The Moroccan Pavilion in Putrajaya, Malaysia


Putrajaya is a planned city, 25 kilometres south of Kuala Lumpur that serves as the federal administrative centre of Malaysia.

The seat of government was shifted in 1999 from Kuala Lumpur to Putrajaya, due to overcrowding and congestion in the Kuala Lumpur area. Nevertheless, Kuala Lumpur remains Malaysia’s national capital, being the seat of the king and Parliament, as well as the country’s commercial and financial centre.

Putrajaya was the brainchild of former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed In 2001 and became Malaysia’s third Federal Territory after Kuala Lumpur and Labuan.

Pinkish Putra Mosque – Putrajaya, Malaysia 

Named after the first Malaysian prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, the city is within the Multimedia Super Corridor, beside the recently developed Cyberjaya. In Sanakrit, “putra” means “prince” or “male child”, and “jaya” means “success” or “victory”.

The development of Putrajaya started in the early 1990s, and today major landmarks have been completed.

Putrajaya serves as the federal administrative centre (photo: offermetravel)

The Moroccan Pavilion is a masterpiece of urban gardens in Putrajaya and was a gift from the late King Hassan II of Morocco to this peaceful country. King Hassan II assigned skilled Moroccan craftsmen to construct the pavilion which now has become a favorite place for photographers to showcase their skills in capturing the beauty of Moroccan architecture.

The Moroccan Pavilion

Intricate carvings

This Moroccan Pavilion is located within Putrajaya’s Botanical Garden (Taman Botani Putrajaya). Yes, in the midst of the world’s largest man-made botanical garden.

Moroccan Pavillion Gardens, Taman Botany, Putrajaya, Malaysia (photo: panoramio)

Morocco’s ornate style and skilled craftsmanship has often been regarded as unique and is one of the richest and most remarkable forms of urban architecture in North Africa.

The Moroccan Pavilion in Putrajaya

People all over the world will certainly admire the fascinating craftsmanship demonstrated in its ceilings, walls, pillars, mosaics, furniture and ornaments.

In recreating the Moroccan ambience for the contemporary scene, the Astaka Morocco (the pavilion) has become a prominent landmark in Putrajaya, showcasing the unique Moroccan and Moorish architecture, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the ASEAN region.

For guests, the first glimpse of the Astaka Morocco captures the mystery and excitement of the exotic North African Kingdom. Once inside, one cannot miss the interior scene, a recreation of a typical Moroccan pavilion.

Development of the Astaka Morocco was an idea mooted by the Malaysian government. The construction of the building is intended to symbolise the strong diplomatic ties between the two countries especially with its people and culture.

The traditional art and style of the four Imperial cities of Morocco – Fez, Meknes, Rabat and Marrakech – is housed in a modern tropical building.

Fez Gallery

The Moroccan Pavilion in Putrajaya (photo: andysaiden)

The master plan respects the Moroccan tradition of movement from public to semi-public, to private realms. The public enters through the main ‘bab’ (gate) / glass crescent into an intermediate garden; which leads to another ‘bab’.

The Moroccan Pavilion in Putrajaya (photo: andysaiden)

The water channel represents the link between Morocco and Malaysia and the pavilion design comprises of two opposing squares, symbolising the ‘yin-yang’ tradition of the East and is a fitting representation of this harmony of cultures.

Entrance to the Moroccan Pavilion