Taman Tugu offers a cooling hiking spot in the heart of KL

  • Malaysia
  • Friday, 26 Jun 2020

Taman Tugu is popular among hikers during weekends. - Filepic

Lush green foliage is probably the last thing one would associate Kuala Lumpur with. But that is exactly what visitors to Taman Tugu and its surrounding area will find.

The urban forest park is located close to many of the city’s notable places of attraction. Around the area, you can find the Perdana Botanical Garden, Bank Negara’s Lanai Kijang and of course, the Tugu Negara.

As a matter of fact, the site is only separated from the Perdana Botanical Garden by the Jalan Parlimen road. The area is especially popular among fitness enthusiasts, and chances are you would see the place buzzing with activity in the morning, during the weekends.

As for Taman Tugu, the site offers forest trails amid a beautiful and serene environment. There are over 5,000 trees here that average between eight and 10 years old. More trails will be available in the future as work is still in progress.

The Tugu Negara is located just beside the forest.The Tugu Negara is located just beside the forest.

As you explore the trails, you may just come across some palm oil trees. It is said that these trees were brought in by the British prior to the country’s independence.

For history buffs, the palm oil seeds were brought by the British from West Africa, and it was initially planted here for ornamental purposes.

With such a rich history at the site, there are naturally murmurs of the supernatural among some visitors. But if you’re unfazed by myths and tales of the unknown, there are much natural beauty to uncover and appreciate at Taman Tugu.

The main trail is relatively easy to do and is suitable for beginner hikers. Only a few trails are currently open, with a one-way route for hikers. Many of the facilities – such as the gazebos, swings and covered rest areas – remain closed.

I visited Taman Tugu recently on a weekend and noticed that there were some measures put in place during the recovery movement control order (MCO).

There was a security guard outside the starting point who conducted temperature checks on folks entering the area. If you plan to go, do comply with the park regulations.

Taman Tugu is open daily from 7am to 6.30pm. The last entry is at 5.45pm.

Getting there

If you’re driving, search for “Taman Tugu Nursery” on Google Maps or Waze. This will lead you to the start of the forest trails.

Parking around the area is free but space may be limited. You can also head over to the Padang Merbok carpark, which is a 15-minute walk away.

Taman Tugu

Pesiaran Sultan Salahuddin

50480 Kuala Lumpur

Website: tamantuguproject.com.my

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