Situated in the middle of the region, Taman Tugu is an understated green lung that merits more recognition due to its elegance and historicity. With this in mind, Khazanah Nasional set up the Taman Tugu Project to increase public knowledge of the park and ensure it continues to function. Among other items, Taman Tugu, which occupies a total of 26.7 hectares of prime property, was initially planned to act as a theme park venue.
Nevertheless, with numerous groups like the Malaysian Nature Society offering useful input on the idea, Khazanah agreed instead to maintain the park and forest as a public park. Actually Taman Tugu has five kilometers of trails snaking through 16 hectares. Besides these tracks, the park is host to several tall trees that offer cool sanctuaries in addition to being natural wonders on their own.
The Malaysian Forest Research Institute (FRIM) has identified over 1,000 trees to be preserved including those of the species Jelutong, Tembusu, Pulai and Gaharu. The trees of Taman Tugu are mainly indigenous rainforest plants of Malaysia which are now considered endangered.
With Taman Tugu ‘s security providing such plants, it is very possible that the park will be home to 200 plants per half hectare; creating a rainforest in the middle of Kuala Lumpur’s concrete jungle.
Besides being a haven for wildlife, tourists will also be able to appreciate the historical importance of Taman Tugu, as it is here that the earliest palm oil trees imported by the British into Malaya at that period are to be found. Before being a park, Taman Tugu ‘s site was also the home of Tan Siew Sin, former finance minister, as well as several other government officials.
Today, on the grounds of Taman Tugu, permanent fixtures of the forest park, a Surau and Hindu temple remain. The park has also been recently put in the custody of the National Heritage Trust to ensure it remains the city’s green lung.
With TripAdvisor magazine voting Taman Tugu as one of last year’s Best New Openings, the amount of attention that has gone into running the park has reaped rewards.
With the Movement Control Order ending, the park has reopened to serve as an outdoor space for many longing to experience some fresh air because of the pandemic after weeks of cabin fever.
Several steps have been introduced to improve the health of the public including the re-routing of the major paths to insure that people travel in just one direction, as opposed to historically being two-way.
Visitors would now have to adhere to temperature checks when accessing the park while large mass events on the grounds have been indefinitely postponed.
So if you’re looking for a green and serene place to stretch out those sore muscles or just enjoy a quiet walk with the wind in your hair, Taman Tugu is the perfect place for runners, hikers and young children ‘s families.
Taman Tugu is available from 7 am till 6.30pm everyday. Check-in is safe.