Busy night and day
Sitting at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers, KLCC Park is a pleasant airy green resource right in the commercial heart of Kuala Lumpur.
Apparently some 50 acres in size, the KLCC Park encompasses a paddling pool, jogging track, water fountain displays and a children's playground, along with a number of shady spots to sit down and chill out in. It also offers tremendous views up to the Petronas Towers (there are plenty of bodies of water to collect the towers as a reflection for a slightly more imaginative photo). They look especially brilliant in the evening.
The park is hemmed in by high rise on almost all fronts—initially by the Petronas Towers, then Traders Hotel and again by the Convention Centre, and finally, in the early stages of construction when we visited in late 2017, an enormous mall (just what KL was crying out for) at the base of the towering (and almost completed) Four Seasons tower. There's also a mosque on the northern front of the park, but it is a shame to see yet another massive mall to go in when the city needs all the green space it can get.
In a rare breakthrough for Kuala Lumpur pedestrian planning, there is an elevated walkway which runs from the side entrance to Pavilion mall all the way to the Convention Centre (it is even air-con), depositing you into the food court level, where you can either be distracted by the Aquaria, a compact underground aquarium which may appeal to families, of take the far stairs to emerge into the park.
The park is popular with joggers (there is a jogging track), but for those with young kids in tow, KLCC Park makes for a very easily accessible half day diversion—it is certainly easier to reach than the Botanical Gardens or KL Bird park. Walk to the park, let the kids play around in the fountains and water features while you relax in the shade. Perhaps grab some takeaway lunch at the Convention Centre food court, and then either ascend the towers, or, if you linger till early afternoon, consider aiming for the 15:00 guided tour at the Heritage Centre which is only a 15 minute walk from the Convention Centre.
The elevated walkway makes it rudimentary to get from Pavilion to the park (the walk takes maybe 20 minutes) and, with the KLCC station under the towers, you could start at Bukit Bintang, walk to Pavilion, take the pedestrian overpass to KLCC then walk through the park, ascend to the observation deck of the Petronas Towers, then get the train back to wherever you are staying. Allow perhaps three hours for a loop like this.
Address: Ringed in by Jalan Ampang to the north and Jalan Pinang to the south
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º42'50.4" E, 3º9'22.32" N
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Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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