A must when you visit the capital Kuala Lumpur is a visit to the impressive city of Putrajaya. The city is the administrative capital of the federal Government of Malaysia and one of three Federal Territories in Malaysia; the others are Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.
This is in many ways a city of tomorrow, but also the most accessible city in Malaysia. It is located only 25km south of Kuala Lumpur and 20km north of Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and can be reached by expressways, urban highways and a high speed rail link.
You will have difficulties to find a place like this anywhere in the world. Close to 5.000 hectares of beautiful landscape and buildings, most of them architectonical masterpieces! This is the biggest real-estate project ever in Malaysia and it started in August 1995. Putrajaya is also a landmark of Malaysian craftsmanship and construction as the entire project has been developed by Malaysian companies.
A mosque you must visit
If you have never been visiting a mosque you must do it here. The pink Putra Mosque is a distinctive landmark with several elements derived from other Muslim cultures. The 380-feet tall minaret in rose tinted granite can be seen from miles away and when you come to the main entrance you see a masterpiecework of Persian inspired architecture. This mosque can accommodate 15,000 worshippers. The mosque also has a permanent exhibition of rare pieces of the Quran, the Islamic holy book.
The most majestic administrative capital
The city name Putrajaya can be translated “Prince of excellence”, as “Putra” means prince and “Jaya” means excellent or success in Malay. And the name is no exaggeration, the city could even be named “King of excellence” because this is in many ways the most majestic administrative capital even from a global point of view.
Putrajaya is named after the first Malaysian Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra.