Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Millennium Monument in Putrajaya

Nation’s history set in stone

The Star

AFTER a two-year wait, the Millennium Monument (Monumen Alaf Baru) in Putrajaya is finally open to the public.

The 68m tall, amber-coloured historical monument in Precinct 2 is uniquely shaped like an obelisk with etchings denoting important periods and milestones in the nation’s history.

Visitors and tourists, eager to get a glimpse of the nation’s history, can now visit the monument via land or via cruise boats operated by Cruise Tasik Putrajaya. The first Millennium Monument stopover cruise begins on Saturday.

Cruise passengers will disembark at the monument, situated by the edge of the Putrajaya Lake, for about 15 minutes. There will be ample photo opportunities as the landmark sits on the Core Island with good view of the Seri Wawasan and Seri Saujana bridges.

Future plans for the waterfront promenade include a cafe, information kiosk and souvenir outlet.

At night, the monument serves as a beacon with strong light projected at 360 degrees and sweeping lights visible from various locations in Putrajaya. The lights also guide the cruise boats.

Source: The Star...Nation’s history set in stone

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