Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens
(Taman Tasik Perdana) dates to the 1880s and is the city's most popular
park. Built around an artificial lake, it encompasses 91.6 hectares of
undulating greenery interspersed with flowering shrubs, shady trees,
exceptional botanical gardens, and other notable features. The Panggung
Anniversary, set in a secluded valley, is a regular venue for musical
and cultural performances. There is a children's playground, jogging
tracks, exercise stations, and rowing boats. Among the notable gardens
and places of interest in the Gardens are the following:
The Orchid Garden
more thousands of international varieties of the most beautiful flower
in the world. The garden contains over 800 species from Malaysia alone.
Orchids are for sale on weekends (10am-6pm).
The Hibiscus Garden
A small terraced garden which
provides a strikingly colourful panorama of countless varieties of
The Butterfly Park
houses some 6,000 butterflies of over 120 species. The park is an imitation
of the butterfly's natural habitat. It includes more than 15,000 plants
from 100 species that have been used to recreate a Malaysian rainforest
atmosphere. There is a nursery and breeding area for the butterflies.
Visiting hours are from 9am to 5 pm on weekdays. Admission fees are
RM4 for adults and RM2 for children.
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park
Kuala Lumpur Bird Park,
the largest bird park in South-East Asia, holds thousands of birds
representing nearly every major species of this part of the world.
Open from 9am - 6pm daily except public holidays.
within the Lake Gardens, one of the world's largest freestanding bronze
sculptures. The monument commemorates those who died in Malaysia's struggle
against Communist insurgency in the 1950s. Beside the National Monument
are the ASEAN Gardens and the Memorial Tun Razak, which houses memorabilia
of Malaysia's second Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein.
The Deer Park
Located in the undulating
slopes and sprawling valley of the Lake Gardens. Close to the bubbling
stream at the edge of the valley are several mousedeer. The mousedeer
is the world's smallest hoofed animal and a popular figure in local folklore
due to its legendary wit. Open: 9am-5pm (Daily) Admission fees: RM1
Carcosa Seri Negara
Perched on a hilltop
overlooking the Lake Gardens is Carcosa Seri Negara, a pair of nineteenth-century
British colonial mansions. The Carcosa Seri Negara was the residence
of the British Governor and British High Commissioners. Today, it has
been converted into an exclusive hotel.
Forest Research Institute
of Malaysia (FRIM).
An area once used for mining
is now a sprawling forest science park. FRIM contains several experimental
plant arboreta as well as extensive reforested areas, which have reverted
to the semblance of natural forest conditions. Located in Kepong, km
north-west of Kuala Lumpur, the Institute includes jungle trails, waterfalls,
a herbarium, a library and a museum. Since it is not a public park,
all visitors should forward advanced written application to:
Public Relations Officer
Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM)
Locked Bag 210
Jalan FRI Kepong