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KL Forest Eco Park

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Previously known as Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, KL Forest Eco Park encompasses a section of a slowly-reducing-in-size patch of rainforest in the centre of Kuala Lumpur.





First gazetted in 1906 as Bukit Weld Forest Reserve, at the time the reserve encompassed towards 20 hectares of forest, however, thanks to the slow but steady drumbeat of encroachment, along with the KL Tower, today it measures less than half the original ground space, coming in at just nine hectares.

What it says on the can. Photo taken in or around KL Forest Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

What it says on the can. Photo: Stuart McDonald

At the time of writing (late 2017), the northern entrance, semi-convenient to Dang Wangi and/or Bukit Nanas LRT stations was closed, meaning the only two practical approaches are via the well signposted entrance in the carpark of KL Tower and a beyond obscure entrance on the southern stretch of Jalan Raya Chulan—the latter is just a 15 minute walk from Chinatown, so, unless you like to work up a sweat, it makes sense to start at the top and walk your way down.

We started from the carpark at KL Tower and while we saw two terrestrial trails running off to the right, we did not investigate these and are unsure if you have to backtrack out—the mapping is not great and with the northern entrance closed you may need to walk back up to KL Tower to get out. Ask beforehand if this is of concern.

Great for kids. Photo taken in or around KL Forest Eco Park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

Great for kids. Photo: Stuart McDonald

We took the easy route, walking straight ahead onto a series of canopy walks which take you through the southwest quarter of the reserve. Bouncy at times, much to the delight of the squad of local kids we enjoyed the walk with, the elevation gives you a better view into the canopy and some great views out to the city. There are not many cities in the world that can boast a rainforest canopy walk in the middle of ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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KL Forest Eco Park
Bukit Nanas, accessed via Jalan Raja Chulan or KL Tower
Mo–Su: 07:00–18:00
http://www.nre.gov.my/en-my/EcoPark/Pages/Bukit-Nanas-Forest-Reserve.aspx
Admission: Free

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