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Published October 20th 2012
Administrative capital with some appeal
25Km outside of Kuala Lumpur is a town that was built less than 20 years ago predominantly to house the Malaysian government and civil servants. At first I wasn't sure what such a place would have to offer but then after spending the afternoon looking around, I realised that it was as far removed from Milton Keynes as you could imagine when it comes to pre-planned towns.
The centre is where the large mosque stands and it houses a beautiful ceiling which is quite awe-inspiring to look at. The scale of the building in general is most impressive and looking around from here you get a good panorama of the rest of the town, with the prime-minister's house and other beautiful architectural works close-by.
There is a large lake and a large proportion of the town is set aside as green belt land to keep things pretty. Getting about needs a car after the proposed monorail system was scrapped, but the roads are quiet and have some impressive bridges spanning the lake such as the
Each of the 20 precincts has its own unique style of streetlight which is novel and there are pedestrian areas to wander around fountains and towards an impressive monument pictured below as a memorial of the inauguration of the town.
There are a few hotels in town as well, one of which, the Pullman Putrajaya has different Malaysian styles for each wing, Jasmine, Rafflesia, Bunga Tanjung and Lotus. Jasmine celebrates the Indian population with typical architecture while Lotus does the same for the Chinese. Rafflesia is designed like a Borneo Longhouse and the Bunga Tanjung wing is like a traditional Malay home.
I think you could get away with a one day visit to be honest, although transport may be an issue. It's easy enough to get here by train but then getting around would be a problem. I had friends show me round by car and that was the best option.