Putrajaya, Malaysia’s administrative capital.
Putrajaya is Malaysia’s federal administrative centre where the seat of government shifted from Kuala Lumpur in 1999. It is a planned city 25 kilometers south of Kuala Lumpur. In Sanskrit, “putra” means prince or male child, and “jaya” means success or victory. The development of Putrajaya started in the early 1990s, and today, major landmarks have been completed. The US$8.1 billion city is still undergoing construction, however, and it will take some time before the ambitious project will come into full fruition.
I am reminded of Washington D.C. as we drove around the federal administration capital. The buildings are impressive, the gardens and parks peaceful, and the atmosphere very calm and safe. For the young, however, this might be a boring place. Nevertheless, it is a refreshing change from the hustle and bustle of Kuala Lumpur.
There are a lot of bridges in the city, crossing man-made…
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