Thursday, July 19, 2012

Architecture: Kuala Lumpur & Putrajaya, Malaysia


Malaysia is not only popular with its unique cuisine and culture but it's also well-known for its modern architecture high scrapers and unique structure of tall buildings within Kuala Lumpur (or also known as KL) and Putrajaya. Kuala Lumpur is the national capital for the country's financial and commercial centre while Putrajaya is the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. Putrajaya is situated 25km south of Kuala Lumpur which takes between 30-45 minutes driving by vehicle throughout the journey. Beside that, majority of food operators in restaurants and shopping malls emphasize on the modern and unique decoration in order to lure customers to dine there apart from ensuring the high quality of food products.

The map of Malaysia (in yellow) with the national capital of Kuala Lumpur
The map of Malaysia (in yellow) with the national capital of Kuala Lumpur


The night landscape of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  (Source: http://wallpapersus.com/windows-7-city-malaysia-night-landscape/)


A number of international movie makers, including Jackie Chan in his movie, Supercop or Police Story III with Michelle Yeoh as the co-star, have traveled to Malaysia and filmed movies because of the unique culture and modern architecture buildings besides, low budget investment compared to making movies in many developed countries. Even, the top Hong Kong blockbuster action movie, The Viral Factor was released on January 2012 in the cinemas worldwide, received a lot of positive critics including the Rotten Tomatoes. An estimated of 80% of the scenes in The Viral Factor movie was filmed entirely in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, Malaysia while the rest of the scenes were shot in the Middle East and China. The Viral Factor is the most intense action movie which I haven't seen this kind of film from any of the Hollywood movies for many years. Why do I consider The Viral Factor as the most intense action movie? The film producer of The Viral Factor, Dante Lam was very fortunate to get a lot support from the Malaysian government in order to utilize a lot of non-stop action scenes such as gunfights and explosions including cars chasing along the busy streets, KL Sentral (the famous railway station), helicopters from the Malaysian air force flying to some famous shopping malls around the Golden Triangle and the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Port Klang (the busy sea port of Malaysia) and Putrajaya as well. You can read the story plot and watch the trailer with English subtitle from this official website here.  



A popular tourist landmark, KL High Court which is also known as the Sultan Abdul Samad building which was built in 1897 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A popular tourist landmark, KL High Court which is also known as the Sultan Abdul Samad building which was built in 1897 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


A close-up view of KL High Court or also known as Sultan Abdul Samad building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A close-up view of KL High Court or also known as Sultan Abdul Samad building


The side view of KL High Court or also known as Sultan Abdul Samad building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The side view of KL High Court or also known as Sultan Abdul Samad building


Royal Selangor Club which is orginally known as the cricket green of the Selangor Club is situated nearby the Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Royal Selangor Club which is orginally known as the cricket green of the Selangor Club is situated nearby the Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka is another popular landmark for the annual National Day Parade which is located in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The Merdeka Square or Dataran Merdeka is another popular landmark for the annual National Day Parade which is located in front of the Sultan Abdul Samad Building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The historical landmark of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station which was built in 1886 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The historical landmark of Kuala Lumpur Railway Station which was built in 1886
 
The historical landmark of Kuala Lumpur Railway Administration Building which can be seen in Jackie Chan's early movie, Supercop or Police Story III and the recent action movie, The Viral Factor in Malaysia
The historical landmark of Kuala Lumpur Railway Administration Building which can be seen in Jackie Chan's early movie, Supercop or Police Story III and the recent action movie, The Viral Factor in Malaysia

The side view of the historical landmark of Kuala Lumpur Administration Railway Building in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The side view of the historical landmark of Kuala Lumpur Administration Railway Building


The full view of Petronas Twin Towers from the busy main street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The full view of Petronas Twin Towers from the busy main street in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Some of skyscrapers and KL Tower (in needle building at the background) which are situated nearby Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Some of skyscrapers and KL Tower (in needle building at the background) which are situated nearby Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The full view of Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The full view of Petronas Twin Towers which is known as one of the world's tallest buildings


Another full view of Petronas Twin Towers near the fountain in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Another full view of Petronas Twin Towers near the fountain in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


A close-up view of Petronas Twin Towers which is known as one of the world's tallest buildings in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A close-up view of Petronas Twin Towers which is known as one of the world's tallest buildings


Suria KLCC shopping mall and the Twin Tower at the background in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Suria KLCC shopping mall and the Twin Tower at the background in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


A panaromic view of the lake recreation area which is surrounded by skyscrapers at Suria KLCC shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
A panaromic view of the lake recreation area which is surrounded by skyscrapers at Suria KLCC shopping mall



Suria KLCC shopping mall is located beside the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A famous underground passageway at Suria KLCC shopping mall with full of crowds and rotating advertisements on the walls.
Suria KLCC shopping mall is located beside the Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Top right: A famous underground passageway at Suria KLCC shopping mall with full of crowds and rotating advertisements on the walls.



The interior view of One Utama shopping centre in Bandar Utama, Malaysia. One Utama shopping mall is recognized as one of the top 3 world's largest shopping malls.
The interior view of One Utama shopping centre in Bandar Utama, Malaysia. One Utama shopping mall is recognized as one of the top 3 world's largest shopping malls. (Source: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/photos/10-largest-shopping-malls-in-the-world-slideshow/#crsl=%252Fphotos%252F10-largest-shopping-malls-in-the-world-slideshow%252F10-largest-shopping-malls-in-the-world-photo-1342158497.html)


The origins of Kluang Station at the railway station in Kluang, Johor, Malaysia has extended its branch in One Utama shopping mall in Bandar Utama, Malaysia.
The origins of Kluang Station at the railway station in Kluang, Johor, Malaysia has extended its branch in One Utama shopping mall in Bandar Utama, Malaysia.


Mid Valley Megamall is another popular landmark and a huge shopping mall which is surrounded by office buildings and shoplots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Mid Valley Megamall is another popular landmark and a huge shopping mall which is surrounded by office buildings and shoplots in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


Some unique decoration at restaurants while we dined at Bumbu Desa (an Indonesian cuisine) in Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Some unique decoration at restaurants while we dined at Bumbu Desa (an Indonesian cuisine) in Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Ishin Japanese Dining is one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which allows customers to view menu through iPad.
Ishin Japanese Dining is one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia which allows customers to view menu through iPad.



These are some of the modern architectural buildings taken at Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre of Malaysia which is situated 25km south of Kuala Lumpur.  I decided to get my passport renewal at Putrajaya branch in order to avoid overcrowding in many Government offices in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. As there are less crowds at Putrajaya branch office, I managed to collect my new Malaysian passport in an hour without using kiosk.


The route map of Putrajaya, Malaysia
The route map of Putrajaya, Malaysia


Seri Saujana Bridge is the main gateway to the city of Putrajaya from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia
Seri Saujana Bridge is the main gateway to the city of Putrajaya from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia



Some of unique building structure and lamp posts in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Some of unique building structure and lamp posts in Putrajaya, Malaysia



Another modern and unique architecture in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Another modern and unique architecture in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque or Iron Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque or Iron Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia

 
The Headquarters of Suruhanjaya Tenaga (the Diamond Building) is designed to reduce the building energy consumption and potable water usage in Putrajaya, Malaysia
The Headquarters of Suruhanjaya Tenaga (the Diamond Building) is designed to reduce the building energy consumption and potable water usage in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Wisma Tani or Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Wisma Tani or Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry in Putrajaya, Malaysia


KPPK or The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia
KPPK or The Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (MPIC) in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Wisma Sumber Asli or Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Wisma Sumber Asli or Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Putrajaya, Malaysia


The side view of Perbadanan Government Complex in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The action scenes including shooting and cars chasing were filmed here for the recent Hong Kong action movie, The Viral Factor
The side view of Perbadanan Government Complex in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The action scenes including shooting and cars chasing were filmed here for the recent Hong Kong action movie, The Viral Factor


The front view of Perbadanan Government Complex in Putrajaya, Malaysia
The front view of Perbadanan Government Complex in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Istana Kehakiman or the Palace of Justice houses the Malaysian Court of Appeal and Federal Court in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Istana Kehakiman or the Palace of Justice houses the Malaysian Court of Appeal and Federal Court in Putrajaya, Malaysia


The main street with the famous landmarks of  Palace of Justice and the office building of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Putrajaya, Malaysia
The main street with the famous landmarks of  Palace of Justice and the office building of Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment in Putrajaya, Malaysia


The Ministry of Finance is a building complex housing the Malaysian Ministry of Finance in Putrajaya, Malaysia
The Ministry of Finance is a building complex housing the Malaysian Ministry of Finance in Putrajaya, Malaysia


The large square with flagpoles of the Malaysian flag and 13 states'  flags in front of Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia
The large square with flagpoles of the Malaysian flag and 13 states'  flags in front of Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia


The man-made recreation lake which is known as Putrajaya Lake and Putra Mosque in the background in Putrajaya, Malaysia
The man-made recreation lake which is known as Putrajaya Lake and Putra Mosque in the background in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque was taken from different angle from the main street of roundabout at Putrajaya, Malaysia
Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque was taken from different angle from the main street of roundabout at Putrajaya, Malaysia


Seri Wawasan Bridge can be seen from the man-made Putrajaya Lake which is situated in front of Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Seri Wawasan Bridge can be seen from the man-made Putrajaya Lake which is situated in front of Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Istana Darul Ehsan  or Darul Ehsan Palace is one of the royal residences of Sultan of Selangor in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Istana Darul Ehsan  or Darul Ehsan Palace is one of the royal residences of Sultan of Selangor in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque was taken in the full view from the man-made Putrajaya Lake at Putrajaya, Malaysia
Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque was taken in the full view from the man-made Putrajaya Lake at Putrajaya, Malaysia


Perdana Putra is the office complex of the Prime Minister of Malaysia in Putrajaya, Malaysia
Perdana Putra is the office complex of the Prime Minister of Malaysia in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque was taken from the Perdana Putra of the Malaysian Prime Minister's office at Putrajaya, Malaysia
Masjid Putra or Putra Mosque was taken from the Perdana Putra of the Malaysian Prime Minister's office at Putrajaya, Malaysia


Since the public transportation in Malaysia isn't friendly and reliable, it's highly suggested to engage private tour like, http://www.viator.com/Malaysia/d17-ttd or join tour group in order to visit popular landmarks in Kuala Lumpur and other states in Malaysia. You can e-mail to me if you have questions or need some suggestions to travel in Malaysia. I am happy to help you :)


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