Putrajaya: The New Capital

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Putrajaya is Malaysia 's answer to the overcrowding and congestion that plagues Kuala Lumpur 's city centre. It is the country's very own federal government administration centre while Kuala Lumpur remains as the financial and commercial capital of Malaysia . In an attempt to introduce an electronic government (paperless administration), Putrajaya has been integrated with the latest telecommunication and transportation technologies to increase the level of efficiency that it severely lacked due to its previous infrastructure.

This new capital might just as well be a ghost town to the locals as it serves no purpose other than to accommodate the headquarters of government offices but its architecture and landscape serves more than just that. The structural design of its buildings range from historical to modern day and it adapts influences from all over the world.

The Prime Minister's Office Complex, Perdana Putra, mixes European elements with Islamic elements and the Putra Mosque blends the styles of Islamic countries such as Iran , Kazakhstan , Morocco and many more. Other places of interest would be the Seri Perdana, Millennium Monument and the Palace of Justice .

Putrajaya has often been called the “intelligent garden city" because of its commitment to the preservation of nature. 70% of its landscape consists of gardens, lakes and parks. There are 13 different gardens ranging from botanical to wetland and the main landscape consists of a 600-hectre man made lake. There are 8 bridges within Putrajaya and two of the notable bridges include Putra Bridge which was inspired by the famous Khaju Bridge in Isfahan , Iran and the Seri Wawasan Bridge which is a modern cable-stayed bridge.

Alamanda Putrajaya is the one and only shopping centre within Putrajaya. The name ‘ Alamanda ' literally translates to your world in the English language. This large complex plays host to many local and international retail and food outlets. Unfortunately, it doesn't see much of a traffic flow due to its location and the lack of residents within the vicinity. There are three luxury hotels within the area; Marriott Putrajaya, Palm Garden hotel and Shangri-La Hotel Putrajaya. All three hotels provide luxury quarters but due to the lack of visitors they are often unfilled.

Despite being the government administrative district, Putrajaya also offers an array of leisure activities. It's a place to relax and unwind while breathing in the beauty of the architecture and the landscape that surrounds it.

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