Photo: Suitably tropical.

Perdana Botanical Gardens

Our rating:

The largest and most pleasant of Kuala Lumpur’s public green spaces, Perdana Botanical Gardens sprawls out behind the National Museum, offering a limited escape from the big smoke.

Travel better, travel smarter

Save money, receive our latest updates and get the most out of your travels.


Also known as KL Lake Gardens, Perdana Botanical Gardens was established in 1888 and encompasses over 90 hectares of absolutely prime real estate, stretching from behind the National Museum all the way up the small hill it sits on, to the National Monument. KL Bird Park, the Islamic Arts Museum and the National Museum all abut its eastern edge.

No shortage of big trees. Photo taken in or around Perdana Botanical Gardens, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Stuart McDonald.

No shortage of big trees. Photo: Stuart McDonald

You’d think with such a central setting the gardens would be easy to reach, but sadly that is far from the case. The easiest approach—take our word for it—is to get a Grab Car to the National Monument, enjoy that, and then spend half a day walking downhill, perhaps taking in KL Bird Park along the way, and eventually popping out near the National Museum. The primary advantage of this is that you’ll be walking down hill almost the entire way, but a second point is that the park is notoriously difficult to approach from ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

Don’t miss the boat!

Please subscribe to to read the rest of this article, or log in here.

Subscribing to Travelfish costs A$35 per year and it gets you access to more than 200 downloadable guides to specific destinations, fabulous discount coupons and 50% off our personalised travel planning service. Sign up here.


Perdana Botanical Gardens
Mo–Su: 08:00–18:00

Location map for Perdana Botanical Gardens

Popular attractions in Kuala Lumpur

A selection of some of our favourite sights and activities around Kuala Lumpur.

Best places to stay in Kuala Lumpur

A selection of some of our favourite places to stay in Kuala Lumpur.

What next?

 Browse our independent reviews of places to stay in and around Kuala Lumpur.
 Check prices, availability & reviews on Agoda or Booking
 Read up on where to eat on Kuala Lumpur.
 Check out our listings of things to do in and around Kuala Lumpur.
 Read up on how to get to Kuala Lumpur.
 Do you have travel insurance yet? If not, find out why you need it.
 Planning on riding a scooter in Kuala Lumpur? Please read this.
 Browse the web securely while travelling with TunnelBear. Try with a 7–day free trial.

Skip the bus station queues!
Skip the bus station queues!
Ad Book your plane, train & bus tickets
with 12Go Asia.

Read more

See below for more sights and activities in Kuala Lumpur that are listed on

Top of page

Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Kuala Lumpur? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Malaysia.

Top of page