Putrajaya Area Guide: What You Should Know

By Nikita Shankar | Places in Malaysia

Why Putrajaya?

From the time of its inception, a lot of planning and effort was put into the development of Putrajaya. Serving as the country’s administrative capital, Putrajaya is a mere 25 km from Kuala Lumpur, making it a viable choice for many to invest and live in this planned city.

One thing that helps Putrajaya stand out from the rest of the cities in Malaysia is the design of the city. The entire landscape pays homage to Arab and Malay architecture, and this helps give the city a more traditional feel.

Almost 40% of the city is dedicated to nature, leaving vast expanses of lush greenery amidst the cityscape. Often called an ‘intelligent garden city’, Putrajaya houses the perfect mix of man-made technology within a natural enclave.

What You Should Know About Living in Putrajaya

Property Investment

With the city being developed in the 1990s, you can be assured that most buildings will have modern amenities and features. In recent years, there has been an influx of property development in Putrajaya owing to the expected increase in demand for residential properties.

Back in the early 90s, due to heavy traffic and congestion in Kuala Lumpur, much of the Government switched bases to Putrajaya. Thus most of the population within this city mainly consists of Government officials and employees.

Putrajaya stands as the more tranquil and quiet counterpart to its sister city, Kuala Lumpur. For this very reason, many people choose to shift to Putrajaya.

Some of the more sought-after condominiums in the city include Dwiputra Residences, Conezion, Saujana Aster and Tamara Residence.

Education

There are a number of schools and higher institutions here in Putrajaya. Some of them include local government run high-schools, Nexus International School and universities such as the John Hopkins University and the Heriot Watt University.

What You Should Do in Putrajaya

Putra Mosque

This mosque is pink in colour, intricately designed with Middle-Eastern and Malay influence and is one of the most scenic structures in the city.

Various Bridges

While the idea of visiting bridges on a holiday might be absurd, Putrajaya’s bridges are truly worthwhile. The architecture behind these bridges are beautiful, and the views stunning! Some of the famous bridges in the vicinity include Seri Wawasan Bridge (this bridge is lit up at night and is a great place to take pictures), Putra Bridge and Seri Perdana Bridge.

Putrajaya Lake

One thing that makes Putrajaya so appealing is the fact that there’s a huge man-made lake that sits right in the heart of the city. This lake is not only used as a recreational hub, hosting water sports and fishing, but it also acts as the central cooling system for the city.

Your trip to this federal territory ill certainly not be complete if you don’t go on a cruise around the lake. Cruise Tasik Putrajaya offers visitors a unique perspective when viewing Putrajaya’s famous landmarks, and it’s best to head out onto the lake just as night falls.

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Perdana Putra

This building houses the Prime Minister’s office and is a major tourist destination spot as well. The structure is dome-shaped and green in colour, a central focus in the city. After taking some pictures in front of the building, you can cross the street into Dataran Putra or Putra Square. It’s the city’s official square where rallies, demonstrations, holidays and national days are celebrated.

Putrajaya Botanical Garden

Malaysia’s largest botanical garden, and home to hundreds of tropical flora, this flower field is a must visit! It’s also used as a research and development centre by the Malaysian botany department.

Putrajaya Wetlands Garden

Being one of the largest man-made freshwater wetlands in the region, the Putrajaya Wetlands is home to thousands of aquatic and land species. These wetlands are not only beautiful to the eye; it’s also pretty educational for adults and children alike. You can try your hand at bird-watching or fishing, head down there for a relaxing walk or a jog, or maybe go for a bicycle ride around the 1,977 hectare of wetlands.

PropertyLife Tip: If you’d like to give your tastebuds a little something extra, then you have some great Arabic and African eating options in and around Putrajaya. You can also buy local African groceries that are easily available in the vicinity.

Transport Links In And Around Putrajaya

KLIA Transit

This high-speed train connects KL Sentral to the KLIA terminals, and also has a stop in Putrajaya. This is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to move between the two cities, though the price point is on the higher end for a daily commute.

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Future MRT Line

Set to be fully operational in 2022, the Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putrajaya MRT Line will soon service Putrajaya Sentral. Once this line comes into place, travelling back and forth between KL and Putrajaya will be a lot less hectic and troublesome.

RapidKL Buses

Currently, there are quite a few RapidKL buses servicing the different ‘presints’ in Putrajaya.

Major Highways

Putrajaya is also very well connected by road, with many of the country’s prime highways running through the city. To name a few, you can drive on the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), ELITE E6 or the Putrajaya Link to get to and from the city.

PropertyLife Tip: The roundabout near the Prime Minister’s office is said to the largest roundabout in the whole world! A round-trip around this circle is a must, and you can stop over to take pictures or maybe even take a stroll into the roundabout itself!

Putrajaya…truly the ‘Garden City’ it’s aiming to be. Do you plan on moving to Putrajaya? Or maybe heading there for a day trip? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

About the Author

Born in India, raised all over the world, I’m currently based here in Malaysia, truly enjoying this Asian enclave. Starting off as a fiction writer for many online publishing sites, I’ve moved on to following one of my major passions: Copywriting. For more than a few years now I’ve worked with companies to create some great web content, particularly in the real-estate field. From reviewing property developments to writing home improvement articles, I do believe the property world is my calling. When I’m not holed up behind a computer screen, you can find me reading a good book, gallivanting across the globe or merely listening to some tunes on my iPod.