Underrated forest trail at Taman Tugu is certainly worth a visit

Visit Taman Tugu Forest Trail for an invigorating and educational family hike amid lush jungle vegetation in the heart of the city.

Taman Tugu is an addition to Kuala Lumpur’s green spaces which are under constant threat from urban development.

The park opened in September 2018 with the aim of conserving a 66-acre green-lung in the middle of Kuala Lumpur and turning it into an urban forest park open to the public.

There is a maze of trails around the park and it takes about 45 minutes to see everything.

There are some steps and gentle slopes for a reasonable workout, and the paths are well marked and sign posted.

There are a few benches around, sensibly constructed from termite-proof concrete if you need to rest or observe your surroundings. There are swings and an observation tower too.

In the 1930s, Taman Tugu was home to a number of bungalows occupied by the Brits and local officers working for the Department of Agriculture.

Many residents filled their gardens with exotic and ornamental planting including palm oil trees imported from West Africa. Some of these plants are still here.

After Independence, the site housed a number of senior government officials’ residences, but they were abandoned in the 1970s.

The area then became an illegal dumping ground for rubbish and construction waste that had to be cleared away in order for the park to be opened.

There were proposals to redevelop the site. Fortunately, with the backing of Khazanah and the support of the Malaysian Nature Society, FRIM and others Taman Tugu has been saved as a public park.

4,000 trees are being planted here, adding to the existing 1,000 trees identified as worthy of conservation. The result is lush foliage, denser and more varied than you see in many other urban parks and forest reserves around KL.

Setambun tree (Baccaurea Parviflora)

Many of the trees have been labelled along with descriptions about their features, habitats and usages.

For example, this Setambun tree (baccaurea parviflora) with edible fruits was planted to attract birds, squirrels and monkeys to Taman Tugu.

Operating Hours: Daily from 7.00AM to 6.30AM

Admission is free. Park at the PPTD Club House next door.

Address
Taman Tugu
Pesiaran Sultan Salahuddin
50480 Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia

This article first appeared in malaysia-traveller.com