Putrajaya Attractions: 14 Best Things To Do In Putrajaya [2023]

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Going on a Putrajaya trip and want to know all the best things to do in Putrajaya? We have you covered! Below you will find our guide to all the best attractions in Putrajaya to plan your ultimate trip.

Putrajaya is a city often overlooked thanks to being so close to its big brother Kuala Lumpur, and many visitors to KL only see a glimpse of it on the motorway to and from the airport.

However, there are many places of interest in Putrajaya as well as things to do at Putrajaya that make it a great spot to visit.

Perdana Putra
Perdana Putra

Located just 25km south of Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya was previously filled with plantations of rubber and oil palm. Today, it is the judicial and administrative capital of Malaysia. Putrajaya is a planned city and also dubbed an eco-city with over a third of the land reserved as greenery, making it one of the greenest cities in Asia.

Filled with stunning buildings, modern skyscrapers and manmade attractions, there are plenty of places to go in Putrajaya. Still, this is a quiet city and you won’t find many night activities in Putrajaya.

Below, you will find our Putrajaya travel blog with everything you need to know about what to do in Putrajaya as well as the best places to stay for your ultimate holiday! There is also a handy map of the best places to visit in Putrajaya Malaysia.

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Top 14 Best Things To Do In Putrajaya Malaysia

Here are the best Putrajaya attractions. Read through and select the ones that fit your interests and timeframe.

Note that the things to do Putrajaya offers are more about stunning huge monuments, gorgeous gardens and interesting architecture rather than museums or other places to walk around and explore. Often, it’s more about seeing the outsides and taking some photos which is why the Putrajaya tourist attractions can be best visited on a tour.

This is the tour I took and recommend.

There is a section below which talks more about taking a tour.

What I also loved here is that the buildings were all designed by Malaysian architects and meant to represent this country. It’s really a unique place.

Putrajaya Lake

Putrajaya Lake

Putrajaya’s ambition can best be seen in one of the top places in Putrajaya, Putrajaya Lake. In our opinion, this manmade lake is the most impressive attraction in Putrajaya. This 650 hectare lake has become the centrepiece of the city with many of the impressive buildings and accommodation options located on its banks.

Believe it or not, fishing is popular activity here. There are also some beautiful gardens, jogging trails and cycling tracks.

From Marina Putrajaya, you can do a whole host of Putrajaya lake activities like stand up paddle boarding or zoom along the lake in a water jetpack.

You can also cruise the lank on a catamaran or wooden perahu (more details below).

It is also the best place in Putrajaya at night to take a walk.

Putra Mosque

Putra Mosque
Putra Mosque

From the banks of the Putrajaya Lake you can see the Putra Mosque – one of the Putrajaya places to visit.

Most of the population of Putrajaya are Muslim so the Putra Mosque is an important site in this city as well as one of the tourist attractions in Putrajaya.

This is a beautiful rose tinted mosque built for up to 15,000 worshippers at any one time. Non-Muslim visitors are permitted to visit outside of the designated prayer times.

Robes are provided on entrance if you’d like to step inside and appreciate the ornate decorations, or grab a moment of peace.

Address: Persiaran Persekutuan, Presint 1, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

Perdana Putra (Prime Minister’s Offices)

Perdana Putra

As the administrative capital of Malaysia, one of the Putrajaya things to do is admire the Perdana Putra, or Prime Minister’s Offices.

It’s just steps away from Putra Mosque and can be appreciated from the outside only. Built is an Islamic architectural style, this building is lovely to look at and a mixture of both eastern and western influences.

You can admire the mint green dome, the east and west wings of the building, and see Dataran Perdana where the prime minister holds ceremonies and meets with dignitaries.

The walkways and surrounding garden are also beautifully kept and landscaped.

Address: Persiaran Sultan Sallahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Presint 1, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

Perbadanan Putrajaya

Perbadanan Putrajaya

Perbadanan Putrajaya is another example of the stunning architecture of this city, with an enormous archway in the centre of the building. This tourist attraction in Putrajaya makes for a great photo opportunity, celebrating the modern architecture of this city.

The area is quite beautiful too with flowers and grassy areas perfect for a picnic or lunch.

It’s directly opposite the Palace of Justice and, through the centre of it, you can see the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque coming up next!

Address: Kompleks Perbadanan Putrajaya, 24, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 3, 62675, Putrajaya

Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque

Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque

Also known as the Iron Mosque, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque is one of the most unique mosques in the world and a must see among Putrajaya attractions 2023.

This is a modern and intricately constructed building taking inspiration from the past yet obviously looking towards the future. The mosque is constructed with metal wires and lacks any minarets, making it quite a unique design. Inside is airy and spacious, adorned with calligraphy from the Quran.

The mosque sits just opposite the Palace Of Justice, and there is also a green and luscious garden.

If you enjoy cutting edge architecture, this is the best place to visit in Putrajaya.

Address: 25, Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Presint 3, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

Istana Kehakiman (Palace Of Justice)

Istana Kehakiman (Palace Of Justice)
Istana Kehakiman (Palace Of Justice)

Just opposite the Iron Mosque sits the Palace Of Justice, another interesting place in Putrajaya.

The Palace of Justice can be appreciated from both inside and out. There is a spacious courtyard and Taj Mahal like architecture on the outside, and a museum on the inside.

If you’re interested in judicial history then the museum is one of the fun things to do in Putrajaya. You can see costumes and a stone monument known as the Batu Bersurat which lists Islamic laws and dates from 1303AD.

There’s also a justice hall of fame with biographies of Malaysia’s Chief Justices, and a mock high court. Look up and you’ll also see the decorative interior of the domes.

Address: Persiaran Perdana, Presint 3, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

Taman Botani (Botanical Gardens)

Taman Botani Putrajaya

One of the best outdoor activities in Putrajaya is a visit to the Taman Botani. This is an excellent botanical gardens to visit with over 700 species of plants including many native to the region. There’s also beautiful trees, plenty of grassy areas suitable for a picnic, and a canopy bridge to walk over.

You can explore by hiring a bike at a reasonable price or walking around. Another way to explore is via a tram ride (which is more like a bus).

This is the best thing to do in Putrajaya if you’re looking for a peaceful setting. It is rarely crowded. Note, however, it’s best to bring food and drinks with you as there are limited options available for purchase.

If you’re looking for places to visit in Putrajaya at night, the Taman Botani is open until 7pm.

Address: Lebuh Perdana Barat, Presint 1, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

Views From The Putrajaya International Convention Centre

Views over Putrajaya from Putrajaya International Convention Centre
Views over Putrajaya from Putrajaya International Convention Centre

An easy place to visit is the outside of the Putrajaya International Convention Centre where you can find views back over Putrajaya.

It only takes a moment to take a look and snap some great photos, and you’ll be glad you did.

Taman Wetlands

Another Putrajaya interesting place among this city’s unique attractions is the Taman Wetlands. What makes it so cool is its close proximity to the city – it’s less than 2km away.

This area is actually a man-made wetlands which has become an important ecosystem and home to around 100 species of birds. Plenty of other animals including mammals, reptiles and insects have also made this wetlands their home.

There are plenty of Putrajaya outdoor activities you can do here like jogging, cycling, picnicking and exploring gardens like the bamboo garden. There’s also a playground for kids.

It’s open until 7pm so a walk here can be one of the things to do in Putrajaya at night.

Address: Presint 13, Putrajaya

Putra Bridge

Putra Bridge

One can not write a Putrajaya what to do list without mentioning the Putra Bridge. This bridge is huge and a stunning piece of architecture.

From the bridge you can get great views of the lake, the Putra Mosque and the Prime Minister’s Office. The bridge also leads to another nice place to visit in Putrajaya, Putra Square.

Putra Bridge is also a Putrajaya night attraction with night time being the best time to snap a photo.

Address: Presint 2, Putrajaya, Selangor

River Cruise

Putrajaya river cruise

From Marina Putrajaya there are a range of cruises you can do including a sightseeing cruise, a dining cruise and a more traditional wooden boat cruise similar to a gondola. There are also larger capacity, modern and airconditioned boats.

This is a great way to see and appreciate Putrajaya from it’s unique man-made lake – itself the Putrajaya best place to visit.

While a cruise itself is one of the activities to do in Putrajaya, they can also take you to many of the things to see in Putrajaya.

I highly recommend it.

You can do this as part of the half day tour from KL that I took and recommend here.

District 21

District 21 KL

District 21 is located in the IOI City Mall, itself a large mall and the best place at Putrajaya for shopping.

This is the best place to go in Putrajaya for adrenaline junkies, and a visit is certainly one of the most interesting things to do in Putrajaya for kids.

There’s a whole host of attractions here involving sliding, jumping, climbing and more.

It’s themed as a post-apocalyptic world with activities for both kids and adults. There’s a maze, climbing wall and much more. A great way to spend half a day!

Address: AT 6, IOI City Mall, IOI Resort City, Wilayah Persekutuan Putrajaya

Click here to see the latest prices and get your discounted ticket.

Sunway Lagoon

Sunway Lagoon
Sunway Lagoon

If you’re looking beyond your Putrajaya to do list, consider a visit to Sunway Lagoon. This is an awesome outdoor theme park with six different sections and a huge range of waterslides, rides and a whole host of other attractions.

Parks include the Nickelodeon Lost Lagoon and Water Park complete with a man-made surf beach, erupting volcanos, rollercoasters and more. There’s also Wildlife Park zoo, Extreme Park with go-carts, climbing walls and paintball, Scream Park complete with thrilling (or terrifying) rides and Amusement Park.

There is a great deal of variety and something to suit everyone, but particularly kids. It makes for an excellent day out and is located about a 40 minute drive away from Putrajaya.

Click here for discounted tickets.

Kuala Lumpur

Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur
KLCC

Kuala Lumpur is very easy to visit if you’re based in Putrajaya. The best way to get there is to hop on a train from Putrajaya & Cyberjaya and head to KL Sentral station. The trip just takes 20 minutes and is inexpensive.

Alternatively, a taxi ride from Putrajaya to KL will take about 40 minutes.

In KL, you can see all the main sites like the Petronas Towers, Merdeka Square, KLCC Park as well enjoy all the shopping, food, museums and markets that make KL such a popular destination.

Click here for more ideas of things to do in KL.

Putrajaya Attractions On A Tour

Looking towards Palace Of Justice through Perbadanan Putrajaya
Looking towards Palace Of Justice through Perbadanan Putrajaya

While it’s possible to get to Putrajaya by train and there are electric buses and bikes around town, traveling around still isn’t super easy.

To make the most of the things to do around Putrajaya, I recommend a tour. This way all the transport and attractions are taken care of for you.

I personally took this tour on Klook. It was a super easy way to enjoy all the interesting places in Putrajaya in an easy format. I highly recommend it.

Click here to book it now.

Attractions In Putrajaya Map

Things To Do In Putrajaya map
Click the Map to open in Google Maps. You can then access directions to each of the locations discussed in this article.

Best Place To Stay In Putrajaya

When it comes to where to stay in Putrajaya, there is a great range of hotels and some of the best value 5-star hotels I have seen anywhere. No matter what your budget, your holiday style or who you are travelling with, you’ll easily find a great place to stay.  

Below I’ve listed a few different places to consider including a budget, mid-range and more luxurious option.

BEST – DoubleTree by Hilton Putrajaya Lakeside Review

If you want 5 star luxury, I recommend staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton. This is an awesome resort and in keeping with Putrajaya’s reputation as a green city as there are 4 acres of gardens here.

This resort is also great for families with kids as there’s a playground and two kids pools.

Accommodation options include standard rooms, deluxe rooms, executive rooms and suites including two bedroom options sleeping up to 9 guests. There’s really an option for everyone.

The resort offers free WiFi throughout, there is a spa and a fitness centre, an infinity pool and five dining options including a bar. Marina Putrajaya is only a short walk away.

Click here for the latest prices.

MID-RANGE – The Everly Putrajaya Hotel Review

The Everly Putrajaya Hotel is a modern hotel offering spacious, comfortable and affordable rooms. This hotel also offers free parking for guests that are driving.

Room options include deluxe rooms, superior rooms and suites. Each room offers free WiFi, a kettle, air-conditioning, a safe and TV. It’s also possible to request an extra bed if needed.

The hotel has one restaurant onsite, Fuze Restaurant, which offers lunch and dinner, as well as the Nuevo Cafe. There’s also a fitness centre, currency exchange and 24 hour reception.

Both Alamanda Shopping Centre and Putrajaya Lake are a short walk away.

Click here for the latest prices.

BUDGET – OYO 707 Ayuni Hotel Review

For budget friendly accommodation, OYO 707 Ayuni Hotel is our top pick.

This hotel offers both standard and superior rooms, either with twin beds or a queen/king bed. Rooms are simple with a private bathroom, TV and sitting area.

The property is located far from Putrajaya’s attractions and is best if you need to be based in Bangi. This is simple accommodation with a 24 hour front desk and free WiFi throughout.

Click here for the latest prices.

Kuala Lumpur is also not far away. You can see our top picks for accommodation in KL here.

How To Get To Putrajaya

Putrajaya stop on the KLIA train between KLIA and KL Sentral
Putrajaya stop on the KLIA train between KLIA and KL Sentral

It’s easy to get to Putrajaya from Kuala Lumpur by car, taxi or public transport. It is just a 40 minute drive from KLCC or you can take a train in just 18 minutes from KL Sentral.

It’s also easy to get here from the airport or elsewhere in Malaysia.

Click here to read our full guide to getting to Putrajaya from KL.

Putrajaya dam

Putrajaya With Kids

Like most places in Malaysia, kids and families are made to feel welcome in Putrajaya.

Having said that, when it comes to what to do in Putrajaya Malaysia with kids, beyond District 21, there are not many places to see in Putrajaya that will interest kids. A visit here mostly involves looking at cool buildings and walking around. There are a couple of playgrounds, but not much more to offer kids for any longer than a day trip.

There are places to visit near Putrajaya like Sunway Lagoon, and of course Kuala Lumpur, that have lots more to offer.

Putrajaya

Final Words

Whichever way you look at it, there’s no denying that Putrajaya is an interesting place to visit! It is modern, luscious, yet can be eerily quiet!

There are enough interesting places to visit in Putrajaya for a day trip, and it’s also a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of much bigger Kuala Lumpur.

Even if you only do a Putrajaya 1 day trip, I recommend you visit to this unique city.

Click here for more information on a tour I took to visit here and recommend. It visits many of the places above.

Read more guides to nearby Kuala Lumpur here or nearby Sunway Lagoon here. You can find all our Putrajaya guides here.

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By Sharon Gourlay

Sharon is an Australian who has fallen in love with Malaysia! She explores Malaysia multiple times a year, often with her kids, and has previously lived in Penang.