Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur

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Lake Gardens
Taman Tasik Perdana
湖滨公园
ஏரி பூங்கா
Taman Tasik Perdana.JPG
Type Urban park
Location Kuala Lumpur, Federal Terrirory
Area 91.6 hectares (226 acres)
Created 1888
Operated by Kuala Lumpur City Hall
Status Open all year

Lake Gardens is Kuala Lumpur's first large-scale recreational park. Measuring 91.6 hectares, it is located in the heart of the city and established in 1888.[1] Lake Gardens served as place of refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city during colonial times. It contains large sculpted and manicured gardens and a host of attractions.

Location[edit]

It is located along Jalan Perdana or Venning Road. It is located near the National Museum of Malaysia.

The nearest public transportation hub within walking distance is Kuala Lumpur Sentral railway station. Another option is to take the RapidKL bus B112 from Pasar Seni LRT station. This will drop you at the National Museum which is at the edge of the park.

At the park, shuttle trams [2] are available daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (tickets: RM2 adults, RM1 children). Visitors can also rent bicycles for RM3/30 mins. Guided walks [3] are provided free of charge on Sundays, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

History[edit]

The colonial-era park was the brainchild of Alfred Venning, the British State Treasurer in the late 19th century.[4] The official residence of the then British government representative Frank Swettenham, now known as Carcosa Seri Negara, was located atop a hill here.[5] The park was previously a tin mine.

Naming[edit]

The park was initially called Public Gardens but later renamed Lake Gardens. In June 2011, the gardens were renamed again to Perdana Botanical Gardens.[citation needed]

Places of Interest[edit]

Among the tourist attractions located here are the National Monument, deer park, Hibiscus garden, Orchid Garden, Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park.

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