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STUNNING PUTRAJAYA BRIDGES TO SEE BY NIGHT

Dubbed the futuristic administrative capital of the country, Putrajaya is famous for its strategic town planning, striking architecture, the largest roundabout in the world (at 3.5 km in diameter), as well as scenic man-made lake. It is often regarded as a place for official functions and events.

Lately, though, Putrajaya, located 40 km away from Kuala Lumpur, is gaining popularity among those looking to escape the capital city. Its parks, wetlands, lakes, architecture and peaceful ambience is a magnet for those who love nature, photography enthusiasts, joggers, cyclists and those who indulge in water sport activities.

It is not uncommon to see tourists taking their selfies, or for graduation and wedding pictures to be taken against the beautiful backdrop of Putrajaya.

In addition, more and more events and activities are planned in this administrative capital such as the Royal Floria Putrajaya, which is a flower and garden show much-anticipated by all.

But we’ll let you in on a secret…Putrajaya is even more beautiful by night! The city is, of course, lit up by streetlights and lights from buildings. What’s more enchanting is the lights on several of the iconic bridges of the city.

Yes, the city itself consists of eight signature bridges, i.e. Putra, Seri Perdana, Seri Saujana, Seri Gemilang, Seri Wawasan, Seri Bakti, Seri Bestari and Seri Setia. These bridges are built to link various parts of the city separated by the sprawling network of lakes.

Most of the bridges are lit up in colourful LED lights and high-powered spotlights in the evenings and well into the night. They have become popular sites for wedding photo shoots, and sometimes, are the star of the photographs themselves. When foreign dignitaries are in town, or when it is a national holiday, the night-time ambience of Putrajaya is even more magical with creative and stunning play of lights.

Start your tour of Putrajaya after hours just before sunset. As the sun goes down on the horizon, you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent view: the brilliant rays from the sun cast shadows across the city and the reflections off the lake make the sight of these bridges even more romantic.

Let’s take a look at our top recommendations for Putrajaya bridges by night!

Putra Bridge

One of the main bridges in Putrajaya, the Putra Bridge is 435m long, connecting Precints 1 and 2. The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Boulevard, or the main street in the capital. Its design is inspired by the Islamic architecture of the famous Khaju Bridge in Isfahan, Iran. Its attractions include the four minaret- like piers complete with observation decks that overlook Lake Putrajaya.

Inspired by the design of the Khaju Bridge in Iran, Putra Bridge is the longest of the bridges in Putrajaya at 435 metres. It also makes up the focal point of Putrajaya together with the Putra Mosque in its dusky pink glory and the Putra Square, the hive of activity in Putrajaya.

The bridge connects Precinct 1 (Government Precinct) and Precinct 2 (Mixed Development) on the Core Island.  The upper level of the bridge forms part of the Persiaran Perdana (Boulevard). We like to take a sunset drive over the bridge to appreciate the arresting scene of the placid lake with the iconic dome of the Putra Mosque and its surrounds completing the picture.

A special feature of the bridge is its four octagonal towers and its wall of Islamic motifs. The towers are equipped with observation decks which overlook Lake Putrajaya.

Seri Wawasan Bridge 

This is one of the main bridges in Putrajaya, connecting Precint 2 to the residential area of Precint 8. The design of this cable-stayed bridge resembles a futuristic ship. Spanning 2.4km, this bridge can accommodate motorised traffic, bicycles and pedestrians. Highly visible even from afar, it has become one of the beautiful icons of Putrajaya.

The Seri Wawasan Bridge, meaning Bridge of Vision, is one of the most beautiful bridges, we feel, in Malaysia. It is the main link between Precincts 2 and 8, featuring a dual three-lane carriageway with a pedestrian walkway and cycling track at the sides.

The bridge spans a length of 240 metres across the Putrajaya Lake. Driving over it, this magnificent cable-styled bridge gives off a sense of strength and purpose. Its elegant lines draw inspiration from the beauty of a sailboat. At night, the whole look of the bridge is transformed with interesting and colorful light play. This much-photographed bridge has become an icon of Putrajaya, it can be easily spotted from various vantage points in the city, even from surrounding areas such as Cyberjaya.

Seri Gemilang Bridge

This ceremonial bridge connects the Heritage Square with the Putrajaya International Convention Centre. Spanning nearly 233m in lenght, the bridge is one of the most popular spots for photography in Putrajaya. The most dominant feature of the bridge is its four distinctive towers which are visible from a distance. Specially designed street lamps light up the bridge at night.

Seri Gemilang Bridge is a rather romantic bridge set in a quieter enclave of Putrajaya. It is a stunning double of Pont Alexandre III that spans the Seine River in Paris, France. As you cross this bridge, you can’t help but notice the intricate mouldings and detailed decorative works inspired by traditional Malay plants and floral motifs. Four main towers with four smaller entrance towers complete this 240-metre long bridge.

The view from this bridge is stunning and we recommend going at sunset to witness the changing colours of the sky reflected on the surface of the lake. You’ll enjoy a stroll on the pedestrian walkway of the bridge, or you can venture down the steps to get to the edge of the lake. From here, take a leisurely walk to explore the peaceful surroundings. 

Seri Saujana Bridge

This is another premier bridge in Putrajaya, connecting Precint 4 to Precint 7. This cable-stayed arch bridge has been designed to reflect a transparent, elegant and futuristic structure. With an overall single span of 3km, it is an awesome sight to behold, both day and night.

The Seri Saujana Bridge is one of the signature bridges of Putrajaya. It is the first bridge in the world to successfully combine two different engineering techniques, arch and cable stay. There is no other bridge structure like it in the world! Some have even compared it to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Located at the southwest corner of the city, this 300-metre bridge connects Precinct 4 (Commercial Precinct) to Precinct 7. It serves as a grand entrance into Putrajaya for those entering the city from the south on the upgraded B15 road and Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Lumpur International Airport highway.

The night view of Seri Saujana Bridge is even more impressive with mood lighting to enhance the beautiful lines and architecture of the bridge. Like other bridges, it provides a pedestrian walkway and cycle track for public usage.

While the above are our top picks for Putrajaya bridges to visit at night, the administrative capital has four other notable bridges worth visiting as well to enjoy their beautiful architecture and admire the stunning engineering effort.

Seri Perdana Bridge

Located at the South-West of Precinct 1, this bridge connects the Government Precinct to Precincts 8, 9, and 10 across the Putrajaya Lake. Along the bridge are eight pavilions with arches and domed roofs, and these act as viewing decks for pedestrians to pause to take in the magnificent views of the lake.

Compared to the other bridges, the Seri Perdana is simple in design, yet remains elegant with its interesting tile-work in patterned hues of yellow. This continuous beam bridge is 372 metres long and was one of the first bridges to be completed in Putrajaya.

Seri Bakti Bridge

This simple beam bridge is located in the northeast of the city that connects Precinct 1 to the residential area of Precinct 16, which also houses the official residence of the Deputy Prime Minister.

The 270-metre long Seri Bakti Bridge offers a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding area. Driving along this bridge towards the Government Precinct imparts a sense of purpose and ceremony because the road ahead leads to the Prime Minister’s office and department.

This bridge has dual two-lane carriageways that provide access for vehicles as well as pedestrians and cyclists. The tile work in Islamic motifs and the stylised streetlamps along the length of the bridge give it a unique identity.

Seri Bestari Bridge

The Seri Bestari Bridge lies at the northeast side of Putrajaya, connecting the Core Island to Taman Warisan Pertanian in Precinct 16. It is part of the direct route from the Deputy Prime Minister’s official residence to the Core Island.

This concrete arch system bridge spans 152.6 metres and has dual two-lane carriageways as well as a cycle track cum pedestrian walkway. The footpath bears a tropical theme with its palm trees and plants. Specially-designed lamp posts light up after dark with mood lighting to complete this stunning piece of architecture. 

Seri Setia Bridge

Located in the southeast part of the city, the Seri Setia Bridge spans 210 metres across the lake, bridging the commercial district of Precinct 4 to Precinct 19, a high-density residential area with full amenities and facilities.

The designers implemented simple design features to enhance the beauty and functionality of the bridge. For example, the tropical landscaping around the bridge not only serves as an aesthetic element but also protects motorists from the glare of headlights of oncoming traffic.

Another thoughtful design element is the dual three-lane road system constructed on the bridge in anticipation of the heavier traffic in the area. Other enhancements include the tapering of the “legs” supporting the bridge, creating the illusion of an arched hallway beneath the bridge, besides the reference to Islamic identity.

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Buying eyeglasses in Malaysia

Last summer we motionless to buy a new span of glasses. First we suspicion of shopping sunglasses (prescription glasses), though after we flew behind to a Netherlands with not customarily a new span of sunglasses though also a span of new unchanging glasses.

Buying eyeglasses in Malaysia during Insight Optical

In a finish we bought eyeglasses during dual opposite stores within Pavilion KL. Both shops are partial of dual vast and obvious chains: Insight and Better Vision. You can find Better Vision on a third building during a right side (from a entrance). You can find Insight on a belligerent floor, diagonally ‘under’ a categorical entrance. You can ask someone during a information opposite when we can’t find it; or check out a building directory.

Better Vision was a initial emporium that we entered. A kind worker immediately came to tell us that we would get a vast rebate in price, a certain incentive. we motionless to buy Ray Ban sunglasses with medication glasses. we couldn’t select from all accessible models, though customarily from models that would ‘fit’ lenses. Fortunately there were adequate models to collect from. Although a eyeglasses would routinely be prepared in dual days, it took a small longer in a box since of Aidil Fitri (the finish of a Ramadan – a inhabitant holiday) was distinguished on that day. we could collect adult my eyeglasses after 3 days. we finally paid RM620 for a Ray Bans.

The subsequent day we incidentally walked by Pavilion again when we saw another shop: Insight Optical. They had a vast operation of Tag Heuer glasses; and accurately a eyeglasses we attempted on a few years ago. This time we couldn’t conflict grouping these glasses. It took dual days as good here. This Tag Heuer contained good lenses (from Tag Heuer itself); titanium, UV protection, transition and anti-dazzle. we paid RM2200 for these glasses. This seems like a lot of money, though in Europe we compensate during slightest double for these glasses.

In a finish we had dual really good deals during Better Vision and during Insight. In both cases we could negotiate good about a revised final price. The eye exam were of really good peculiarity (I had a exam during both shops with a same results), a use was also perfect. we was called by both shops when we could collect adult my glasses. we was not nonetheless gifted in shopping eyeglasses in Malaysia, though it worked out ideally (my partner also bought dual pleasing span of eyeglasses there). The operation is most incomparable than in Europe and a prices are most cheaper compared to Europe. Here are some tips for shopping medication eyeglasses in Malaysia:

  • When shopping several glasses, we get a vast discount.
  • Take a smoothness time into comment (min one day, max 5 days).
  • Make certain we stay in Malaysia for some time, so that we can go behind if something is wrong.
  • Go to a devoted optician (and ask for endless eye tests first).
  • Leave your hotel name and room series (or internal phone number), so they can hit we as shortly as a eyeglasses are ready.
  • Let a worker call a bureau to be reliable that a eyeglasses can be picked adult within x days.
  • Find out in allege if coupons are accessible with additional bonus for a support (you can mostly find them in brochures).
  • During a special sale months (usually a megasale around Aug and around December) prices are mostly most lower.
  • Lenses are also cheap, so we could chose to customarily get new eyeglasses in your existent glasses.
  • Many brands of sunglasses can be propitious with medication lenses, always check adult front.

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Can we revisit Malaysia during Ramadan?

Ramadan is famous around a universe as a Muslim month of fasting, during that Muslims refrain from eating and celebration (among others) from emergence until sunset.

In 2012 Ramadan started in Malaysia on a 21st of Jul and lasts until Hari Raya Puasa that outlines a finish of Ramadan and is distinguished by a 2 day National Holiday (19th and 20th of Aug 2012).

You would substantially consider that Ramadan is all about not eating, though in Malaysia it indeed is still about eating, though discordant to normal days it is not probable 24/7.

During Ramadan travelers competence knowledge a days to be a bit lifeless and reduction vibrant, generally in internal areas. You have to keep in mind that to some it is utterly formidable to go on with their daily lives though any food or drinks. People still work, do business and exercise, though they can customarily eat before morning and after sunset.

We clearly notice that people have to get practiced to not eating during a day. During a initial days of Ramadan we customarily confront people that are grouchy or plain frustrated. This generally goes for traffic, a volume of accidents are always most aloft during Ramadan.

In bigger cities like Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown we will frequency notice anything different, especially since a commission of Muslims is most reduce over there. For instance residents of Chinese start will still eat during a days, so travelers should be on a surveillance for Chinese restaurants in sequence to suffer a good internal lunch. In roughly any renouned traveller mark in Malaysia we can simply get a dish during a day. The same goes for a eateries within complicated selling malls, here too business is as common (albeit rather still during a day in some areas).

In other cities and some-more internal areas Ramadan is clearly visible. For example, in states like Kelantan, Kedah and Kuala Terengganu, shops and restaurants mostly stay sealed during a days. Only around noon do they open, in sequence to be means to sell food to a people. This food is not eaten on a spot, though all is bought for after that day, as people can customarily start eating after sundown.

We once visited Kota Bharu and Kuala Terengganu during Ramadan, and gifted a special atmosphere. During a day both cities seemed deserted, though during night it agreeably came behind to live again. Travelers have no reasons to stay divided from these areas during Ramadan. Though days competence be still and maybe reduction vibrant, a nights positively make adult for it.

Another extraordinary instance of Ramadan we gifted was in a city of Kuantan. Here we were strolling down a streets in a city core and unexpected we beheld a food justice that was full with people, though everybody was quiet. What struck us peculiar was that all had a prohibited cooking image on a list in front of them, though nobody was eating. Then a request started and shortly after everybody started eating, and a food justice finished that standard buzzing sound again.

During Ramadan all vital hotels and restaurants have a special Ramadan Buffet. Here we can eat as most as we wish for a bound price. Often a best hotels are competing with any other on that one has a best Ramadan Dinner Buffet. Locals (even non-muslims) move their whole families to these restaurants to ‘break a fast’ (also famous as berbuka puasa or iftar).

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It is also prevalent to entice people over for a insinuate cooking during home. It is not odd that travelers are invited by locals, as Ramadan is also about doing good things for others. Welcoming foreigners into their houses is a good instance of friendship towards others.

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An open residence is customarily finished a initial few days of Hari Raya Aidilfitri (after a finish of Ramadan), though infrequently we even get invited for an open residence weeks after Aidilfitri. We’ve been invited to many ‘open houses’ ourselves over a years and it’s protected to contend that if we decrease an invitation we are blank out on a smashing informative experience.

Every day during Ramadan we can declare internal Ramadan Bazaars. Here we can buy food, groceries, fruits and snacks. Some snacks are typically sole during Ramadan, mostly really sweet. Food during a Bazaar is customarily really cheap. We infrequently get a food there too, and for RM25 (which equals to about €6) we have a cooking list full of dishes and snacks. Ramadan Bazaars customarily start around 4.30pm and tighten during 7.30pm.

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Typical dishes we can buy during a Bazaar are boiled duck wings and legs, burn kway teow, roti murtabak, rendang, satay, ketupat and most more. Popular snacks are kuih lapis (in several colors), kuih dadar, ondeh ondeh, cucur, caramel preserve cake and of march dodol. No Bazaar is finish though a sugarine shaft extract vendor. The good thing is that all is prepared uninformed on a spot.

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So to get behind during a categorical question, can we revisit Malaysia during Ramadan, a answer is a wholehearted ‘yes’. The Holy month of Ramadan is a special month with many informative highlights. Travelers are means to knowledge this adult tighten when they are in Malaysia during this time, and we are certain that they will adore it!

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Merdeka Day

What is there to do in Malaysia during Merdeka Day? What is a place to be in Kuala Lumpur?

The 31st of Aug is a date that bears a good stress to all Malaysians. During a month of August, a Malaysian dwindle famous locally as a ‘Jalur Gemilang’ which, loosely translated, means Stripes of Glory, can be seen literally everywhere be it on a lamppost, on tip of a car, fluttering in a hands of nationalistic Malaysian children and so forth. This anniversary arise in a nation’s adore for a nation is attributed utterly apparently to a autonomy of Malaysia and a 31st of Aug is fondly referred to by all Malaysians as Hari Merdeka; a day a country’s initial Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, commemorated a autonomy of a Federation of Malaya approach behind in 1957. More than half a century on, it is customarily healthy for such a poignant date to still be remembered and this time of a year is also a pleasure to locals and tourists comparison as Hari Merdeka prompts a gratifying suggestion that decorates a nation with smashing displays of enlightenment and tradition in a form of several open events and celebrations orderly all opposite a country.

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Malaysia is famous for a many festivities that come with a multicultural multitude and Malaysians are not a kind to bashful divided from celebration. Hence, Merdeka, like any other inhabitant holiday or gratifying season, is a colorful and gratifying time whereby a streets will be strewn with all sorts of patriotically prone events generally in some-more executive areas such as categorical townships and of march a collateral itself, Kuala Lumpur. The buildup to Merdeka Day is customarily really visual, with decorations, mostly involving a Malaysian flag, gracing a exteriors and really expected a interiors of roughly each building in a country. The flashiest and many elaborate decorations in and with Merdeka can be found within a country’s many selling malls and this fundamentally relates to many festivities distinguished in Malaysia. Quite simply, a attainment of Hari Merdeka is one of those times that adds a visible aptitude to a already engaging bland backdrop of a colorful country.

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Like roughly anywhere in a world, a children of Malaysia are nurtured to be patriotically prone from a belligerent adult and when Merdeka comes around, these efforts naturally feature and this is nonetheless another materialisation understandable from a normal Malaysian street. Weeks before a day arrives, copiousness of activities will take place for a Malaysian immature that operation from cranky nation events to performances such as concerts or competitions orderly analogous to a thesis of Malaysia’s independence. These activities are customarily orderly in open that would concede a internal community, passersby and tourists comparison to all soak adult a nationalistic atmosphere channeled by a era of tomorrow.

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It is customarily wise that a prominence of Merdeka takes place on a day of a stipulation itself. On a 31st of August, all Malaysian states will classify a internal Merdeka Parade. Among those who attend in this march are supervision services such as a military, a military force, naval army and so forth. It is also really common to see propagandize children participating; another pointer of how a nation’s younger era takes honour in a autonomy of a country. From an audience’s indicate of view, a eyeglasses to demeanour out for in these parades would be a pleasing floats that are a contingency each time Merdeka comes around. The categorical events of these inhabitant parades customarily take place during night whereby a array of on-stage performances are orderly to finish a poignant day on a high note. It is hackneyed for internal celebrities to attend in these events annually. Every year, several states take turns in organizing a inhabitant march that would customarily manage a assemblage of a country’s Prime Minister and a Sultan among many other high form attendees. On a ubiquitous note however, a flagship march is apparently a one that takes place in a capital, Kuala Lumpur as a plcae where this takes place, Merdeka Square, is a really plcae a word ‘Merdeka’ was chanted 7 times by Tunku Abdul Rahman himself in 1957, signifying a new commencement for a Federation of Malaya; a new commencement that led to Malaysia as we know it today.

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