Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) is a major tourist attraction in Malaysia. The famous Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC are both located here in its vicinity. Petronas Twin Towers was the world's tallest building from 1998-2004. It was featured in the 1999 Holywood Blockbuster movie Entrapment starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta Jones. It was also the target for French “Spiderman” Robert Alain Philippe to scale their height of which he was fined RM 2,000 for trespass in September 2009.
Although I have been to KLCC (KL Convention Centre) and Suria KLCC many times, especially during SALE time, I have only discovered KLCC Park late last year. When I visited Kings Park and Botanic Garden in Perth, I remember lamenting how I wished our country has a beautiful park. Now, I realised how ignorant I had been in the past, as all this while we do have one. It was just that I didn't know.
KLCC Park is a beautiful landscaped garden designed by reknown Brazilian landscape architect, the late Mr Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994). It is reputed to be his last masterpiece. Roberto Burle Marx was a very talented master of gardens who wore many hats. He was painter, print maker, ecologist, naturalist, artist and musician. He is famed for imparting a sense of timelessness and perfection in his works.
A trip to KLCC Park begins with a walk down this 43 metre long elevated bridge (above). It is along this bridge that visitors get to enjoy some of the most splendid views of the magnificient Petronas Twin Towers and Suria KLCC. This is also the most popular spot among tourists for photo shoots.
KLCC Park is spread over 50 acres (20 hectares) of land. There is also a 1.3 km jogging track laid with EPDM around the park.
When the late Roberto Burle Marx designed the park, his intention was to "leave the world a little more sensitive and a little more educated to the importance of nature".
“Biodiversity and Conservation at KLCC Park”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on August 27th, 2010.
In the design and built-up of KLCC Park, key consideration was given to environmental factors such as conservation and biodiversity.
When the Selangor Turf Club was relocated to Sg Besi in the early 1990s, a total of about 23 of the mature and rare trees were saved and transplanted on the park. When KLCC Park was launched in 1998, there were about 1,900 indigeneous trees and 66 species of palms which had been carefully selected to encourage biodiversity and provide a haven for birds and local fauna.
This is the Indian Laurel Tree whose habitat is found in regions with warm moist conditions and plenty of light. The signage read as follows:
- It is a small tree with a dense crown, erect branches and arial roots
- It buttresses in its natural habitat
- Fruits are small, produced in pairs from the axils of the leaves
- Flowers are found inside the fruit
- The young leaves are yellowish green and smooth
- It is commonly used as an ornamental tree for street planting, as a hedge, shaped into topiary of various forms and as an indoor potted plant.
Common name: Bunuh Seteruh, Nyatu, Indian Rubber Tree
- It thrives in poor soil, epiphytes in nature, often on branches of other trees
- It belongs to the 'strangling trees' group thriving on host tree
- A largew spreading tree that grows up to 15m with long drooping branches and aerial roots developing from trunk and main branches
- Fruits are smal and yellowish green
- Flowers inside the fruits
- It was a source of rubber before the era of Hevea braziliensis, the present rubber trees
- The young leaves were eaten as salads in Indonesia
- It is commonly used as an indoor plant
Common name: Simpoh Ungu, Purple Simpuh
- It's habitat is the lowland forest
- A medium sized tree that grows up to 25m
- The leaves are glossy green and margin slightly serrated
- Flower buds are rose red, opening to bright yellow with purple stamens and pinkish style
- The flower faces upwards
- Fruits are waxy white and later split open with red seeds.
- It's habitat is the tropical peat swamp forest and river estuaries
- It is an attractive clustered palm with slender stems that grows up to 10m with a scarlet crown shaft and leaf stalks
- The flowers are small and green
- The fruits are small, egg-shaped, green ripening to black
- It is widely used for landscaping in parks, it is also a good container plant
- The aborigines made blowpipe darts from the outer wood of the stem
- Leaves of the palm were used together with other plants to ward-off earth demons when opening a new land clearing
The fruits of the indigeneous trees attract local and migratory birds. Coupled with a conducive green environment, it is hoped that this place will become an important link to the bird wildlife corridors of the region.
The following is a list of trees with proper labels at KLCC Park:
- Cassia Trees
Pink Cassia aka Javanese Cassia / Apple Blossom Cassia (Cassia javanica)
Golden Showy Cassia aka Devils Finger (Cassia floribunda/Senna floribunda)
Walking around the park at certain areas, I saw different types of birds feeding on some fruits high up in the trees. Some are black or brown and some are quite colourful. I saw sunbirds, magpies, pigeons, sparrows, mynas and starlings. Some of the more colourful ones, I don't know their names. How I wish I had a DSLR camera to capture these beautiful birds.
I also notice that bald-headed mynas are getting more and more popular around cities here. Do you know what causes this phenomenon? I mean, do they get bald as a result of fighting among themselves or due to the polluted environment?
The Lake Symphony fountains are scheduled to be on from 12 noon to 2:00pm and 6.00pm to 11.00pm on weekdays and from 10.00am till midnight on weekends and public holidays.
The park is equiped with various amenities such as shelters, benches, rest areas, drinking fountains and public toilets at convenient locations. There is also a Children's Playground next to the Children's Pool.
The Children's Pool opening hours are as follows:
Tuesday to Fridays 10:00am to 7:30pm
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 10:00am to 9:30pm
It is closed for maintenance on Mondays if it is not a public or school holidays.
During school holidays, the pool is opened throughout the week.
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