Putrajaya is the federal administrative center of Malaysia and is one heck of a unique place to drive around on the weekends. Now if any of you readers plan to visit Kuala Lumpur and its surroundings be sure to head over there for a surreal driving experience. You may ask how surreal and why is it surreal? Itís simple. Let me begin.
Putrajaya is located in the state of Selangor, Malaysia. The exact location of Putrajaya is somewhere between Kuala Lumpur and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang and it is 46 square kilometers in size. The seat of government in Malaysia was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur due to the overcrowding and congestion in the capital city of Malaysia. It actually worked, those that remember would tell you tales of horrifying traffic jams happening at all hours of the day.
Now Putrajaya is home to around 60,000 or so inhabitants. 60,000 people living in an area 1/15th the size of Singapore. It would be almost 400,000 people living in the same 46 square kilometers if it were Singapore. So when everyone goes home after office hours, the main administrative areas, Precincts 1 to 5 are almost deserted. And if youíre there during a weekend, preferably around 3.00pm there are almost no other cars around the area aside from the one youíre driving.
If you ever wanted to imagine driving in a city with office buildings but without a soul in sight you should head over to Putrajaya. The experience is surreal. Take a look at the photos taken in and around the Ministry of Finance building (the building in the photograph at the beginning of this article
) and its surrounding areas. It looks like youíre in one of those post-holocaust movies, after a deadly virus wipes out all of mankind except a few or that you are the last man alive kind of thing. Its either that or like youíre driving around in a dream.
Of course there are areas where there are shops and shopping centers and what not (the only mall there is the Alamanda Putrajaya) but right smack in the center, thereís almost no one. And itís something so surreal that one should experience.
And yes, the roads are pretty good around here too, long stretches, fabulously designed bridges (around 7 or so crisscrossing the Putrajaya lake area) and nicely cambered interchanges.
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- The area surrounding Jalan Diplomatik is the only area that has signs of life aside from the shopping mall nearby
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