TOUR OF PUTRAJAYA AND LAKE CRUISE

  • Havn

    Klang

  • Niveau af vanskeligheder

    Moderat

  • Type

    Panorama, Lunch not included

  • Pris

    Voksne

    EUR85.0

  • Varighed i timer

    4.5

  • Udflugtskode

    02ZM

Description A comprehensive tour of Putrajaya, an administrative centre a short distance from Kuala Lumpur, and seat of numerous government ministries. It is perhaps best known, however, for having being planned as an “intelligent garden city” where public and religious buildings of outstanding architectural merit line up alongside ultra-modern structures such as bridges and skyscrapers, and for its numerous green spaces and bodies of water, including an artificial lake where visitors can take a mini-cruise and admire the cityscape from a truly unique perspective.

What we will see
  • Putrajaya, the “intelligent garden city” and its myriad of green spaces, lakes and ponds
  • Perdana Putra, which houses the offices of the prime minister (photo stop)
  • Cruise on the Putrajaya Lake, an artificial lake offering unrivalled views of the city
  • The Putra Mosque with its dome of pink granite
  • The Seri Wawasan Bridge and Putra Square
  • Palace of Justice (exterior only)


What we will do
  • Boarding our coach at the port of Klang, we make the roughly hour-long journey to Putrajaya, about 40 km to the south of Kuala Lumpur. The city is named in honour of the former prime minister of Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, who was also a prince of the Kedah Sultanate. In the Malaysian language, putra means “prince” and jaya “excellent” or “success”. The city was built in the 1990s with a view to replacing Kuala Lumpur as the seat of federal government administration. Extending over roughly 46 km², it is now home to numerous government ministries. Putrajaya was actually planned as an intelligent garden city, and succeeds in providing an ultra-modern, high-tech environment while reserving over 70% of its surface area for bodies of water and green spaces, including 13 separate parks. In this sense, Putrajaya was intended not only as a new seat of government, but also as a way of countering modern Malaysia’s reputation as a stressful, chaotic and congested place in which to live by ensuring the most meticulous care in the design and planning of the built environment. In doing so, it succeeds in offering the population a more liveable, less polluted environment, and a better quality of life.
  • We begin our tour with a photo stop at the Perdana Putra, a huge, spectacular building atop the small hill across from the mosque that houses the offices of the Malaysian prime minister.
  • Proceeding on foot, we reach the jetty at Putrajaya Lake and make our way on to a comfortable, air-conditioned boat for a delightful mini cruise of around an hour. Located in the centre of the city, where it is surrounded by ultra-modern buildings, Lake Putrajaya is actually an enormous artificial lake (approx. 6 km²) that was designed both to act as a natural cooling system for the city and to provide transport and recreational opportunities, such as fishing and water sports. Our position on the lake offers unrivalled views of the city and its most important landmarks.
  • Back on dry land, our tour of Putrajaya continues with a selection of the city’s most significant buildings, such as the Putra Mosque, which can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at a time and features a distinctive dome of pink granite inspired by the Islamic architecture of Iran, Kazakhstan and Morocco.
  • We come then to one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks, the state-of-the-art Seri Wawasan Bridge, which crosses a stretch of Lake Putra. A 240-metre, asymmetric cable-stayed bridge reminiscent of the work of architect Santiago Calatrava, it is suspended from an inclined pylon that leans out over the water creating an effect reminiscent of a sailing boat.
  • Another fascinating stop on our journey is Putra Square, which radiates out from the centre in three concentric stars with 11, 13 and 14 points respectively to represent the increasing number of states in the nation of Malaysia between 1957 and the present.
  • Before we make our way back to Klang and the ship, we take our leave of Putrajaya with a photo stop at the majestic Palace of Justice, whose two, impressively domed buildings house the Malaysian Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and a number of ministerial offices.

What you need to know
  • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available.
  • This excursion does not include a visit to Kuala Lumpur.