26 Attractions in Putrajaya That You Shouldn’t Miss

26 Attractions in Putrajaya That You Shouldn’t Miss

There are so many things to do in Putrajaya that travellers haven’t fully discovered yet. Well, we’re here to change that!

While the capital city of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur, the federal administrative centre is Putrajaya. This is the third of Malaysia’s Federal Territories, aside from Kuala Lumpur and Labuan. While Putrajaya is not well known as a tourist destination, it has plenty to offer. Read on and discover the magnificent buildings, monuments, attractions and things to do in Putrajaya.

1. Putra Mosque

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Putra Mosque is the main mosque of the Federal Territory of Putrajaya. Opened to the public in 1999, Putra Mosque is located in a strategic area in Putrajaya, near the current Prime Minister’s office, the Putra Square and Putrajaya Lake.

Although it is not as shiny as the Crystal Mosque in Kuala Terengganu, the architecture of the Putra Mosque is eye-catching, and it’s complete with minarets, domes and interior patterns. The mosque was built using rose-tinted granite. Its minarets, on the other hand, are influenced by the design of Iraq’s Sheikh Omar Mosque. The minarets are among the tallest in the region.

There are three main functional areas throughout the Putra Mosque complex. They are the function rooms and learning facilities, the prayer hall, and the Sahn (courtyard). At any time, the mosque can accommodate up to 15,000 worshippers.

Address: Persiaran Persekutuan, Presint 1, 62502 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Visiting Hours: Non-prayer times only (for non-Muslims)

2. Putrajaya Lake

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Enjoy the magnificent scenery of the lake on foot, rent a bicycle, or take a boat ride around the lake. It is a popular jogging and picnic spot for locals staying nearby, most of whom are civil servants working in Putrajaya. From time to time, you might even have a chance to watch some water sports activities like water surfing, jet skiing, boat races and many others.

Putrajaya Lake is also a popular venue for major international and local sporting events. Among them are the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, F1 Powerboat Championship, Asian Canoeing Championship and the recent SEA Games.

Address: Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

3. Seri Wawasan Bridge

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The Seri Wawasan Bridge was opened to the public in 2003. From afar, you’ll notice that the bridge resembles a gigantic sailing ship. It was constructed by Perbadanan Putrajaya and is one of the many modern bridges throughout Putrajaya.

Also known as Bridge No.9, the Seri Wawasan Bridge is an asymmetric cable-stayed bridge with a forward-inclined pylon. There are three main carriageways for vehicles to pass through from one end to the other. At the side of the bridge, there is a dedicated lane for cyclists and pedestrians. The main purpose of this bridge is to connect both the residential area of Precinct 8 and 9 with Precinct 2, where the main government buildings are.

Address: Lebuh Wawasan, Presint 2, 62100 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

4. Seri Perdana

Seri Perdana was officially opened in 1999. Visitors can have a peek at the official residence by booking a tour in advance. The architecture of the complex is quite similar to that of Perdana Putra. There are three different halls in the complex, namely the Banquet Hall, VIP Hall, and Meeting Hall. Of course, you need to visit other parts of the house too. This includes the North Garden, the main house of the Prime Minister, the South Garden, the Administration Office and the Quarters House. 

Address: Persiaran Seri Perdana, Presint 10, 62250 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Visiting Hours: Refer to the website for details 

5. Alamanda Putrajaya

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Ask any local around where the top shopping haven in Putrajaya is and they’ll say Alamanda Putrajaya. This one-stop shopping centre has 160 retail stores for you to choose from. There is something for everyone, from the latest fashion pieces to high-tech electronic gadgets and electrical goods. You can enjoy a bowling game at ARL Power Bowl, relax at the Bamboo Walkway, hunt for souvenirs and gifts at S&J or dine in at Rasa Food Arena. At night, you should catch the fountain and colourful light show at the Esplanade. It’s a good spot to unwind and get a feel of the night scene.

Address: Jalan Alamanda, Precinct 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (10am-10pm)
Duration: About two hours

6. Putrajaya Wetlands Park

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If you’re looking for a place to cycle, spot birds, or have a picnic, then Putrajaya Wetlands Park is the place to be. The wetlands park is not just a top attraction for birdwatchers and researchers but also a main Ecohydrology Demonstration Site as recognised by UNESCO.

Putrajaya Wetlands Park is one of the largest man-made freshwater wetlands in the tropics. Climb up the observation tower at the park to get a better view of the entire area. Remember to bring your binoculars to see the different type of birds. Over 100 species of birds can be found here and among them are Buffy Fish Owls, Purple Swamphen, Swans and Jungle Fowls. Also, drop by the plant nursery nearby if you’re curious to learn more about various species of rare plants.

Address: 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (9am-5pm), Closed on Monday
Duration: Around two hours

7. Millennium Monument

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What do Washington Monument and Millennium Monument have in common? Well, both monuments have similar architecture. The Millennium Monument in Putrajaya is shaped like an obelisk. For history lovers, this is a significant monument which speaks volumes about the country’s milestones and important periods from Post-Independence up to present times.

Millennium Monument also plays an important role to the cruise boats at the lake nearby. The lights from the monument are the main guide for the cruise boats at night. Built using solid metal structures, this is a monument out of the ordinary and you need to get a 360° view of it. Don’t forget to snap some photos!

Address: Lebuh Ehsan, Presint 2, 62100 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (24 hours)
Duration: About one hour

8. Putrajaya Water Sports Complex

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There is one place in Putrajaya that the water sports enthusiasts cannot miss, and that is none other than the Putrajaya Water Sports Complex. The facilities at this watersports complex are fantastic; you can make use of the world-class swimming pool, or book the equipment for your preferred water sports activities. Rowing, kayaking, jet skiing, and dragon boating are just some of the exciting activities to enjoy. Putrajaya Water Sports Complex is usually crowded on weekends, public holidays, or whenever there are sports events, so do make bookings in advance.

Address: Kompleks Sukan Air Presint 6, Presint 6, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (9am-11.45am, 12.30pm-3.15pm, 4pm-6.45pm, 7.30pm-9.45pm), Closed on Monday
Duration: Around two hours

9. Bubbles & Beans Café

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This is quite possibly the coolest café in Putrajaya. Kids can create huge bubbles, play games at the mini play area, or go for various rides. Adults don’t have to miss out on the fun either; they can rent one of the trishaws, bicycles, or funky vans or cars and take a tour nearby. The best time to come here is late in the evening because the surrounding areas are truly spectacular with colourful lighting.

Address: C1-LG-6 [email protected] Presint 8, 62250 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday (4pm-11pm), Friday-Sunday (4pm-12am)
Duration: About two hours

10. Putrajaya Equestrian Park

Do you remember the last time you hopped on a horse or took your kids for a pony ride? If you miss those exciting moments, head over to the Putrajaya Equestrian Park, which was opened back in 2006.

Although it is a major training centre for professional horse riders from around Malaysia, this park is also open to visitors who are new to horse-riding. There are different types of horses you can rent, depending on your level of experience. Kids will love the Joy Ride and the Riding School where they get to become a cowboy for the day and learn how to ride a pony.

Apart from that, you can take a tour of the horse stables. You will find out who feeds the horses, the food they consume, and more about the grooming aspect.

Address: Jalan Kandang Kuda, Presint 5, 62200 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (8am-10pm)
Duration: Around three hours

11. Natural History Museum

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The Natural History Museum in the city is another popular attraction. The main purpose of the museum is to collect, exhibit and document the natural treasures of Malaysia. If you want to find out more about fossils, minerals and rocks, as well as flora and fauna, this is the ideal place to get the information. The exhibits on birds, mammals, marine life, reptiles and insects are also very informative. To make the most of your visit, book a guided tour so you can learn more about the exhibits from the museum officials.

Address: Jalan Diplomatik, Presint Diplomatik, Putrajaya, 62050
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (9am-5pm)
Price: Adult Malaysians – RM2; Foreign Tourists – RM5 per entry; Senior Citizens – Free of charge; Kids below 12 years old – Free of charge

12. Putrajaya Botanical Garden

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In need of some fresh air and can’t have enough of nature? There is one place you need to go: the Putrajaya Botanical Garden. Opened in 2001, this is the biggest botanical garden in the country.

The Putrajaya Botanical Garden has over 700 species of plants from various regions, spread over three main sections. Visitors can drop by the Floral and Sun Garden, take a stroll along the Explorer’s Trail, and learn more about the various species of plants at the Visitors’ Interpretative Centre. Before leaving the botanical garden, peruse through the gift shop where there’s a selection of environmentally-friendly souvenirs.

Address: Persiaran Sultan Sallahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Presint 1, Putrajaya, Selangor, 62000, Putrajaya, WP Putrajaya, 62000
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (6am-7pm)
Duration: About one hour

13. Perdana Putra

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A visit to the administrative city is not complete without taking a tour of the Perdana Putra complex. Constructed in 1997, the complex was built on the main hill of Putrajaya. Some of the government agencies and buildings are housed in the complex.

The design of the building is mostly inspired by a combination of European, Malay and Islamic architecture, so this is also a great place for pictorials. The clay-like coloured buildings and the green dome are among the unique features of the Perdana Putra. In the complex, you will get see the various halls as well as offices of both Deputy Prime Minister and Prime Minister.

Address: Bangunan Perdana Putra, Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Visiting Hours: Refer to the website for details

14. Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya

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You don’t need to travel all the way to Morocco to see its unique architecture. There is a Middle Eastern pavilion right in the middle of Putrajaya’s Botanical Garden. The pavilion has a Moorish architecture similar to that in Morocco and Spain. The one in Putrajaya is built to symbolise the strong bilateral relations between Malaysia and Morocco. Locals in the various Putrajaya villages prefabricated the pillars and walls while Moroccans themselves applied the finishes touches to the designs.

Address: Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Sunday (9am-12pm, 2pm-5pm), Closed on Tuesday
Duration: Around two hours

15. Agriculture Heritage Park

So, what do you see and learn at the Agriculture Heritage Park? For starters, visit the colonial rubber plot. Take a trip down memory lane and learn about the plantation estate during the British occupation. Immerse yourself in their activities such as fruits preservation, rubber tapping, crop maintenance, latex collection and many others. The best part is, you can sample the fresh fruits straight from the farm. Other things you can check out in the farm are the visitors’ complex as well as their orchard.

Address: Presint 16, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday, Saturday-Sunday (8.30am-5.30pm), Friday (8.30am-12.15pm, 2.45pm-5.30pm)
Price: RM2 per adult and kids above 12 years old
Duration: About one hour

16. District 21

Fancy activities that are out of the ordinary? District 21 offers exciting games and obstacle courses. Established as an apocalypse-themed Adventure Park, District 21 is located on Level 1 of 1O1 City Mall, a brand new shopping mall in Putrajaya. From the Tubby Ride to the Ninja Warrior Course, there is something for all ages at District 21. The different activities will have you jumping, running, and climbing, pretty much like a workout. It’s a great way to build up your stamina for one day.

Address: AT 6, IOI City Mall, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Friday (12pm-8pm), Saturday-Sunday (10am-8pm)
Duration: Around four hours

17. Dreamworld Playland

If your little ones are bored, take them to Dreamworld Playland. This indoor playland is built specially for kids, toddlers and even babies. It is a safe and fun environment for both parents and the little ones to spend some time together while developing the motor and social skills of a child.

You might imagine yourself at an ice rink similar to the one at I-City because of its bluish colour and spacious play area. There are various mini playgrounds and a wide range of activities. Location wise, it is strategically located in IOI City Mall. You just need to look take the lift or escalator to Level 2.

Address: Icescape, Ice Skating Rink, IOI City Mall, IOI Resort, 62502 Putrajaya, Selangor
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (10am-10pm)

18. SkyRides Festivals Park Putrajaya

Hot air balloon rides are very popular nowadays, and Malaysia is also on the bandwagon. The main hot air balloon agency in the city is SkyRides Putrajaya, and the dedicated park that caters to events and hot air balloon rides is the SkyRides Festivals Park. It is the first such park in the country that offers hot air balloon rides. The panoramic view of the nearby lake, the park itself, and the entire city can be clearly seen when your hot air balloon is flying high.

But hot air balloon rides are not the only crowd pullers in this park. There are many other exciting attractions like SkyKids Warrior, SkyWarrior Rainforest Challenge, SkyDemo, SkyStage, SkyGallery and SkyTaste.

Address: Jalan P2M, Presint 2, 62100 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (10am-10pm)
Price: Entry to the park is free. For attractions and hot air balloon rides kindly refer to the website on the pricing charges.
Duration: About one hour

19. Fantasy Rainforest Performance

Fantasy Rainforest is a mesmerizing cultural theatre performance at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre. Fantasy Rainforest Performance is ideal for all age groups and it does not matter whether you are a local, tourist or kid. It’s a magical rainforest journey with world-class performers.

You will see local tribes interact with their surroundings as well as the various flora and fauna in the country’s rainforests. You’ll also get to watch the dances, plays and even acrobatic shows in the live theatre. Do note that tickets need to be purchased in advance.

Address: Putrajaya International Convention Centre | Dataran Gemilang, Precinct 5, Putrajaya 60520, Malaysia
Showtimes: Refer to the website for details
Price: Refer to website for details
Duration: Around two hours

20. Cruise Tasik Putrajaya

There are many ways to explore Putrajaya. You can rent a bike, walk on foot, take a hot air balloon ride or even opt for a traditional or modern boat ride.

If you prefer to dine while enjoying the stunning views of the lake and its surroundings then you should book a boat cruise. It is fully air-conditioned and you can escape the blistering heat of a hot afternoon. Traditional boats will give you a different kind of experience. You can take a slow ride while taking photos of the various landmarks and just laze around in one of Lepa-Lepa or Perahu Dondang Sayang.

Do not think twice, book one of the boats through Cruise Tasik Putrajaya and explore Putrajaya by cruising.

Address: Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Tuesday (10am-6pm), Wednesday-Thursday, Sunday (10am-7pm), Friday-Saturday (10am-8pm)
Price: Depending on the cruise you choose
Duration: About one hour

21. Putra Square

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A good place to learn more about the flags of each state in Malaysia is by visiting Putra Square, which is one of the country’s main landmarks and also a symbol of unity. You will find Putra Square located across the Prime Minister’s office complex.

The square is divided into 11 segments in a pattern of an 11-pointed star. The 11-pointed star represents the states of Malaya when the country gained its independence. The square is not just spacious but is used for various purposes. Among them are national-level festivals as well as an assembly point for civil servants.

Address: Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (6am-10pm)
Duration: Around one hour

22. National Heroes Square

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You might have heard of the National Monument in Kuala Lumpur, which pays tribute to fallen soldiers that protected the country from enemies during the Japanese Occupation and Malayan Emergency. Similarly, The National Heroes Square in Putrajaya was created to pay respects to fallen heroes of all wars.

The National Heroes Square is also the main venue of the country’s annual Warriors Day. If you are here at that time, you will see a large crowds and soldiers marching at the square. Apart from the main square, you can visit the Malaysian Armed Forces and Police Museum located nearby too.

Address: Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (24 hours)

23. Palace of Justice

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Next, move on to the well-known Palace of Justice in Putrajaya. It is also known as Istana Kehakiman. The complex is majestic not just from the outside but is equally stunning on the inside as well. It houses various courts and the judicial department of the country. The Federal Court and Court of Appeal are located in this complex. In total, there are seven levels in the entire complex.

The Palace of Justice is very popular among travel photographers, locals and tourists from various parts of the world. Its domed minarets can be seen from afar and have a unique architecture. It also looks similar to Taj Mahal in Agra, India. At the front of the Palace of Justice, is a large courtyard which is usually the main venue for various national level events every year.

Address: Pejabat Ketua Pendaftar Mahkamah Persekutuan Malaysia Aras 3, Presint 3 Istana Kehakiman, Federal Territory of Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan, 62506 Putrajaya
Visiting Hours: Refer to the website for details

24. China-Malaysia Friendship Garden

One of the newest attractions in Putrajaya is the China-Malaysia Friendship Garden. It is located in a garden called Anjung Floria. The purpose of the garden is to commemorate the close ties between Malaysia and China in trade and tourism. Take your time to appreciate the scenery, rare plants and flowers while touring the Friendship Garden, which was designed based on the Lignan Garden. It’s also a good place to learn more about China’s landscaping and Feng Shui.

Address: Lebuh Sentosa, Presint 4, 62250 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday (6.30am-7pm)

25. Istana Melawati

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The current Yang di-Pertuan Agong has its own palace in the administrative city. It is not an official palace but a royal retreat for the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. The official palace is still Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. Istana Melawati is unique because it’s styled like a resort. The palace comprises of four major components: the Administrative Block, Royal Wing, Banquet Wing and Reception Wing.

You will notice that at the centre and side of the Istana Melawati, there are three tall towers with prominent structures. The towers signify old guard towers, normally found in medieval Malay palaces. The main feature of the palace is its Royal Wing. It has a throne room, bedroom, main meeting room, resting room, gallery, banquet room, guest house, offices, kitchen and a swimming pool. |

Address: Presint 1, 62000 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

26. Istana Darul Ehsan

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Lastly, why not visit the royal residence of the current Sultan of Selangor, right here in Putrajaya? Other royal residences are in Klang town and Shah Alam. Istana Darul Ehsan was built by the Federal Government to thank the Selangor state. It is not opened to the public, but you can take pictures of the palace from outside and also marvel at the architecture.

The palace was inspired by the Tudor era, characterised by its high, deep grey façade. In the palace, there is a Grand Lobby, guarded private spaces as well as a personal library. There are six levels in the entire palace complex. Only the present Sultan of Selangor has access to all the facilities at Istana Darul Ehsan.

Address: Presint 8, 62250 Putrajaya, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

On your next trip to Kuala Lumpur, come to Putrajaya! You’ll be surprised by the stunning road bridges, amazing monuments, as well as the various things to do, see and explore here.

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