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Putrajaya
Ben van Wijnen

The new capital city

The office of Badawi

The office of the prime minister

Putrajaya has  become  the new capital city near Kuala Lumpur. It was formerly known as Perang Besar and is located 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur. It's also 20 kilometers from Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at Sepang in the south.
Putrayaja is the new Administrative Center of the Government and will be a test bed for an electronic Government (a paperless administration) and will be equipped with the latest telecommunication technologies. It is set to be a model garden city with sophisticated information network base on multimedia technologies.
Kuala Lumpur is still the financial and commercial capital of Malaysia. About 70% of Putrajaya is still nature. Lush greenery, botanical gardens are spread across the landscape enhanced by large bodies of water and wetlands. Five confluences meet at the north forming a main waterway which flows across the city area.

At the North of the Core Area is the Government precinct located. Also the most of the Federal Government ministries, departments and agencies. The office of the Prime Minister’s complex "Perdana Putra" is situated at a vantage location, overlooking the Dataran Putra, which marks the beginning of the Putra Boulevard.

 

Situated next to a lake, it incorporates Islamic architecture from countries such as Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Morocco. The mosque consists of a 116m tall minaret and can accommodate 15,000 people. The minaret is 116 meters tall and one of the striking features of the minaret is that it was designed after the Sheikh Oman Mosque in Baghdad.

Its five-tiers represent the five pillars of Islam and its five call to prayers. Within its premises is the VIP Room Gallery, the Al-Quran Manuscript Museum, a library, auditorium and exhibition hall as well as a seminar room. It also has a large courtyard called the “Sahn” dedicated to commemorate the life of the Prophet. The main entrance to the mosque is patterned after the gates of Persia. 

How do you get to Putrajaya?

Well it's really simple.
You go by KL Monorail to KL Sentral.
There you buy a ticket to Putrajaya for the KLIA Transit. This a local train to  KLIA.
The counter is at the right when you enter KL Sentral. At the left site of the counter you can go to the platform.
You get off the train in Putrajaya. The trip takes about 25 minutes.
At the station is a taxi counter, where you can hire a taxi. The taxi driver is also your guide. He stops everywhere you want. 
 
The costs:
- ticket monorail RM2.10
- train ticket return RM15.-
- taxi RM30.- per hour

 

 

the mosque

the cowboy hat

  Putrajaya is a prestigious project of the Government.
They started when Mahathir was prime-minister and now, Badawi has finished the project.

In the centre of the city are beautiful buildings. Outside the centre you find the houses of the people, who work for the Government.

In the center is a large boulevard. At one end there's the office of the prime-minister and at the other end is the PICC.
At the boulevard are beautiful offices, the stones on the road are coloured and even the lampposts are magnificent.

The PICC is the Putrajaya International Convention Center.  This is a beautiful building for international conventions.

The building has already a local name: the cowboy hat.
 

the boulevard
The boulevard with beautiful buildings and the design lampposts

 

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