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Here we are again, locked down and indoors in the style of Movement Control Order (MCO) 1.0 from March 2020. Group activities are prohibited, outdoors activities and exercises are limited to your neighbourhood, and pretty much everything is closed. We’re counting down the days until we’re allowed back outside to bask in the verdant splendour of nature so we’ve put together a park-ket list (geddit?) of lush parks in and around Kuala Lumpur (KL) for you to explore once the FMCO restrictions lift. Fingers crossed that it’s 14 June like they said!

1. ASEAN Sculpture Garden

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Located near the Tugu Negara (National Monument) and Perdana Botanical Gardens, this beautifully landscaped garden features a collection of prize-winning sculptures by artists from the ASEAN region. Here you can see works made from wood, marble, iron, and even bamboo. Appreciating art while out in nature? We’re all for it!

  Pesiaran Sultan Salahhudin, Taman Tasik Perdana, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | Google Maps

2. Kota Damansara Community Forest Park

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Just over 800 acres, this green lung in the Kota Damansara area is a much-welcomed refuge for nature lovers. The trails in this park have been carefully designed and constructed by volunteers and Temuan Orang Asli with consultation from the Selangor Forestry Department. There is a total of 14 kilometres of low impact trails to date, and they’re all built to International Mountain Biking Association standards. Hikers can also enjoy a panoramic view from the park’s highest point.

  Jalan Merbah 10/1, Seksyen 10 Kota Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya | Google Maps

3. Bukit Gasing Hiking Trail

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This 247-acre secondary forest used to be a rubber estate. Acting as a divider between KL and Petaling Jaya, it is now a favourite spot among hikers and fitness enthusiasts who use the trail to get in some time with nature. The peak of Bukit Gasing sits at 160 metres above sea level, and there are a number of steep slopes that will be sure to raise your cardio levels.

  Hutan Pendidikan Bukit Gasing, Jalan Tanjung 5/4, Bukit Gasing, 46000 Petaling Jaya | Google Maps

4. Taman Tasik Permaisuri

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What used to be a terraced flower garden in the 80s is now a full recreational park that features a lake, fountains, and a couple of outdoor gyms. There is also a labelled trail, so you can track your distance covered, and some hilly terrains to work up a good sweat!

  Jalan Tasik Permaisuri 2, Bandar Tun Razak, 56000 Kuala Lumpur | Google Maps

5. Taman Tasik Titiwangsa

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This spot is all about family fun because, besides the tracks and playgrounds, there are also other exciting facilities like courts for badminton, tennis, and squash, as well as a football field. There is also a boating and canoeing facility, as well as a remote control car track, and a mini equestrian track. You can also rent bicycles here should you want to do something other than walking or jogging.

  Titiwangsa, 53200 Kuala Lumpur | Google Maps

6. Perdana Botanical Garden

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Don’t let the name fool you – this is the Kuala Lumpur Lake Gardens (as it was formerly known), the city’s first large-scale recreational park. It spans 226 acres and includes a deer park, a herbarium, a forest tree collection, an exotic plant species collection, as well as a spice garden. The park even has an interpretation centre where you can learn more about the plants and gardens showcased throughout the massive public garden.

  Jalan Kebun Bunga, Tasik Perdana, 55100 Kuala Lumpur | Google Maps

7. KL Forest Eco Park

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We don’t know any other city with a lush forest smack in the middle of it. This park, formerly known as the Bukit Nanas Forest Reserve, allows visitors to be one with nature without having to leave the metropolis that is KL. Clearly labelled routes take you through this rainforest, reportedly millions of years old, where you’ll see plenty of flora and fauna. There is also a suspension bridge and several swing stops throughout the park where you can take a breather and swing your worries away.

  Lot 240, Jalan Raja Chulan, Bukit Kewangan, 50250 Kuala Lumpur | Google Maps

8. The Central Park, Desa Park City

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When you’re here in the evening or on the weekend, expect to see puppies of all shapes and sizes everywhere as this is KL’s favourite pet-friendly park. Located right in the middle of Desa Park City, this spot is great for a walk or jog, picnics, and even a stroll after a meal at one of its numerous surrounding F&B joints.

  Plaza Arkadia, 3, Persiaran Residen, Desa Parkcity, 52200 Kuala Lumpur | Google Maps

9. Taman Dusun Bandar

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Take in the peacefulness of this park despite it being located near the hustle and bustle of the city. It is essentially a giant orchard centred by a man-made lake with a bridge you can cross while on your walk. The park – well-landscaped – is home to a plethora of fruit trees along with shrubs, flowers, gourds, and coconuts. There is also a beekeeping area that houses the bees used for natural pollination of the fruit trees.

  Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur | Google Maps

10. Taman Tugu Kuala Lumpur

There is a generous seven kilometres of trail nestled in this 66-acre park that’s located right in the middle of KL. It is an expansion of the green space that is the Perdana Botanical Garden and is home to over 5,000 species of trees and plants that are indigenous to Malaysia. Taman Tugu is open to visitors for free between 7am and 6:30pm. There are swings peppered throughout the trail where you can stop for a breather or relive some simple childhood joys.

  Pesiaran Sultan Salahuddin, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur | Google Maps