Welcome to Putrajaya
The first time I came here, I didn't even realize where I was. The city was under construction: a planned city. Putrajaya is still being built, but the basic foundations of the city were securely in place by my second visit. The actual infrastructural planning is not as impressive as other planned cities I've been to, like Canberra, but Putrajaya is easily a much prettier city than most (if not all other) cities in Malaysia. The main mosque (and it's pink) is very impressive sitting alongside a large lake in the center of the city. Next to that is the government's administrative building. And a very unique bridge spans this lake. I doubt the design of the bridge is for anything other than decoration though, but it is still picturesque.
Seri Wawasan Bridge
Residences in the city must follow strict codes of external appearance so that the city does not turn into...well, just any other city in Malaysia. The convention center with its wings sit atop a hill that passing motorists can clearly see. And a number of foreign companies have set up offices or distribution centers in the city's outskirts. Each time I go back to Putrajaya, it has grown a little bit more.
Edit (28 March 2011): After a while of not having any need to come back here, I did. And I'm glad I did. Passing by on the highway, you get the impression that the city is slowly growing. But wandering around the city is the best way to get an appreciation for it. I took the KLIA Transit to the Putrajaya station and found that Putrajaya Sentral bus terminal had been built immediately next to it.
How convenient. The Putrajaya Monorail terminus is attached to the Transit station but that project is indefinitely on hold...basically until Putrajaya actually has people living in it! I thought that the busses were pretty efficient though (monorail seems wasteful--status symbol). I revisited some of the standard landmarks and the Alamanda mall (which is completely empty on a Monday afternoon but fairly-well stocked with stores for a city of its size). I also walked along the Promenade around the lake and enjoyed my leisurely stroll without even seeing people for 10-minute intervals. In general, I enjoyed my lazy day of walking and sightseeing. I would want to live here if it weren't so utterly dead quiet!