It is an intelligent city in a park – Putrajaya, that is. Putrajaya is so beautiful that it is like the Garden of Eden covering the top soil and super modern buildings, some with minarets, inundated the 48 hectare land with fibre optic cables strewn about underground.
Well, if you ask a local living and working in Putrajaya the most fascinating place, the person will definitely vote for the building of his workplace.
There are two things that you will enjoy about Putrajaya. One, its natural landscape with gardens spruced with fauna and flora and the other, its public buildings and monuments that are both aesthetic and functional. Both the natural landscape and public buildings are so pretty that you can’t blame if the working populace argues with each other that the buildings they work or the parks they live within the enclave are more beautiful.
Truth must be told that Putrajaya is not just a garden city. It is the world’s first Intelligent Garden City. It is a convergence of heritage, design and technology. It is said even “the fibre optic cables and minarets are both the personality of this city, as are modern stylised bridges amongst the natural heritage of flora and fauna.” Putrajaya is indeed a city with a class of its own, possessing the aura of style, realist and culture, and equipped with the latest technology.
If you are passing through Precinct 1 where major Government offices are located, you can find the most amazing garden in the lush greenery, although you may not notice the Taman Botani Putrajaya or Putrajaya Botanical Garden road sign by the side of the road. Located in the northern section of Precinct 1, the Taman Botani is a centre for education and research. Being the largest botanical garden in the country, the Putrajaya Botanical Garden is designed to act as an arcadia or the national sanctuary for Malaysian plant taxonomy. The main building of the Botanical Garden is the building itself that has the most attractions to visitors which include Interactive Exhibition Centre, restaurants and souvenir shops.
The garden provides features such as Lakeside Cafe Walk, Pandanus Walk, Canna Walk, Fern Garden, Sun Garden, also known as the Orchid Path. The Lakeside, also known as Hibiscus Walk and Floral Garden comprises African Collection, Tropical African Collection, Asia Pacific Collection, Floral Steps, Ficus Shades and Rain shelter.
Taman Botani also has other features such as the Palm Hill, Canopy Bridge, Bougainvillea Tunnel, Explorer’s Trail, Heliconia Trail and Vine Garden.
Another awesome park that has become so popular and attractive to many is the Taman Wetlands or Putrajaya Wetlands. The 335-hectare Putrajaya Wetlands is an awesome place to visit with a view that pleases the heart and soul. On your lucky day, you’ll see migrating birds from the northern hemisphere stopping by to rest and food.
Well, the Wetlands act as a wildlife sanctuary whose natural landscape attracts various species of birds, insects and wildlife to the aquatic wetland environment. It is home to several species of local marshland birds and water birds such as the Cinammon Bittern, the Little Egret, Little Green Heron and migratory birds, which are from the Northern Hemisphere.
From the entrance to the wetlands, one can swing by the Nature Interpretation Centre and a look-out 25-metre high tower that provides a bird’s eye view of Putrajaya. It provides several facilities such as a picnic area, a flamingo pond and two marked trails with interpretative boards. Visitors can enjoy walking or jogging in Taman Wetlands or enjoy cycling along Wetlands’ bicycle track. Putrajaya Wetlands was built to clean the water before the water merges with the Putrajaya Lake.
If you wonder how rubber milk is collected and processed or curious about how cocoa processed into that tasty chocolate bar, head down to the southern part of Precinct 16 where Agricultural Heritage Park or Taman Warisan Pertanian is located. This park is about the success story of Malaysian agriculture sector which had provided the country with continuously flourishing income to the small holders and corporations. The park takes a look at the role and importance of Malaysia’s commercial agriculture. The beauty of this park is that it exhibits a wide range of Malaysia’s agricultural main stream and traditional crops – most of them are industry-based. These traditional crops include herbs, cocoa, palm oil, rubber, spices and fruits. The park offers many facilities for visitors such as the Herbs and Spices Track, Orchard, Rubber Clonal Plot, Visitor’s Complex and Viewing Deck.
Visitors will enjoy watching agriculture-related activities in the park, among which, are fruit preservations and crop maintenance. One other highlight is to watch the process of latex collection from rubber trees and coagulation before they are rolled into rubber sheets. Visitors will also enjoy seeing, smelling, touching some traditional crops and most importantly, learning about the traditional crops exhibited at the Agricultural Heritage Park. And of course, they can also savour the taste of different types of fresh fruits at the orchard in the park.
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