Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya

Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya

Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya
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10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK179,496 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a landmark building inside the botanical gardens of Putrajaya. As the name suggests, the design is based on Moorish design, and it looks like Moorish design of the Nasrid era as it’s very similar looking compared to the Alhambra in terms of design.

The inner courtyard wasn’t open because of the lockdown, but the rest of the building is still open. Even without the courtyard, the building looks great. The botanical garden was near empty when I visited, so I had the Moroccan Pavilion to myself, which was fantastic.
Written March 18, 2020
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simysmin
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
First things first - this place and its architecture is beautiful, but that is basically the only merit this pavilion has. A side note to families/parents who are heading there with children, there's walkways with water drainage/fountains anyway and this place is not recommended for children as they might fall easily if you're not looking.

To break it down and to speak of the entire experience in a nutshell, we felt that our values and visit was compromised by the security working there. They approached us for bribes. Here's how it went:

Me and my partner first went to the official ticketing counter to purchase an entrance ticket. During the purchase of our tickets, the staff assumed me and my partner to be there for commercial photography (as I was carrying a DSLR around and a bag of clothes from my earlier shopping trip, but in no way was I engaged in any commercial photography) and made me sign a declaration form because I was bringing my camera into the venue. I then enquired if taking a photo with my iPhone was alright and they gave me the go-ahead. Afterwards, I got my ticket and went into the pavilion.

Oh and another thing, the pavilion is divided into 2 components. One is the pavilion itself with gallery rooms, and another is the open garden area. The pavilion is the secluded one that requires 3MYR to visit.

While me and my partner was inside the pavilion, we attempted to take some photos with our iPhone but to our horror, we were promptly chased out of the venue. However, it seemed like we were the only ones who got chased out. The locals remained inside and were still seen taking photos with iPhone. We pointed that out to the guard but instead, felt ignored. One could credit this to the communication barrier but in that aspect, we already felt unfairly treated.

The security at the pavilion possess little knowledge of English so there was a mild communication barrier. We do not understand Bahasa Malayu but thankfully, there was a local nearby to help us translate and we then finally understood that the ticket was for a one-time entrance, and not an all-day entrance as I initially thought. (Though this really could have been better clarified, I must say. While 3MYR is a very reasonable sum to pay again for another entry, it really should have been indicated visibly somewhere). We were chased out of the pavilion and then proceeded to hover around the garden area.

While in the public garden area, me and my partner were clearly frustrated as we travelled out of the city to visit this beautiful place. We sat down at a corner and at this point, a male security guard then approached us and told us that we could 'buy him a drink and make him happy' (his words, not ours) if we wanted to continue taking photos or he gestured that he would confiscate my camera away. Also, a sidenote - one can choose not to take my word for it, but I sincerely felt that the male security guard was leering at me in an unkind manner and I felt very uncomfortable by his stares. He then continually prodded my partner to 'buy him a drink' (which is essentially monetary bribe, btw). My partner initially refused, but as we felt that we were compromised as he was pestering us, we eventually relented and gave him a small sum.

That was not all - he then spoke to the guard at the pavilion area and insisted that we needed to pay more to access the pavilion area again. We felt compromised yet again and gave in as we were on foreign land and wanted to stay as respectful and as out of trouble as possible. Soon after, we just left as our experience was severely dampened.

P/S: I sincerely felt that this place is biased towards locals and nasty towards or simply out to make a rip-off out of tourists. Another issue that pays homage to this statement of mine - is that there was another group of Libyan tourists that was about to enter the venue while we were heading out of it. Again, they were stopped. But another Malaysian couple managed to enter and stay in the venue just fine. I don't mean to incite any xenophobic feelings here but clearly there's unfair treatment ongoing.

Also, I must add that the nearby Putra mosque is way nicer. Me and my partner made a small but willing donation at the mosque simply because we liked and appreciated the mosque so much. This Moroccan pavilion? Not so much.
Written March 11, 2018
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Daniel C
4 contributions
Mar 2018 • Couples
The Moroccan pavilion is a beautiful structure, albeit a little small. The Moroccan architecture is beautiful, and it's an amazing place to take photos - or at least it would be, if photography were allowed.

We were repeatedly harassed for taking photos inside, given no explanation whatsoever, except that we were limited to 2 photos on the iPhone (we were not using flash photography). We were then promptly told to leave the venue. We tried to enter the interior of the pavilion again, only to be told that the tickets we bought, were no longer valid (It was a one-time entry ticket, no longer valid once we'd stepped out of the pavilion).

Disappointed but not deterred, we decided to take a few photos outside the pavilion. And guess what? We were, again, told to stop. The guard promptly told us that if we wanted to continue shooting outside the pavilion, we'd have to 'buy him a drink'. To make matters worse, I'd felt the guard leering at my girlfriend, making an already terrible situation worse. At this point, we were faced with two options, either storm off and leave, and waste an entire day's worth of travel, or to 'buy him his drink' and make the most of this already terrible trip.

One could argue and say that 'that's how things are' or 'that's how things work here'. And I'd agree - were these rules actually enforced across the board. The funny thing is that of all the people visiting, we were the only ones singled out for treatment. The guards generally paid little to no attention to the locals, letting them take as many photos as they wished.

After reading the many amazing reviews of this place, I find myself sorely disappointed, and a little disgusted really. It's a shame that a place meant to commemorate the friendship between Malaysia and Morocco should instead serve as a reminder to tourists like myself that even in a beautiful place like Malaysia, somewhere with a 4.1 rating on Tripadvisor (based on the printout they have at their registration counter) could instead feel like a 1.4 rating (I'm being generous here) instead.

To conclude, the Pavilion isn't a bad place to visit. Just be prepared to buy the guard a drink (and not from the vending machine - as I initially thought) or pray he isn't thirsty. There are far better places in KL to visit.
Written March 11, 2018
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nurlida f
28 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
Tucked away in a corner of the Putrajaya Botanical Gardens, surrounded by landscaped gardens and alongside a lake, lies the exquisite Moroccan Pavilion Putrajaya (Astaka Morocco).
Written November 10, 2017
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KT_BOY
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia554 contributions
Jan 2016 • Solo
Visited this place after reading about it and had an interesting couple of hours roaming the pavillion and taking photos.

It is located within Putrajaya Botanical Garden at Northen section of Precinct 1. Entrance tickets are priced at RM3 for individuals & RM1 for students and can be purchased at the Botanical Garden office nearby.

The pavillion is divided into Entrance Courtyard, King's Court & Granada Court. There are water fountains at the entrance leading to the building and also at the courtyard inside the buildings.

Every aspect of the building is intricately designed to replicate the Moorish design including the walls, doors, windows, ceiling and floor.

A nice place to visit on weekend.

Written June 29, 2016
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Monica Agviandri
Jakarta, Indonesia56 contributions
Nov 2019
When you going here, be ready if this place was close or using for another party. In my case, there is a lots of Graduation Student came from their University to take a pic in here when i'm arrive. Perhaps this place is near of some University perhaps. So, it's really crowded. Full of the student and the families itself. But we are lucky we still can get through and take some pics. Instead of those, this place in under maintenance too. The are some stairs or reparation tools in their mainhall. The fountain itself not working like usual. Beware of the heat too, sometimes just cloudy but when we back to the hotel then we found out some burn area in our hand & neck.
Written December 10, 2019
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AndreeaRRR
Bucharest, Romania200 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
This place reminded me of Morroco, a country that I love. It has beautiful spots for photos inside, but unfortunately the stuff from the tickets didn’t allow us to Take photos inside, only in the garden. It was so disappointing. 😢
Written January 4, 2019
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Shahida
Bandar Baru Bangi, Malaysia80 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
The architure is amazing. It makes a perfect background for photoshoot (wedding, graduation etc).

Parking is free. You can walk around the lake and even hike a tiny hill for a better walk in nature.
Written January 27, 2018
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Alfysa Dwikatama
Bandung, Indonesia9 contributions
Dec 2019
I visited this place having high expectations, and left a little disappointed. Couldn't find the perfect spots to take photos. Some of the aesthetic walls were covered in green banners, and the water fountain was not that clear/clean. Great architectures nonetheless.

If you want to enter the main building/museum to look around, you have to pay around RM 3.00 if I'm not mistaken. I decided to pay and go in, and unfortunately it was not worth the money. The Moroccan furniture inside were smelly, but maybe the smell was to keep its authenticity?
Written December 30, 2019
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curious_and.curiouser
Singapore110 contributions
Nov 2019
The open areas are much nicer than the interiors for which entrance costs RM3. The interiors consist of 6 rooms (if I don't recall wrongly), each supposedly showcasing a part of Morocco e.g. Marrakesh, Essaouira etc. But the rooms are very small, not very well-furnished and actually all look the same. You could go through all the rooms in 5 mins and photography is strictly prohibited. So although RM3 is a small price, there's really not much to see on the inside. You're better off spending more time outside where there are many photogenic spots. Overall, still worth a visit. Combine this with a visit to the Putra pink mosque for a day trip to Putrajaya while in KL.
Written November 29, 2019
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