Looking for a weekend getaway? Apart from visiting Kuala Lumpur with towering skyscrapers in Malaysia, perhaps Putrajaya is another sophisticated place that worth paying a tour. It doesn’t require a lot of efforts to see Putrajaya. Most of the buildings in Putrajaya are scattered, and with the lack of public transportation, the best way to get around is by Uber/Grab if you’re not driving.
Summary of Our Tour
When we first arrived at the Putra Bridge, we saw a magnificent building sitting on top of a small hill. That is the Prime Minister’s Office. This building was designed by Ahmad Rozi with a mixture of remarkable designs influenced by Malay, Islamic and European cultures. There were quite a number of tourists taking photos in front of the Prime Minister’s Office.
After buying tickets from the Jetty Putra, there is a promenade for a leisure walk which leads us to Putra Mosque, the principal mosque of Putrajaya. Along the promenade, there are plenty of cafes or shops for food. The design of the Putra Mosque is based on Moorish architectural style. Putra Mosque always welcomes non-Muslims to pay a visit outside of the prayer times (i.e. Saturday to Thursday: 9 am to 12.30pm, 2 to 4 pm, 5.30 to 6 pm; Friday: 3 tp 4 pm, 5.30 to 6 pm). There is no entrance fee required but Putra Mosque has very a strict dress code and behavioural code. Visitors are required to dress respectfully especially female visitors. Female visitors are required to put on a pink robe with a hood which can be obtained from a robe counter.
If you google Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran, you will realise that our Putra Bridge has a similar design with Khaju Bridge but Khaju Bridge looks absolutely stunning. Our Putra Bridge looks much simpler and shorter. However, it is still one of the main bridges in Putrajaya with a unique design. Under the Putra Bridge, there is where you can find the jetty. We jumped on the boat and were ready to go for a cruise tour.
During the boat ride, we saw a square building beside Putra Lake. It’s another mosque in Putrajaya – Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque, the second principal mosque. It was named after our 13th king (sultan) in 2010. This mosque is also known as ‘Iron Mosque’. Why? Well, simply answer – this mosque is made up of prominent steel. I was actually quite surprised when I was told that this building is, in fact, a mosque as it doesn’t come with a minaret.
Putrajaya Monorail Bridge is one of the bridges you get to see while taking the cruise tour. Lewis was the one who spotted that this bridge seemed linking to nowhere. At first, I didn’t believe him as it was absolutely ridiculous to have a bridge with two ends not connecting to the land. Surprisingly, it turns out to be true that the project of building this bridge was halted in 2004 because the government had not approved further funding. It’s quite a waste as I think having a monorail in Putrajaya will definitely make Putrajaya more accessible by the public.
Seri Saujana Bridge appears to be very simple. It reminds me of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is just a normal bridge for vehicles. After all, it still looks nice to be the background of the photos.
“It’s a luxury to have a simple getaway with someone I haven’t seen for months. Sometimes, joy can be effortless when the happiness can be simply shared.”
I like Seri Wawasan Bridge, out of so many bridges in Putrajaya. Seri Wawasan Bridge is a longitudinally asymmetric cable‐stayed box-girder bridge with an inverted-Y shape concrete/steel pylon. I saw there were a few people cycling on walkway cum cycle track. At night, this bridge looks like a giant sailing ship in the middle of the lake, with changeable colour lighting.
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