Kuala Lumpur Places to Visit ~ Lake Gardens Area
KL Visitors Guide


Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens also known as Perdana Botanical Garden or Taman Tasik Perdana is located in the west of the city. The brainchild of Alfred Venning, the British State Treasurer in the 1880s, and this popular and famous park is centred on an artificial lake and was built on what
used to be a tin mining area.

It is a sprawling 104 hectares of undulating greenery interspersed with flowering shrubs, shady trees, exceptional botanical gardens and park features.

Among the notable places of interest within and around the area are the War Memorial, Butterfly Park, Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens and the KL Bird Park.

From the gardens, you may also visit other nearby attractions such as the National Museum, The Old Railway Station, National Mosque, Islamic Arts Museum and the Parliament House.

National Monument / Tugu Negara
One of the world's largest freestanding bronze sculptures, Tugu Negara, or National Monument in Malay, commemorates Malaysia's struggle for freedom, and principally to the 11,000 people who died during the 12-year communist insurgency known as the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960).

Known as the War Memorial by locals, it is located on a hill nearby the Parliament House, it was officially opened on 8th February 1966 and comprises an area of 12 acres. The monument complex comprises of the Cenotaph, Central Pavilion, Self-Reflecting Pool, the Bronze Statue and the Asean Gardens.


Parliament House
This uniquely Malaysian building symbolises the democratic system of Malaysia. The Parliament House, built in September 1962. is set up on a hill in the scenic Lake Gardens and is flanked by fountains and other ornamental features.

The building being the brainchild of Malaysia's first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, was officiated by Tuanku Syed Putra ibni Almarhum Syed Hassan Jamalullail, the third Yang di-Pertuan Agong (The King), on Nov 21, 1963.

The triangular structure that is the roof structure of the Dewan Rakyat or 'People's Hall' has 11 sections, representing the number of states in the then Federation of Malaya.

Butterfly Park
Suitable for all ages to get out of city for a relaxing atmosphere while watching spectacular butterflies all set out in beautiful gardens.

This is one of the largest butterfly garden in the world spanning over 80,000 sq ft of landscaped garden with over 5,000 live butterflies, exotic plants, butterfly-host plants and ferns.

Other attractions are Japanese koi fish, fresh water turtles, live insects and a museum with a large collection of butterflies and insects from around the world.



KL Orchid & Hibiscus Gardens
A must go for flower enthusiasts, situated on a scenic hilltop within The Lake Gardens, it's a 1 hectare of floral paradise, where you can admire the different varieties of orchids and the hibiscus at one go.

Also known as Taman Orkid, the Orchid Garden houses a variety of orchid species from around the world, with 800 species from Malaysia alone.

A stone’s throw is the Hibiscus Garden, which showcases more than 2,000 plants of a variety of hibiscuses.



KL Bird Park
Birds and nature lovers can have a wonderful day out of the city’s bustle watching the colourful sights and melodic sound of birds perching and winging about freely while chilling out and enjoying the natural and beautiful surroundings.

The Bird Park claims to be "The World's Largest Covered Bird Park" and "The World's largest Free Flight Aviary" with more than 3,000 birds and 200 species from all over the world.




The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia
Carved into a hillside in KL’s Lake Gardens and surrounded by lush greenery, The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM), is the largest of its kind in South East Asia.

The Museum houses more than seven thousand 7,000 displays of old Islamic calligraphic scrolls, fine porcelain, impressive textiles, jewel-encrusted swords and weaponry as well as local and international Islamic oriented exhibitions.




The National Mosque
The National Mosque is Malaysia's principal mosque and one of the most prominent buildings in the city.

This uniquely designed mosque embodies a Malaysian styled contemporary expression of traditional Islamic art, calligraphy and ornamentation.

The most striking Malaysian feature of it is the multi-fold umbrella-like roof which symbolises the aspirations of an independent nation.




The Old Railway Station
The Kuala Lumpur Railway Station is one of the historical building in the city and a magnificent piece of Mughal architecture.

Gazetted as a heritage site, the station began service as the central hub for all the trains of Federated Malay States Railways.

This Station once linked Singapore to Kuala Lumpur and to British field stations throughout Malaya and to Bangkok.




The National Museum
A palatial structure built in the style of Minangkabau architecture, the National Museum provides an interesting introduction to the history and culture of Malaysia.

The exhibits are arranged in 4 galleries covering Early History, The Malay Kingdoms, The Colonial Era and Malaysia Today Gallery.








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