Monday, July 8, 2019

Putrajaya, Malaysia

Putrajaya, officially the Federal Territory of Putrajaya, is about 35 km (22 miles) from Kuala Lumpur.  It's near Cyberjaya which is the Malaysian version of Silicon Valley where most of the IT companies are.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia but Putrajaya is the seat of the government with most federal ministries located here.

Putrajaya was established in 1995 and it became a federal territory in 2001.

It was a planned city with lots of parks and eight bridges.  Putrajaya is home to almost 92.000 people.  I believe that federal employees receive free housing here.  If I'm not mistaken they have to leave when they retire but I never got a straight answer on this one.

The Putrajaya International Convention Centre overlooks the city.  Construction was completed in 2003.

The Perdana Putra is the Prime Minister's office complex.

The Putra Mosque, next to Putrajaya Lake, was completed in 1999.  It can accommodate up to 15.000 worshipers.

The Seri Gemilang Bridge is the ceremonial bridge.

The Seri Saujana Bridge is a futuristic cable stayed Arch bridge.

The Wawasan Bridge is the other main futuristic bridge made to resemble the sails of schooner.

At night the bridges are lit up in different colours which makes for a nice sightseeing trek around the city.

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