Did You Know: The World's Largest Roundabout is Located In Southeast Asia?

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Did You Know: The World's Largest Roundabout is Located In Southeast Asia?

According to research and findings, the largest roundabout in the world is located right here in Malaysia, in Putrajaya.

Based on a book by Venkat Hari, 501 Amazing Facts About Malaysia, the roundabout in Putrajaya is 3.5km in diameter. That’s 2.7 miles!

This roundabout is located near the Prime Minister’s office.

Source: World Urban Planning
Source: World Urban Planning

Although the book states that Putrajaya has the world’s largest roundabout, there is some dispute, as some say that The Savannah, located in the Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago, holds the title for having the world’s largest roundabout.

Regarding the world claim and the more stories about this roundabout, herewith you may find interesting fun facts about it:

Malaysia's city of the future rises from the jungle

Source: Santai Travel Magazine
Source: Santai Travel Magazine

Almost 30 years ago, Malaysia's newly-elected prime minister Mahathir Mohamad announced an ambitious plan to build a futuristic metropolis from the palm-oil plantations of the Malay Peninsula. Kuala Lumpur would remain Malaysia's legal capital, but all government offices would move out to Putrajaya, a massive new planned city to the south. A second new space-age city next door, built to attract technology investment, would be called (this is real) Cyberjaya.

The gardens of Putra Perdana Park are the city's highest point

On a low hill overlooking a man-made lake is the lushly landscaped parkland at Putrajaya's center. The Istana Melawati is a royal palace for Malaysia's elected monarch Muhammad V, when he needs a getaway from Kuala Lumpur. The gleaming chrome Mercu Tanda landmark, at the center of the park, offers a panoramic view of the city. And the Putrajaya Shangri-La is the new city's most luxurious hotel.

This utopia is the "island" in the middle of a huge traffic circle


The whole complex is girded by the Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, Putrajaya's main thoroughfare. It's an ellipse that also passes by the prime minister's green-domed office complex and the city's enormous mosque.

And because traffic flows in only one direction along this egg-shaped route, it's technically a roundabout. In fact, it's the world's biggest roundabout, an astonishing two miles around.

Trinidad's rival roundabout has one little problem

The government of Trinidad and Tobago has disputed the Putrajaya Roundabout's title, using its Facebook page to boost the claim of Queen's Park Savannah. This park, in the center of the Trinidadian capital of Port-of-Spain, is also surrounded by a perimeter road, which was made one-way in the late 1970s to alleviate rush hour traffic.

The park's 2.3-mile circumference is indeed a little longer than the Putrajaya Roundabout, but there's one problem: The Caribbean "traffic circle" isn't anything like a circle. In fact, to do a full loop, you'd have to turn no fewer than five 90-degree corners. It isn't really a roundabout if it isn't round, is it? Even an American would know that.

Source : ExpatGO

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