Putrajaya – A City Designed for Functions and Enjoyment
Putrajaya is a very unique city. It has not grown or developed naturally out of need, supply or demand. It is a city that was pre-planned with a definite purpose. It was thought up in the late 1980 and then actually founded on October 19, 1995. It must be a very interesting challenge to completely control the design and development of such a large city. It is also a second capital. Officially Kuala Lumpur is the national capital of Malaysia. However, it now plays more of a legislative role and Putrajaya has become where most of the Government administration takes place. It is where most of the government offices have relocated to.
Having such control on the development of the city allows the creation of some outstanding places. The Dataran Putra Square is considered one of the most attractive landmarks created or designed in Putrajaya. It is a 300 metres circular structure with light and water features. More of a piece of art than anything else designed for the purpose of holding formal parades and national events.
A tropical garden that covers 230 acres is also a huge undertaking. 63 acres of the Botanical Garden has been completed into 5 different areas. Each one has its own distinct personality or theme. The explorer’s trail has been designed with education in mind and a canopy bridge where eventually the trees will tower over. Palm hill is all about palm trees with more than 50 species of palm. The Floral Garden is stocked with plants from the Asia Pacific, Africa, and America. The Sun Garden has plants that love direct sun and react differently during the day as the sun moves. Lakeside has Ixora and Hibiscus mainly. The best part about this manmade tropical oasis of plant life is that there is no entrance fee. Everyone is welcomed to take a nature break from the stress of living in a city, even, one as well designed as Putrajaya.