28 May, Tuesday

MALAYSIA, Kuala Lumpur – You’d be forgiven for thinking this photo was taken somewhere in North Africa.

Located in Putrajaya, this is the Astaka Morocco (or Morocco Pavilion), an architectural complex built as a cultural exchange between Malaysia and Morocco. A stunning landmark featuring intricate Moorish aesthetics and Islamic calligraphy, the Pavilion contains gateways, reflecting pools and fountains set amidst a view of indigenous trees and plants – thanks to its location nestled within the Botanical Gardens.

One of Malaysia’s best-kept secrets, Astaka Morocco is ideal for those who appreciate cultural and architectural design. Note however that beyond the main courtyard, photography of the interior is forbidden. Just as well – such beauty is best fully drunk in with the senses.

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