Tuesday, February 07, 2006

National Millenium Monument



This is the Malaysia's National Millenium Monument and is located in Putrajaya, the new Federal Territory of Malaysia. The obelisk-like, amber-coloured monument in Precinct 2 was built as a timeline, marking Malaysia's historical milestones from the formation of the Malacca sultanate, through independence, and to the present day.

Work on the tourist attraction began in July 2002 and was to have been completed a year later. But, the monument was closed soon after its launch on Aug 30, 2003 due to "structural defects and drainage problems". It was reopened in late October 2005.

The 68-metre tall, amber-coloured historical monument in Precinct 2 is uniquely shaped like an obelisk with etchings on the transparent panels along the walkway denoting important periods and milestones in the nation's history. The futuristic-looking structure also resembles a rocket poised for launch.

The overall design of the monument is based on an abstract of the national flower, the hibiscus, while the colour and texture reflect the betel leaf case. Aluminium cladding protects the entire monument. Incribed on the sides of the obelisk are the Rukun Negara (the principles which guide and govern the country).

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.

Although news reports mentioned cruise boats stopping at the monument, the one cruise boat I saw didn't stop. I saw the same boat cruising back to the dock on its return trip, and it didn't even slow down.

5 comments:

Steve Middleton said...

What is it? A space rocket?

Cruzan said...

Wow! Definately looks like a rocket!

Crescendo said...

Nice pic(s) !

Anonymous said...

looks a bit like ... a giant WANG !

Anonymous said...

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