The third and the largest federal state of Malaysia, Putrajaya is the least and fastest growing attraction of the country with its close proximity to the capital city of Kuala Lumpur (30kms), more and more tourists are able to visit the incredible Putrajaya attractions. This planned city developed in the colossal area of 5000 hectares, has taken over the administrative functions from the city of Kuala Lumpur. With most of the government offices shifted here, Putrajaya already has become one of the most prominent cities of Malaysia.
While you plan to visit the city of Putrajaya, take a look at the list of best things to do in Putrajaya that are either free or as good as free. Read on.
Checkout the Millennium Monument
The 68 mtr high column of the Millennium monument is one of the best known iconic free attractions of Putrajaya. Designed to look like a hibiscus flower (it is the national flower of Malaysia), the monument is located on a beautiful waterfront and surrounding the column are the multilevel platforms that add to its beauty. Depicting the Malaysian history to a great extent, the engraved glass panels are the special attractions to watch out for. Every panel depicts an event of prominent years of the Malaysia history. The base of the monument is in the shape of a time capsule containing a special message from the former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohammad. However, the message is set to be unveiled only in the year 2020.
Famous by the name of Pink mosque, the Putra mosque is the most famous and visited mosque of Putrajaya. Exquisitely decorated, the pink mosque has intricately embellished pink granite stones on the tomb from where it derives its name too. The entire mosque is a perfect combination of Malay and Middle eastern design inspirations. Even the non- Muslims are allowed to enter the mosque and worship. With no internal partitions, the main prayer hall of the Pink mosque can accommodate up to 8000 worshippers and the first-floor hall can accommodate 2000 female worshippers at a time. There are many other sections too such as dining hall, lecture rooms, auditorium etc.
The unusual bridges of Putrajaya
Wondering why bridges being included as an attraction? Well, you have to see the beauty of the mesmerizing Putrajaya bridges to actually understand it. People from other areas travel miles to take photographs on these incredible bridges. The 650-hectare manmade lake has eight incredibly beautiful bridges made on it. One of the most elegant bridges is the Seri Wawasan Bridge. Designed futuristically, the slender and curvaceous look has standard steel tie backs and when illuminated at night, it takes the breath away of every onlooker. The Seri Saujana Bridge and the Seri Gemilang Bridge are the next two most popular bridges of the city and the most photographed ones too.
IOI city mall
A sprawling shopping, lifestyle, entertainment and recreational area, the IOI city mall has hundreds of shops with variety of offerings to unleash the shopaholic in you. There are amazing eateries to satiate your hunger pangs with the best of international and national cuisine. You may or may not opt to shop but the entire mall is definitely a worth visit. The place is especially famous amongst the people watchers. See diverse people coming with their family and friends spending quality time together, and enjoy window shopping with over 350 local and international brand outlets.
Okay, this one isn’t a free attraction but owing to the beauty and the exemplary maintenance of the garden, its way more than the worth of RM3 entrance fee. The flora and fauna of the place is extremely diverse and a treat for the nature lovers. Covering an area of 93 hectares, the park development is divided into three phases. The first phase of 63 hectares is already completed and open to public. The completed area is itself such a huge place with over 700 species of plants brought here from over 90 countries of the world.
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Putrajaya Challenge Park
Yes, another attraction that is not free but again, had to include in order to let our readers know that for just RM3 (for students) and RM6 (for adults), they can enjoy a great day with friends and family and cherish priceless memories. This 30-hectare park contains some of the most extreme facilities in entire Malaysia. The three main attractions of the park are – Indoor Rock Wall Climbing Complex, Skate Park and Thrill Park, Mountain Bike Trails. For children as well as adults, the park is the perfect place for entertainment and refreshments.
A very well planned city, Putrajaya is a great example of intellectual planning and organization of an administrative city. The city is hosting some major events since the past few years to promote tourism and growth. Visit Putrajaya and fall in love with Malaysia all over again.