Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens
A serene and beautiful park, the Lake Gardens has come to be more than a recreational area for the inhabitants of Kuala Lumpur since its establishment more than a hundred years ago.
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The Lake Gardens of Kuala Lumpur is a city park which follows in the tradition of other celebrated urban parks around the world, like New York City's Central Park and London's Hyde Park. Located just beside the city centre, the Lake Gardens encompasses nearly 100 hectares of lush greenery for the comfort of the city's inhabitants. This public park also boasts several specialty gardens within its grounds, along with two adjacent privately run parks, the KL Bird Park and the KL Butterfly Park.
Envisioned by Alfred Venning, the British State Treasurer of the Federated Malay States, as a scenic park, the Lake Gardens was opened in the 1880s and was favoured by the European community as it offered a welcome respite from the tropical heat of the city. Over 170 acres of swamp was transformed into a lovely landscape of lawns and gardens, with forested undulating hills overlooking them. The centrepiece of the park was undoubtedly Sydney Lake, named after the wife of the Governor of the Straits Settlement, Sir Frank Swettenham. This lake, created by the damming a river that ran through the park, would be renamed Tasik Perdana after Malaysia's independence in 1957. Present day visitors who wish to experience the lake up-close may use boats available for rent.
The Lake Gardens has evolved over time and is presently also known as Taman Tasik Perdana among the local populace. While its forested areas are no longer home to a large variety of Malaysian wildlife, such as black panthers and the Malaysian honey bear, the park offers several specialty gardens and also a Deer Park for its visitors' enjoyment. The Deer Park occupies over two hectares of the Lake Gardens and is home to several species of deer found in the region, including the mousedeer. Situated in a valley, it is an idyllic spot where visitors can appreciate some of nature's gentler creatures.
The KL Orchid Garden, which is located on the far side of the park, on a small hillock, is designed as a lovely English garden, cleverly using elaborate pergolas to showcase a vast assortment of orchids. Adjacent to this beautiful garden is the Hibiscus Garden. Dedicated to Malaysia's national flower, the Hibiscus Garden is set out on a tiny hill, with terraces of hibiscus plants that lead to a country villa, complete with a plaza, courtyard and fountains. Two pergolas with blossoming flowers round up this beautiful spectacle.
The Conservatory and Herbal Garden is a lesser known addition to the Lake Gardens, having been established in 1990. Designed to offer visitors a closer view of the various plants that thrive in Malaysia, the garden features many landscape designs that are practical and simple yet esthetically appealing. More recently, the Panggung Anniversary, an open air amphitheatre located in a valley within the park that was built in 1967, was reopened after undergoing much needed repairs. Plans to rejuvenate the site, which hosted cultural and comtemporary shows during weekends, are underway and are rumoured to include the resumption of live entertainment at the amphitheatre.
The main park itself is decorated with an assortment of plants, shrubs and flowers that are arranged and landscaped for the appreciation of its visitors. The dinosaur topiaries are quite curious and interesting sights within the park. Jogging tracks and exercise stations, which are popular among city dwellers, and playgrounds for children are available to all who visit this magnificent park.
The Lake Gardens is located within the city limits of Kuala Lumpur, just beside the city centre and is accessible by road. The park's offical name, Taman Tasik Perdana, is derived from the road that fronts its main entrance, Jalan Perdana.
The Lake Gardens are not a stop for intracity bus routes.
The closest KTM Komuter station to the Lake Gardens is the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station at Jalan Sultan Hishamuddin.