If you are looking for a daytrip destination from Kuala Lumour, Putrajaya is an abvious choice. The city was built from scratch in 1995 to house several governmental institutions and provide new living space for the growing population in Kuala Lumpur. The city was planned to be home for up to half a million of citizens. Unfortunately, Putrajaya has failed to attract large numbers of new inhabitants and as of 2010 has a population of just over 60 000.
Here, we also have the big problem of the city: The dimensions are those of a large city, with modern skyscrapers, large bridges and wide streets. There are many beautiful structures to admire, but it feels strange to be in a place where you rarely see people. If you are looking for hundresds of little shops and restaurants like in Kuala Lumpur, you will be disappointed.
From an architectural point of view, especially if you are interested in city planning, this place is excellent. Buildings worth to mention include Putra Mosque, Perdana Putra (Prime Minister's Office) and the palace of justice. Bridges are built in different architectural styles, ranging from modern bridges like Seri Wawasan Bridge to others which were inspired by far older bridges from other islamic cultures (such as Pura Bridge, which has a design influenced by Khaju Bridge of Isfahan). If you are looking for the life, noises, smells and busy commerce of a big Asian city however, this is not the place for you!