Kuala Lumpur Attractions | Putra World Trade Centre – Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra

Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur or commonly known as PWTC, is a main convention and exhibition centre in Kuala Lumpur. PWTC was constructed in 1981 and completed in 1984. The building was officially opened in 1985 by the previous Malaysian prime minister,Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad during the first UMNO General Assembly.

Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur is a monument to UMNO’s 50 years of success. It was originally named Bangunan Tunku Abdul Rahman and the tower block, Menara Dato’ Onn to honour UMNO’s first president Datuk Onn Jaafar.

The 42 storey exhibition centre cum UMNO headquarters combines the best of modern architecture with traditional Malay culture.


Superb Facilities

Contributed by it’s superb location, state-of-the-art facilities and a customer-oriented approach, Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur is definitely a natural choice for local and international conventions, conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, meetings, weddings and concerts.

Among the major international events held at the PWTC are PATA General Conference (1986), CHOGM Head of State Meeting (1989) and NAM General Conference (2003). The Putra World Trade Centre building is also used for the International Quran Reading Competition every year since it was moved from Stadium Merdeka on 1985.

Sprawling over 1.7 million square feet with 253,000 sq feet of exhibition space, Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur is known for its high levels of personal service and a flexible approach to event management, making it popular with event organisers and meeting planners alike.

Putra World Trade Centre History

Its rich history which spans 11 years is best summarised in the table below.

UMNO’s general assembly decided to construct a building to permanently house UMNO’s headquarters, replacing the current premises along Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman. The project was spearheaded by Malaysia’s second prime minister Tun Abdul Razak who chaired the building committee. A special fund was set up to finance the project.


UMNO purchased a four hectare plot of land along Jalan Tun Ismail. RM3 million was collected from all UMNO divisions and individuals. Deputy prime minister Tun Hussein Onn took over the chairmanship of the building project. When he was appointed Prime Minister and acting UMNO president, he relinquished his chairman position to Tengku Razaleigh.


The UMNO Supreme Council agreed on the design for PWTC. The building commitee under the chairmanship of Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad began construction of the building.


The building that was to be Kuala Lumpur’s World Trade Centre is named Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) after Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj


The first event hosted was the PATA Convention which was held from April 12-16 where more than 2,500 participants attended the event


Hosted the prestigious Commonwealth Heads of government from October 18-24

Strategically located in the heart of the city, Putra World Trade Centre plays host to over 1,000 events annually. Reputed to be one of the foremost exhibition venues in South-east Asia, the centre is fully equipped with the latest communication facilities, including fibre optics and audiovisual equipment.

Putra World Trade Centre Kuala Lumpur Map & Location

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