Lake Gardens Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur has traditionally been a green city, with tropical trees lining the roads and thick jungle mingled in with developed areas. However in recent years due to rapid urbanisation, the number of green spaces has decreased, which adds to the importance of retaining ‘green lungs such as the 123 year old Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens.
Lake Gardens is a 92-ha park comprising well-manicured lawns, gardens and hills. It is spread around the Tasik Perdana (Perdana Lake) with a number of sights set on its grounds including the Butterfly House and Bird Park, Hibiscus Garden, National Monument, Orchid Garden and Parliament House. It was originally established by the 19th century British state treasurer to Malaya, Alfred Venning, in the 1890s
Lake Gardens Also known as Perdana Botanical Gardens and Taman Tasik Perdana, had it’s name changed to Taman Botani Perdana in July 2011, as part of an ambitious plan to develop it in to a world class Botanical garden.
Over the last 20 years the park’s spectacular landscaping has become more impressive. The majestic Carcosa Seri Negara, the official residence of former British government representative, Frank Swettenham, is located on one of the park’s hills.
What to do and see in the Lake Gardens
If you don’t fancy walking all throughout the heat and humidity but still want to see all that Lake Gardens has to offer, then taking part in a Segway tour is a fun way to see the park. For RM299, the tour starts at National Museum and will take you around the gardens and Deer Park, all in about one hour.
National Monument, Lake Gardens
Inside the park is the National monument, a monument designed by the American sculptor Felix de Weldon and erected in 1966 to commemorate the soldiers who died defending the sovereignty of Malaysia. Also worth visiting is a Cenotaph listing the names of servicemen who were killed in the two World Wars and the Malayan Emergency (1948- 1960)
Botanical Attractions of the Lake Garden
The gardens are a paradise for gardening enthusiasts and plant lovers. Some of the highlights include:
- conservatory garden
- herb garden
- edible garden
- rare fruit
- heliconia, orchid and hibiscus gardens
- fernarium, cycads and bamboo collections
- wrightia, brownea, plumeria and zingiberales collections
- tembusu deck (fagraea fragrans) and brazilian nut deck
- topiary, sunken garden, waterfall
- outdoor activity area and children’s playgrounds
- fish pond, rowing, boathouse, jogging paths.
- topiary, sunken garden, waterfall
Asean Sculpture Garden
In the Asean Sculpture Garden you will find six sculptures made of stainless steel, glass marble and bamboo made by artists from Asean nations in the days when the Asean was made up of only Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand
Amphitheatre (Panggung Anniversari)
The amphitheatre is used to stage shows and cultural events on occasion.For those looking to eat in the Lake Gardens there is the Tugu View Café Restaurant
Tasik Perdana at Lake Gardens
Previously a tin mine, the Lake Gardens is a favourite picnic spot, with large sculpted vegetation, picnic areas, children’s playgrounds and more; you can buy food and drink from a number stalls here. Most visitors come on the weekends but due to its sheer size, it doesn’t get too crowded.
The small deer park makes it great for families with little kids, while the Tasik Perdana has pedal boats that can be hired for a romantic water ride; it takes nearly an hour to walk all the way round the lake. The Hibiscus Garden (Taman Bunga Raya) has over 500 species and the Orchid Garden (Taman Bunga Orkid) has up to 800 species but it is the latter which brings in the crowds on weekends when it transforms into an orchid market. . Showcasing over 3,000 species of orchids, the park is beautifully laid-out, with potted plants and wild ones gracing the landscape. Entrance is free on weekdays but RM1 on weekends and public holidays, but this would be the best time to hit the park – it turns into an orchid bazaar where cut flowers and fresh orchids are sold at relatively cheap prices.
Memorial Tun Abdul Razak at Lake Gardens
The main road through the Lake Gardens weaves down past the deer field, and leads to the Tun Abdul Razak Memorial at the southeast edge of the park. The house is the former residence of the country’s second Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak: he is best known as the ‘father of Malaya’ and in recognition of his services, his old house was transformed into a museum of sorts. Inside are preserved documents, speeches, books, awards, and his collection of walking sticks and pipes; on the lawn, are his well-maintained motorboat and golf trolley.
KL Butterfly Park
If you are game for more of God’s flying creations, there is the KL Butterfly Park within the Lake Gardens too which is home to 6,000 butterflies of 120 species. The park has a landscape of 15,000 plants to create a natural rain forest environment for the butterflies. If you are coming in a large party, maybe the butterfly park would be easier n your pocket as the entrance fees costs lesser than the bird park at RM18 for adults and RM8 for children. The park opens from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.