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Just a quick 30-minutes away from Kuala Lumpur is the country’s administrative capital of Putrajaya. Now, Putrajaya was unlike anything I’ve experienced before. It felt artificial and the city looked so well planned and polished that it felt like I was at a beaureaucratic theme park. All-in-all, if you can’t afford to go to North Korea or maybe have some spare time, Putrajaya is a suprisingly great place to go for a quick day trip.
How to get there
- Take the train: To get to Putrajaya from Kuala Lumpur, head down to KL Sentral and take the KL Transit line to Putrajaya/Cyberjaya central.
- Tour Bus: Once you’ve reached Putrajaya, find the bus terminal that is located within the train station down at the ground floor and get on one of the 2-hour bus tours that will take you around the city’s main landmarks for just RM20 (AU$6).
The tour will stop at 12 major landmarks, some of which you’ll just slowly drive pass by or is closed for public viewing. The bus was modern, air conditioned and spotless, and the guide that accompanied us throughout the tour was quite funny and commendable in attempting to sell the landmarks for more than they are.
Best parts of the tour
Putra Mosque – Basically, the most interactive leg of the journey where you get to walk around the mosque complex for free. I really like that they make you put on these red riding hood gowns when you dress inappropriately (I was wearing shorts, so scandalous).
Once you’re done with that, perhaps watch boats go by with the royal residence of the Sultan of Selangor in the foreground, I won’t lie, it was a beautiful sight.
Perdana Putra – Just a walk away from the Mosque is the Alladin-like palace of Perdana Putra which is basically the central seat of Government in Malaysia where the Prime Minister work his magic.
Seri Wawasan Bridge – We stopped halfway across the bridge when the guide basically forced us out of the bus to take photos. You can get a great view of the city from this incredibly instagrammable looking bridge.
Putrajaya International Convention Center – Towards the end of the tour, they took us up the hill to the PICC. The convention center itself was nothing special, but from here we got a great view of the city skyline and their Ponte Alexandre knock off of Seri Gemilang bridge.
Is it worth the visit?
Putrajaya is a relatively new district styled in a manner of a Malay-Islamic dictatorship with very little historical significance. You won’t find great food here, traditional Malaysian culture or shopping. It’s kind of like Canberra, Australia where the government does all their work and its not exactly a place you’d add on your travel bucketlist.
However , if you have some sparetime for a quick afternoon daytrip away from Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya is a great place to visit. Otherwise, stay in the city and explore the nooks and crannies of Kuala Lumpur’s neighbourhoods to experience the real Malaysia.