Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens Region
Designed as a refuge from the frantic pace of city life, the Lake Gardens region and its many attractions offers its visitors the opportunity to appreciate the finer points in life.
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The Lake Gardens are an area dedicated to beauty and contemplation, located to the west of the city centre. The site of the city's first park, the Lake Gardens area today is dedicated to leisurely pursuits and offers a number of attractions for its visitors. The park itself, known simply as Lake Gardens, or Taman Tasik Perdana, is dominated by a man-made lake, Sydney Lake, and has several specialty gardens and areas. The Carcosa Seri Negara, the former British Governor's official residence, overlooks the park from a nearby hilltop on the west side and has been till recently, a heritage hotel offering its visitors the rare opportunity to experience the opulent colonial British lifestyle.
The central region of the Lake Gardens house two of the city's best known private parks, the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park. Boasting an amazing variety of birds and butterflies, both parks are well-frequented by foreigners and locals alike. Overlooking the lake on the east hill is the Tun Abdul Razak Memorial, the former home of the second Malaysian Prime Minister that houses an archival collection dedicated to him. Just a stone's throw away is the National Planetarium, a rather recent addition to the Lake Gardens area. Completed in 1993, this unique building with its distinctly futuristic dome represents the country's commitment to space science.
On the slopes of the Lake Garden's east side are two museums, the Royal Malaysian Police Museum and the Islamic Arts Museum, while the iconic National Mosque lies at the edge of the Lake Gardens, just opposite the old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station. Two other attractions of note lie at the peripheral edges of the Lake Gardens area, the National Monument at the north, and the National Museum at the south.