 am
Fare : RM 9.50 RM 6.20, estimated traveling time : 20 minutes
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