Kuala Lumpur is one of the busiest cities in the world with so many modern and big buildings. In such a situation, we may be modernizing ourselves but getting away from our soul which is Nature.
You know what this modernization reminds me of the golden lines of W. B Yeats,
“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,”
But Perdana Botanical Gardens is the green lung of the city. Despite being located in the middle of the metropolitan city, this garden is capable of giving us relief from urban life and getting a taste of surrealism.
It’s a unique garden that is situated in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. And that’s why Perdana Botanical Gardens is also one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the capital.
Now let’s find out what attractions and activities does this garden offer? And how can you explore the whole Botanical Gardens within a day? There are also some travel tips at the end of the article so stay with me.
Perdana Botanical Gardens
Perdana Botanical Gardens is located within the Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park in Kuala Lumpur with nearly 225 acres of land. It was formerly known as Taman Tasik Perdana or Lake Gardens and was built as a part of a recreational park but gradually it has turned into a Botanical Garden.
Furthermore, the Garden has so many attractions and activities to give visitors the ambience of being in a tropical rainforest.
You can come here with your family and kids to have a family picnic. Or you can also spend some quality time of your own by visiting this beautiful Botanical Garden.
Attractions & Things to Do
The Botanical Garden is home to numerous attractions but the most popular one is the Orchid Gardens. But unfortunately, the Orchid Gardens has been closed since 2019.
Except for that, you’ll get many features in this Garden to entertain you and your family. Here is the description of the features that you’ll get there.
1. Laman Perdana
Laman Perdana is a square where events and activities take place. It is located in the middle of the main gardens where three entrances meet. Though it’s a simple place for gathering, its elegant decoration and majestic trees make the area surreal. You may imagine being transported to the land of Africa when you come here.
2. The Hibiscus Park
The Hibiscus Park is one of the best attractions in this Botanical Garden. This park will make you happy with the gorgeous collection of Malaysia’s National flower, the Bunga Raya.
Not only that, this garden has a 4-metre high waterfall, pools, and fountains which make it more adorable. It also has an exhibition hall and a gallery to give visitors knowledge about flowers.
3. Forest Tree Collection
You will see the Forest Tree Collection everywhere in this Botanical Gardens. This collection of trees is considered Heritage trees and they have economic importance as well.
You’ll be amazed to see this tropical rainforest here. As many of the trees are over 100 years old. You just have to step into the gardens to watch this collection of trees.
Here you’ll see some exotic trees like Brazil Nut Tree (Bertholletia excelsa), Tembusu (Fagraea fragrans), Mahogany (Swietenia-macrophylla), and so on.
4. Children Playgrounds
Perdana Botanical Gardens also has Children Playgrounds so that your kids will have a fun and exciting time here. It’s an outdoor park that is decorated with many kid-friendly things. And I can bet the colourful design of this playground will surely attract your kids.
5. Cycad Island (Bamboo House)
The Bamboo House, also known as Cycad Island is the fascinating part of this Botanical Gardens. Decorated with Bamboo, the house is situated in the lake area to give you an elegant view of the lake.
From here you can also feed the fishes and watch them closely. Moreover, here you can also see a collection of cycad which though small now, is growing gradually.
6. Brownea Street
Because of the Brownea trees that are placed in a row, the street is named Brownea Street. Here you’ll see how beautifully the trees are decorated with red Brownies.
7. Central Lake
The star attraction of this garden is the Central Lake around which all the other attractions are located. Here at this lake, you can do activities like fishing, swimming, and fish feeding.
But the most fun activity is boat riding. Come with family or a group of friends to enjoy these activities.
8. Herbarium Perdana Botanical Garden
Herbarium Perdana Botanical Garden is a kind of museum which has a huge collection of dried flowering and fruiting plants. They stored these dried plants for studies like a library stored books.
Initially, Herbarium was only for research and study and it was not accessible to the public. But since 2017, the Senior Deputy Director of the Landscape & Recreation Department of the City Hall of Kuala Lumpur has opened it for public visits. Now you can visit the iconic collection of dried plants here every week from Monday to Friday between 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
9. The Sunken Garden
The Sunken Garden is one of the most beautiful areas of the Perdana Botanical Gardens and is best for photography. This garden is surrounded by colourful flowers which make the garden attractive.
The star-shaped fountain, which is located in the centre of the circular garden, gives the garden an iconic look that you can only experience at the Sunken Garden.
10. Kuala Lumpur Deer Park
Located near the Orchard Garden (the Orchard Garden is closed now), it’s a 2-hectare enclosure deer park in Perdana Botanical Gardens.
The Kuala Lumpur Deer Park houses adorable deer that are known as Dama Dama deer. It is said that the deers of this park have been transported from Holland and that’s why these deers are also known as Rusa Holland deer.
Apart from this, the park also has mousedeer, fallow deer, axis deer, and sambar deer. There is no doubt that you and your family will certainly enjoy the company of these adorable creatures.
11. Jogging Track
Perdana Botanical Gardens also have a jogging and cycling track for those of you who want to come here for morning exercise. In Kuala Lumpur, you will hardly find greenery as this garden has. And natural greenery is important for morning exercise which Perdana Botanical Gardens gives you.
12. Herb & Spice Garden
The Herb & Spice Garden is located in the lake gardens and it’s a must-visit garden. If you want to know about herb and spice plants, I don’t think you will find a better place than this one.
13. Islamic Arts Museum
Islamic Arts Museum is also located in Perdana Botanical Gardens and it’s known as the largest art museum of its kind in Southeast Asia. Spreading over 30,000 square meters of area, the Islamic Arts Museum showcases more than 7000 artefacts and relics that are displayed within 12 different galleries. All these artefacts, relics, and books show visitors the faith and tradition of Islam.
Address, Timings & Admission Fee
Address: Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Timings: Everyday 07:00 am to 08:00 pm
Admission fee: Free of charge
How to get there
Perdana Botanical Gardens is easily accessible because it’s only 12 minutes away from the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
You can always drive via your own car as it will take 12 to 15 minutes to get there. Or you also have the option of taking a Bus or Taxi.
The park is located just a walking distance from the National Museum so you can take the RapidKL bus B112 from Pasar Seni LRT station to get there.
Taking a taxi is also a good option. At the same time, it’s not so expensive at all in comparison to other attractions in Kuala Lumpur.
- Perdana Botanical Gardens gives guidebooks so don’t forget to take that. It will give you easy access to all the attractions of this park.
- You can arrange special events and seminars in this garden.
- There is a cafe inside the Perdana Botanical Gardens to satisfy the thirst and hunger of visitors.