The Perdana Botanical Garden in Kuala Lumpur

Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

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The Perdana Botanical Garden (fondly known to locals as the Lake Gardens) is a peaceful, green respite hidden away from the noise and concrete of Kuala Lumpur. Lush, alive, and buzzing with life, the public space contains many interesting and free attractions for escaping the city one afternoon. You can explore landscaped gardens, a lake, even a miniature Stonehenge replica – all for free!

Easily accessible by walking, train, or bus, the Perdana Botanical Garden is located just southwest of Chinatown near the National Mosque, the KTM Old Railway Kuala Lumpur station, and the historic Dataran Merdeka square.

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    Sunken Garden
    Kuala Lumpur City Hall

    Spread over 220 acres in the middle of Kuala Lumpur, the Lake Gardens' botanical park feels like an island of green calm, far removed from the city's chaos. In the mornings, joggers, and tai chi practitioners inhabit the paths and pavilions. In the afternoons, picnickers bond while enjoying the view.

    Between the various attractions, the Perdana Lake Gardens are an enjoyable, shady place to stroll around. A variety of outdoor sculptures dot the area including a scale mock-up of England's Stonehenge. Benches offer a place to relax and admire the butterflies that have escaped from the nearby park.

    The Gardens were conceived and pioneered by the then-British state treasurer of Selangor, A.R. Venning. The park has since developed beyond Venning's wildest imaginings, with a museum and several nature-based pavilions attached to the capital's greenest patch.  

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    Hibiscus Garden
    Kuala Lumpur City Hall  

    Free to the public, the Taman Orkid is a beautiful, well-landscaped garden where people may roam about, relax on benches, and enjoy the sweet smells of exotic flora. Water trickles over stones past vine-covered trellises and tropical trees with leaves larger than the visitors.  

    The hibiscus is the national flower of Malaysia, and it is showcased with pride by the local hobbyists that maintain the manicured gardens.

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    Kancil at the Perdana Deer Park
    Tourism Malaysia

     The two-hectare KL Deer Park is an enclosed space containing a groomed lake, jogging trail, and a few species of deer including mouse deer.  

    Also known as the chevrotain and the kancil, the mouse deer is the smallest hoofed animal in the world - and plays a part in Malaysian folklore, generally as a wily trickster. 

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    A commuter train pulls into Kuala Lumpur Railway Station
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    With the Lake Gardens' central location in the capital, access is quite easy for visitors. Buses B115, B112, and B101 all stop within a 5-minute walk of the Perdana Lake Gardens. Another option is to take the KTM Komuter train to the Old Kuala Lumpur station.

    A one-hour Segway tour winds through the Lake Gardens, using an itinerary that departs from the National Museum and explores the gardens' walking paths and the deer park's trails.

    An inexpensive tram service leaves from Dataran Merdeka's KL City Gallery and explores the Lake Gardens and the rest of the heritage park around it. You can hop off at any stop, and hop back on the next tram that comes by.

    The Perdana Lake Gardens are tucked away behind the National Mosque and Old Kuala Lumpur Railway Station, just a short walk from Chinatown.

    Edited by Mike Aquino