Updated: Sep 17
Putrajaya is such an underrated charm in Malaysia. It's all the friendly smiles from joggers and cyclists passing us by that day, reminded us how thankful we should be.
The idea of spending a day in Putrajaya arose from our recent visit to Tamarind Square @ Cyberjaya. During our brief dinner break in Putrajaya that day, we took an immediate liking to this garden city and promised ourselves to return one day. Putrajaya is a 45-minutes drive away from where we live so there's every reason to make a day trip there.
= / Read about our half-day exploration in Tamarind Square @ Cyberjaya / =
Being the federal administrative centre of Malaysia capital, Putrajaya is a planned city. Office buildings, commercial squares as well as other structural facilities were built amidst lush greenery and natural landscape, we love that concept. We quickly found ourselves another opportunity to be in Putrajaya again the past weekend. This is our recount :)
How to get to Putrajaya?
By car - Putrajaya is conveniently surrounded by highways and is highly accessible by car:`
Federal Highway 29 - western side of Putrajaya, interchanges with Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP), linking Putrajaya with Puchong, Subang Jaya, Kelana Jaya and etc.
Federal Highway 30 - eastern side of Putrajaya
South Klang Valley Expressway E26 - connecting Pulau Indah to Kajang, runs through the northern end of Putrajaya
ELITE E6 exit 607 - to Putrajaya and adjacent Cyberjaya
By train - Take a ride on KL Transit Train connecting Kuala Lumpur’s Sentral train station to its airport, which stops halfway in between at Putrajaya. Trains run every 30 minutes, take 20 minutes. However, please do not confuse between KL Transit Train and KL Express. The latter does not stop at Putrajaya.
What to do in Putrajaya? (Family-friendly activities)
Putrajaya is well-known for colossal showcase buildings which are sensibly and practically conceptualised before construction. The buildings, monuments and structures here are a blend of futuristic elements while retaining cultural and heritage features. Note that some buildings (especially religious centres like mosques) enforce strict dress code, failure to observe decent and appropriate dress code might forbid you from entering the place.
Perdana Putra in Presint 1 is a complex of the Prime Minister's Office. Located on the main hill of Putrajaya, it is one of the most significant landmarks. Public can visit the complex for free during selected hours (Mon - Fri 8AM to 12:30PM, 2PM to 4PM, and every 2nd and 4th Saturday morning), but ID is required (passport for non-Malaysians).
Putra Mosque (Masjid Putra) is located steps away from Perdana Putra. From the lakeside promenade, the mosque is eye-catching with its pink exterior. Housing the tallest minaret in Southeast Asia (116 meter). Putra Mosque has a capacity of 15,000 worshippers. It opens every day from 9AM to 5PM, visitors can enter for free. However, non-Muslims are not allowed to enter the building during prayer hours.
Palace of Justice in Presint 3 is a grandiose court complex in Putrajaya. The best spot to gaze at this building is from the field right opposite the complex. While we try to avoid entering a court without specific reason, the complex itself is also home to Justice Museum, where visitors can learn about the development of legal system and court trials in Malaysia. Admission to Justice Museum is free, it opens to public on weekdays 9AM to 5PM, smart attire is required.
Millennium Monument in Presint 2 is another most photographed landmark around the area. The monument is a 68-meter pillar in the shape of a hibiscus flower. There is a walkway around it, documenting the history of Malaysia. The monument is erected on the waterfront in the centre of Putrajaya. Visitors are not allowed to enter the obelisk itself, however, they can walk up the ramp wrapping the base of the column. There are engraved glass panels which document important milestones in Malaysia's history.
The Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque (Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin) in Presint 3, opposite the Palace of Justice, is the second principal mosque in Putrajaya (the principal being Putra Mosque). The design is greatly influenced by German and Chinese architectural features, built mostly from steel (hence also known as the Iron Mosque). The most distinctive part of the mosque is its lack of minaret.
2/ Recreational experience in a city
Putrajaya is a garden city. This gives visitors an opportunity to indulge in light recreational activities such as jogging and cycling around lakeside, as well as to take a leisure stroll in and around the vast green fields. Zyan especially enjoyed running around freely here - with low density of people, it creates a safe atmosphere for recreational purposes during this challenging period of pandemic.
You can rent a bicycle in Putrajaya and ride around safely.
Here is a 10.5km route map for cyclists, covering major attractions in Putrajaya.
3/ Submerge in the tranquility of greenery
Every corner you turn in Putrajaya will lead you to a nook or cranny of greenery. Whether it's just a roadside kerb, an overlooked play area or a pedestrian path, we were delighted by the ambience here - so quiet and serene, we almost forgot this is supposedly a busy city.
RELATED: = / Here are Top 5 Nature Spots in Kuala Lumpur / =
4/ Spend some time at lakeside
I know I did mention about lakeside in the point above. However, the lakeside facilities in Putrajaya are just too outstanding that it deserves a second mention. Apart from waterfront promenades around the lake, which are perfect spots for jogging, cycling and etc, these spots are also ideal viewpoints. Take your camera along and snap away!
5/ A picnic
Putrajaya is home to many ideal picnic spots. Well, we admit there is no bad picnic spot to us. When we were there, we stumbled upon a few families which were enjoying their weekend family time with picnic baskets (and music) at their side. It seemed enjoyable! We will definitely have our own version of picnic in Putrajaya too!
(A perfect spot for picnic in Putrajaya is at Botanical Garden - the garden was slightly busier on the day we were there, so we didn't spend much time there)
RELATED: = / A Family Picnic we truly enjoy in KLCC Park / =
6/ Gaze at beautiful Putrajaya at nightfall
This is really the first reason I fell in love with Putrajaya. At nightfall, everything seemed so relaxing. The lights were up, giving the city another shade of colours. The peaceful lake mirrored the beauty of lit-buildings from opposite banks, it's a sight to behold and the perfect ending note to a successful weekend.
What other things to do in Putrajaya?
Putrajaya has become a favourite destination among those who enjoy outdoor activities. Among the interesting outdoor activities offered in Putrajaya are
Hot air balloon
Stand up paddling
Cruise on the lake
Putrajaya Challenge Park
Putrajaya Wetlands Park
= / Do you want a Chinese version of our Putrajaya Day Trip recount? Read it here. / =
Itinerary: Making Putrajaya a day trip
If you have a whole day to spare and wish to make full use of it, here's our suggested day trip itinerary:
8:30AM - Begin your journey from Kuala Lumpur. Depending on the route you take, it will be a 45-min to an hour's drive.
9:30AM - Sightsee Perdana Putra and Putra Mosque. Park your car at designated area and walk around the area. Take a photo in front of Perdana Putra and announce your day trip here in Putrajaya on your social media newsfeed :)
10:00AM - Make way to Millennium Monument and read a little about the history of Malaysia. After that, drive and park your car near The Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque (Iron Mosque). From there, take a leisure stroll (or cycle) along the lakeside promenade.
11:00AM - Walk to Palace of Justice. The walking distance is around 500m to 800m, depending on the path you take. We took a shortcut, passing by Syariah Courts Complex. Another complex with beautiful architectural design.
11:30AM - If time permits, do visit Justice Museum in Palace of Justice. If you prefer staying outdoors, spend as much time as you want in the field between Palace of Justice and Putrajaya Corporation (Perbadanan Putrajaya).
12:30PM - Walk back to Iron Mosque, through the open space of Putrajaya Corporation building. If you're using a wheelchair or baby-stroller, please take note that the elevators linking Iron Mosque and its parking only operate on Friday, 11AM - 3PM. You may need to consider taking another route, if walking down the stairs is a challenge.
1:00PM - Escape the afternoon heat by visiting Alamanda Shopping Centre. It's a good place for lunch, if you're not planning on a picnic later on. After lunch, be sure to walk to its esplanade, where you can find a beautiful water fountain. Right in front of the fountain, there is a fleet of colourful stairs which leads to Sisiran Tasik, a relaxing lakeside path with many shady trees alongside.
3:30PM - Drive to Putrajaya Botanical Garden. You can easily spend few hours here - it's a popular recreational destination in Putrajaya. If you're here, do not miss out Moroccan Pavilion (Astaka Morocco). Yes, it's very Instagrammable!
5:00PM - Head to Ayer@8. It's a lakeside complex with open-air spaces. Before dinner, rent a fancy bike or trishaw and enjoy the evening breeze during the ride. Choose one from the many restaurants available for dinner, enjoy the meal overlooking the magnificent Iron Mosque from afar.
7:30PM - After dinner, it's time to head home! If you don't mind staying a little longer, you will be mesmerised by the beauty of this city at night. Well, the choice is yours!
Where to stay?
Address: Lot 3 (Lot 3C5) Precinct 3 Wilayah Persekutuan Bandar, 62000 Putrajaya
Phone: 03-8892 8388
The Everly Putrajaya
Address: 1, Jalan Alamanda 2, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Phone: 03-8892 2929
Address: Jalan Alamanda, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya (located in Shaftsbury Putrajaya Mall)
Phone: 03-8861 9299
Putrajaya is one of our favourite day trips. It's packed with every little thing to do, while retaining the slow and easy pace we enjoy. Let's do it again. This time, with a picnic basket :)