Kuala Lumpur is Malaysia’s capital and also it’s largest city! Even if KL is Malaysia’s capital, government offices, as well as the Prime Minister’s office, are located at Putrajaya which makes it the federal administrative center of Malaysia.
We went to Putrajaya first! Here’s a fun fact: Putrajaya is a planned city – which means it is previously an empty, underdeveloped area and then carefully transformed into a city/community. It was also named after the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra.
The Prime Minister’s office, also known as Pedrana Putra, is the heart of Putrajaya.
Next to Pedrana Putra is the Masjid Putra which is the principal Mosque of Putrajaya.
Masjid Putra can accommodate as many as 15,000 people! However, guests cannot just enter the mosque – they have a strict dress code, as all mosques also have. Visitors will be provided with hooded robes; shoes are also not allowed inside.
We also visited the Istana Kahakiman, Malaysia’s Palace of Justice. It houses the Malaysian Court of Appeal and Federal Court.
It resembles India’s Taj Majal.
I don’t think Putrajaya is considered as a tourist destination in Malaysia since it’s just the home of most government offices. However, if you are a fan of unique and articulate architecture, Putrajaya should definitely be on your list.
After touring Putrajaya, here goes Kuala Lumpur! KL is less than an hour drive from Putrajaya. It is known to be the cultural, financial and economic center of Malaysia. Moreover, it is home to the famous Petronas Twin Towers!
The Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 BUT remain the tallest twin towers in the world!
I have yet to explore the whole of Kuala Lumpur – I was planning on traveling via their hop on hop off bus but time didn’t permit:
Their hop-on hop-off bus goes through almost all of the tourist attractions in KL and I swear I’m going back for more adventure!