The Lake Gardens, also known as Perdana Botanical Gardens, is a lush 91.6-hectare park right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. It was established in 1888 and built around a lake. This lush garden used to house the official residence of the representative of the British government. The Malaysian Houses of Parliament is also located at the northern side of the park.
Other attractions inside the sprawling Lake Gardens include the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, the National Monument, the Hibiscus Garden, the Orchid Garden, and the deer park.
The Lake Gardens offers a peaceful stop for visitors and city dwellers alike. A moment without the city’s noise and traffic is precious to commune with nature amid the verdant greenery.
Nature lovers will find their cup of tea in watching stunning trees and flowers. Lovely animal friends like butterflies and dears will add more excitement to the experience.
Free guided walking tours are held at the park on weekday mornings, from 08:00 to 10:00.
Places of interest at the Lake Gardens
Visit the Topiary Collection, one of the focal points of the park that is worth exploring. It is located right beside the lake and offers a scenic sanctuary for nature lovers. Health buffs can jog or walk around the lake while families can have a picnic amid the lush greenery.
If you want more flora, then head towards the Orchid Garden and check out the 800 orchid species. Entry is free on weekdays and at RM1 ($0.25) on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays. Visit the weekend orchid bazaar to take home a rare orchid at a great bargain.
The Butterfly Park is another top attraction. Its more than 5,000 live butterflies are a captivating draw. Young scientists can learn more about conservation and propagation at the nursery and breeding area.