As Malaysia’s administrative capital, Putrajaya has positioned itself as a tourist destination with its captivating architecture and picturesque landscapes.
Its expansive and well maintained attractions are a pull factor for tourists. In fact, Putrajaya has also become a popular location for film producers to shoot movies.
Couples are also often seen having their wedding photo shoot here.
Designed as a city in a garden, Putrajaya is a place to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur.
To make your visit to Putrajaya worthwhile, you can hop on the Putrajaya Sightseeing bus to take in the sights.
The three-hour bus tour costs RM20 per person and has the bus driver acting as a tour guide.
1 Putrajaya Sentral
Start the tour at Putrajaya Sentral. Parking here costs RM2 per entry. Make your way to the Putrajaya Sightseeing counter on Level 1. After purchasing the ticket, head to the bus station and take the bus from Platform 6.
2 Seri Wawasan Bridge
The first stop is one of seven bridges in Putrajaya, which is the most elegant. The 240m cable bridge features a futuristic design borrowing the shape of a sailing ship. The Seri Wawasan bridge is visible from many vantage points of the city.
3 Putra Square
The bus will stop for about 40 to 60 minutes here and visitors will be able to check out the Putra Mosque that was constructed with rose-tinted granite. Visitors have ample time to have lunch at the Souq, or take a ride on the Cruise Tasik Putrajaya.
4 Perdana Putra
Also at Putra Square, visitors will be able to see the majestic Perdana Putra, which is the Prime Minister’s Office. It is located at the end of Perdana Boulevard, and its structural design is influenced by Malay, Islamic and European architecture such as the Palladian and Neoclassicism.
5 PPj Complex
Putrajaya Corporation (PPj) is the local authority that administrates Putrajaya. Its complex is located along Persiaran Perdana and is identifiable by the large arch which is its gateway entrance.
6 Palace of Justice
Incorporating influences of classical Islamic design like Taj Mahal in India, the Palace of Justice houses the Appeal and Federal Court. The complex comprises a five-storey building for the judiciary and a two-storey building to house the courts and offices.
7 Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC)
PICC is the capital’s main convention centre and is located on top of a hill in Taman Puncak Selatan, Presint 5. It can be seen clearly all the way from the Putra Square, and offers a stunning view of Putrajaya. The design of the building is unique, and was designed based on the shape of the eye of pending perak (a silver Malay royal belt buckle).
8 Seri Gemilang Bridge
After PICC, visitors will see the second bridge. The rather ornate bridge stands in contrast to the more modern architecture in Putrajaya, with ornamental lamp posts standing along its length. There are also steps leading down the bridge that takes visitors to the lake.
9 Anjung Floria
A visit to Putrajaya will not be complete without stopping at the flower garden in Presint 4. Here, visitors will be able to see the permanent gardens of the flower show Royal Floria Putrajaya. There are many photo opportunities at the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden, Fantasy Garden and English Garden.
10 Seri Saujana Bridge
Before heading back to Putrajaya Sentral, the bus will make a stop at the third and last bridge. Here, visitors will be able to take in the view of the lake, as well as the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque which is also called the "Iron Mosque" because it was built using 70% iron, employing a wire mesh architecture.
For details on the Putrajaya Sightseeing tour, visit www.papsb.com.my