Federal Territory of Putrajaya
The futuristic administrative centre of Malaysia, Putrajaya is a marvel of human ingenuity and planning.
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The Federal Territory of Putrajaya is unique as it is the only region of Malaysia to be totally planned. Conceptualized as an “Intelligent Garden City”, the country's new administrative capital is divided into 19 precincts, linked together by a series of bridges that cross parts of Putrajaya Lake. The city features beautifully designed buildings which are interspersed with wide open areas and parks, surrounded by a scenic artificial lake.
Putrajaya's main attractions are the grand and imposing buildings as well as the associated architecture, including eight stunning bridges of different designs. The eight parks spread all around have different themes and showcases the diversity of Malaysian natural beauty. Visitors to Putrajaya will be amazed at the beauty of this city, including the grandeur of some of its signature buildings, like the pink-domed Putra Mosque, and the stately Perdana Putra, a moghul inspired complex housing the offices of the Prime Minister.
Lake Putrajaya is touted as Putrajaya's centrepiece, meandering throughout the various precincts. Cruises are available for visitors to view the city from a totally different perspective, and even offer an evening luxury cruise showcasing a dinner as you tour the sights of Putrajaya.
Putrajaya hosts a number of international events yearly, using its beautiful landscaped surroundings to complement and enhance the nature of the event. One such event is the Hot Air Balloon Festival held at the open grounds of the city.
The newest Federal Territory of Malaysia, Putrajaya, was envisioned by a former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the 1980s to organize the administration of the country. The plan was to replace Kuala Lumpur with a new federal government administrative centre, thereby allowing Kuala Lumpur to continue developing as the country’s commercial and financial centre.
The construction of Putrajaya began in August 1995 after prior negotiations between the Federal Government and the state of Selangor to purchase over 11,000 acres of land in Prang Besar, Selangor in the mid 1990s. Putrajaya is unique compared to the other states and federal territories as the entire territory was built to a specific design. The design incorporates a mix of futuristic and natural elements, resulting in a harmonious city that reflects the best of both worlds. This ambitious project, Malaysia’s biggest and one of Southeast Asia’s largest, nearly failed to materialize due to the financial crisis that hit Asia in the late 1990s.
Fortune, however, favored the project and on 1 February 2001, Putrajaya was declared a Federal Territory by then Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in a handing over ceremony. Putrajaya today is thriving and boasts over 30,000 residents, a far cry from the initial 300 families who moved to Putrajaya in 1999 as part of the Federal Government’s relocation plan.