Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park offers hours of fun activities and sightseeing opportunities for just about any visitor, from nature lovers to families with little ones. More commonly known as Lake Gardens, this sprawling 227-acre park is located right in the middle of Kuala Lumpur and is reachable via buses, taxis and KTM rail services. The park is open every day between 07:00 and 20:00 and, while it’s free to enter, you are required to pay an entrance fee when visiting certain landmarks within the grounds.
One of the largest urban parks in the city centre, it was originally established by the 19th century British state treasurer to Malaya, Alfred Venning, in the 1890s. Among the most significant landmarks in the park, the majestic Carcosa Seri Negara – the official residence of former British government representative Frank Swettenham – is located on one of the park’s hills. Over the last 20 years, the park’s spectacular landscaping has become more impressive.
What to See and Do at Tun Abduk Razak Heritage Park
Today, visitors can find a number of gardens and wildlife sanctuaries that are within walking distances of each other, including the Kuala Lumpur Butterfly Park, Perdana Botanical Garden (which houses the Hibiscus Garden and Orchid Garden), Kuala Lumpur Bird Park and ASEAN Sculpture Garden. Perdana Botanical Garden in Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park is a favourite picnic spot, with large sculpted vegetation, picnic areas, children’s playgrounds and a number of stalls selling food and drink. Most visitors come on the weekends but, due to its sheer size, it doesn’t get too crowded.
The main road through Lake Gardens leads to the Tun Abdul Razak Memorial, at the southeast edge of the park. The house is the former residence of the country’s second Prime Minister, the late Tun Abdul Razak. He is best known as the ‘father of Malaya’ and, in recognition of his services, his old house was transformed into a museum of sorts. Inside are preserved documents, speeches, books, awards and his collection of walking sticks and pipes. On the lawn are his well-maintained motorboat and golf trolley. If you’re looking to learn more about Malaysia’s rich history, you can easily make your way to National Monument, Museum of Islamic Arts, and Parliament House, which are also within the park grounds.
How to Get to and Around Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park
There are several buses head to the main entrance of Tun Abdul Razak Heritage Park: from Jalan Sultan Mohammed, there is the blue bus #30; from Lebuh Pasar Besar, the pink bus #22 or # 38; from Kotaraya Plaza, bus #21C or #48C; lastly, bus #18 or #21A from Chow Kit. Alternately, the KL Hop-On-Hop-Off stops at the National Monument.
The park is relatively flat with plenty of walking paths and trees providing ample shade, but you can also enjoy daily shuttle tram services between 09:00 and 18:00, with tickets priced at RM6 for adults and RM2 for children.
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Tun Abduk Razak Heritage Park
- Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 20:00
- Address: Jalan Parlimen, Kuala Lumpur
- Tel: +603 2691 6011